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Court officer named employee of the year after 20 years on the job

October 23, 2015 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Sgt. Christine Pagano (center) was named Court Employee of the Year during a ceremony at the Kings County Supreme Court on Thursday. From left: Hon. Matthew D’Emic, Hon. Patricia Henry, Hon. Laura Jacobson and Hon. Esther Morgenstern were on hand to congratulate Pagano. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese.
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The New York State Supreme Court Second Judicial District named Sgt. Christine Pagano its court Employee of the Year during a special ceremony in front of her family and dozens of her co-workers on Jay Street Thursday afternoon.

Pagano has been a court officer in Brooklyn for more than 20 years. She was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and currently works in the Integrated Domestic Violence Court.

“The Supreme Court in Brooklyn has the most wonderful, dedicated and hardworking employees in the entire statewide court system, and one of our best is Sgt. Christine Pagano,” said Justice Laura Lee Jacobson, head of the Employee of the Year Committee.

Pagano’s family and co-workers packed the ceremonial courtroom for the event and a couple of her co-workers brought homemade signs to cheer her on.

“Everyone in our part knows that Sgt. Pagano leads by example,” Justice Patricia Henry said. “She isn’t a loud talker, she doesn’t raise her voice. She moves very quickly when she needs to and is quick to correct issues that need to be corrected. Her job is to make our part run smoothly and she does that each and every day.

“She has been an inspiration to me and everyone who works in our court,” Henry continued. “It has been an honor for me to be here today to participate in such a well-deserved award.”

Pagano’s boss, Chief Mike Magliano, was quick to point out that while she may not be a loud talker, she certainly chats up her co-workers.

“Your honor mentioned that Christine is a quiet talker, but you left out that she is a constant talker,” Magliano joked. “All of you know the type of person who Christine is, the wonderful friend, co-worker and colleague that comes in each day with that smile that even when you are having a down day, she brings you along. I’m proud to say that I’m her friend.”

After Magliano presented her with the award, Pagano thanked everyone including her family and “sidekick” Sal DiDonna.

“I started this job when I was just 22 years old,” Pagano recalled. “It was my first real job and immediately loved it. I was working with great people and dealing with really interesting stuff. I was a sheltered Long Island girl so it was all new and really exciting to me. I quickly learned that my co-workers would be my family away from home. We had our fun, but we did our work, and mostly importantly, we had each other’s backs.”

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