Tribute to Julio N. Infiestaby Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand
Posted on 2015-12-10
GILLIBRAND. Mr. President, I wish to speak today in
recognition of Mr. Julio N. Infiesta of Lynbrook, NY, who served in the
Social Security Administration for 42 years in the New York region. I
ask my colleagues to join me in thanking Mr. Infiesta for his years of
dedication and public service and to congratulate him on his
In 1973, Julio began his career with the Social Security Administration, serving in various local offices in the New York metropolitan region, including in the South Bronx, where he was an operations supervisor, and in Long Beach, where he was selected as branch manager. In 1976, he became a social insurance specialist in the New York regional office in field operations. Mr. Infiesta also served as assistant district manager and district manager in the Jamaica and Flushing offices until 2001, when he entered the agency's Advanced Leadership Program. Mr. Infiesta was promoted to the position of deputy assistant regional commissioner for management and operations support and also served as the acting assistant regional commissioner for management and operations support. As a member of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, he served as an area director and as the director for disability in the office of the deputy commissioner for operations. In 2003, Mr. Infiesta was selected as the region's assistant regional commissioner for management and operations support and was elevated to deputy regional commissioner in 2014.
As Social Security's second senior ranking official in the New York metropolitan region, Mr. Infiesta oversaw Social Security operations in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These operations included an annual administrative budget of $400 million for more than 3,900 employees in 113 field offices, four teleservice centers, four Social Security Card Centers, the Northeastern Program Service Center, and the New York regional office. In the New York metropolitan region, Social Security pays $7.3 billion in monthly cash benefits to 6 million retirees, workers with disabilities and their families, and the families of workers who have died. Social Security pays an additional $461 million in monthly Supplemental Security Income cash benefits to 835,000 people aged 65 and older, as well as people who are blind or disabled, regardless of age.
Mr. Infiesta and his wife, Joanne, are longtime residents of Lynbrook, in Nassau County, Long Island.
Mr. President, I ask that we give tribute on December 10, 2015, to the 42 years of service that Mr. Julio N. Infiesta gave to the Social Security Administration and to the people of the United States.