CSS Workforce New York

About Us

To create a region that is a “location of choice by employers due to a highly employable and motivated workforce committed to individual growth and skill development through life-long training and education.”

To provide a no-fee, business-driven workforce preparation system to ensure that employers have access to workers with appropriate skills.

CSS Workforce NY (CSSWFNY) is a not-for profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors with representatives from both the private and public sectors. Our workforce development organization dedicated to assisting individuals with greater employment opportunities, and therefore providing businesses with an adequate labor pool. We are committed to assisting individuals within our community as they search for career opportunities, continue their education, or begin vocational training. Our services are available to businesses and job seekers of all ages. We offer a variety of programs including workshops, resume building and training opportunities. Our Youth Services Navigators are committed to serving the needs of our Emerging Workforce between the ages of 16-24.

Operational Plans

Systems Operational Plans - Effective August 2021

Local Area Plan
The Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York (CSSWFNY)
Local Plan 2021-2025 with attachments.

Committee Minutes

Audit Committee Board Executive Operations & Oversight Committee Personnel Committee See File Archive

For a schedule of the 2023 Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben Workforce NY board meetings click here

Executive Committee Meeting

The scheduled October 5th, 2023, Executive Committee meeting will be held at 8:00 am in person at 23 West Market Street, Suite 201 Corning. If you wish to join the meeting, please email melissa.johnson@csswfny.com. All meetings are open to the public, and are held at 23 West Market Street, Suite 201 Corning unless otherwise noted. The meeting will be transcribed post-meetings for those interested in reviewing actions taken.

Board of Directors Meeting

The next scheduled Board meeting of CSS WFNY will be held in person on October 26th, 2023, at 8:00 am. The Annual meeting will be held at the Radisson Hotel Corning.  If you are interested in attending this meeting, please email melissa.johnson@csswfny.com to reserve your seat. All meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be transcribed post-meetings for those interested in reviewing actions taken.

CSS Workforce NY ByLaws

Click here to view the CSS Workforce ByLaws. 


Chemung Schuyler Steuben Workforce New York is a not-for profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors with representatives from both the private and public sectors.

Chief Elected Officials



Carl Blowers

Chairman Schuyler County Legislature

Scott Van Etten

Chairman Steuben County Legislature

Christopher Moss

Chemung County Executive

Executive Committee




Jack Wheeler


Southern Tier Network

Michael Mishook

Vice Chair

LaBella Associates


Judy McKinney Cherry



Joseph Roman


Southern Tier Economic Growth

Ernie Hartman

Workforce Representative

IBEW Union President

Dawn Marie Castellana

Higher Education 

SUNY Corning Community College

Board Representation




Christine Sharkey


Corning Enterprises 

James Johnson

Executive Director

Steuben County IDA

Michael Mishook

Project Manager

LaBella Associates

John Rees

Human Resources Site Manager

Alstom Transport

Joseph Roman


Southern Tier Economic Growth

Angela Hawken

Vice President Eastern Division

Southern Tier Logistics

Michael Nisbet

Executive Director 

Hornell IDA

Colleen Hurd

Administrator of Adult Services


Bill Caudill

Program Coordinator

Steuben County Youth Bureau

Drew Farren 

Human Resources Manager

US Salt, LLC


Jack Wheeler

Steuben County Manager

Steuben County

Andrew Tunison

Director of Counseling


Elizabeth Stamp

Partner/Assistant Manager

Lakewood Vineyards

Bruce Boughton 

Branch Manager, AVP

Chemung Canal Trust Company

Judy McKinney Cherry

Executive Director


Dawn Marie Castellana

Executive Director of Workforce Education/Academic Pathways

SUNY Corning Community College

Brian McCarthy

CSEA Union Vice-President

City of Corning

Kip Cerasaro

Employment Services Manager

NYS Department of Labor

Ernie Hartman

Business Manager

IBEW Union President

Kelly Long

Human Resource Manager

Hilliard Corporation

Jeremy Ackerman

Vice President Project Management

 John Mills Electric

Ellen Redder

Director of Human Resources

Schuyler Hospital

Joshua Michal

Human Resource Manager


Angela Russo

President Sopra Cheese

Ad-Hoc Members




Christian Harris

Labor Market Analyst

NYS Department of Labor


In 1982-83, the federally mandated Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) was signed into law. With an emphasis on training, the JTPA monies were overseen locally by the Private Industry Council (PIC). When the JTPA funding was replaced by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, PIC evolved into the CSS Workforce New York System. Our mission now encompasses the entire system of workforce development efforts including career exploration, job-employee matching tools, training, human resource consulting, etc. In partnership with service providers, educators, employers, and others in the workforce development system, we administer the funds now available through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Thanks to funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, all of the services offered under the Workforce New York umbrella by our organization and our partners are offered on a no-fee basis both to employers and job seekers. As you can see we have a long history of economic development. Today, we continue to envision a Workforce New York system that responds to business needs for qualified workers based on the skills required for economic competitiveness.


Elmira, NY 14901

Corning Community College
One Academic Drive
Corning, NY 14830

GST BOCES - Chemung
459 Philo Road
Elmira, NY 14903

GST BOCES - Steuben
One Vocational Drive
Painted Post, NY 14870

NYS Department of Labor
Elmira, NY - 607-733-7131
Hornell, NY - 607-324-8388

Pro Action of Yates and Steuben
117 East Steuben Street
Bath, NY 14810

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