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PENNDOT SECRETARY NAMED AMONG 'TOP TEN PUBLIC WORKS LEADERS'

 PENNDOT SECRETARY NAMED AMONG 'TOP TEN PUBLIC WORKS LEADERS'
 YORK, Pa., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Public Works Association (APWA) today honored Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Howard Yerusalim as one of the "Top Ten Public Works Leaders of 1992," citing him for "inspired excellence and dedication in the field of public service."
 "Howard Yerusalim joins some of the most outstanding people in the public works industry in North America in receiving this award," said Richard Sullivan, APWA executive director. "He has contributed greatly to improving the lives of the people of Pennsylvania by delivering extraordinary service throughout his career."
 Sullivan presented the award to Yerusalim at a luncheon ceremony in York.
 "It is PennDOT's 12,000 employees who have helped our agency achieve so much," Yerusalim said. "I am deeply grateful to my colleagues as well as to APWA for this fine honor."
 Appointed PennDOT secretary in 1987, Yerusalim heads a $3.5 billion agency that oversees all facets of public transportation in the Commonwealth.
 Among the accomplishments APWA pointed out in selecting Yerusalim for the award were:
 -- managing $5 billion in highway and bridge construction in the five years since his appointment, which is nearly a 50 percent increase over the previous five-year period.
 -- assisting Congress in reauthorizing the federal surface transportation program in 1991 that will provide $5.6 billion in highway and bridge construction funding and $2.3 billion in mass transit funding to Pennsylvania over the next six years.
 -- accelerating completion of Pennsylvania's 1,570-mile Interstate highway system.
 -- developing innovative highway safety programs that have assisted in significant declines in traffic fatalities in the state.
 Gov. Robert P. Casey, who appointed Yerusalim, a career PennDOT employee, to head the department in 1987, said the award was well deserved.
 "I am happy to see that the rest of the nation now knows what we in Pennsylvania have long known: that Howard Yerusalim is a leader you can count on in the public works business," the governor said in videotaped remarks shown at the luncheon.
 Before his appointment as secretary, Yerusalim served as deputy secretary for administration and as director of PennDOT's Center for Program Development and Management. He joined the Department in 1968 as an engineer in the Bureau of Design.
 Yerusalim currently serves as chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, is past president of the Northeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and a member of the executive and policy committees of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
 APWA is a 27,000-member trade association based in Chicago that represents government and private-sector public works professionals in North America.
 Its panel of judges for the award included past "Top Ten" winners and representatives from public works and academic organizations.
 Yerusalim, 52, is a native of Philadelphia. He holds a civil engineering degree from Drexel University and is a registered professional engineer.
 He lives in suburban Harrisburg with his wife Barbara and two sons.
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