Above and beyond: Greene property manager awarded for kindness

GREENE – Don Schaffer lives by Stephen Grellet’s passage. He has it hanging on his wall.

He also has another sign he made himself. It simply reads: “Because Nice Matters.” That one’s placed above the entrance to his apartment, where everyone can see.

“If you can help someone, or show them kindness, why not do it now?” said Schaffer. “That’s my philosophy.”

Schaffer, 75, manages the Woodside Manor Apartments in Greene. He was recently named the “New York Rural Development Site Manager of the Year for Family Housing,” an award his tenants nominated him for.

This morning residents and employers, along with state and local officials presented him with the award during a ceremony at Woodside, located on West Juliand Street.

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