This year's winner of the Israel A. Shapiro Citizenship Award is Joe Rich.
The award was announced Monday morning at Flower Memorial Library in Watertown by Kylie Peck, the CEO of the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce.
Rich is the former executive director of the Disabled Persons Action Organization and is still president of the board. He was nominated by Howard Ganter, the executive director of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center.
"I am totally overwhelmed, I didn't expect the award," he said. "It's something that I'll accept on behalf of the people that we serve at DPAO."