Myrie honors community leaders with Senate Commendation Awards

Sen. Zellnor Myrie (left) with and Prof. Richard Green.
Sen. Zellnor Myrie's Office

New York State Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie (D-Central Brooklyn) this week issued Senate Commendation Awards to healthcare workers and community leaders who have shown exceptional dedication to Brooklyn and New York this year.

Myrie, who represents the 20th Senatorial District, said “the Commendation Award is the second-highest honor the Senate can grant to an individual, and is reserved for those who go above and beyond in their service and commitment.”

Each honoree was presented with their award and a proclamation honoring their service.

“During this dark year, we have seen several bright lights who have provided extraordinary service to our community by stepping up and helping others,” Myrie said. “As frontline workers in our hospitals and nursing homes, advocates for our tenants and businesses, and activists working with and for our young people, these incredible individuals have shown remarkable dedication in the midst of a global pandemic, a recession and an ongoing fight for racial, social and economic justice.

“Presenting the Senate Commendation Award is one of the highest honors I can bestow on these community leaders,” he added. “I am so proud to recognize them for their service.”

The awardees comprised included Kings County Hospital employees Arthur Tuohy, Captain Barry Felton, Dr. Joseph Gorga and Gem Snagg; McKinny Nursing Home employees Angela Cooper, Fredrick Okunade Adeyemi, Janet Ethel Larghi and LaJenna Bartley; Dale Charles, IMPACCT Brooklyn; Dr. John Flateau (Medgar Evers College); Prof. Richard Green, Medgar Evers College and Crown Heights Youth Collective; Judith Goldiner, Legal Aid Society’s Civil Law Reform Unit; Dr. Robert Gore, KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative); and Pastor Gilford Monrose, 67th Precinct Clergy Council.

“One of the enduring lessons of 2020 is that community-minded individuals can make a tremendous difference,” Myrie said. “Our neighborhoods are better, stronger, safer and healthier because of their service. I am so grateful for their dedication, and am proud to represent them in the Senate.”

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