Walter Mankoff was called to serve his country in the United States Army in July 1953. He did so with honor and distinction. Given Scientific and Professional Classifi cation as a Personnel Management Specialist, Walter served two years in a Quartermaster Company in Fort Lee, Virginia, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He played a key role in company administration and relations with higher headquarters, and was ultimately promoted to Corporal. Walter was honorably discharged in June 1955, and received both a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Marisa Redanty is an actress with many TV, film and theater credits, who plays a starring role as an activist in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood.
She is perhaps best known for her work on behalf of her 3,000+ neighbors at Manhattan Plaza, a 1,689-unit, federally subsidized affordable housing complex, most of which is designated for performing artists. From 2002-2010, she served as Tenants Association President and she continues to advocate for the residents there as President Emeritus. Under her leadership, the tenants association grew into the vital organization it is today, building strong working relationships with management, local elected officials and other neighborhood groups.
Jerry Alperstein served as a Seaman in the Navy during the Vietnam War (1966-1967) and received Vietnam Service and National Defense medals for honorable and meritorious performance of his duty. Jerry’s service to his country continued upon his return home from Vietnam, in both his professional life educating future generations of Americans, and through many volunteer activities in which he demonstrated his abiding commitment to his fellow veterans.For nearly two decades, Jerry was a highly respected educator in the New York City public school system. He served as a social studies and music teacher, and ultimately as a program chairman at the High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan.
Susan Steinberg, a neighborhood activist, tenant leader, and advocate for social and environmental justice, has been a pillar of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village (ST-PCV) community in which she has lived for more than three decades.