Senator Smith honored Adjoa Gzifa as his 2014 “Woman of Distinction,” an award given to outstanding women living and working in New York State whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in their community and beyond.
Senator Smith chose Blossom Ferguson for the 2014 New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame an award created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.
Youth enrichment and education is a very important to Senator Smith, who is a father and family man, so he tries to encourage children to dream big and work towards their goals. He is motto is “Wish it. Dream it. Do it.”
Senator Smith said: "We have lost a true stage and screen legend - Ruby Dee. She was a perfect combination of grace and grit and made huge strides in the entertainment industry at a time when African-American women were given little space in movies and on stage. Ruby was one of the greatest thespians of our time and she leaves behind a stellar body of work that will surely serve to inspire future generations."
Dora Young was the 29th Assembly District Leader and Executive Co-Leader of the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club, who as the City Clerk of Queens married over 300,000 couples civil ceremonies at Borough Hall. She was honored with a street renaming - 197th Street at the corner of Linden Blvd. has been renamed Dora H. Young Way. Senator Smith is seen here with Brenda Carr, Dora Young's niece. (second from left), Millie Rivas, Fred Simmons and some young constituents
Remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Reflecting on the memory of Dr. King, Senator Smith said: "When I think of Dr. King, I remember that iconic image of him with his hand outstretched towards the sea of people at the 1963 March on Washington, but he was so much more than a man with a dream. He became the voice and embodiment of the civil rights movement in America and he gave hope to millions of black people across this country that a better future was possible. His belief of bringing about change through non-violent methods is a lesson we would be well-advised to carry with us today."
Thank you to all of those who participated in the New York State Senate's fist ever online Town Hall. Since we're always striving to serve the people of New York better, and this was our first attempt at an event like this, we would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience.