Emmlynn L. Taylor has exemplified the virtues of community service throughout her life and has made lasting contributions to organizations for the betterment of the public good.
The youngest of six children, Ms. Taylor was born in Haiti and emigrated to the United States with her family at age 10. She eventually went on to graduate from Northeastern University and was an active member of Alpha Kappa Alph, an organization dedicated to “Service to all Mankind.”
David R. Hooks, Jr., began his military career in the United States Marine Corp on August 28, 1965. As customary with all enlistees, he began his career as a private. He first served with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division in Camp LeJune, North Carolina. While with the 2nd Battalion he was stationed in Cuba for six months. In 1966, he transferred to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. During his time with the 3rd Battalion, from 1966-1967, he valiantly fought in the Vietnam War. Upon his return to the United States, he again was transferred to the 3rd Naval District Brig and stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Mr.
Victoria Thomas-Ramos is an educator, an innovator and an inspiration to all. A lifelong native of New York City, Ms. Thomas-Ramos comes from a tight-knit family of nine children. She attended New York City public schools, graduating from Jamaica High School in 1984. An Alumnus of Nyack College, she received her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2005, setting the path for her to become a special education teacher with the Board of Education.
Major Sharon Sweeting-Lindsey retired from the United States Army Reserve, after having served 26 years. During her tenure in the military, she was stationed at Fort Totten and Fort Hamilton, where her military occupation skill was that of a Food Service Specialist and Food Service Officer. Major Sweeting-Lindsey is a Magnum Cum Laude graduate from Brooklyn College, where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree, a Masters of Education Degree and an Advance Certificate Degree in Supervision and Administration. She also possesses numerous licensures as a NYC Certified Food Service instructor, Principal and School District Administrator.
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.