Blossom Ferguson is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army Reserve and a licensed New York State Registered Nurse and Adult Nurse Practitioner. During her 21 years in the military she has received numerous commendations including Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leave Clusters), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Blossom is also active in the community with the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, National Association of Black Military Women, Women Veterans Alumni York College, and Life Saver with the American Cancer Society, Queens Division.
Adjoa Esinam Gzifa, a native New Yorker, is Director of The Workforce Education Center, Division of Adult and Continuing Education, at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. She is also an adjunct lecturer at York College.
As an educator, Ms. Gzifa is committed to providing quality education for all youth programs under her supervision. A strong advocate in her community, she is actively involved with the Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides summer employment to approximately 1,700 youth. She believes strongly that youth are the future and that they should be given every opportunity to grow and be productive citizens.
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.