Melvin Garrett was born in Newark, New Jersey and attended the Newark school systems and the Barringer Evening School for Business. He entered the military (Army) in July 1946 and served in the Far East with the 159th Field Artillery Battalion in Nara, Japan as a Radio Operator. He was honorably discharged in December 1947.
He joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1952 as a member of Accie Jeffress Post # 2768 VFW, Tuckahoe, New York.
Mel was elected a Post Commander in 1967-68, and 1991-92. Westchester County Council Commander 1961-62, District # 2 Commander 1971-72, served as Post Judge Advocate 25 years and as Quartermaster and House Chairman.
Throughout her career in public service, Ivine Galarza has demonstrated strong leadership abilities and a sincere interest in strengthening her community and improving the lives of others. Currently, Ms. Galarza is the District Manager for Bronx Community Board #6, a position she has held since 1995.
As District Manager, Ms. Galarza is responsible for monitoring and making recommendations to ensure the timely and satisfactory delivery of City services and programs to the community. Shealso serves as a liaison to New York City’s municipal agencies and elected officials and advises the community board on the City’s capital and expense budget.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 36th Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: