News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 29, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | firstname.lastname@example.org | (518) 455-3531
Senator Huntley Commemorates the End of the 2012 Legislative Session While Urging More Progressive Growth for the Future
As the 2012 Legislative Session came to a close last week, Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the Democratic Conference highlighted some great accomplishments made this year while also emphasizing the essential work that still has left to be done.
On June 5, 2012, Senator Shirley L. Huntley along with members of the Senate Democratic Conference addressed and discussed a myriad of topics related to Women’s Health in a public forum format. Senator Huntley’s Military Sexual Trauma bill (S. 6342-C) was discussed by special guest speaker Ardeane Greene-Cook, a retired veteran, survivor of MST, and advocate of female soldiers and veterans.
Colonel Stephanie E. Dawson has 32 years of dedicated service in the United States Army. Prior to her retirement in July of 2011 she served as Commander of the 53rd Troop Command, one of two major commands within the New York Army National Guard.
Previously, Colonel Dawson led approximately 2,300 soldiers as Commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, the first female to serve as a brigade commander in the New York Army National Guard. She also served as commander of the 27th Rear Area Operations Center based in Kuwait. Hers was one of the first New York Army National Guard units to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in February 2003.
Ardeane Greene-Cook is truly a woman of diversity. A native New Yorker, Ms. Greene-Cook enlisted in the United States Army on the advice of her father who was a WW II and Korean era veteran. Upon completing boot camp, she trained as a medic and was eventually assigned to the 514th Medical Ambulance Co. at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts.
Senator Huntley enjoyed visiting the Queens County Bar Association students on their annual trip to Albany to meet with various legislators. Senator Huntley discussed the importance of Education, Drug Prevention and the seriousness of Bullying and Harassment towards others. She also answered some questions ranging from her early days as a School Board President to being a NYS Senator and how she is trying to make a difference for not only Queens residents but New York State as well by introducing good legislation. To learn more about the Queens County Bar Association, please visit their website @ qcba.org