Volume 81, Number 1 | June 2 - 8, 2011
A lifetime of achievement:
State Senator Daniel Squadron recently honored the Lower East Side’s Mary Spink as one of New York’s “Women of Distinction” at the annual Senate celebration recognizing outstanding women throughout the state. Squadron said selecting Spink from among all the accomplished women in his district was “the obvious choice.” “Mary Spink’s achievements, against all odds, serve to inspire and empower the community,” he said. “Mary embodies what the Lower East Side is and can be.” As executive director of the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association and a member of Community Board 3, Spink has worked tirelessly for the community on issues such as housing, drug and crime prevention and the arts. “Her passion, hard work and ingenuity have inspired countless others and made the Lower East Side a better place,” the state senator said. “I’m thrilled to honor everything that Mary has done to make our community more affordable and diverse.” Spink was accompanied up to Albany by City Councilmember Rosie Mendez and C.B. 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer. Said Mendez, “Mary Spink’s work as a low-income housing developer and her lifetime volunteerism in community preservation and stabilization in the Lower East Side is worthy of recognition. I am grateful that Senator Squadron honored Mary with the Woman of Distinction Award.” Said Stetzer, “Mary is what the Lower East Side is all about. She is a tough, strong woman who uses her incredible skills to help the most vulnerable in our community — and Mary gets things done! She is a role model and an inspiration for us all.” “It was a wonderful event,” Spink said. “I want to thank Senator Squadron for including me in the ranks of so many truly great women of New York State.” Born in 1946, a Schenectady native, Spink moved to New York City in her late teens. Through the years, she has owned and operated a dress shop, a newsstand, a hardware store and Sacred Circle, Inc., all on the Lower East Side. Her résumé also includes experience as a cook, record promoter, bricklayer, dancer, waitress, plumber, office manager, superintendent and property manager. In addition to the People’s Mutual Housing Association, she has served on the board of other leading community organizations, such as the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union and the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
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