FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2013
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LEGISLATOR SHIMSKY HONORED
BY U. N. ASSOCIATION OF WESTCHESTER
Cited for Leadership in Environmental Issues and Commitment to Women’s Rights
White Plains, NY – Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson) was honored recently by the Westchester chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA) at its International Women’s Day 2013 celebration, which was held at the Rye Historical Society’s Square House Museum. Legislator Shimsky was honored for her leadership in environmental issues and commitment to women’s rights.
Former Mount Vernon schools superintendent and UNA Program Co-Chair Brenda Smith introduced Legislator Shimsky and commended her leadership as Majority Whip of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, as well as her efforts to expand mulching in place techniques, and safeguarding Westchester’s aging infrastructure.
In keeping with the day’s theme of ending violence against women, Legislator Shimsky welcomed the recent approval by US Congress of the Violence Against Women Act and Governor Cuomo’s proposed Women’s Equality Act. Shimsky also called for renewed County efforts to provide affordable, quality child care for low- and moderate-income parents, and for funding restorations for vital non-mandated social services like eviction prevention and food pantry aid. Noted Shimsky, “Women have made a lot of recent progress in protecting our rights and having our concerns taken seriously in the halls of power, but we still have a long way to go, on all levels of government.”
Legislator Shimsky shared the program with keynote speaker and Hartsdale resident Judith Cheng-Hopkins, United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Peacebuilding Support, and with NY State Senator and Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who was honored for her contributions to women’s rights in the Empire State.