Orange County Human Rights Commission seeks Nominations for 2016 Awards

Goshen, N.Y.: Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced on Tuesday that the Human Rights Commission is now seeking nominations for its 2016 awards.

Now in its 21st year, the Human Rights awards program honors those who have made a significant contribution to advance human rights and eliminate discrimination. Since the award’s inception in 1995, 121 individuals, organizations, or businesses from Orange County have been recognized. Recipients of the 2015 award were: John C. Cappello of Walden, Newburgh’s Laura Garcia and Colin Jarvis, Rev. Dcn. Mavourneen “Vonnie” Hubbard of New Windsor, and Monroe’s Matthew Kravatz.

“I look forward to receiving several strong nominations for the awards,” Neuhaus said. “We are always excited to recognize and honor the winners of the Human Rights award. These men and women play an integral role in preserving the rights of all residents of Orange County and reinforcing the mission of the Human Rights Commission.”

Human Rights Commission Chair Fred Cook invites the public to nominate candidates for the 2016 award. To be considered, eligible candidates will have:

  • Enriched the quality of life in Orange County by building better relationships among diverse people and encouraging them to participate in community life on an equal basis;         
  • Fostered mutual respect and understanding among individuals of different races or national origin;
  • Relieved tension and conflict between racial, religious, or nationality groups;
  • Helped to eliminate discrimination in Orange County.

Nominees must either live or work in Orange County and may be from any field, including, but not limited to, education, law enforcement, public service, human services, industry, small and large business, and not-for-profit agencies.

Completed nomination forms must be postmarked no later than February 26, 2016. Nomination forms are available on the Human Rights Commission page on the County website, or by calling Ginny Esposito at 615-3680. Entries should be mailed to: Orange County Human Rights Commission, 18 Seward Avenue, Suite 203, Middletown, NY 10940 or emailed to: 

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