Hudson Valley Black History Committee Celebrates Diversity in Public Office

The Black History Committee of the Hudson Valley (BHC) celebrated a Legacy of Service in Public Service by saluting the 2016 quorum of Black & Hispanic public officials. The celebration was held at the Black Inaugural Brunch on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Bear Mountain Inn                                                                                                            

The BHC recognizes the significance of political representation by people of color. Sadie Tallie, BHC President, stated. “It is vitally important to have persons who share you experience to participate in public policy decision-making. The BHC will continue to champion the achievements of people of color. And, we are very proud of the achievements of these dynamic individuals.”

The Black Inaugural Brunch gave special salute to the Black elected officials holding office in the Mid-Hudson Valley:

In Orange County: Curlie Dillard (County Legislator – Orange County); Torrance Harvey (City Council Member – City of Newburgh); Hillary Rayford (City Council Member – City of Newburgh); Cindy Holmes (City Council Member – City of Newburgh); Judge Eddie Williams (City of Newburgh City Court).

In Dutchess County: Francena Amparo (County Legislator – Dutchess County).

In Rockland County: Brendel Logan-Charles (Town Council Member- Town of Ramapo); Bernard L. Charles, Jr. (School Board Member – East Ramapo).

In Ulster County: Rev. Arthur Coston Jr. (School Board Member – City of Kingston).

In Westchester County: S. Kenneth F. Jones, Esq. (Town Council Member – Town of Greenburg).

BHC presents, interprets and preserves the history, art and culture of African Americans in the Hudson Valley and of people of the African Diaspora throughout the world.