City Council Salutes Rockaway Woman With Award
By Miriam Rosenberg
In a celebration of the achievements of women in New York City, and as part of Women’s History Month, the City Council gave out its annual Pace setter Awards to women who have made a difference in their communities. Honorees from each council district, along with family, friends and members of the City Council gathered in the council chambers on March 25 for the ceremony.
Glenda Nesmith, president of the 101 Precinct Community Council, was chosen by Councilman James Sand ers, Jr. to represent the 31st council district.
"I’m excited, and I feel very blessed and very fortunate for such an honor," said Nesmith, who wished that her parents had lived to see her receive the award. "I actually thank God for this. "This [award] is for [my parents] and my family."
Sanders described Nesmith as a wife, mother and community activist who, as just part of her achievements, went from being part of the precinct council to being a member of the community board.
"This little plaque is just a souvenir of part of the love that, not only, I have for you and your family has for you, but the community has as well," said Sanders in presenting the winner, Glenda Nesmith the award.
In addition to her community work, Nesmith is a Family Day Care Co ordinator at the Blanche Comm unity Progress Day Care Center in Far Rockaway. Joining her at City Hall were her daughters Allar, Tiqua, Danielle and her granddaughter Kai. Representing the 101st Precinct was Community Affairs Officer Detective Willie Olmeda.
City Council Speaker Gifford Miller described the annual event as a way for the members of the council to "Honor exceptional women who live and work" in each council members district.
"What brings us together to honor these women, and what brings them together is an undying commitment to making this city a better place and more compassionate place to live," continued Miller, as the proceedings began. "The women we honor tonight set the pace for all New Yorker’s, and that’s why we call them the Pace setter Awards."
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., of the 32nd District, explained that each year he alternates between the Rockaways and the mainland in choosing his Pacesetter representative. This year he named Maria Thomson from the Woodhaven/Richmond Hill area after picking a woman from the Rockaways last year.