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coat drive at Hartsdale train station this week....Greenburgh Human Rights Committee to honor locals
Release Date: December 02, 2018

Have an extra coat or two? Donate It!

 Bring the gift of warmth to underprivileged children in need and visit John Rota of Keller Williams Realty Group, partnered with One Warm Coat in hosting a Hartsdale Coat Drive. He will be collecting new and gently worn coats, hats, gloves and scarves of all sizes - all donations will be given to Kid's Kloset of 914 Cares. Drop off your donation and receive a FREE hot cup of Starbucks coffee. Coat Drive dates are December 3rd through December 7th from 7am-9am at the Hartsdale Train Station Starbucks location. If you have any questions please contact John Rota directly at 917-574-8123 or johnrota@kw.com. He looks forward to seeing you there.

There are separate clothing/food drives being organized around town. The Town Hall lobby has bins- accepting food for Dobbs Ferry food pantry, clothing for midnight run and toys for tots.    PAUL FEINER



Greenburgh Human Rights Advisory Committee

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Dec. 9 Celebration at the Greenburgh Public Library Coincides with 70TH  Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


The Town of Greenburgh’s Human Rights Advisory Committee has selected three local residents and a church to be the recipients of its first Local Hero Awards in recognition of their work to promote human rights in the town.

They will be honored at a ceremony Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, at an event jointly sponsored with the United Nations Association Westchester Chapter and cosponsored by the library.

Advance registration is requested:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-rights-day-70th-anniversary-of-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights-tickets-52501285759

The free event is in observance of Human Rights Day, the annual international celebration of the UN's 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

 “The people we are honoring are the local unsung heroes in our town who have lived by the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Stu Hackel, chair of the Human Rights Committee. “At this time, when our own democracy is threatened as never before, we celebrate these rights and their meaning for all generations and all peoples."

            He added: “We are honored to be partners with the UN Association of Westchester and the Greenburgh Public Library in creating this unique event that links the struggle for human rights around the world.”

Similarly, Patrick Sciarratta, communications chair of the UNA USA Westchester Chapter, said, “We are proud to join together locally with the Greenburgh, Human Rights Advisory Committee and nationally with Rock Your World to present this very special event. I know that such events with active partners will make this a very special and meaningful commemoration.”

A presentation will also be made by Harshita Shet, a freshman at Woodlands High School who established Dignity for Girls to address the global and domestic lack of access to feminine hygiene products. Through her work, she is raising awareness of this issue and striving to reduce the mental burden, truancy, and dropout rates that accompany this problem.

The program will also feature presentations from: students from Woodlands High School and from Yonkers. 

The award recipients are the following:


·         Colby Jenkins-Caesar is the personification of a selfless giver. Her many activities include work with seniors, children and food pantries. She served as first PTA president of the Children's Aid Society and founded Women In The Black, to help educate, train and support black women entrepreneurs and "Dare 2 Be Different," an annual Greenburgh event that honors women community leaders. 

  •          Vic Leviatin has made his mark on our community as an educator. He is best known for developing the Woodlands (High School) Individualized Senior Experience (WISE), a program to give seniors of all ability levels the opportunity to design passion-driven projects that empower a transition from high school to college, work, and life-long learning. The program, to which Vic has donated more than 20,000 hours of his time, is in schools across the nation and has had more than 40,000 graduates. During his 30 years at Woodlands HS, he also inspired students by bringing them to human rights demonstrations.
  •          Cleo Oliver has a well-deserved reputation as a community leader. She served as the president of the Hillside/Wyndover Civic Association and vice president of the Greenburgh Civic Associations. She has long been active in political circles, representing the interests of her community to the Greenburgh Town government. For more than 25 years, she co-hosted the cable TV show “3 C’s --Cleo, Cora and Community.”
  •          Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for more than 18 years has worked to improve the lives of those in its Elmsford community, particularly its Hispanic residents. What began with the launch of a Spanish-language mass is today an important resource center with the overall aim of protecting human rights and providing important information about available resources. Programs include a food pantry, workshops, immigration and job counseling, support groups for single parents.


The Greenburgh Human Rights Advisory Committee, created in 2015, includes people from all parts of Greenburgh who work to protect human rights by advancing racial, social, ethnic, gender, economic, cultural, and environmental justice. The committee advises the Town government on human rights issues and we provide informational and educational forums to promote respect for the worth of each individual.

Although the Committee does not conduct legal investigations or issue findings about human rights violations, it can pass on reports of possible violations to other agencies.

The committee’s meetings are open to the public and generally take place the third Thursday of each month beginning at 7 pm. at Greenburgh Town Hall. Follow the committee on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/GreenburghHumanRIghts/


The United Nations Association is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize Americans to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education process, and public events. UNA-USA Westchester is one of the nation's most active chapters. Learn more about UNA-USA Westchester’s programs and initiatives at www.unawestchester.org.

Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: www.un.org/en/udhrbook/pdf/udhr_booklet_en_web.pdf



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