A Decorated New York City Police Deputy Chief, Supervising Westchester County Family Court Judge, NAACP Secretary, And Rising Adjunct Physics Professor To Receive Leadership Award For Distinguished Public Service

A Decorated New York City Police Deputy Chief, Supervising Westchester County Family Court Judge, NAACP Secretary, And Rising Adjunct Physics Professor To Receive Leadership Award For Distinguished Public ServiceA Decorated New York City Police Deputy Chief, Supervising Westchester County Family Court Judge, NAACP Secretary, And Rising Adjunct Physics Professor To Receive Leadership Award For Distinguished Public Service A Decorated New York City Police Deputy Chief, Supervising Westchester County Family Court Judge, NAACP Secretary, And Rising Adjunct Physics Professor To Receive Leadership Award For Distinguished Public Service

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(Harlem, NY)  − A decorated New York City Police Female Deputy Chief, Supervising Westchester County Family Court Judge, NAACP Officer and rising adjunct Physics Professor will receive 2016 Culvert News Leadership Award for distinguished community service, officials said.                               

“We will honor a group of outstanding individuals who have used their gifts to help others,” said Dr. Edward R. Culvert, Publisher of the online Culvert News and Culvert Chronicles USA, which sponsors the bi-annual awards ceremony scheduled to be held in May at the historic Sylvia’s Also Restaurant in Harlem, NY.

“They have made a significant contribution to their communities and are very deserving of this award,” Dr. Culvert said. “They are living examples I what can be accomplished when you use your gifts to serve other.”

Public Service Award Recipient Kristel A. Johnson has risen steadily through the ranks of the New York Police Department commanding several prestigious posts. In May 2006 she became the first African American female to serve as Commanding Officer in Queens South at the 113th Precinct.  Johnson has also served as the Executive Officer of Housing Borough Bronx/Queens and Executive Officer of the Patrol Borough Queens South.

Public Service Award Recipient The Hon. Kathie E. Davidson is Supervising Judge of Westchester Family Court – White Plains. Davidson has worked as a hearing officer for the New York City Board of Education, a law guardian for the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division, an investigative attorney for the State Education Department and a sole practitioner with an emphasis in family law. Davidson joined the Family Court in 2004 and became the supervising judge in 2007. Davidson received her Bachelor’s of Arts from Simmons College and her Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law.

Public Service Award Recipient Yvonne Armstrong is Secretary of the New York Branch NAACP.

Armstrong is Senior Customer Service Representative in the Corporate Customer Group at Consolidated Edison Company where she has worked for more than 40 years.

Armstrong was the first woman to hold a full-time Officer’s position for the utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2.

Public Service Award Recipient Oscar Smith retired from Montefiore Medical Center where he worked in computer technology. Smith is also credit with working to preserve affordable housing in the greater Harlem community.

Other Culvert News Leadership Award recipients previously announced, include:

Robin Verges of Rubenstein Associates, Inc., Oscar Hopkins of the Hopkins Barbershop in Queens; Anthony Miranda of the National Latino Officers Association; Dr. Valiere Alcena, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Bob McCullough, founder of what is now the Rucker Pro Tournament Summer Professional Basketball League.

Event Producer Sherree Culvert said: “It is important that we as a community honor individual excellence and those who continue to make a difference.”

Previous Culvert Chronicles USA Community Leadership Award recipients, include:

Clem Richardson, Novelist, Lecturer and former Newsday/New York Daily News award-winning journalist; Anthony Harmon, special assistant to United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew; Maxine Griffith, Executive Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University; and Deborah Williams, M.D. /PhD of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pharmacy; and Eric Sanders, civil rights attorney and founder of The Sanders Firm, PC.

For additional information, contact Curtis Taylor at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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