Congressman Crowley Congratulates New York Botanical Garden on National Award

December 17, 2010
Press Release

Washington, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) congratulated The New York Botanical Garden on its receipt of the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Crowley supported the organization’s nomination for the award with a letter of support earlier this year. The award was presented to the Garden by First Lady Michelle Obama during a ceremony at the White House today.
“This prestigious award is a meaningful affirmation of the Garden’s long-standing commitment and service to the entire Bronx community. Through its many creative initiatives, the Garden demonstrates an extraordinary level of public service as well as a keen understanding of the community’s pressing needs,” said Congressman Crowley. “The Garden has also played an active role in improving the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods that surround its landmark facility. The Bronx is proud to be home to this world-class institution.”
Crowley, a long-time supporter of the Garden, has secured nearly $2 million for it to remain at the forefront of science and innovation and continue to provide invaluable educational programs and services for the Bronx community.
In August, Crowley toured the Garden’s Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, an initiative to educate children and their families on the benefits of growing and preparing healthy food.
“With every visit to the Garden, I am more and more impressed with its unique programs and commitment to bettering our community,” said Crowley. “The Garden truly is a Bronx treasure and I congratulate the entire organization on this great achievement.”
Congressman Crowley is the six-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is one of nine chief deputy whips and sits on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and Committee on Foreign Affairs.