Crowley Hosts Women's History Month Event and Honors Local Women Leaders for Their Service to Their Community

March 18, 2011
Press Release

Bronx, N.Y.Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) hosted his sixth annual Women’s History Month event with special guest Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and local women leaders at the New York Botanical Garden. Rice, the first woman in Long Island’s history to be elected district attorney, delivered the keynote address. During the event, Crowley honored two outstanding community leaders, Joanne Cicero of the Bronx and Grace Lawrence of Queens, for their dedication and service to their communities.

“Women’s History Month is a time to recognize and pay tribute to those trailblazers who not only fought for equality, but also progress. It is also the time to thank the many great women leaders who have refused to let these efforts fade, and have instead persevered to further advance the role and rights of women in the United States and around the globe,” said Congressman Crowley. 

As the founder and executive director of the Crime Victims Support Services of the North Bronx, Inc., Joanne Cicero has been a tireless advocate for crime victims and their families. In honoring her son’s memory, Cicero has helped her neighbors find hope during what is often the darkest of hours.

Grace Lawrence is a committed civic activist, working to preserve and support cultural initiatives throughout Queens. As Chair of the Advisory Board of the Library Action Committee of East Elmhurst, Lawrence has dedicated her life to bettering her community and society.

“The women we honor today capture the very essence of those who paved the path before them – they are modern-day heroes who also never give up the fights they believe in,” said Crowley. “On behalf of New York’s 7th Congressional District, I thank them for their life-long commitment to improving our communities and for serving as an inspiration to us all.” 

Attendees at the event were treated to musical performances by Middle School 101 and Preston High School Gospel Choir, both of the Bronx. Students from Preston High School also delivered a spoken word tribute during the event. Gregory Long, President of New York Botanical Garden, opened the program.

A champion of women’s rights in the U.S. and abroad, Crowley has hosted a Women’s History Month event every year since 2006.

Congressman Crowley is the seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as a Chief Deputy Whip in the House of Representatives.