Scenic Hudson honors women for environmental leadership at annual gala

Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan and New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Scenic Hudson’s annual gala at Sojourner Truth State Park in Kingston on Saturday, June 8 celebrated the contributions of women environmental champions from across the Hudson Valley and recognized their continued efforts to conserve and protect our natural resources. Winners included the majority leader of the New York Senate Andrea Stewart-Neven, Lucy Rockefeller WaletzkyMD, former chairman of the NY State Parks Commission; Yvonne Flowersmayor of Poughkeepsie; Shaniqua Bowden, Director of Cultural Engagement and Sustainable Living for the Kingston Land Trust; And Kathy Laurensfounding board chair of the Greater Newburgh Parks Conservancy.

The creation of Sojourner Truth State Park was a project of Scenic Hudson in collaboration with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The event marked the opening of the new park and the continued efforts of Scenic Hudson, which is in its seventh decade of saving land, creating unique parks and responding to the climate crisis.

“New York is blessed with abundant natural resources and ecological diversity. Protecting and conserving these precious resources is of utmost importance for the well-being of current and future generations,” Sen said. said Stewart-Cousins. “I am deeply honored to be recognized by Scenic Hudson, an organization that has shown unwavering dedication to preserving New York’s natural beauty and environment. I sincerely congratulate my fellow honorees, whose efforts and dedication inspire us all to strive for a more sustainable future.”

Sojourner Truth, a noted African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist who was born into slavery in New York in the late 18th century, gained her freedom in 1827 and became known for her powerful anti-slavery speeches and unwavering commitment to social justice. Scenic Hudson said Saturday’s winners embody Sojourner Truth’s passion, fearlessness and leadership in their work, exemplifying the values ​​of justice and service while promoting environmental sustainability.