June 2 - 8, 2011
A LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT:
recently honored the Lower East Side’s
asone of New York’s “Women of Distinction” at the annual Senatecelebration recognizing outstanding women throughout the state.Squadron said selecting Spink from among all the accomplishedwomen in his district was “the obvious choice.” “Mary Spink’sachievements, against all odds, serve to inspire and empowerthe community,” he said. “Mary embodies what the Lower EastSide is and can be.” As executive director of the Lower EastSide People’s Mutual Housing Association and a member of Community Board 3, Spink has worked tirelessly for the com-munity on issues such as housing, drug and crime prevention andthe arts. “Her passion, hard work and ingenuity have inspiredcountless others and made the Lower East Side a better place,”the state senator said. “I’m thrilled to honor everything that Maryhas done to make our community more affordable and diverse.”Spink was accompanied up to Albany by City Councilmember
and C.B. 3 District Manager
. SaidMendez, “Mary Spink’s work as a low-income housing developerand her lifetime volunteerism in community preservation andstabilization in the Lower East Side is worthy of recognition.I am grateful that Senator Squadron honored Mary with the Woman of Distinction Award.” Said Stetzer, “Mary is what theLower East Side is all about. She is a tough, strong woman whouses her incredible skills to help the most vulnerable in our com-munity — and Mary gets things done! She is a role model and aninspiration for us all.” “It was a wonderful event,” Spink said. “Iwant to thank Senator Squadron for including me in the ranks of so many truly great women of New York State.” Born in 1946,a Schenectady native, Spink moved to New York City in her lateteens. Through the years, she has owned and operated a dressshop, a newsstand, a hardware store and Sacred Circle, Inc., allon the Lower East Side. Her résumé also includes experience asa cook, record promoter, bricklayer, dancer, waitress, plumber,ofﬁce manager, superintendent and property manager. In addi-tion to the People’s Mutual Housing Association, she has servedon the board of other leading community organizations, suchas the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union and theLower Eastside Girls Club.
SMOKIN’ MEMORIAL DAY:
Feeling we “got to get our-selves back to the gaaahar-den,” we stopped by the MemorialDay barbecue at Dias y Flores Community Garden on E.13th St. where
was leading the jam sessionson guitar. We bumped into
, who queried, asshe was lighting up her cigarette, if smoking was now alsobanned in community gardens, as it has been in city parkssince May 23. The assumption was that it is, but she declinedto “self-enforce” and went ahead and puffed on her tax-freeIndian reservation cigarette.
In the ongoing “Bicycle Wars,” WestVillage activist and cyclist
tells us he was recentlyriding in the bike lane on Sixth Ave. at 22nd St. when he came
At the Albany award ceremony for Mary Spink, from left, Rosie Mendez, Spink, State Senator Daniel Squadronand Susan Stetzer.
Photo by Scoopy
Devin Vajac got a $50 ticket for biking east in thePrince St. bike lane.
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