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Norman Buchbinder Award presented at Gracie Mansion.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh presented the 2007 New York City Neighborhood Achievement Awards to 11 recipients at Gracie Mansion.

The awards honor outstanding organizations, businesses and individuals for strengthening the City's neighborhoods and commercial corridors.

Representatives of the event sponsors, Kevin Burke, chairman and CEO of Con Edison and Michael Flanigan, vice president and director of Community Relations for Citibank, presented the awards.

"New York City's annual unemployment rate hit a record low and business is booming thanks in large part to the efforts of individuals and groups like this evening's honorees. By investing in neighborhoods across the City imparting valuable skills to our workforce and improving the business climate and quality of life in their communities, tonight's honorees are making a huge difference," said Mayor Bloomberg.

"New York City's 200,000 small businesses form the backbone of our economy, accounting for half of our City's private sector workforce," said Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services. "This evening's honorees are to be commended for making the City a cleaner, safer and more attractive place for New Yorkers to live and for these businesses to form and grow."

The inaugural Norman Buchbinder Award for Neighborhood Beautification was presented at the ceremony in memory of Norman Buchbinder, a co-founder of the Union Square Partnership, the city's first Business Improvement

District, and founder of the Village Alliance BID. He was also an active member of the Greenwich VillageChelsea Chamber of Commelee.

Mr. Buchbinder owned numerous properties downtown and was instrumental in revitalizing and attracting business investment to the area.

The Norman Buchbinder Award for Neighborhood Beautification was presented to the Grand Central Partnership and accepted by President and CEO Fred Cerullo. The Development Award was presented to Gregory O'Connell, a retired police detective who created Pier 41 Associates in 1982.

The Placemaking Award was presented to The Pond at Bryant Park, a project created by the Bryant Park Corporation with its partner, ID&A, LLC. The award was accepted by Executive Director Daniel A. Biederman.

A Partnership Award was presented to Added Value, which has transformed the Red Hook Community Farm into a center for urban agriculture. Caroline Loomis, Community Education Coordinator, accepted the award. A

Partnership Award was also presented to Phipps West Farmer's Market, which was launched last summer to improve nutrition and healthy lifestyles in the South Bronx. The award was accepted by Phipps Director of Environmental Education Jennifer Plewka.

A Small Business of the Year Award was presented to bushbaby, a gourmet coffeehouse and cafe in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, famous for Millie's Iced Tea (a family recipe), exotic wrap sandwiches and vegan selections.

A Small Business of the Year Award was also presented to Lily Gavin, owner of Dazies, an Italian Restaurant on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens.

The Workforce Innovation Award was presented to Special Tees. The screen printing and embroidery business employs individuals with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities, providing training to equip their employees with both technical and social skills.

The M/WBE Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Minority Commerce Weekly, a publication launched in 1988 which provides important information about both public and private sector contracting opportunities to minority and women-owned businesses.

A Leadership Award was presented posthumously to Gilbert Rivera, a strong advocate for local businesses in Brooklyn, who passed away on February 1, 2007.

A Leadership Award was also presented to Gail Richards and Sharon Joseph for extraordinary leadership in raising the capital for the creation of Harlem Lanes in Harlem.
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