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Meet the Ambassador: Jo Anne Simon to be anointed at 43rd Atlantic Antic celebration

September 6, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. Photo: Susannah Pasquantonio
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State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon will be named the Sixth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador at the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic Festival. The award is presented annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) and this year’s ceremony will take place on Sept. 24, 2017 on the Atlantic Antic Main Stage at 4 p.m., according to the event’s release.

A former sign language interpreter and disability civil rights attorney, Simon is a nationally recognized expert in her field with her work featured in the New York and National Law Journals. Since 1981, Simon has made her home in Brooklyn, where she has served as president of the Boerum Hill Association and chaired its Traffic & Transportation, Land Use and Atlantic Yards committees. She has worked to give Brooklyn’s communities a voice in the decisions that affect their lives, increase environmental justice, increase affordable housing, reduce firearm violence and improve street safety and access to education, the release states.

As the founder and co-founder of organizations including, Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Friends of Douglass/Greene Park, Hoyt-Schermerhorn Task Force, the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming Task Force, she has earned a reputation as an effective community leader. She is a founding member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability and the former president of Everyone Reading, which advocates on behalf of individuals with dyslexia and related learning disabilities. 

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In 2004, she was elected as the district leader and state committeewoman for the 52nd Assembly District where she put principle over politics. She has fought for election and campaign finance reform and increased voter participation. Simon was elected to represent the 52nd District of the New York State Assembly in 2014 where she was in the forefront of the movement to bring new leadership and reforms to the political party. She also serves as the chair of the Subcommittee on Tuition Assistance.

The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award is presented annually by the AALDC to a community leader or businessperson who has contributed outstandingly in enhancing the cultural and economic development of Atlantic Avenue and its surrounding areas. The First Annual Ambassador Award honored Atlantic Avenue business owner Charlie Sahadi in 2011, followed by District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013, Assemblymember Joan L. Millman in 2014, AALDC Co-Vice President and Community Leader Sue Wolfe in 2015 and Councilmember Stephen T. Levin in 2016.

The AALDC is a nonprofit organization committed to the economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area and surrounding community.


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