Assemblywoman Galef’s Annual Senior Citizen Forum on July 9th Headlines Storyteller Jonathan Kruk

June 29, 2009

Assemblywoman Galef announced that her annual Senior Citizen Forum will feature renowned storyteller Jonathan Kruk of Cold Spring, NY. The Forum will be held Thursday, July 9 from 9 am to 12 noon at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street. This year’s theme is “Let’s Enjoy the Hudson Valley as We Celebrate the Quadricentennial”, marking the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson sailing up the river that now bears his name. New Yorkers are celebrating this momentous occasion through the summer and fall months. Breakfast will be provided by the Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Jonathan Kruk will lead off the morning with an entertaining story about Henry Hudson and the Quadricentennial. Jonathan has been sharing his creative stories for many years, giving about 300 performances and workshops per year. Jonathan was selected "Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley" by Hudson Valley Magazine and The New York Times has described him as "Westchester’s intrepid storyteller". Jonathan has appeared on P.B.S., The Travel and History Channels.

The Forum will follow with a variety of speakers on the Quadricentennial, tourism in the Hudson Valley, and local events for both seniors and their families. Kim Sinistore, Director of the Westchester County Department of Tourism, will discuss local Quadricentennial events along with descriptions of local tourism sites for everyone to visit. Valerie Hickman, Director of the Putnam County Visitors Bureau, will discuss events coming up in Putnam County as well as tourism sites and local Quadricentennial events. Barbara Fratianni, Assistant Director of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, will describe upcoming Quadricentennial Events in the region and throughout New York State. John Dennehey, Senior Planner of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Hudson River Valley Greenway will be presenting wonderful information on local historical sites. Lastly, Dr. Gary Phillips, a board certified endocrinologist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, will share his knowledge of living healthy with diabetes and diabetes prevention.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is sponsoring the Forum. Co-sponsors are: Bethel Homes and Services, Briarcliff Manor Seniors, Buchanan Senior Citizen Club, Cold Spring Senior Nutrition Center, Cortlandt Seniors, Crompond Seniors, Croton Senior Citizens, Drum Hill Senior Living, Nor-Cort Seniors, Ossining Golden Age Club #1, Ossining Senior Center, Ossining Senior Citizens, Peekskill Senior Citizen’s Club, Philipstown Senior Citizens, Putnam County AARP Chapter 1183, Putnam County Office of the Aging, Putnam Valley Seniors, Verplanck Seniors, and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

For more information about the event please contact Sara Rubin in Galef’s district office at (914) 941-1111 or by e-mailing