Great Neck - Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel received an important honor for her anti-crime initiatives, the Allard Lowenstein Award for Public Service. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), a leading advocacy organization for reducing gun violence in New York State, recognized Assemblywoman Schimel and four members of the law enforcement community, Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, Police Benevolent Association President James Carver, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director John Grebert, and Malverne Police Chief John Aresta. Previous awardees include Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy.
The Awards Ceremony took place at the New York City Fire Museum in Manhattan. Unfortunately Assemblyman Schimel was unable to accept her award as she was in Albany for Extraordinary Session. Accepting on her behalf was Frances Reid, who read a speech written by Ms. Schimel for the occasion.
At Ms. Reid's side, to accept Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel's award, were fellow advocates, Joyce Gorycki and Lois Schaffer. Assemblywoman Schimel's speech detailed her long ongoing tug of war with the powerful gun lobby. Ms. Schimel urged everyone in the room "to not let go of the rope." Ms. Reid and Assemblywoman Schimel received a standing ovation.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel has been an anti-crime advocate for over 16 years.