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September 5, 2009

Greater Harlem Chamber Of Commerce Honors President Williams

CCNY President Gregory H. Williams was honored by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) for his stellar service to the community and long-standing commitment to Harlem at the annual Harlem Week “Joints Are Jumpin’” event, Wednesday, August 26.  

President Williams said he was humbled and honored to receive the award.  “To earn the recognition of a Chamber that has presided over the remarkable transformation Uptown that has been dubbed the second Harlem renaissance is simply marvelous,” he said.Left to right:Michael J. Garner, Chief Diversity Officer,  Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA); Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright; Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly; President Williams; James Harding, Jr., VP,Vice President, MTA, and Lloyd A. Williams, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce President and CEO

The President noted that CCNY and the Harlem community shared an inextricable bond through numerous partnerships and links in various fields and reaffirmed the College’s commitment to the surrounding neighborhood. “We draw strength and inspiration from this relationship and can only endeavor to serve the community better.”

Lloyd A. Williams, GHCC President/CEO, and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly presented a plaque to President Williams at Terrace in the Sky.  The Morningside Heights restaurant was one of the eight participating venues for the event.  Organized by the GHCC, the “Joints Are Jumpin’” is a bow to the old Harlem club-hopping tradition that began during the Harlem Renaissance era.