Thursday, November 5, 2009

NeighborWorks Northeast District Honors Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and F.B. Heron Foundation President Sharon King

The Honorable Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark and Sharon King, president of the F.B. Heron Foundation were honored as “Visionary Leaders in Community Development” at the Fourth Annual NeighborWorks America Northeast District Reception, hosted by the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York on Park Avenue in Manhattan.

The Annual District Reception, known as “A Community United,” drew 300 leaders from the housing field, finance, government, foundations and nonprofits.

NeighborWorks America CEO Ken Wade spoke about Mayor Booker’s dedication to “development without displacement” in more than doubling the number of affordable housing units in the City of Newark while significantly reducing crime, beautifying public spaces and enforcing an aggressive anti-abandonment strategy.

King, a long-time NeighborWorks supporter, was cited by Wade for having “shaped a foundation that is known for its uncommonly close partnership with grantees -- a collaboration based on a culture of engagement, trust, mutual learning and a focus on results.”

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