On Sunday, January 28, 2018, our Executive Director, Donna Kelsh and one of our Board Members, David Fobair had the privilege of attending the inauguration ceremony of Corey Johnson as The Speaker of the New York City Council. And what a privilege it was. This was not a somber event, but rather a celebration of this man – his story, his accomplishments, and his vision for New York City.
Corey is the first HIV positive person to hold The Speaker position in New York City. However, the fact that Corey is HIV positive is not what defines him, but highlights a part of his journey, along with many challenges that he has lived, has overcome. Most importantly, we learned from the many public officials that spoke, including Mayor de Blasio, Senator Chuck Schumer, House of Representative Jerrold Nadler and former Senator Tom Duane, how he has used his past to relate to others and their struggles, not from a distance, but from his own experiences.
Corey is an advocate for the people. He uses his passion, experience, and understanding of the political system, to fight for the rights of New Yorkers. He has a proven track record as a fighter and a champion on behalf of the rights of the immigrant, LGBTQ community, most anyone who has been underserved or underrepresented.
We were delighted to welcome Corey to our Institute for Immigrant Concerns English Language Program. He visited our classes and met our students, staff and answered many crucial questions from our students hailing from 22 different countries. The students were very happy to meet him and to have the opportunity to get their pictures taken with him. We want to congratulate him on his Inauguration and thank him for his ongoing support for our Institute.
It was exciting to see Corey celebrated by so many of his peers and from such diverse viewpoints and backgrounds. We look forward to seeing Corey’s vision implemented over the next four years for the benefit of all New Yorkers.
Institute for Immigrant Concerns