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Legislator Gelfarb Honors Long-Time Community Volunteer, Descendant of Historic Rye Family

On Monday as part of the Board of Legislators annual Black History and Heritage Celebration, Legislator David Gelfarb (R) Rye Brook, Harrison, Port Chester, presented a Proclamation to Doris Bailey-Reavis of Port Chester in honor of her many years of civic-engagement including, serving as a Life Member and President of the Port Chester/Rye NAACP, a member of the Port Chester Strategic Planning Committee, the League of Women Voters, the Council of Community Services and the Board of Directors of the Carver Center.

Mrs. Bailey-Reavis was among the first African Americans to be recruited to work at the Pentagon where she served under President Truman.

Mrs. Bailey-Reavis is a descendant of William Voris who escaped slavery in New Jersey in the early 19th Century and settled in Rye.  Mr. Voris went on to become a very successful businessman- one of the wealthiest African Americans of his day.  

Following the event, Legislator Gelfarb said, “I was very happy to honor Doris for her many years of service to our community.  Doris and her family’s civic participation have been woven into the history of Westchester County since the early 1800s.  It is amazing and we are fortunate that Doris continues to carry that legacy in 2017.  I am truly proud to count Doris among my constituents as a County Legislator.”

Video of Mrs. Bailey Reavis’ and Legislator Gelfarb’s entire comments are available at this link: https://vimeo.com/204082008


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