White Plains, NY - Minority Leader Jim Maisano (R-New Rochelle) was proud to honor long-time New Rochelle resident Sam Spady at a ceremony to honor Black History and Heritage Month in Westchester County.  Maisano joined with Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), Vice-Chairman Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon), Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) and his other colleagues, as well as local community advocates, clergy, business leaders and local elected officials, to celebrate the important legacy of African-Americans to the history of Westchester at the program last night during the county legislature’s meeting.

In proclaiming February as Black History & Heritage Month, the Board of Legislators celebrated the outstanding contributions of Black Americans.  The event highlighted our local ‘unsung heroes’ from across Westchester, who have done an exemplary job promoting civil rights and fighting for social justice.

Minority Leader James Maisano’s (R-New Rochelle) honoree was lifelong New Rochelle resident, Samuel Spady for his more than 40 years of dedicated service in community and civic affairs to the City of New Rochelle.

“Sam has touched the lives of so many people over his many years of dedicated community service. He is truly an unsung hero. Sam always has the courage to speak his mind and fights to protect those less fortunate in our community.  He gives of himself and has been a true fighter for civil rights in New Rochelle.  Our theme this year, ‘Living the Dream Leaving a Legacy’ fits the accomplishments of Sam Spady. I am honored to share this special event with a man who has been an important leader in New Rochelle and a friend to me.”

Spady was the President of the New Rochelle Branch of the NAACP for eight years.  His achievements on behalf of his home city include serving as Director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps at New Rochelle Community Action Agency, a Little League Baseball coach for 16 years, PTA Council Representative for Jefferson School, and volunteer at the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelly, President of the College of New Rochelle appointed Spady to the CNR President’s Community Advisory Board.

Currently he is in his ninth year on the New Rochelle Historical Landmarks Review Board, a member of the Sons of Israel’s 625 Masonic Lodge and Vice President of Pell Glenn Manor Cooperative.

Spady is the former owner and operator of Red Fox Taxi Service, which served the community of New Rochelle for 41 years.