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BW’s Damon K. Jones & AJ Woodson Make City & State New York’s 2020 Westchester Power 100 list

Every year City and State NY Magazine puts together Power 100 lists. This year amongst a list highlighting the movers and shakers who are shaping the county’s future including of newly elected Congressmen, The Westchester County District Attorney-Elect, Mayors of Peekskill, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Yonkers and White Plains, the County Executive and Deputy Executive, Presidents of Westchester Colleges and Universities like Pace, Purchase, Mercy, Iona, Sarah Lawrence WCC and Manhattanville, the Presidents and CEOs of Regeneron, IBM, PepsiCo and WMCHealth, President-Elect of Con Edison New York, President of Westchester Community College, Black Westchester’s Co-Owners, Publisher Damon K. Jones and Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson make the list for the first time at number 93.

Black residents make up 16.7% of Westchester County, but all too often their stories are not told in the media. That’s where Black Westchester comes in. The online magazine, at, is run by publisher Damon Jones and editor-in-chief AJ Woodson. The duo put the spotlight on Black political players in the county, offering commentary on candidates for office, highlighting efforts to reform policing practices, and covering everything from sports to music.

“I am honored and humbled,” BW Publisher Damon K. Jones said when we find out about making the list.

I second Damon’s sentiment and add, it’s great to be recognized for all our hard work.

NYS Senator Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the first woman and African-American Woman to lead the NYS Senate. tops the list for a second year in a row. Followed by The County Executive George Latimer (2) and two fresh young House candidates – Jamaal Bowman (3) and Mondaire Jones (4) who broke through this year. Westchester County District Attorney-Elect Mimi Rocah comes in at number 9.

Other noticeable names on the list include Westchester Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins (13), Mayor of Peekskill Andre Rainey, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow (26), Westchester Community College President Belinda Miles (35) Co-founder or Westchester Coalition for Police Reform, Civil Rights Attorney Mayo Bartlett (42), Westchester Children’s Association Executive Director, Allison Lake (54), Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard (58), Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. President Jewels Williams (63), Mr. Stop & Shake – Hector Santiago (64), Grace Baptist Pastor Rev W. Franklyn Richardson, Community Voices Heard Hudson Valley Organizing Director Juanita Lewis (88), Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association Chair Hector Lopez (92), Yonkers Sanctuary Movement Co-Founder Diana Sánchez (96) and WESTPAC Executive Director Nada Khader (99). To see the entire list click here.


About AJ Woodson (2398 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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