Mount Vernon – Tuesday night, dozens of elected officials, community leaders, family and friends gathered at the Steam House Restaurant & Lounge located at 128 Gramatan Avenue, to celebrate the Honorable André Wallace for his years of service in the community. At the intimate gathering put together by Patty Coombs and Steam House owner Carol Middleton, to show their appreciation for everything Councilman André Wallace has done for the community for years even before he became an elected official; like training and providing jobs for 100’s of people including many who were formerly incarcerated.
“Thank you to all the City officials, City Council members, Damon and AJ of Black Westchester, Montika Jones and Cupcake Cutie Boutique for the cupcakes, City Clerk George Brown for being the MC, Cathlin Gleason, Mayor Davis, Janice and David Duarte, Shanna, Aron, the Wallace family and everyone who came to celebrate Councilman André Wallace tonight,” Patty Coombs, the event organizer tells BW. “What an honor it was to be able to celebrate such a great man who selflessly gives himself and his time to the city and the community. I am honored and humbled to be able to say Councilman Wallace is a friend. CONGRATULATIONS to you and thank you for the exemplary service you give us everyday.”
A handful of people came up to say a few words about Councilman Wallace, including former Mayor Ernest Davis and Maureen Wilson of the Arts Council, proclamations were presented from Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, Congressman Elliot Engel and the Mount Vernon City Council. Messages were read from Jim Jubilee and Dr. Joesph Cammarosano, who Councilman Wallace honored at a recent City Council Meeting
“Although I shall be unable to join you for this happy occasion, please extend to Mr. Wallace my warm regards and my congratulations for his successful public service and best wishes for every continuing success,” Dr. Cammarosano said in a message to be read at the event.
Carol Middleton who can always count on her friend, Councilman André Wallace when she needs something taken care of, wanted to host this event at her restaurant to show her appreciation.
“Thank you to everyone who came to Steam House and joined us in celebrating Councilman André Wallace,” Carol Middleton shared with BW after the event. “It was an honor to celebrate a good man who time and time again gives nothing less than a 1000% to the City and community. Well done Councilman Wallace, well done. We need more like you.”
Those in attendance included former Mayor Ernest D. Davis, Council President Marcus A. Griffith, City Council President Pro Tem J. Yuhanna Edwards, City Council Acting President Pro Tem Roberta L. Apuzzo, City Councilwoman Lisa A. Copeland, City Clerk George Brown, Deputy City Clerk Lauren Carter, Mount Vernon City Court Judge Nichelle Johnson Muhammad, Comptroller Maureen Walker (who came to support Councilman Wallace on her birthday), Library Trustee Cathlin Gleason, School Board Trustee Wanda White and Adriane G. Saunders (who was just re-elected Tuesday), Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce President Dwayne Brown, Civil Service Commissioner Sylvia Gadson, Crystal Collins (Civil Service Commission Secretary), Mount Vernon Arts Council President Maureen Wilson, Mount Vernon Independence Party President Damon K. Jones, Black Westchester Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson, Frank Trolio of Trusco Building Supply & Garden Center, Mayor Richard Thomas’ sister Jacene, Councilman Wallace’s Campaign Manager Chanese Coleman and others.
Cupcake Cutie Boutique provided bite size cupcakes for the event and DJ Traxx of Lab Sounds provided the soundtrack for the evening on the one’s and two’s.