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December 19th, 2012

Human Rights Commission seeks nominations

GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana is pleased to announce that the Orange County Human Rights Commission is now seeking nominations for the 2013 Human Rights Commission annual awards.

Now in its 18th year, the Human Rights awards program honors those who have made a significant contribution to advance human rights and eliminate discrimination in Orange County. Since the award’s inception in 1995, 105 individuals, organizations, or businesses from Orange County have been recognized. Recipients of the 2012 award were: the Late Mario J. Cipollone, Stash Grajewski and the Alamo Farms Workers Community Center, John Harper and HONORehg,Inc., Melissa Hopmayer and Bethany Ganley and the Pine Bush Literacy & Education Academy, and Safe Homes of Orange County.

"The past recipients of the Orange County Human Rights award have made great strides by advocating for the human rights of our County residents and enhancing the quality of life in our communities. We look forward to recognizing those who continue this important work with this annual award," said County Executive Diana.

Human Rights Commission Chair Nolly Climes joins the County Executive in inviting the public to nominate candidates for the 2013 award. To be considered for the award, eligible candidates will have:

• Enriched the quality of life in Orange County by building better relationships among diverse people and encouraging them to participate in community life on an equal basis;

• Fostered mutual respect and understanding among individuals of different races or national origin;

• Relieved tension and conflict between racial, religious, or nationality groups;

• Helped to eliminate discrimination in Orange County.

Nominees must either live or work in Orange County and may be from any field, including, but not limited to, education, law enforcement, public service, human services, industry, small and large business, and not-for-profit agencies.

Completed nomination forms must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Nomination forms are available on the Human Rights Commission page on, or by calling the office at 615-3680. Entries should be mailed to Orange County Human Rights Commission, 18 Seward Avenue, Suite 203, Middletown, NY 10940, or emailed to

Established in 1970 to serve the citizens of Orange County, the Human Rights Commission works to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious, and nationality groups in the County and to further mutual esteem, justice, and equity among the many diverse groups in Orange County.

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