Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) announced Assembly passage of a resolution he authored honoring the life of legendary musician and activist Pete Seeger (Assembly Resolution No. 962).
"Pete Seeger changed the world through his music and activism," said Assemblyman Skartados. "And we here in the Hudson Valley proudly called him our neighbor. While his work received international praise and attention, he did so much right here to make the place he called home a better place for all of us to live. For this, we honor his memory."
A staunch advocate for social change, Pete Seeger’s works promoted civil rights, social justice, peace and environmental awareness. His song, "We Shall Overcome," became the anthem of the civil rights movement.
In 1949, Pete Seeger and his wife, Toshi, made their home in the Hudson Valley. In 1966, the Seegers founded Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. in Beacon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cleaning up the Hudson River. Today, it exists as a model of environmental education and conservation. Additionally, Mr. Seeger established local festivals, which have become annual traditions held in support of his endeavors.
"While Pete Seeger was internationally known for his music, he dedicated a lot of his time to our community," said Assemblyman Skartados. "I can’t tell you how much it meant when, months after singing at President Obama’s inauguration, he proudly sang at our Walkway Over the Hudson Gala ceremony."
Mr. Seeger also made many visits to local elementary school classes to teach students about the power of making change through music, which fostered an Emmy Award-winning album, "Tomorrow’s Children," performed with the Rivertown Kids, a local youth chorus.
"While Pete Seeger is remembered for his many inspirational songs, he is also valued here at home for helping to turn Beacon into a vibrant city known for its culture, waterfront, arts and commitment to environmental conservation," said Assemblyman Skartados.