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Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Release # 090-01

Contact: Sunny Mindel / Sid Dinsay
(212) 788-2958


Honors Women in the City's Uniformed Services at City Hall Ceremony

Today, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani proclaimed the month of March as Women's History Month in New York City, and honored the contributions of women in the City's uniformed services.

"Once prevented from serving and protecting their fellow New Yorkers as men have always been free to do, women now wear New York City's uniform with pride--and distinction," Mayor Giuliani said. "Today's award recipients--women of the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Department of Correction, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Sanitation, the Department of Investigation, and the Office of the Sheriff --have excelled in their jobs, and proven that neither sex has a monopoly on talent, skill, or good character."

The Mayor was joined by Amalia Betanzos, Chairperson of the Commission on the Status of Women; Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington; NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik; FDNY Commissioner Thomas Von Essen; Department of Correction Commissioner William Fraser; Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Joel Miele; Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kevin Farrell; Department of Investigation Commissioner Edward Kuriansky; Acting Sheriff Henry Coira; and members of the NYPD's Color Guard. Police officer Annmarie Moloney sang the national anthem.

Recognizing women whose job performance extended above and beyond their duties to serve and protect New Yorkers, this year's ceremony honored:

Women's History Month is celebrated each March to acknowledge the vital contributions of women of all ages, races and cultures to our City.

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