Local Politicians and Community Leaders Gather on Campus For Community Reception

More than 120 Riverdale community leaders gathered at Manhattan College for the annual Reception for Community Leaders hosted by Manhattan and the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

On March 22, more than 120 Riverdale community leaders gathered in Manhattan College’s Smith Auditorium for the annual Reception for Community Leaders hosted by Manhattan and the College of Mount Saint Vincent. The two colleges rotate hosting the event every other year to thank the local community for their hard work and commitment to serving Riverdale and the Bronx.

“It is always great to see so many community leaders and have the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work in our community, as well as for your faithful support of education in our great community of the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Manhattan College,” welcomed Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College. "It's good to take a step back from the swirl of problems and concerns, to acknowledge the abundant good will that characterizes this community, and to say thank you to our neighbors for being such good neighbors."

After thanking the leaders of Riverdale, O’Donnell welcomed Congressman Eliot Engel, U.S. representative for the Bronx, Rockland and Westchester, to say a few words.

“Manhattan and Mount Saint Vincent are truly part of the community and that is what is so wonderful about community leaders being here,” said Congressman Engel. “When I was growing up in the Bronx, they always told us the Bronx was the borough of universities and it surely is.”

Engel also thanked his fellow elected officials and said, “We are only as good as the communities we represent and if we don’t have communities with people who care, with people who give up their time, with people who really want to work hand in glove with us, we can’t really do our jobs.”

“It is a special gratitude that our neighbors, our representatives and all of our congressmen are so supportive of higher education,” added Charles Flynn, Ph.D., president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Both Flynn and O’Donnell thanked honored guests including: G. Oliver Koppell, council member for District 11; Hon. June M. Eisland, former council woman for District 11; representatives from Senator Adriano Espaillat’s office; representatives from the office of Jeffrey Dinowitz, assemblyman for the 81st District; Hector Aponte, Bronx borough commissioner for the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation; Hon. Robert T. Johnson, district attorney for Bronx County; and Brandon Del Pozo, Bronx County deputy inspector for the City of New York’s Police Department’s 50th Precinct.

In addition, they recognized attendees from Fieldston Property Owners Association, Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Van Cortlandt Development, Spuyten Duyvil Association, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, Riverdale Neighborhood House, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Methodist Nursing Home, St. Patrick's Home, PS 7 and 81, PTA Middle School High School 368, In-Tech Academy, Ethical Cultural Society, Bronx Institute at Lehman College and many more.

To see photos of faculty and staff from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Manhattan College, politicians and community leaders at the Reception for Community Leaders, check out the below slideshow.