2018-03-07 / Front Page

DA Brown Presents Annual Garvin Award To NYCHA Chief Compliance Officer

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown presents New York City Housing Department’s Acting Chief Compliance Officer Edna Wells Handy, Esq., with the prestigious William Tucker Garvin Public Service Award in honor of Black History Month. The William Tucker Garvin Public Service Award was established in 2001 in honor of the first African American Assistant District Attorney appointed in Queens County. The award is presented annually during Black History Month to an individual of African American descent in recognition of his or her notable contributions to public service.Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown presents New York City Housing Department’s Acting Chief Compliance Officer Edna Wells Handy, Esq., with the prestigious William Tucker Garvin Public Service Award in honor of Black History Month. The William Tucker Garvin Public Service Award was established in 2001 in honor of the first African American Assistant District Attorney appointed in Queens County. The award is presented annually during Black History Month to an individual of African American descent in recognition of his or her notable contributions to public service.Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, in celebration of Black History Month, presented the 2018 William Tucker Garvin Public Service Award to Acting Chief Compliance Officer Edna Wells Handy, Esq.

The William Tucker Garvin Public Service Award was established in 2001 when District Attorney Brown held a ceremony to honor the memory of Mr. Garvin, the first African American Assistant District Attorney appointed in Queens County. Since then, the award has been presented annually during Black History Month to an individual of African American heritage in recognition of his or her notable contributions to public service.

District Attorney Brown said, “In recognizing the achievements of this year’s recipient, we must also acknowledge the many outstanding accomplishments African Americans have contributed to the history of our nation and to our county, including those of William Tucker Garvin for whom today’s award is named. While Bill Garvin may not have…set out to spearhead social reform, in choosing to make a better life for himself and his family he broke down barriers and paved the way for future African Americans to follow in his footsteps.”

District Attorney Brown continued, “Each year we present the Garvin Award to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself through their outstanding public service—someone who has been a pioneering leader and role model for others.”

“This year, we honor Edna Wells Handy,” said District Attorney Brown. “Edna has had an outstanding career in public service and has earned the respect of all of her colleagues. ”

Handy graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree and received her juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law School and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration at Columbia University, School of International of Public Affairs. She is admitted to practice in New York State; the Southern and Eastern United States District Courts; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Judicial Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton selected Handy as his counsel to help bridge the trust gap between the police and the communities they serve which allowed her to bring skills and talents she developed in creating and directing the New York State Judicial Commission on Minorities.

Handy previously served as the Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, where she oversaw 2,100 employees supporting more than 150,000 city workers and 80 agencies in critical areas of Civil Service Administration, Human Capital/EEO and diversity. She was recently appointed by Mayor de Blasio as the Acting Chief Compliance Officer for the city Housing Authority, where she will be responsible for oversight of NYCHA’s regulatory compliance.

The Garvin Award was presented at a reception in the District Attorney’s office in Kew Gardens on February 27 and attended by former New York City Mayor and the office’s first Black History month honoree David N. Dinkins, members of Garvin’s family, numerous judges, public officials and assistant district attorneys.

William Tucker Garvin was born on November 28, 1898, in South Carolina. Upon graduating from Orangeburg State College in South Carolina, Garvin moved to Manhattan where he worked in the post office while attending law school. He graduated from St. John’s University Law School in 1931 as one of two of the first African American graduates from the Law School. He went on to establish a civil practice in Harlem and later moved to Queens where, in 1943, he was appointed by the Queens borough president to serve on local School Board 50—the first African American to hold that position. Garvin was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney on January 1, 1952, and he retired after a distinguished career in July 1966, one month prior to his death. He is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.

Previous recipients of the Garvin Award have included former New York City Mayor David M. Dinkins, US Congress Member Gregory W. Meeks, former Queens Administrative Judge Leslie G. Leach, United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, New York State Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives Juanita Bing Newton, former New York State Governor David Paterson, former Deputy Mayor Dennis M. Walcott, former Queens County Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Queens County Executive Assistant District Attorney Jesse J. Sligh, former New York City Police Department Chief of Department Philip Banks III, NYC PAL Executive Director Frederick J. Watts, Pastor of the Greater Allen AME Church, Reverend Floyd H. Flake and Former United States Attorney for the Eastern District Robert L. Capers.

 

 

 

 


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