On July 28, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh joined the East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) at its summer cocktail party. Kavanagh spoke briefly before the assembled guests and was on hand when the night’s honoree, long-time Lower East Side resident Judy Rhodes, received EVCC’s Pigeon Award. Kavanagh was pleased to celebrate EVCC’s many successes with Steering Committee members Mary Spink, Michael Rosen, and Aaron Sosnick, Managing Director Kurt Cavanaugh, and a large and festive crowd of EVCC supporters, including City Councilmember Rosie Mendez.
The EVCC’s mission is to recognize, support, and sustain the built and cultural character of the Lower East Side. The organization accomplishes this by promoting social campaigns in favor of landmark and affordable housing preservation, empowering local businesses, and supporting local artists. Kavanagh is proud to support the EVCC’s efforts.