Senator Rivera Honors Trudy Pogue as the 2016 “Woman of Distinction”

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Today, State Senator Gustavo Rivera honored Ms. Trudy Pogue, Tenant Association President of Claremont Houses, as the 2016 “Woman of Distinction” for the 33rd Senate District at an award ceremony celebrated in Albany.

A Bronx resident for over forty-three years, Ms. Pogue has been an active member of her community, participating in a number of community based organizations that focus on addressing issues pertaining to youth empowerment and improving the safety of Bronx neighborhoods.

“Either by working tirelessly to improve the safety of her Bronx neighborhood or by fiercely advocating on behalf of her fellow tenants at Claremont Houses, the dedication and commitment Ms. Trudy Pogue has demonstrated to her community exemplifies the best the 33rd District has to offer,” said State Senator Gustavo Rivera. “I’m honored to have this occasion to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of such an exemplary woman.”

As the current Tenant Association President at Claremont Houses, Ms. Pogue has worked vigorously in ensuring that the tenants of the building receive the services they need. Recently, one of the buildings at Claremont Houses was without heat for months during the winter season. Ms. Pogue partnered with the Office of State Senator Gustavo Rivera and the Urban Justice Center to ensure NYCHA, who manages the building, addressed the heating issues plaguing the building and causing the residents hardship.

A woman of faith, Ms. Pogue is a member of the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, the Pentecostal Baptist Church and the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. Ms. Pogue hopes to continue her work as an advocate for seniors and the residents of Claremont Houses for years to come.

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