Congratulating the OTTY winners


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  • The Rev. Dr. Cathy Gilliard, Valerie Orellana, Dr. JoAnn Difede, Nina McLemore, Captain James Graney, Viola Goodman, Our Town Editor-in-Chief Alexis Gelber, Our Town VP Vince Gardino, Roma Torre, Iggy Terranova, Our Town Publisher Jeanne Straus, Lieutenant John McGinty, Borough President Brewer, Warren Scharf,  Chris Lenahan, Leslie Granger, Jim Clynes, Rabbi Raphael Benchimol, Dr. Tony Fisher. Photo: Steven Strasser




  • Manhattan Borough President Brewer presenting Jim Clynes’ award. Photo: Steven Strasser




Community members and elected officials join in thanking Upper East Siders who make a difference

Our Town hosted a successful 2018 OTTY (Our Town Thanks You) Awards celebration on Tuesday, March 6th. The newspaper has been hosting the OTTYs annually for over 20 years to shine a light on Upper East Siders working to make the neighborhood — and the city as a whole — a better place. Fourteen awardees were recognized this year, from powerhouse fashion designer Nina McLemore to the Sanitation Department’s Iggy Terranova, the Community Affairs Officer who helped keep trash off the street during Second Avenue Subway construction.

NYC Commissioner of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Keith Powers were in attendance alongside colleagues, friends and family of this year’s honorees to congratulate them. The ceremony was emceed by NY1’s Roma Torre, who presented the final award of the evening to Captain James Graney and Lieutenant John McGinty of the FDNY. Their acceptance remarks? A reminder for everyone to change the batteries in their fire alarms.

Thank you to this year’s honorees: Manhattan Sephardic Congregation’s Rabbi Raphael Benchimol, Community Board 8’s James Clynes, Dr. JoAnn Difede of NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, Hunter College High School’s Dr. Tony Fisher, Park Avenue United Methodist Church’s Rev. Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard, Viola Goodman of Viola’s Smart Shop, the FDNY’s Captain James Graney and Lieutenant John McGinty, Bideawee’s Leslie Granger, Corner Bookstore’s Chris Lenahan, Nina McLemore, Mount Sinai’s Valerie Orellana, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s Warren Scharf, and NYC Department of Sanitation Officer Ignazio Terranova.





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