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Mayor Rob Rolison Declares Dr. Penny Lewis Day

Mayor Rob Rolison has declared by Proclamation July 28, 2018 as “Dr. Perinnella “Penny” Francis Barnhill Lewis Day”.

Mayor Rolison said, “On this day, the occasion of Dr. Lewis’ 90th birthday, we collectively celebrate and honor her lifelong service and commitment to our community.”

Dr. Lewis retired from the State of New York after thirty-seven and a half years at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center.  Other employment positions include the City of Poughkeepsie School District, The Taconic Development Center, Dutchess County Department of Mental Health, Maranatha Services Clinical Department, The Hudson New York School for Girls and the UARC Day Treatment Program.  Penny was also an elected official as a long term member of the City of Poughkeepsie Common council.  Her professional associations include the Neighborhood Service Organization, Dutchess County Cooperative Extension, National Association of Black Social Workers, Dutchess Community College Board of Trustees, Catharine Street Board of Directors, and Empire State College Board of Governors Teachers Federation.  In 2013, Dr. Lewis received the Christ Theological Seminary Life Achievement Award and was created a plenary Academician of the Eastern Theological Consortium, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  In 2017 she received the conferral of the degree of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa.    

“Mrs. Penny Lewis is a treasure to this community. Her exemplary life achievements have left an indelible impact on all of us.  Please join me in extending a very happy birthday and best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors”, said Rolison.