Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award

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“Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” Presented to Bob and
Daphne Philipson: Bob and Daphne Philipson, longtime Ardsley-on-Hudson
residents, received the second annual ‘Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial
Award’ at a ceremony on October 15 at Sambal Restaurant in Irvington. Irvington
Democratic Committee (IDC) chair, Patricia Ryan, welcomed the standingroom-
only audience and introduced State Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, State
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky
— each of whom presented proclamations to the Philipsons for their years of
tireless service to the community. The event also honored Irvington trustee
candidates Laurence Lonky, Mark Gilliland, and Village Justice candidate Desmond

The “Congressman Peter Peyser Memorial Award” is given to individuals who
have moved Irvington forward with the progressive, Democratic values that Congressman

Peyser brought to his positions as Irvington mayor and United States
congressman. Last year, Sleepy Hollow resident and former IDC chair Annette
Leyden was the inaugural recipient of the award.

The Philipsons were recognized for their “continuous, steadfast support of
countless Democratic causes and candidates throughout the last 20 years.”

Former IDC chair Paula Etzel, who presented the award, said, “Bob and Daphne
have taught so many of us, and our children, about volunteerism. Their leadership,
commitment, vision, and generosity have inspired and enhanced the
Westchester community.”

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