Brooklyn College Honors Assemblymembers Steven Cymbrowitz and the Late Lena Cymbrowitz

December 28, 2005 | Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn College President Christoph M. Kimmich and Dean of the School of Education Deborah Shanley welcomed Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz to the college on Tuesday, December 20, to unveil a plaque honoring the Assemblyman and his late wife, Lena, the former Assemblywoman, for their advocacy and support of technology for teachers.

“We’re here today to thank Steven for his support and to honor the memory of his wife Lena,” Kimmich said. “One of his top priorities, from his earliest days in office, was to promote education in Brooklyn—from kindergarten through higher education. Fortunate for us, in one generous gesture he addressed all aspects of education by providing funds for a much-needed computer lab in the School of Education.”

Provost Roberta Matthews, President Christoph M. Kimmich, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz, and Dean Deborah Shanley of the School of Education at the dedication of the new computer laboratory.
Steven H. Cymbrowitz was first elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2000. He represents the 45th Assembly District in Brooklyn, which includes Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Manhattan Beach, Gravesend, and Brighton Beach. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz was instrumental in securing $250,000 in State funding to build the computer center, located in the School of Education at Brooklyn College, which houses special computer equipment needed to train teachers, as well as equipment to enable the techniques of master teachers to be videotaped and then digitally transmitted to classroom teachers and future teachers being taught at Brooklyn College.

As well as advocating for education in his own right, Steven did so in memory of his wife Lena, who died in 2000. Lena was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1998, making history as the first Sephardic Jew to win statewide office. She too, made education one of her top priorities, focusing on helping children attain higher standards, updating computer technology in schools, as well as supporting the recruitment and training of qualified teachers.

“Nothing is more important than properly preparing our younger generation for their future lives as adults,” Steven Cymbrowitz said. “To do this successfully we must have highly trained teachers. Brooklyn College has been at the forefront of training students to be the types of teachers we want and need for our young people. Its School of Education has been using the most modern technology available to better train future teachers. While I am honored to have Lena’s and my name on this plaque, I am most proud of being able to help provide the funding that brought state-of-the-art computer technology to this campus.”