State Senator Eric Adams to Deliver City Tech’s Commencement Address

Brooklyn, NY — May 9, 2007 — New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 67th Commencement Exercises on Tuesday, June 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. President Russell K. Hotzler will confer 1,739 degrees, including 1,024 associate and 715 baccalaureate.

Delivering the commencement address is New York State Senator (20th district) Eric L. Adams, co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, former New York City Police Department Captain and City Tech alumnus, Class of 1984. He will also receive the President’s Award. No honorary degrees will be conferred.

The class valedictorian is 32-year-old Philip Wong, a computer systems technology major who had left college his first time around to start a career in the financial district. He was in his office at 4 World Trade Center when the towers fell, and the events of the day caused him to take stock of his life and career. He realized he needed to live each day as if it were his last and that it was time for him to expand his skill set to move closer to his dream of being a CEO some day. Mr. Wong, who graduated in January with an almost perfect grade point average of 3.99 out of a possible 4.0, plans to continue working full-time at Charles Schwab & Company as a senior executive support specialist while studying for his MBA.

Hon. Eric L. Adams
Commencement Speaker & President’s Award Recipient

Following a distinguished 22-year career in the New York City Police Department, Eric L. Adams “traded in his blue uniform for a blue suit” on November 7, 2006 when he was elected to the New York State Senate by the residents of the 20th Senatorial District, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Prospect Heights.

His more than two decades of experience and expertise in law enforcement and criminal justice issues led to his appointment as Ranking Minority Member on the Crime Victims, Crime & Correction Committee, as well as Ranking Minority Member on the Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee. Senator Adams also serves on the New York Senate’s Aging, Codes & Civil Service Committees.

As a Captain in the New York Police Department, Adams advocated for the communities and people he served, earning widespread praise for creating innovative programs on issues ranging from conflict resolution to child abuse prevention. He is perhaps best known for his efforts to create a more symbiotic relationship between law enforcement and New York’s diverse neighborhoods.

His highly-regarded instructional workshops, “What To Do When Stopped By The Police,” have helped thousands of young people throughout New York learn to better interact with the police as well as with teachers, peers and others, by using proven conflict resolution skills. These forums have been successfully replicated throughout the country. He also created a series a free public safety seminars for New York City parents, which addressed issues including gang awareness, child abuse prevention and how to protect your children from abduction.

Throughout his years in public service, Senator Adams has joined forces with hundreds of community groups and civic organizations to assist them on issues such as public schools, urban economic development, fair and affordable housing, civil rights and political accountability. Always an outspoken advocate for the causes of justice, he has testified before the U.S. Federal Human Rights Commission, at numerous New York City Council hearings, and in United States Federal Court. Whether it was speaking out about the Louima and Diallo tragedies or fighting for after-school programs for at-risk teens, Adams has spent his career advocating on behalf of hardworking, everyday New Yorkers.

During his 20-year career, Adams co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, a group of law enforcement personnel and supporters who provide funding and grants to community-based organizations making a difference in their neighborhoods. He also is a former chairperson of the Grand Council for the Guardians, and serves on the board of the Eastern District Counseling Service, an organization that helps substance abusers live productive lives without dependency on drugs and alcohol.

Eric Adams received his associate degree in data processing from New York City College of Technology, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College. He resides in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York is a recognized national model for urban technological education and a pioneer in integrating technology into the teaching/learning experience. The largest public college of technology in New York State, City Tech enrolls more than 13,000 students in 57 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs. Another 15,000 students enroll annually in adult education and workforce development programs, many of which lead to licensure and certification. Located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, City Tech is at the MetroTech Center academic and commercial complex, convenient to public transportation.

For more information, contact Michele Forsten 718.260.5979/mforsten@citytech.cuny.edu or Dale Tarnowieski 718.260.5109/dtarnowieski@citytech.cuny.edu.