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Celebrated since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week honors the men and women who serve our nation in federal, state, county, and local governments. Each year, Brooklyn’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences, in collaboration with the Public Administration Society and Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, show appreciation to government leaders and public servants by hosting the Maxwell Lehman Lecture, in honor of Maxwell Lehman, a New York City civil servant and public administration professor at the Brooklyn Center in the 1960’s, who devoted his career to analyzing problems in public administration and finding their solutions.

In keeping with this tradition, on April 19, the evening of New York's Presidential Primary Election, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams was recognized for his public service and was this year’s honorary guest speaker at the Maxwell Lehman Lecture. For the past three decades, Borough President Adams has served the residents of Brooklyn, the city of his birth as a police officer, state senator, and coalition builder. In November of 2013, he was elected to represent all of Brooklyn as borough president.  Born in Brownsville and educated in the City’s public school system, Borough President Adams is committed to ensuring Brooklyn’s bright future by helping each and every Brooklynite reach his or her full potential. Throughout his career, he has been an effective advocate for Brooklyn, bringing people and communities together to create progressive change, and working with both the private and public sectors to invigorate the borough’s economy by encouraging job growth and investment in every neighborhood.

The Borough President delivered a dynamic and inspiring speech that moved an audience of over 100 MPA students and alumni ending with a standing ovation. During his speech Borough President Adams touched upon many meaningful topics such as the presidential election, civic engagement and public service, and his Senate and Mayoral aspirations. He passionately emphasized the importance of the 2016 elections to the future of our country and the need for students to exercise their right to vote and participate in government. He also challenged students to be creative in giving back to the community and urged us all to think from a global and inclusive perspective. He underscored the importance of learning and experiencing other cultures and societies to make the United States of America a better place. Lastly, he encouraged students entering the workforce to remember to always be bold and true to themselves.

Posted 04/29/2016

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