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Congressman Honored As Distinguished Alumnus At Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 10, 2002

Representative John E. Sweeney received Hudson Valley Community College's Distinguished Alumni award on Thursday, May 30, at an awards luncheon conducted by the Hudson Valley Community College Office of Alumni Affairs and the college Foundation.

A 1979 graduate of the college's Liberal Arts program, Sweeney is a second-term congressman from Clifton Park who was born in Troy and lived in a public housing project for his first five years.

Sweeney attended Lansingburgh High School and later earned his associate's degree at Hudson Valley, before going on to further education and a law degree.

"Congressman Sweeney is a perfect example of someone who used Hudson Valley as a springboard to better things," said John Buono, president of the college. "He is a sterling example of what our graduates can accomplish."

"It is an honor to receive this recognition from my colleagues who themselves have accomplished so much as Hudson Valley graduates," said Sweeney. "My career as a public servant has been a rewarding one and I look forward to continuing to serve my community in the years to come."

He was elected to Congress from New York's 22nd district in 1998. Before his election, Sweeney served for two years as the New York State Commissioner of Labor and two years as Deputy Secretary to Governor George Pataki. Prior to that, he also spent time as a practicing attorney and executive director of the state Republican Party.

Sweeney was presented with his award by last year's winner: Neil Kelleher 91, chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature.

The Distinguished Alumni Award annually recognizes an alumnus whose commitment to service and achievement brings distinction to themselves and to the college. Distinguished Alumni are nominated by their colleagues and fellow alumni for the honor.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.