Saturday, the first anniversary of the death of Kamal Flowers, his family commemorated the day by organizing a picnic for kids at Lincoln Park in New Rochelle. Kamal’s brother, Henderson Clarke, brought back some legit old-timer basketball players for a full-court game. “Hendo” threw me in the game for a few minutes despite these “old timers” being 20 to 35 years younger than me! A few rebounds bounced my way. I set a couple of good picks. I didn’t get injured. So, a pretty decent outing.

Hendo surprised me with the Yvette Clarke Leadership Award for advocating for the family and trying to prevent a similar incident in the future. The award is named for his and Kamal’s mother, who passed very soon after Kamal, and I am honored to receive it.

I honored National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday, June 4 by wearing orange and presenting a County Proclamation to my wife Deborah, representing Moms Demand Action – NY Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. We were joined by New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who presented a New Rochelle proclamation, City Council Member Liz Fried, Legislative Aide Tatyanya Martinez, representing Terry Clements, and Moms Demand Action Westchester volunteers.