McCarthy.official.headshot.croppedAt the NYAGV Education Fund Annual Benefit & Silent Auction on October 20 in New York City, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy will be the recipient of the Allard K. Lowenstein Award for Public Service. McCarthy was chosen for the honor for her leadership on gun safety issues for her nine terms over in Congress.

Congresswoman McCarthy is retiring at the end of her current term, after 18 years representing Long Island’s 4th Congressional District.

“We’re thrilled to honor Congresswoman McCarthy for her tireless efforts toward gun violence prevention. Congress needs more leaders like her–someone brave enough to stand up to the corporate gun lobby and fight for common-sense gun laws that help keep all Americans safe from gun violence,” stated Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV Executive Director.

McCarthy has been one of the most outspoken members of Congress on the issue of gun violence prevention and she has worked tirelessly to fight for and adopt commonsense policies to make our families safer.  She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and is a former Board member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

Congresswoman McCarthy began her Congressional career in 1996 due to a tragedy–her husband, Dennis, and son, Kevin, were shot in the Long Island Railroad Massacre in 1993. Her husband died of his wounds; her son survived.

Throughout her 18 years of service, McCarthy has been awarded several honors.  She is the first Congresswoman from Long Island and is included in Newsday’s 100 Long Island Influentials, Long Island Business News’ Long Island Top 50, Congressional Quarterly’s 50 Most Effective Legislators, Redbook Magazine’s Mothers and Shakers and the Ladies’ Home Journal 100 Most Important Women.

Please come out and join NYAGV to honor Congresswoman McCarthy on October 20! 

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