Feb. 19, 2012
-- Edward A Stevenson , Sr.
First Jamaican born New York State Assemblyman
86 Assembly District,
Edward A Stevenson , Sr. , Democrat, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies on November 9, 1907. He was a New York City high school graduate and attended New York University for three years. He also took various courses in supervision and management at City College and was a graduate of the executive program of the city of New York conducted by the Graduate School of Public Administration.
Assemblyman Stevenson entered the New York City Department of Correction in 1931 as assistant storekeeper. He was promoted to senior clerk in 1944 through competitive promotion examinations. He was designated as a food service director by the present commissioner in May, 1954 and has served in that position. He was elected to the assembly in the 1965 general election.
Mr Stevenson was a past student of Chapter 10, St. George Association of City Department of Correction and served as Vice President of the organization. He was a member of Local 832, Civil Employees Union, NAACP, New York Urban League and was a civil service manager for the U.S Department of Defense. He received a citation in 1948 from the New York Urban League for efforts in its behalf and in 1968 was winner of the “One Hundred Year Association Careen Civil Service Award” as an outstanding civil service employee.
Eric A Stevenson, Assemblyman 79th District, follows in the footsteps of his Jamaican born grandfather the Late Hon Edward A Stevenson Sr, who held the seat Stevenson holds today, it has been his wish to continue the struggle that his grandfather started.