The Greenburgh Town Board will begin tonight’s meeting with a moment of silence in honor of Lorenzo Preston Brown, Jr. – an important civic leader. Lorenzo was a very special person. When I first got elected Lorenzo stopped by at Town Hall almost daily pushing for the construction of a sidewalk on Payne Street in North Elmsford. He was frustrated by the slow process and after a few months encouraged me to put on working shoes, to get on a truck and to start building the sidewalk myself with town DPW crews (which we did!). Lorenzo pushed for enforcement of building code violations (we hired additional inspectors because of him) and he successfully lobbied the town to enhance Massaro Park (which we also did).
Lorenzo was a model citizen –he was effective, always constructive and he made our community a much better place. He will always be remembered and always appreciated. He was always forceful, persistent but respectful.
Lorenzo Preston Brown, Jr.
Lorenzo Preston Brown, Jr., born and raised in La Follette, Tennessee, graduated from Knoxville College, distinguished for its inclusion in the consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States, also where he majored in Science and became a member of the internationally renowned Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Soon after receiving his degree, Lorenzo served in the United States Army and later received an honorable discharge. Lorenzo and his wife, Mary Cynthia, relocated to New York where they started a family and he joined the faculty at the esteemed and historic DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx while also acquiring his Master’s Degree in Science from Fordham University and graduating in the same class as Hon. Robert F. Kennedy, the late United States Senator and Attorney General. A devout member of his church, Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, Lorenzo was also dedicated and devoted to helping to improve the quality of life for youth as well as all residents within his beloved community of Elmsford including the surrounding communities of the Town of Greenburgh. Honored by the Bronx Borough President, Fernando Ferrer for his leadership as a mentor to youth in the Bronx, Lorenzo also had a passion for researching and documenting the history African American families in his hometown resulting in the production of two editions of a book, “A Black Community Emerges and Disappears” as well as a written historical account, dating back to the early 1900’s, of African Americans in North Elmsford. Actively and progressively involved in his community, Lorenzo was a Board Member of the North Elmsford Civic Association where he, along with others, helped spearhead the development of a swimming pool for youth at North Elmsford Massaro Park. He was honored and recognized, on several occasions, as well, by the Town of Greenburgh for his many noted contributions through community involvement – initiating and supporting the development of programs for youth and seniors and helping to improve the quality of life for others.
“Lorenzo was a great champion for his community.” Diana Juettner, Councilwoman
Town of Greenburgh
“Lorenzo was blessed with a loving family, devoted friends, a community that he helped build and a smile that could fill a room and make you feel welcome the moment you met him. He will be missed.” Francis Sheehan, Councilman, Town of Greenburgh