Staten Island NAACP President Edward C. Josey won the prestigious Eugene T. Reed Award at the NAACP New York State Conference’s 78th annual convention Oct. 10-12 at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Josey, president of the Staten Island NAACP branch, received the prestigious award, presented by the NAACP New York State Conference, for highest achievement and service. Josey, who has held the Staten Island position since 1997, is a retired customer service engineer. His work in Staten Island, from scholarships to HIV/AIDS prevention, has earned numerous awards.

“In the weeks following the illegal chokehold and death of the Port Richmond father Eric Garner this summer, Mr. Josey and the NAACP Staten Island members were instrumental in working with community groups and city government in keeping the peace,” stated Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference and National NAACP Board Member. “They joined New York City NAACP officials in holding press conferences and peaceful protests and rallies in Staten Island and Harlem.”

At the convention, Gov. Andrew Cuomo received the Champion of Change Award and discussed his inroads into prison reform, minority business development, equitable housing and fighting discrimination. Other awards included the Effie Gordon Award for first place, received by Geoffrey E. Eaton, president of the Mid-Manhattan NAACP, and second place went to Georgia Verdier, president of the Elmira-Corning NAACP. Special corporate awards were presented to R. Donald Peebles, the Peebles Corporation and JPMorgan Chase.

At the convention were NAACP New York state officials, from teenagers to senior citizens. Approximately 50 presidents of NAACP New York state conference branches and 13 presidents of NAACP youth branches were in attendance.