YONKERS, N.Y. - A Yonkers resident has been elected to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Each year, a veteran from each of the state’s Senate districts who has served his military and “performed outstanding service on behalf of their community as a civilian” is celebrated by the government.
This year, Yonkers resident Harold Dworetzky was selected to join the ranks of the Hall of Fame.
A veteran of the Korean War, Dworetzky, was assigned to the United States Army’s Twentieth Infantry, where he served as an ordnance specialist MOS. He reached the rank of E5 Sergeant and was offered a warrant officer rank to stay in the service before he returned home to Yonkers.
Upon arriving home, Dworetzky opened an automotive repair shop and enrolled in college, supplementing his education allotment from the Veterans’ Administration with income from a series of jobs. He proceeded to earn degrees from SUNY Morrisville, Oswego and a master’s at NYU. He spent the next 38 years as an educator.
Dworetzky is the chairman of the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans Organizations and serves as a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Korean War Veterans associations. Stewart-Cousins said he has represented his community in myriad leadership roles at Yonkers Post #68 Jewish War Veterans, Westchester County Jewish War Veterans, and the Yonkers Committee of Veterans Organizations. He has also acted as an assistant Boy Scout Leader, chairperson of the Sullivan County Red Cross, a member of the National Ski Patrol and chairperson for the National Skills USA.
“It’s an honor to know Harold, and I’m proud to recognize his outstanding service to our country and community,” Stewart-Cousins stated. “Harold is a remarkable leader and an exceptional man who continued serving his nation long after his tenure in the military. He’s fought for countless people throughout Yonkers and beyond and his commitment to helping others succeed is unparalleled. I’m grateful to have the opportunity today to induct him into the Veterans’ Hall of Fame.”