Antoine Thompson to recieve community service award

By Christina Abt

Antoine Thompson (D), candidate for the NYS Assembly 141th District and lifelong Buffalo activist dedicated to strengthening and advancing his hometown community, has been chosen as the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU) Buffalo Chapter 2014 Community Service Award Winner . The award was presented Friday, August 1 at the CBTU Annual Dinner.

CBTU Chairperson, Ina Ferguson Downing, described Thompson’s service achievements that led to the organization’s choice.  “Selecting Antoine as this year’s award winner was easy due to his tireless efforts serving those throughout our community,” Downing said.  “Antoine is always giving of his time and efforts to help people in our neighborhoods and our schools, working with our seniors and organizations like block clubs and neighborhood groups. He truly works to help anyone in our community who is in need.”

Thompson acknowledged the award as part of his dedication to developing job opportunities in the Buffalo Community.  “I am honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award from the CBTU for doing something that I truly enjoy,” Thompson said. “I am dedicated to helping others, particularly by assisting men and women in search of employment that will allow them to take care of themselves and ably provide for their families.  So I want to thank the CBTU for this honor and for bringing to light the needs of our families, friends and neighbors throughout Buffalo. ”

Antoine Thompson is running for the 141st NYS Assembly on a platform of improved job training and employment opportunities, small business and neighborhood development, care and support of senior citizens and educational advancement.  As a former Buffalo councilman and New York State Senator, Thompson has earned the necessary government experience to serve the 141st district.  As a lifelong citizen of Buffalo, Thompson knows the challenges of his community and possesses a passion for meeting and answering those challenges.

ABOUT ANTOINE THOMPSON: Antoine Thompson is a lifelong resident of Buffalo, currently running for the New York State Assembly in the 141st District. Antoine’s public service career began in 2001when he was unanimously appointed as a member of the Buffalo Common Council representing the Masten District. During his tenure Thompson became known for his dedication to advancing small businesses, supporting community organizations and advocating for fair housing and women /minority business owners.  In 2007, Thompson was elected as the New York State Senator for the 60th District, representing Erie and Niagara Counties.  He served two full terms assuming leadership responsibilities as the Senate’s Deputy Majority Whip, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and Co-Chair of the Senate’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Taskforce. In December of 2012, Thompson was appointed Executive Director of the Buffalo Employment & Training Center (BETC), the second-largest publicly run employment and training center (one stop center) in New York State, serving youth, adults and dislocated workers. Currently, in addition to his candidacy, Thompson is the sole owner and founder of Next Level WNY, a cultural and entertainment magazine.  He is also a licensed real estate agent with Realty USA, the largest privately-owned real estate company in NYS. Thompson is a member and usher at Calvary Baptist Church and the father of Deja L. and Joseph A. Thompson.

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