REGGAE HITMAKER FREDDIE MCGREGOR TO RECEIVE “KEY TO CITY” OF MOUNT VERNON, NEW YORK
“Thanks to Mayor Thomas, I will receive one of the highest honors a person can receive, the Key to the City,” McGregor said when he got the news. For Freddie, the award has added significance given it is from a city in Westchester County, New York with strong Jamaican/Caribbean roots.
“Mt Vernon is not just where celebrities like actor Denzil Washington, Dick Clark of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” and singer Stephanie Mills grew up, but it is a city that Jamaicans have served for years with honor and dignity. Jamaican born, Ronald Blackwood who lived in Mt Vernon, became the first African-American who was elected mayor in New York state. Judge Sam D. Walker, who was born in Kingston, served as a City Court Judge in Mt Vernon before he was elevated to Supreme Court judge in New York state. Jamaican rapper Heavy D lived in Mt Vernon for many years. I feel lucky to be honored by a city where Jamaicans have broke barriers and shown how immigrants can live the American Dream,” he said.