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Human Rights Commission Welcomes New Executive Director

Dana Borowski

Monticello, NY – Local resident Dana Borowski has been named the Executive Director of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission (HRC).

“On behalf of the commissioners, I am thrilled to welcome Dana Borowski to the Human Rights Commission,” said HRC Board Co-Chair Judy Balaban. “Dana impressed us all with her deep commitment to Sullivan County. Her background in economics and political science brings a fresh perspective to our continuing work in protecting the rights of all of our residents.”

The position became vacant when the previous director, Ari Mir-Pontier, accepted a job with Senator Jen Metzger. Borowski applied shortly after finishing dual degrees from SUNY Binghamton in political science and economics.

“My focus in my research was on authoritarian regimes,” Borowski explained. “I realized, however, that discrimination exists across any type of regime. I also realized that no matter where you are, human rights remain human rights.”

She plans to reach out to the community in the weeks ahead, with a particular focus on those who are suffering.

“I want to make sure they have a voice and a place to go,” she related. “All men and women are created equal, and it is no one’s right to strip you of that equality.”

Raised in Hortonville and a graduate of Sullivan West Central School, Borowski currently lives in Callicoon Center with her two rescued Persian cats, Zelda and Isadora.

“I am delighted that one of our young professionals has chosen to stay and share their talents and skills in Sullivan County,” noted Legislature Chairman Luis Alvarez. “Dana’s education, combined with her local experience, should prove incredibly valuable to the Commission and the citizens it serves.”

Borowski will maintain office hours at the Government Center in Monticello Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. She is also available by appointment.

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission is dedicated to fostering mutual respect and understanding for the rights of all persons in Sullivan County. Meetings of the Commission, open to the public, are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Legislative Meeting Room of the Sullivan County Government Center, 100 North Street, Monticello.

For more information, call 845-807-0189 or visit www.facebook.com/SCNYHRC.