NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that Mark Lee McLean, a New Rochelle Fire Department lieutenant and an active member of the NAACP New Rochelle Chapter, has been named to the Westchester County Human Rights Commission.
“The Human Rights Commission plays a vital role in helping to eliminate discrimination and educate the public about human rights issues,” Astorino said. “Westchester is a diverse community that tolerates nothing less than dignity and respect for all. I thank the commission for its unwavering dedication and I know Mark will be a valuable addition to the team.”
McLean will sit as one of 15 commission members charged with overseeing the county’s Human Rights Commission. Among other responsibilities, he will review cases involving allegations of discrimination and attend a monthly meeting of the Human Rights Commission.
“I want to thank County Executive Rob Astorino for this appointment. Serving on the Human Rights Commission will give me the opportunity to bring my real world perspective as a New Rochelle firefighter, member of the NAACP, community advocate and volunteer to the important work of the Human Rights Commission,” said McLean. “I have always believed that acts of unlawful discrimination are much like what I address in my profession as a firefighter; left unchecked they can inflame and bring lasting harm to our community. I look forward to playing a role in our efforts to combat unlawful discrimination here in Westchester.”
The Human Rights Commission strives to investigate, uncover and prosecute violations of the County Human Rights Law and related laws; provides education and advocacy that foster racial and ethnic harmony among diverse individuals and groups; and promotes and supports the furtherance of human rights in employment, housing, public accommodation, schools, credit and any other area.
Recently, the county began sharing its Human Rights Commission with Yonkers. This will save the city $100,000 annually.