SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers’ Barry Singer, 81, has been selected as one of the five Special Recognition Honorees for the 2012 Westchester County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
Singer became involved in community activities as a young man, when he was a founding member of the celebrated Mid-Westchester YM-YWHA. Later he served on the boards of several children’s service organizations.
After moving to Somers, Singer served on the Heritage Hills Board of Managers and the Heritage Hills Legal Committee.
He became deeply committed to the concept of affordable housing, and served on the Affordable Housing Board and the Somers Master Plan Update Committee, and was a moving force in the building of the Mews at Baldwin Place, the affordable housing complex for seniors on Route 6.
“Affordable housing is very badly needed,” he said. “There are 73 units at the Mews and almost 400 people applied for residence, and now there’s a waiting list of the same number. It’s important to keep people in the community as they get older, because they have a lot to contribute.”
Singer also takes pride in his role as co-founder of At Home in Somers, the organization that helps senior citizens continue to live in their homes and community safely, comfortably and independently, by providing information about programs and access to services. He remains on the board of directors and serves as treasurer.
Singer spent his early years in Mount Vernon, where his elementary school teacher advised his parents that he “would never get to college,” he said. “So they moved to Scarsdale because they heard the schools were good there.” He ended up graduating 13th in his class at Scarsdale High School and went on to Amherst College and Columbia Law School.
In 2010 the Westchester County Board of Legislators adopted a proclamation resolving that June 28th be proclaimed “Barry Singer Day” in Westchester County. The proclamation pronounced the honor “to be carried throughout the County for all people of good will to forever know.”