The Westchester County Board of Legislators marked Caribbean-American Heritage Month on Monday, June 17, with a special ceremony honoring three community figures.
New Rochelle artist and restauranteur Alvin Clayton, Executive Director of HELP USA Mount Vernon Khreme Tony Laud, and Hastings-on-Hudson artist Madge Scott were each recognized for their contributions to the community, receiving Board proclamations and announcement of County days in their honor.
Legislators Damon Maher (D - Eastchester, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe) and Terry Clements (D – New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor) presented a proclamation to Alvin Clayton, artist and restaurateur/owner of Alvin & Friends in New Rochelle, which offers contemporary cuisine with Caribbean and Southern flavors as well as live music in an environment decorated by his own Matisse-inspired oil paintings.
“It’s been an amazing journey, living the American Dream,” said Clayton, who came to the United States from Trinidad. “This country has given us so much when we come here as immigrants, and it’s what America is about and I’m very proud to be a Trinidad-American and have the opportunity to give back.”