Vernon Jordan, the civil rights leader and advisor to former President Bill Clinton, used to live in Hartsdale. Mr. Jordan passed away this week. Although Mr. Jordan was not a resident of Hartsdale during my tenure as Town Supervisor, I recall receiving a call from him shortly after I began my career as Town Supervisor. A former employee of his, who still resided in Greenburgh, had a problem and he asked me to help him. He was so appreciative -even though it was a minor problem that was solved very fast. For years he would take my calls, we talked about the town and he was always so helpful, modest and nice. He will be missed. He made the world a better place for many people thru his years of civil rights advocacy.
Vernon Jordan was part of a team of lawyers that desegregated the University of Georgia. He was executive director of the United Negro College Fund and President of the National Urban League. He counseled Presidents, business leaders. He was raised in Atlanta and mentored many leaders over the years.