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Date: Thursday, June 11, 1998

Release #264 -98

Contact: Colleen Roche (212) 788-2958 or Jennifer Chait (212) 788-8479


Award Honors Outstanding Public Service

At a ceremony at New York University (NYU), Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani tonight accepted the Eugene J. Keogh Distinguished Public Service Award from his alma mater. The award is presented each year by the NYU Alumni Association to a leader with a demonstrated record of outstanding public service. Presenting the award to the Mayor was NYU President Dr. L. Jay Oliva.

The Mayor, a 1968 magna cum laude graduate of New York University Law School, was chosen to receive the award for his dedication to public service as the 107th Mayor of the City of New York, as Associate U.S. Attorney General and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

"I am honored to be here tonight to accept the very special Eugene J. Keogh Distinguished Public Service Award," Mayor Giuliani said. "I accept this on behalf of the thousands of New Yorkers who have worked so hard for the progress we've made over the last five years: Today New York City is safer, cleaner, more livable, and more dynamic than its been in decades. I know that by harnessing our resources and by working together, we will continue to build on our success."

In presenting the award, NYU President Dr. L. Jay Oliva said, "Mayor Giuliani undertakes his immense responsibilities with enormous energy and enthusiasm. He is a courageous man who speaks out loudly and clearly for what he believes in, who stands his ground, and who loves his city. We at NYU are very pleased to honor him with the Eugene J. Keogh Award for Public Service."

Established in 1987, The Eugene J. Keogh Award is named for the late Eugene J. Keogh, a 1927 graduate of NYU and former Brooklyn Congressman. Previous recipients of the Keogh Award include former New York City Mayor Edward Koch in 1988, Judith Smith Kaye in 1993 and the Honorable Norman Goodman, the County Clerk and Clerk of the Supreme Court, in 1997.

The University's Alumni Association also presented other achievement awards: the Meritorious Service Award to George H. Heyman, Jr. of Lehman Brothers, oncologist William A. Cook and New York Times Company Vice President Stephen Golden; the Distinguished Alumni Award to Phillipe De Montebello of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, author Cynthia Ozick, Chairman of Communitywide Credit Industries David S. Loeb and fencing champion Peret Westbrook; the Great Teacher Award to Ron Noble, Martin Kahn and H. Mark Roelofs; and the Great Athlete Award to NYU women's basketball star Marsha Harris.

Joining the Mayor at tonight's ceremony were NYU Board of Trustees Chair Laurence A. Tisch and the Honorable Norman Goodman.

Founded in 1996 when the NYU Alumni Council merged with the Alumni Association, the NYU Alumni Association is dedicated to facilitating the information exchange between NYU's 300,000 active alumni and University administrators.

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