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April 2021

 

 

EDITH’S GONE

Disability Community Loses Dynamic Advocate

Washington Heights resident, Edith Prentiss, an outspoken and tireless advocate for disability rights, died March 16 at the age of 69 of cardiopulmonary arrest. After being born and spending her childhood on Long Island, Prentiss, spent much of her life living in Manhattan, where she was an active member of many political, civic and disability organizations. In N.Y.C, she took part in countless rallies, press conferences, demonstrations, meetings, hearings, the N.Y.C. disability pride parade and other advocacy events. She was known for not backing down to community leaders or politicians, often holding their feet to the fire for causes that were important to people with disabilities. Prentiss served as president of the 504 Democratic Club and vice president of Disabled in Action (DIA) of Metropolitan New York. She had a long tenure as a member of her home Community Board 12 and was also the chair of the Taxis for All Campaign (TFAC).


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