New York City recognizes Georgetown
by Lin-Jay Harry-Voglezon
At an awards ceremony of the Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc., at Borough Hall, Brooklyn last Wednesday night, the City of Georgetown, was proclaimed by New York City. Georgetown, so named on April 29th, 1812 in honour of King George 111 by British colonialsts, is in its 200th anniversary.
Among other things the Proclamation reads: “Whereas, it is the sense of this legislative body that when organizations and entities of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our attention it is appropriate to publicly proclaim and commend those organizations and entities for the edification and emulation of others.
“Now, therefore be it resolved, that I, State Senator, John L. Sampson, commend the City of Georgetown for its long and sterling history and thus urge all citizens to share in the celebration of its 200th anniversary and to take the opportunity to educate themselves about this important city and nation;…”
During French colonization in 1782, Georgetown was named La Nouvelle. The Dutch renamed it Stabroek in 1784 when they restored control.
But by ordinance on May 5th, 1812, the boundaries of Georgetown officially became Kingston and La Penitence with Stabroek becoming one of its districts. Georgetown gained official city status on August 24th, 1942 under the reign of Queen Victoria, as the city replaced its Board of Police with a Mayor and City Council.
Eon ‘Watusi’ Andrews, envoy of the Mayor and City Council, disclosed to the assembly of mainly Guyanese immigrants that the council aims at tapping into the tourism potential of the city.
He identified sports tourism, heritage site tourism, convention hosting, and business related events as areas of potential.
He invited anyone interested in a business arrangement such as in the promotion of the city, information technology, heritage site restoration and preservation, and solid waste management, to make contact with the M&CC.