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Psychologists President honored for 50 years service


Local 1189 NYC Psychologists President Dr. Leonard Davidman received a big surprise back in April when he received a proclamation declaring “Leonard Davidman Appreciation Day” in the Borough of Manhattan for his 50+ years of public service at NYC Health+Hospitals.

“I was surprised and appreciative to get this, but a little embarrassed simultaneously,” he said upon receiving the proclamation at work during a surprise honor.

“This award is both humbling and wonderful,” Dr. Davidman said.

He learned that the head of Metropolitan Hospital’s Human Resources April Alexander and the hospital leadership had applied to the Borough President’s office to request the proclamation — and it was approved without question.

In addition to his work treating patients at Metropolitan, there is so much more that Dr. Davidman has accomplished, including his work as the long-time president of Local 1189, his leadership role at the Manhattan Psychological Association, and the Forensic Division of the New York State Psychological Association, which included a term as president of the Association in 2015.

“I do much work and take on leadership roles outside the union, too, for all psychologists in all types of settings throughout the state, not just for New York City,” he said.

Local 1189 represents psychologists and mental health counselors in Health+Hospitals facilities, Family Court Mental Health Services, Correctional Health Services, Criminal Court Forensic Clinics, the New York Police Department, and the Department of Correction.