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Dr. Parveen Chopra Appointed To Board Of United New Yorkers For Choice In Education

Press Release
02/07/2006

Dr. Parveen Chopra is the first Asian to be appointed to the Board of Advisors of the United New Yorkers for Choice in Education (UNYCE). Mr. Timothy P. Mulhern, President of UNYCE said in a letter that Dr. Parveen Chopra was appointed because of his “high profile within the Indian and broader Asian Communities.”  Other members of the Board serving with Dr. Chopra include: Senator Serphin Maltese, Assemblyman Thomas Alfano, Assemblywoman Patricia Acampora, Former Nassau County District Attorney Dennis Dillon, Honorable Richard Caunitz, Honorable Judge Angelo Roncallo, Former Congressman Joseph Dioguardi and Honorable Grant Lally.

UNYCE is heavily involved in all educational policies, decisions and reform of educational legislation. Currently, UNYCE is trying to get the School Choice Legislation bill passed in the State of New York which will be called “Educational Tax Incentives Act” This bill has already been signed by Forty Eight Legislators. Governor Pataki has this year provided an incentive of five hundred tax free dollars to parents in school districts that do not come up to the expectations of the State of New York. UNYCE is seeking for greater scope on educational tax incentives. It is seeking up to Twenty Five Thousand Dollars of tax credit during any taxable year.

Mr. Mulhearn said he has been sensitive to the need for representation on the Board by someone from the Asian community. Dr. Chopra had previously supported the Hispanic community on English Plus Campaign and thwarted attempts by some congressmen to stop school funding for Bi-Lingual education. Dr. Chopra has been involved in several main stream issues besides maintaining a very high profile not only for the Indian but entire Asian community. Earlier as a Commissioner of Planning for eight years and as an advisor to the Nassau County Legislature of New York, he conducted hundreds of town hall meetings seeking concerns and issues important to citizenry and helped to prepare the Master Plan for Nassau County, New York.

As a founder of Asian American Coalition USA which represents interests of eleven Asian communities in USA he helped to set up the Jackson Heights Merchants Association in 1990. More recently in the past two years he was involved in dialogues with the MTA to improve service on the No. 7 subway line which runs through the heartland of Asian Community in Queens and had encouraging success. In 2005 under his leadership, eleven Asian countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malayasia, Pakistan, Phillippine, Taiwan and Thailand performed on for the first time on the same stage and helped Asians to share their culture with main stream America to help lead the issues related to Asian identity.

Last year Dr. Parveen Chopra was honored with several prestigious awards for his activism in Civil Rights in America with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Dr. Martin Luther King Award, Distinguished Community Service Award by One Hundred Black Men Inc. and Man of the Year by World Business Forum.

For more Information Please feel free to Call Dr. Chopra at 516-868-8465 or 917-518-5904



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