Nika Milbrun, Cuomo’s Assistant Director of Constituencies for African-American and Women’s Affairs, presented the comedian with his recognition, which celebrates “individuals who add to the quality of life amongst our citizens.”
Milburn acknowledged that Chappelle donated $50,000 toward the Flint Water Crisis, and is set to host Rihanna’s charitable Diamond Ball in September. She also mentioned his positive influence over African-American entertainers.
Chappelle, currently in the midst of a residency at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, explained his connection to the city while accepting his award.
“I met my wife here,” he said. “I made my name here. I had two kids here. I couldn’t ask for anything from this state. I’m from D.C. and I live in Ohio, but New York is always home for me.”
(Photo Credit: Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos)
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