DID YOU KNOW?
Richard Ernest Jackson, Jr.(born July 18, 1945) is an Americanpolitician and former mahematics teacher at Peekskill High school, who made black history in 1984 when he became Mayor of the City of Peekskill NY .
Peekskill was the first city in all of New York State to have an African American Mayor, making Jackson – as reported by both the New York Times and Ebony Magazine.- New York State’s first African American Mayor. He was the number 16th Mayor for Peekskill.
On April 24, 1991 Jackson walked into a City Council meeting and handed in his resignation, thst went into effect at midnight. His action stunned everyone! Before they could question him, he walked right out.
After serving eight years as mayor, Richard E. Jackson Jr later became a member of Governor Patakiʼs Gubernatorial cabinet when he was appointed by the Governor in 1995, to become New York State’s Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Jackson served Commissioner from 1995 to 2000. Jackson continued his teaching because that was his passion.