Receive Chamber Honors
ALLAN DRURY, THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: October 18, 2002)
During her career as a social worker,
Danna M. Wood-Webb felt the sadness of living in a society
that she felt did not treat elderly people with the respect
Wood-Webb, who held a number of positions
in the Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work,
thought getting a law degree would give her a chance to help
the elderly population she admired.
She gained recognition for her efforts
last night when the African American Chamber of Commerce of
Westchester and Rockland Counties named her the Westchester
County businessperson of the year.
Wood-Webb, who practices elder law
in White Plains, was one of six business and political leaders
lauded by the chamber for their community contributions. They
received their honors at the chamber's sixth-annual awards
and scholarship dinner held at Antun's of Westchester in Elmsford.
Wood-Webb was one of two recipients
with a social work background. Symra D. Brandon, the Democratic
minority leader on the Yonkers City Council, was honored as
the Westchester elected official of the year.
Other recipients were: Rodney J. Reynolds,
the publisher of American Legacy Magazine, named business
leader of the year; Aaron Harris, an owner and operator for
McDonald's, named Rockland County businessperson of the year;
Debra White, a manager for the New York Power Authority, named
corporate leader of the year; and Jacques O. D'i. Michel,
executive director and chief executive officer of the Rockland
County Sheriff's Department Crime Awareness Program, named
Rockland official of the year.
Wood-Webb helps seniors with wills,
trusts, health planning and other issues.
"I've been interested in seniors
for quite a long time," she said. "We're all aging
and some people were not really getting the kinds of services
they needed. The elderly are kind of shunted aside. I think
every person has a right to be respected and treated with
She said some of her clients seem afraid
to ask questions because they'll look ignorant for not knowing
the answers. She tries to put them at ease by telling them
she's not doing her job if she can't explain matters to them
Brandon, who works as an assistant
to Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano, said she draws
on her social work experience when she thinks of her work
on the city council. She said she thinks of the entire city
of Yonkers as her caseload.
A council member since 1992, she said
she is particularly proud of her efforts to create business