I'm truly grateful for this honor. My thank you to Council Curtis Jones and the entire City Council. I'm humbled by this award. I accept this award with honor, not simply in my name but I share with, first of all, Harry Murray, a little black man who organized Local 332 and gave African Americans a base from which to fight for equality in the workplace.
I share with my dad, Sam Staten, Sr., a man who did so much for all labor organizations and he changed the face of labor in politics of Philadelphia.
I also share this honor with the members of Local 332 who do the great jobs on our construction sites, but also give back by raising funds for charities and scholarships. They also hit the streets each spring and November to help put in office people who support decent jobs and decent pay.
Again, my sincere thank you to City Council.