Alexander Storożyński, Chairman of
the Board of Directors of the Polish & Slavic
Federal Credit Union, presented with a
prestigious state decoration
(New York, May 2, 2006) - By a special decree, Lech Kaczyński, the President of the Republic of Poland, has awarded the Gold Cross of Merit, to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Alexander Storożyński. The award ceremony took place on May 2, 2006, at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in New York, during a reception celebrating Polish Constitution Day.
Chairman of the PSFCU Board
of Directors and Consul
General RP, Krzysztof Kasprzyk
The Gold Cross of Merit, presented by Mr. Krzysztof Kasprzyk, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, was awarded to Storożyński in recognition of his extraordinary achievement in the field of journalism, particularly for his articles defending the interests of Poland and the Polish people, in which Storożyński advocated the waiver of the visa requirement for Poles, the increase of military aid to Poland and the creation of a Polish lobby in Washington. He has also written articles about Polish national heroes such as Pope John Paul II, General Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish artists such as Andrzej Wajda or Krzysztof Kieślowski and the Polish Special Forces unit, “GROM” (Thunder).
Alex Storożyński, is also known to the Polish community for his work on behalf of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, the largest Polish-American financial institution. He currently serves as a contributing editor at The New York Sun, and prior to this he was the newspaper’s City Editor. He was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of amNewYork, a daily newspaper, and member of the editorial board of the New York Daily News, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Empire State Report magazine.
“My parents came to this country from Poland, and even though they were smarter than me, in this country, they had to make their living through manual labor, so that I could work with my mind. Their love for the fatherland was so contagious, that I caught it,” Storożyński said. “So I dedicate this gold cross to all of the members of our credit union who work hard so that their children can have better lives and better careers. And while I pray for their success in America, I hope that these children also respect the fatherland of their parents.”
Storożyński’s journalistic work has been rewarded with numerous awards. He is a winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize - received in 1999 for a text on financial improprieties at the Apollo Theater in Harlem - as well as the Associated Press Award for Editorial Writing, the Deadline Club Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Award and the George Polk Award.
Alexander Storożyński is a graduate of the Columbia University’s School of Journalism (Master’s degree) and received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2004, the Przegląd weekly called him “a new type of Polish community leader with an authentic position in America,” and counted him among the “100 most influential Poles abroad.” For the last 9 months, Alex Storożyński has been working on a voluntary basis at the P-SFUK, where he was unanimously voted to the post of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, overseeing the operations of this enormously important Polish-American financial institution.
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