Each year, five New Yorkers are presented with $200,000 each as part of “The David Prize.”
The award is given with no-strings-attached to enterprising individuals to support their efforts in making the city a better place.
Past winners have included technology entrepreneurs, community organizers and founders of nonprofits.
One of the winners this year is Karen Blondel, a native of Coney Island and a resident of the Red Hook Public Houses.
On top of being a public housing leader, Blondel is also the founder of the Public Housing Civic Association initiative, which aims to advance resident decision-making and ensure access to resources within public housing.
Blondel joined NY1 political anchor Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” Thursday to talk more about her plans for the award money.
“I am dedicated, at this point, to making sure I give back to the community that I live in and that I love,” Blondel said.