STONEWALL Veterans' Association
2000 S.V.A. Supporters
U.S. Senator Daniel P.
Moynihan Station in New York, NY
An updated story about U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's
perseverence and dedication to making Pennsylvania Train Station in
Manhattan an expanded, accommodating and prominent transporatation
center is outlined. It includes the senator's ideas back in the
1970s until the time he passed in 2003. There are vintage photos
of Senator Moynihan including President Richard Nixon and DPM's
chief-of-staff Tony Bullock, who is also quoted for this article. Comments about the massive
transporation headquarters' plans are quoted from the senator's
loyal daughter Maura. Upon completion, the new transportation structure
is to be appropriately named "Moynihan Station"!
Passing of S.V.A. Supporter retired U.S. Senator Moynihan
The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") really regrets the
unexpected passing of former four-term U.S. Senator from New York (1977
2000), Daniel Patrick Moynihan ("DPM"), on Wednesday, March 26, 2003,
age of 76, as a result of medical complications in a Washington, D.C.,
Senator Moynihan personally and publicly described the STONEWALL
Veterans' Association as "...a group of New Yorkers with a lot of
guts". He further laughingly declared: "And I love their blue Cadillac convertible!"
What smartly succinct, activist reflective and relevant compliments! In 1976,
although the S.V.A. was notoriously linked with supporting his
opponent for the Democratic Primary Election nomination,
Congresswoman Bella S.
Abzug, nonetheless, Senator Moynihan warmly welcomed and gladly
supported the S.V.A.
without question for over two decades. DPM was a bona
S.V.A. sponsor for over two decades. The S.V.A. greatly
unconditional respect for what we did for Gay rights and what we continue to do in that regard, as
evidenced in all of his correspondence (more than is on display) to the
S.V.A. over the years.
In 1998, Tony Moore, a special assistant
to the Senator, invited S.V.A. President Williamson Henderson
to their senatorial office, located at 405 Lexington Avenue up on the
42nd floor in midtown Manhattan East, for a new tour, a nice chat and
to personally be given the
newest letter for the S.V.A. Williamson was quite surprised and
pleased to read --
after he got back to his own office -- that the Senator singled him out
for praise in the letter. On one of the occasions when Senator
Moynihan's office called in 2000, his last year in office, they said,
"Your letter is ready". Caught off guard, S.V.A.'s Leigh McManus,
a favorite of the Senator's (hello, Irish-American from Long Island), replied, "What
letter?" They explained, "The testimonial letter that Senator
Moynihan gives to the STONEWALL Veterans' Association each and every
year! I have the new one right in front of me". In other
words, the S.V.A. not only had the renewed support of the legendary
Senator but didn't even have to ask for it! That is tremendously unique.
Mention must also go to the senator's longtime and always accommodating and informative chief-of-staff Tony Bullock.
As a lasting tribute to the STONEWALL Veterans' Association, Senator
Moynihan succinctly and astutely later decribed the famous
1969 Stonewall Cadillac convertible as "That Stonewall car is a rolling symbol of Gay
Senator Daniel P. Moynihan's letter to the STONEWALL Veterans'
Association in 2000 has been happily located in a hidden file at a
storage facility of the S.V.A.
[DPM's 2000 letter will be posted here by the Summer of 2012!
There are dozens of boxes and files to search to locate the letter.]