Millicent “Ivey” Mackle was presented with the Key to Rockland during a ceremony at the Jewish Community Center in West Nyack.
When a criminal – still unidentified — scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti in front of several homes on her block last month, Mackle responded by drawing hearts in front of the residences as a sign of love and respect.
“All it takes is one person to make a difference,” Day as he presented her with the award. “What Ivey told people who hate is: ‘Not here, not in my neighborhood.’ ”
Mackle and her husband, Dan, have lived on the street for five years. Both attended, along with their 14-month-old twins, Jack and Emily.
“Ivey Mackle made a difference and her actions spoke with the voice of thousands, ” Day said. “She brought unity and pride in a manner that no rally nor parade could have by drawing “hearts over hate” – a simple yet powerful statement.”
Mackle is the second recipient of the Key to the County. The first was Grace Vanderwaal, the 13-year-old Suffern teen who won the America’s Got Talent contest.