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Death penalty group evolves

Rev. Ackerman takes over from Kaczynski

Rev. Valerie Ackerman, has recently become the head of the New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death penalty, succeeding David Kaczynski. Here she volunteers time to the SICM lunch program at Quackenbush Park recently.
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Rev. Valerie Ackerman, has recently become the head of the New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death penalty, succeeding David Kaczynski. Here she volunteers time to the SICM lunch program at Quackenbush Park recently.
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The Rev. Valerie Ackerman has advocated for homeless children and domestic-violence victims. She volunteers as a mediator, has served parishioners from the pulpit and is active in her neighborhood association. Now, Ackerman, 56, will bring her diverse experience to New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a statewide organization headquartered at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. A resident of Schenectady, she was recently named executive director of the group, succeeding former Schenectady resident ...

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