Bernadette Castro, entrepreneur and former state parks commissioner, received the Susan B. Anthony Leadership Award from the Town of Oyster Bay.
The award was presented on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in recognition of Castro’s influential achievements that have inspired countless women, according to a town statement.
Bernadette Castro’s involvement with Castro Convertibles started long before she became its chairwoman and COO, starting in the family business at only four years old appearing in the brand’s iconic television commercials. She remained involved ever since, improving the brand and ultimately taking the reins of the company following her father’s passing and eventually relaunching the legendary brand.
Castro also served for 12 years as the commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. She was also appointed vice chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by President George W. Bush.
“Women involved in ensuring equal rights paved the way for other Rosie the Riveter types to follow in their footsteps,” Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino said in the statement. “People like Susan B. Anthony were influential leaders who made a true difference, and Bernadette Castro is also a role model who deserves our highest recognition for her charitable work, public service, and success in the private sector.”