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    Alana SweenyAlbany, N.Y. – 05/14/2014 – Mahopac resident Alana Sweeny, former Executive Director of the New York State Council on Children and Families, was nominated by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and honored Tuesday night at the statewide Women of Distinction Ceremony in Albany, NY.

    Alana has dedicated her career to working with children and youth facing challenges such as poverty and special needs. Trained in elementary education, she has worked directly with young children and their families as a teacher and administrator, developed model local programs and influenced state and national policy and initiatives.

    “Alana is an outstanding member of our community. Not only has she been an active member of many honorable organizations, she was also the first woman to serve as Executive Director of the Police Athletic League. Her accomplishments are definitely worthy of recognition,” said Senator Ball.

    “I am honored and humbled to be recognized by Senator Ball in the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. It has been both gratifying and rewarding to serve my community over the years. Many thanks to Senator Ball for his continued support and recognition of not just myself, but all of the women who have been leaders in business, the not-for-profit or government sectors and whose contributions have made our community an even better place to live,” said Sweeny.

    Alana is currently an active Red Cross volunteer, serving on the national rapid response team, and has also served as its public affairs spokesperson for Putnam County. She is Vice-President of the Board of the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Putnam County and is Vice-President for Policy of the National Irish American Republicans. She has served in leadership positions for numerous not-profit agencies over the last thirty years, including the Putnam County Commission on Fiscal Vision and Accountability.

    Senator Ball will be hosting his 3rd annual Women of Distinction ceremony for the 40th Senate District on Thursday, May 29th at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For more information about the Women of Distinction Ceremony, contact Senator Greg Ball’s office at (845) 279-3773.

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