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    Last month I had the honor of inducting 19 extraordinary women into the 3rd Annual Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. This was a project I launched in recognition of Women’s History Month and inspired by the accomplished and outstanding women I have had the privilege of collaborating with through my current tenure serving the people of the 40th Senate District.

    These leaders are all extraordinary and have done so much for our community! While all those that were honored have worked and volunteered without want of recognition, their efforts have not gone without notice or appreciation. Within their communities, each of these women honored has effected meaningful change in the lives of those whom they sought to improve.

    The diversity and depth of their work speaks to the amount of time and dedication each has volunteered on behalf of and in support of a simple truth; that all change is local. Each took it upon herself to respond to some compelling community need. These women did not wait or idle when the opportunity for real change presented itself. Instead, each used her own unique talents and skills to respond to an issue or challenge in her community that merited action. Their passion and commitment points to the fact that individuals, when acting with conviction, can surmount whatever challenges put in their paths and change and improve lives. These women are tangible proof of the integrity and compassion of the human spirit.

    My office honors these women and the strength of their spirits. Their deeds and actions are what inspire future generations of young women and men to take care of their communities, to be good stewards of the places they call home and those who live in it.

    I would like to thank all of our community partners that made this wonderful event possible, especially Nick and John and the entire Crecco family from Villa Barone Hilltop Manor for graciously allowing us to use their beautiful venue in Mahopac at no charge. I would also like to thank Hannaford Supermarket of Carmel and Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in North Salem for donating food and refreshments that were enjoyed after the ceremony.

    I congratulate all of those nominated and honored, and I am humbled by their tremendous work and deeds. What they have done individually is significant, but what they have accomplished collectively is truly profound.

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