Out of 900 original World War II U.S. Marine Raiders - the fi rst American “shock troops” to engage the Japanese in island fighting in the Pacific - two reside in the 45th Senate District.
Gerry West grew up in Fort Anne and, in 1940, enlisted in the Marine Corps following high school. Robert Addison of Queensbury joined the Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor. Together both men would serve in the First Marine Raider Battalion, or Edson’s Raiders.
Schooled by Marine veterans, specially selected young men became a lightly armed, highly mobile commando units (Raiders) that could conduct operations in the sub equatorial jungle, the vanguard for larger troop landings to follow.
Sister Debbie Blow, OP, a Dominican Sister of Hope, has exemplified the virtues of community service throughout her life and has made lasting contributions to organizations and institutions on behalf of the public good.
Arthur Maggy served our country as a United States Marine for six years and in the decades that followed has been a dedicated and effective advocate for veterans and their families.
Art enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1964. That year he joined the American Legion. In 1975, he was elected Post Commander and two years later was elected Clinton County Commander. Art was elected Fourth District Commander in 1993 and, in 1995, elected Department Vice Commander.
Katharine “Kay” Tomasi of Salem, has channeled her lifelong love of history into community service to enrich the lives of others and future generations.
Ms. Tomasi earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from St. Lawrence University and a Master of Arts degree in history from Central Michigan University. She taught history in secondary schools for several years before settling in Salem.
Bringing her great interest in history with her, Ms. Tomasi has served numerous organizations devoted to the preservation of the area’s heritage, including the Washington County Historical Society, the Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association, Inc., and the Saratoga-Capital District Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Kate Miller captured the energy from the grief of a personal tragedy and harvested it into something that would help others. When her only child, Cody, complained about seasonal allergies during the summer of 2007, their doctor gave him Singulair, a new prescription that was used to treat symptoms of asthma and allergies. After only 17 days on the medication, Cody hung himself. With no history of emotional problems, his death left his friends and family searching for answers.
Grief stricken but unwavering in her commitment, Ms. Miller and her husband researched suicide extensively. They found that, just months earlier, depression was found by researchers to be determined as a possible psychological side e effect on adults and children taking Singulair.