State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) will honor Fulton County Judge Polly Hoye as a recipient of the New York State Senate’s annual "Women of Distinction" award at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, June 5th, in Albany.
The program honors distinguished women whose outstanding work in their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate.
"Polly Hoye was the first female district attorney and first female judge in Fulton County. She is a strong individual with a great work ethic, who also finds a good balance with her home life," Senator Farley said. "She is a great role model and I am proud to designate her as a Senate Woman of Distinction."
A Gloversville native, Judge Hoye graduated magna cum laude from William Smith College and earned her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 1982. She began her local career in 1985 as an assistant public defender in Fulton County, later becoming the county's public defender in 1988. She also served as town attorney for Bleecker from 1986 to 1991, and as village attorney for Broadalbin in 1996, as well as being a partner in the law firm of Hoye and Hoye from 1983 through 1996. She became Fulton County district attorney in 1996, serving in this position until she was elected Fulton County judge and surrogate in 2002. In addition to these duties she has served as Acting Supreme Court Judge since 2003 and as Presiding Judge of the Fulton County Integrated Domestic Violence Court since 2006.
Judge Hoye also finds time to be involved in her local community. She contributes her time to Soroptimist International of Fulton County, Citizens in Community Service, Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, and the handbell choir of St. John's Episcopal Church.
"This is a remarkable woman whose life, work and special accomplishments contribute to making our communities better and making our families stronger," said Senator Farley. "The Senate's Women of Distinction program provides an opportunity to honor Judge Hoye for her achievements."