Senator James L. Seward today invited local residents to nominate friends, coworkers or neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the state senate as a New York "Woman of Distinction."
The senate will honor the finalists from each district at an Albany reception on June 5th, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of an exhibit proclaiming the special contributions of exemplary New York women.
"There are remarkable women in our midst whose lives, work or special accomplishments contribute to making our communities better, our families stronger and who serve as special examples to others," said Senator Seward. "The senate’s 'Woman of Distinction' program provides a special opportunity to honor women for their achievements and to thank them for the special pride they bring to their communities."
Previous honorees in the annual event have included leading women from the worlds of business, academics and civic life, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds. Last year's Women of Distinction in the 51st Senatorial District were Andria De Lisle-Heath of Herkimer, noted for her work with the American Red Cross Mohawk Valley Chapter, and Maureen Lodes of Sharon Springs, noted for her achievements on behalf of her community.
Women who live in the 51st Senatorial District, which includes Otsego, Schoharie, Greene, Herkimer, Cortland, and parts of Chenango and Tompkins counties are eligible for nomination. Special nomination forms are available by contacting Senator Seward’s office at 607-432-5524. Nominations must be submitted by April 13. The finalist will be announced in late April.
The "Woman of Distinction" program was created as part of the New York State Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The senate has hosted a display that honors other distinguished women from New York’s past, from leaders of the 19th Century suffragist movement to pioneers in education, science and the arts.
Present-day "Women of Distinction" will be honored in a separate display in June.