Honored at New York State Senior Citizens' Day Reception in Albany
ALBANY, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) yesterday welcomed Pearl River resident Margaret McKee to Albany to celebrate her selection as the “Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen” winner from Rockland County.
Ms. McKee, who also serves as a member of the senator’s Senior Advisory Committee, was invited by Governor Cuomo to attend New York State’s Senior Citizens' Day Celebration event in the New York State Capitol’s historic Blue Room.
“Margaret McKee truly embodies what it means to be a citizen activist and leader in the community,” said Senator Carlucci. “Her recognition today is well deserved and its significance is heightened due to her statewide achievement. Rockland County is truly blessed to call her one of our own.”
As an active member of her community, Ms. McKee works closely with the Pearl River Library to provide community room space to host meetings, administer programs like book discussion groups, as well as other activities to help keep minds active.
The two hour-long reception featured a total of 120 attendees that were nominated by from each county within New York.
The statewide competition is run by the New York State Office of the Aging, whose 56 area offices recruit individuals whom exemplify a high level of community activism and volunteerism. Each county nominates two senior citizens that meet this criteria.
Although elated upon hearing of her selection for this prestigious award, she quickly realized that she was handicapped from attending the event without a reliable form of transportation.
In search of assistance, she reached out to Senator Carlucci’s office, who was quick to provide her a free ride up to Albany from a staff member out of their District Office in Nanuet.
The other recipient of this award from Rockland County was June Moloff of Wesley Hills.
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Photo 1 (R to L): Pearl River resident and honoree Margaret McKee, Senator David Carlucci, and Wesley Hills resident and honoree June Moloff at the New York State Capitol in celebration of Senior Citizens' Day.