Pleasantville, NY – A Westchester County Legislator, a Minister, and scores of selfless volunteers were among the fourteen women honored by Senator Terrence Murphy at his 2018 Women of Distinction ceremony. Hosted by Pace University, the June 7th event celebrated the accomplishments of women throughout the Hudson Valley who have made their communities better places to live through their achievements in business, charitable works, and education.
“I look forward to this ceremony every year. Our honorees were nominated by their peers and community leaders, and it is always a pleasure to recognize their accomplishments,” said Senator Murphy. “Too often, selfless acts of service go unnoticed. The annual Women of Distinction Ceremony is a tradition that recognizes the positive impact made by women throughout the 40th Senate District. Our honorees come from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of valuable talents. Because of their work, our communities have continued to grow and prosper.”
Caroline Murphy, a registered nurse, educator, and the wife of Senator Murphy, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. “Our Women of Distinction honorees have turned their dreams into successful business ventures, volunteered to give back to their communities, and taken leadership roles in education and government,” said Mrs. Murphy. “Tonight is our opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and say thank you for all that they’ve done.”
Vanessa Herman, Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Relations for Pace University, welcomed the honorees and guests on behalf of the college. She also recognized the successful partnership between Pace and Senator Murphy. “We’re here tonight to honor some very special women. I’d also like to honor a very special man, Senator Murphy. From the very beginning, he’s understood our mission and has sought to help our students. When our students wrote the Elephant Bill, it was a two-year process to get it passed into law, which was spearheaded by Senator Murphy. That’s a perfect example of the perseverance and tenacity of your State Senator. Another is the very room we’re in. It used to be an old gym that was in need of repair. With a grant secured by Senator Murphy, we turned this room into a state-of-the-art meeting area that’s in use virtually every night.”
Deb Milone of Peekskill, Executive Director for the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, was hailed by Senator Murphy as the 2018 Statewide Woman of Distinction honoree. Many elected officials were on hand to support the nominees, including Westchester County Legislator John Testa, Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey, Mount Kisco Mayor Gina Picinich, Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi, Patterson Town Supervisor Richard Williams, New Castle Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein, Village of Pawling Mayor Robert Lifflander, Yorktown Town Councilman Tom Diana and Mt. Pleasant Councilman Anthony Amino.