Women of distinction

GOSHEN. Assemblyman Schmitt recognizes the contributions 16 women make within their communities


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  • Provided photos Assemblyman Colin Schmitt recognized Dorothy Morris as one of 16 Women of Distinction within the 99th Assembly District during ceremonies last week. Morris was nominated by the Town of Woodbury.




  • Assemblyman Colin Schmitt recognized Irma Excallier as one of 16 Women of Distinction within the 99th Assembly District during ceremonies last week. Excallier was nominated by the Village of Harriman.




Assemblyman Colin Schmitt held his inaugural 99th Assembly District Women of Distinction event on Thursday, May 9, at the Orange County Emergency Services Center, honoring 16 women from throughout the district and presenting each with an Assembly citation recognizing their contributions to their communities.

This official State Assembly government event was created to recognize women from across the Assembly District who have made significant contributions to their communities and the 99th Assembly District.

The Women of Distinction honorees are:

Town of Blooming Grove: Johanna Kiernan

Village of South Blooming Grove: Sonia Ayala

Village of Washingtonville: Linda Standish

Town/Village of Chester: Betty Ann Reilly

Town of Cornwall: Elizabeth “Betty” Longinott

Town of Goshen: Michelle P. Figliomeni, PhD.

Village of Goshen: Molly O’Donnell

Town of Hamptonburgh: Vera Green Dixon

Town of Highlands: Juanita King

Village of Highland Falls: Snowdrop Smith

Town of New Windsor: Patricia Mullarkey

Town of Stony Point: June Jobson

Town of Wawayanda: Barbara Parson

Town of Woodbury: Dorothy Morris

Village of Harriman: Irma Excallier

SUNY Orange: Elizabeth Tarvin

“These women are the pillars of our district and are greatly deserving of recognition,” Schmitt said in the press release announcing the awards. “ I thank them for all that they have done and continue to do for the betterment of our district. We are blessed to have such amazing leaders and role models live and serve in our local communities.”

The 99th Assembly District includes to the Town of Stony Point in Rockland and the towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury.

Town of Woodbury: Dorothy Morris

Morris was a member of the education community for 30 years, serving as a teacher of kindergarten and first grade, and as a learning disability and reading specialist. She then became a driving force in the creation of children’s programs at the library. Dorothy is President of the Lion’s Club and serves on the Woodbury Public Library Board of Trustees as the president.
Morris also is president of the Woodbury Historical Society as well as the Gatehouse Committee chairwoman.
She is the chairperson of the Business & Industrial Commission. Morris served as the Woodbury Senior Center, Past Director. She was a member of the Centennial Steering Committee and is also on the Town Records and Advisory Board.
In her spare time, Morris is a Meals on Wheels volunteer. She was honored as the Citizen of the Year by the town of Woodbury in 1993.
“Thank you to the Town of Woodbury and Assemblyman Schmitt for this recognition,” Morris said. “I wholeheartedly believe in giving back to your community and I have been doing it for such a long time. It has always been my mission to give back because that is what my parents taught me and how they lived their lives. It is a very rewarding experience. This is not just my award but everybody’s award who serve alongside me on various committees. I am humbled to have been selected for this honor.”
Village of Harriman: Irma Excallier
Excallier is the chairperson, of the Harriman Planning Board. She is also the Historian, for the Village of Harriman. She also serves as a Board Member for the Lexington Hill Residents Association.
She is a Harriman Family Fun Day Committee member. Excallier is a regular community volunteer in Harriman, and is tremendously proud of the time she spends working to research and preserve the history of the community that she loves and giving people the opportunity to learn about its rich history.
“Thank you Village of Harriman Town Board and Assemblyman Schmitt for this recognition,” Escallier said. “My Village Board is made up of outstanding individuals. Mayor Welle since 2001, a former mayor Bruce Chichester as well as other great people who serve our community. This recognition is a reflection of their endeavors and achievements. I am very privileged to work with them. My sincere gratitude to all.”




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