Assemblyman Schmitt Hosts his Inaugural 99th Assembly District Women of Distinction Event

Washingtonville, NY -- (05/09/29) Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I,Ref-New Windsor) held his inaugural 99th Assembly District Women of Distinction event at the Orange County Emergency Services Center. 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.

With a large crowd, Assemblyman Schmitt honored sixteen women from throughout his district and presented each with an Assembly citation recognizing their contributions to their communities. Assemblyman Schmitt is proud to announce his inaugural class of Women of Distinction honorees:

Town of Blooming Grove: Johanna Kiernan

Johanna Kiernan is a well known and respected member of the Blooming Grove Community. She served on the Town Board as the Deputy Supervisor from January 2014 to December 2017. She is a member of the Mountain Lodge Park Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary. Johanna is an alternate on the Blooming Grove Planning Board. She is a member of the Glenwood Hill’s Resident Association & served as the Chairperson for the restoration of Tommie McDuffie Park. Johanna serves on the Blooming Grove Conservation Advisory Commission and is also involved with the National Heritage Project. She is an avid supporter of fine arts, and is often found helping and supporting many Community Events.

Village of South Blooming Grove: Sonia Ayala

Sonia Ayala has been an integral part of the Community for over 20 years. Even before becoming a Village in 2006, Sonia volunteered on the South Blooming Grove Homeowner’s Association and later on the Zoning Commission. Sonia continues to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of South Blooming Grove and is a representative for Ward 4 in the Town of Blooming Grove. Sonia is an annual volunteer at Community Day, at the 9-11 Ceremony and at the annual Holiday Lighting. Sonia has a 35 year track record with various Wall Street Firms and she and her husband James have raised 2 children in the village.

Village of Washingtonville: Linda Standish

Linda has resided and worked in the Washingtonville area for more than 40 years. She has served as a Village Historian since 2004, and has provided support to Reference Library at Moffat Library. Linda has been coordinating the Wreaths Across America Program in town for the past 2 years. Linda has worked with the Jr. ROTC Honor Guard at Washingtonville Cemetery, and with local Boy Scout Troops to line the streets of Washingtonville with American Flags for Memorial and Veteran’s Day. Linda is a member of the Blooming Grove Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Washingtonville Kiwanis Club. During October Linda helps to facilitate Lantern Tours of the local Cemetery. Linda enjoyed a 30+ year career as a teacher of Grades 1 and 2 at Taft Elementary School.

Town/Village of Chester: Betty Ann Reilly

Elizabeth A. Reilly was born and raised in Chester, and has remained a life-long resident. She is a Village Trustee, and Secretary to the Chester Fire District. Betty Ann was the Town Clerk for 25 years and the recipient of the Town Clerk of the Year award from the New York State Towns and Clerks Association. Prior to becoming the Town Clerk, Betty Ann worked as the Court Clerk -for the Village of Chester, and as the Deputy Village Clerk. Betty Ann works on the Memorial Day Flag Program with the local Boy Scout Troops, collecting donations for the flags that are placed along Main Street. On a humanitarian level Betty Ann selflessly donated her kidney to a local Chester resident when she learned of a young woman in need. Betty Ann was the recipient of The Everyday Hero Award by the Kiwanis Club.

Town of Cornwall: Elizabeth “Betty” Longinott

Betty has a long record of service to the Town of Cornwall, and has a special devotion to local senior citizens. Betty served as the Receiver of Taxes for over 30 years, and as a Town Council Member for 4 years. Betty has helped many seniors to see the world by working to facilitate senior trips throughout the United States and Europe; and always looked after the travelers to assure that they were enjoying their travels. Betty leads senior exercise programs in town, to help others feel their best. Betty has volunteered in the Town Recreation Department, and formerly worked as a clerk in the Building Department, assisting the building inspector, developers and residents. Betty is the President of the Golden Age Club and helps to organize parties and other activities for local seniors.

Town of Goshen: Michelle P. Figliomeni, PhD.

Michelle has been a member of Goshen Community throughout her entire life. She has been a dedicated Town Historian since 1997, working hard to research and share information that keeps the historic richness of Goshen alive. Michelle assists locals in learning more about their own family history. Michelle has aided in the preservation of historic buildings throughout the area, and helps to care for 22 historical buildings. Michelle is an enthusiastic supporter of Friends of Goshen Library, and has enjoyed her involvement in helping to make the new Goshen Library and Historical Society a reality. Michelle is an active member of the Orange County Arts Council, and the author of several books, including History of the Flickering Flames, which details the Revolutionary War in the Hudson Valley.

Village of Goshen: Molly O’Donnell

Molly was born and raised in Goshen, and remains a resident and enthusiastic supporter of the town that she loves. Molly has worked for Orange County Human Resources for 12 years. Molly was the co-founder of Illuminate Goshen in 2015. This organization exists to improve the quality of life by illuminating downtown Goshen, and organizing community Art Walks, the Summer Concert Series and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Molly revived Goshen in Bloom, a non-profit group that works to preserve and beautify the community with plants and flowers for all to enjoy.

Town of Hamptonburgh: Vera Green Dixon

Vera has been a long term member of the Hamptonburgh community and a well known friendly face to many. Vera is a Deacon of The First Presbyterian Church of Hamptonburgh. She serves as the President of the ladies Auxiliary Otterkill Engine Company, and was the past Treasurer. For 20 years Vera led the Hamptonburgh Country Festival as Chairperson and Treasurer. She is an active member of the Hamptonburgh Senior’s Club, presently serving as Treasurer and was the former President. Vera is Vice President of the Orange county Senior Council. She is also President of the Women’s Bowling Association, and the NY Representative for Tri-State. Vera volunteers for the Meals for Seniors Program. Vera was the recipient of the Orange County Senior Citizen of the Year Award in 2017.

Town of Highlands: Juanita King

Juanita has been a long term member of the Community and has a well-established track record of community service. Juanita cooks and delivers food on a regular weekly basis to shut-ins in her community and takes great pleasure in this work. She is the President of the Church Choir, and works to coordinate repast dinners for the church community. Juanita is a Ladies Auxiliary Member of the American Legion and a member of the Highlanders.

Village of Highland Falls: Snowdrop Smith

Snowdrop Smith was a military wife and mother of 3, and while her husband was deployed in Korea, Mrs. Smith raised her family while volunteering at West Point Hospital as a Gray lady, and for the Red Cross. Later, Mrs. Smith worked at Deborah Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. Mrs. Smith volunteered for more than 20,000 hours at Castle Point VA Campus. Mrs. Smith was an active member and past president of the Highland Falls Senior Citizens Group, and a past President of the 5th District Ambulance and Rescue Association of New York State . She is a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW. She has been the recipient of several awards including Citizen of the Year in 1998 and the Outstanding Citizens Award in 2003.

Town of New Windsor: Patricia Mullarkey

Pat has been a resident of New Windsor for 56 years and serves as the Deputy Town Supervisor. Pat has also been a Town Councilwoman since 1996. Pat has been a member of the Orange County Empire Zone, and a past member of its Executive Zone Board. Pat has served as a Liason to the Town Recreation Dept, and serves as the Co-chairwoman of the Special Events Committee. Pat serves as the Chairwoman of the New Windsor’s Friendly Visitors Program, and a Trustee of the National Temple Hill Association. Pat has served on the Facilities Steering Committee for Newburgh Schools. She is a 55 year Member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and a member of Sacred Heart Church.

Town of Stony Point: June Jobson

June and her husband Doug have been members of the Stony Point Community for 54 years. They raised their 2 sons in town, which June considers to be her finest achievement. June is the Lions Club Vice President, and has been a member for 20 years. She is a Member of the Stony Point Ambulance Auxiliary, and served as the Past President, and is a Life Member of Stony Point Ambulance. June was an active Member on the Zoning Board of Appeals for 15 years. As a past member of the New York State CommitteeWoman, she had Perfect Attendance. June is Rockland County Civilian Police Academy Graduate. She was the Recipient of the Lions Uplinger Distinguished Service Award, and a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award in recognition of exemplary service June also received the Women’s Political Powerhouse Award. June is a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Stony Point.

Town of Wawayanda: Barbara Parson

Barbara Parsons has been the long-term Chairwoman of The Town of Wawayanda Planning Board. Barbara is a Member of the Master Plan Committee, Town of Wawayanda. She is also a Member of the Board of Assessment Review Committee. Community Volunteer at Annual Events. Barbara became involved with the planning board many years ago when most planning boards were very much the sole domain of men. She quickly earned the trust and respect of everyone through her diligent attention to detail and her constant courtesy to all. Barbara has been a volunteer at countless events in the town for years.

Town of Woodbury: Dorothy Morris

Dorothy 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. Dorothy is also President Woodbury Historical Society, and the Gatehouse Committee Chairwoman. She is the Chairperson, of the Business & Industrial Commission. Dorothy 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, Dorothy is a Meals on Wheels, Volunteer. Dorothy was honored

Village of Harriman: Irma Excallier

Irma is the Chairperson, of the Harriman Planning Board. She is also the Historian, for the Village of Harriman. Irma serves as a Board Member for the Lexington Hill Residents Association. She is a Harriman Family Fun Day Committee Member. Irma 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 & giving people the opportunity to learn about the rich history of the community.

SUNY Orange: Elizabeth Tarvin

Elizabeth is a valued member of the faculty at Orange County Community College, where she teaches future teachers in the education department. Formerly she taught 5th and 6th grade at Chester Elementary for 10 years. Elizabeth loves working with her students, advising the Future Teachers Club on campus, observing teachers in the field, and finding great field placements for her students in the local schools. In 2017, she started the Kindness Initiative, an annual, month-long, college-wide celebration of kindness. Elizabeth is the mother of 2 daughters that she and her husband Anthony are quite proud of.

Assemblyman Schmitt stated, “I am proud to formally recognize my inaugural class of Women of Distinction honorees. Each of these women have been nominated by a local municipality or entity for their contributions to the communities that make up the 99th Assembly District. These women are the pillars of our district and are greatly deserving of recognition. 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.”