TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Lifelong Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown) resident Filomena Fallacaro and Sleepy Hollow college student Sophie Phillips have been named honorees for State Sen. Greg Ball’s Women of Distinction award, along with 22 others from the New York State Senate’s 40th District.
Fallacaro, a 60-year employee of the Village of Sleepy Hollow(formerly North Tarrytown,began her service to the village in 1953 when she was appointed Village Clerk. She is an active parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church and has volunteered with the Red Cross and VA Medical Center in Montrose, according to Ball’s website.
Phillips, a sophomore at Rochester Institute of Technology, was nominated for the honor by the Westchester Medical Center for her compassion, kindness and serenity that she brings to the patients in the hospital’s cancer ward, Ball’s website said. She began visiting the hospital when her best friend was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 12. As a unit based action volunteer at the medical center, Phillips visits and advocates for patients, as well as participates on the Surgical Liaison team.
In March, Ball (R,C,I – Patterson) asked residents of his district – which includes parts of Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam counties – to submit nominations.
“While all those nominated have worked and volunteered without want of recognition, their efforts have not gone without notice or appreciation. The diversity and depth of their work speaks to the amount of time and dedication each has volunteered on behalf of and in support of a simple truth; that all change is local,” Ball’s statement said. “Each took it upon herself to respond to some compelling community need. These women did not wait or idle when the opportunity for real change presented itself. Instead, each used her own unique talents and skills to respond to an issue or challenge in her community that merited action.”
The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame will be held Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel. The honorees will also be included on a Traveling Wall of Fame that will be on display throughout the district.