Carmel, N.Y. – (3/30/12) – Over 30 women from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) Women of Distinction Hall of Fame. Among them was, Mary Monte is recognized for her distinguished volunteer service and civic commitment as a Woman of Distinction representing the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each city, town and village within the Senator’s district was asked to nominate a woman to be honored at the event. All the nominees were formally honored and inducted in the Hall of Fame at a district-wide ceremony at The Donald B. Smith, Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel, NY.

Mary Monte is the Chief of Staff of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of New York, and is a retired as the administrator of the first multi-practice dental facility licensed in New York City and as an Oral Surgical assistant. During her career, Ms. Monte trained assistants who went on to work at Bellevue Hospital and at NYU, and helped establish procedures now put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in New York State.

While serving four terms as President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5491 in Mahopac, New York, Ms. Monte and the Auxiliary received several Presidential Citations and First Place Awards from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of New York, including awards for Youth Activities programming, Community Service, the Legislative Program, the Hospital Program, the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Program, the Cancer Aid and Research Program, and the Veterans and Family Support Program. Ms. Monte also received national recognition in 2009-2010 as Chair of the Department of New York in the Youth Activities Program, and in 2010-2011 as Chair of the Department of New York in the Legislative Program.

“The woman who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of leadership, living a life of service before self,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Each one of these women here today is so well deserving of this honor because they have built a reputation of action, compassion and integrity a path that that stands as an example to all.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.



About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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