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, Laurie Gagliardi who was posthumously recognized for her distinguished volunteer service and civic commitment as a Woman of Distinction representing the Town of Lewisboro, New York.

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.

Laurie Gagliardi was a vital member of the Lewisboro community until her death on December 2, 2011, as an employee of the South Salem Post Office. In that position, she made the Post Office a center of community life, always looking for ways to ensure that new residents received misaddressed mail and offering them help on settling into town. Additionally, Ms. Gagliardi was a 19-year fixture, working the Friday night shift, with the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

At her funeral, Ms. Gagliardi’s friends and family remembered her for her “enormous impact on her co-workers and all the folks who came into the post office, whose day she brightened with her cheerfulness and pleasure in helping them. She truly cared about all of them, and they knew it and loved her for it. … As in all the other areas of her life, Laurie never failed to deliver.”

“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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