Senator Joe Robach‘s office will again honor a “Woman of Distinction” in May.  This event will be held Tuesday, May 15th, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.  Joe Robach’s office has honored a woman in Rochester, NY for this honor for many years.  The Senate’s Women of Distinction event is a time to honor an outstanding woman whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in their community.

From the women’s suffrage movement 150 years ago to the present day, women have played a crucial role in New York’s State’s political, social and economic development.  The Woman of Distinction program recognizes a small sample of the countless New York State women who are known for groundbreaking achievements.  This ceremony honors the remarkable women of today throughout New York State.

Some of the past recipients selected by Joe Robach’s office have been:

Jessie Marvin Lazeroff: Throughout her life as a Rochester resident, she has worn many hats and has contributed so much in the areas of economic development, education and community service.  Jessie’s ingenuity and passion for improving the Rochester area and her humanitarian spirit made her an exceptional Woman of Distinction.

Dr. Anne Kress: As MCC’s fifth president, Dr. Kress leads a nationally recognized, multi-campus college that enrolls over 37,000 students each year. Since beginning her tenure in 2009, she has elevated the college’s role in several key areas – readiness for college, college completion, workforce development, diversity and sustainability – to better serve the needs of students and the community.

Dr. Ruth Scott:  Served on the Rochester City Council from 1977-89. In 1986, she was elected the Council’s first President. Her leadership was instrumental as the City moved from a City Manager form of government to a directly elected mayor.  She was involved in numerous community organizations and received countless awards, including; Who’s Who Among American Women, Who’s Who Among Black Americans, Albion College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Girl Scouts of America Community Service Award, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the Year, and YWCA’s Women Builders of Communities and Dreams.

If anyone has suggestions for a Women of Distinction nominee, they should contact Joe Robach’s office.