Who Are Peekskill and Cortlandt's Women of Distinction? [POLL]

Senator Greg Ball (R,C–Patterson) is accepting nominations to honor a woman from each town, village and city in the 40th Senate District. Nominations are due by Feb. 1.

Senator Greg Ball (R,C–Patterson) is accepting nominations to honor a woman from each town, village and city in the 40th Senate District.

Towns, villages and cities district-wide are currently in the process of selecting their nominees. If you would like to suggest someone from Peekskill or Cortlandt, contact the City Council or Town Board. Nominations are due by Feb. 1.

The Women of Distinction will hold a ceremony and reception on Friday, March 30, 2012 to welcome its first class of honorees, recognizing one woman of distinction from each town.

Vote for one of the women included in our polls (in no particular order) or nominate your Woman of Distinction in the comments below!

*NOTE: This is not an official poll. The City Council and Town Board will be sending nominations to Senator Ball's office if they participate.


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Spruce Bringsteen January 25, 2012 at 09:09 PM
As of 4:10 PM, with an increasingly widening field, Debbie Milone has leaped ahead with a commanding 52% of the vote, the first time any candidate has achieved a majority. Tuesday McDonald has fallen to 30% but is still the only electoral challenger to Milone at this point. With the new entries, however, things might change. In an astounding turnaround in the Cortlandt vote, Theresa Knickerbocker has swept past favorite Linda Puglisi, garnering 48% of the vote. This unforeseen development will force us to monitor this race more closely.
Peter Goodson January 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM
OMG - this is getting to be ridiculous! So no one can tell the truth without getting their post pulled? I said nothing that was "unsubstantiated." Morabito doesn't live or work in the city - FACT, Blum brings homeless to Peekskill - FACT, McDonald has been a long time school board member who now has to answer for the recent state crackdown on the district - FACT, Bickman is Claxton's tenant and gets multiple city contracts - FACT. Now Phillips and Wells are added - what a joke. Pisani, Gibbs, Brown and Peters should have been on from the beginning. At least Mary got her family to vote for her.
happypatcher January 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM
OMG, you guys are going way to far with pulling comments. I totally agree with Mr Peter, his comments were not off topic nor mean spirited. Don't start kissing up because you are trying to make ad dollars or feel the politically "in crowd" will grease things for you. Doing so will not be serving your readers well . Must we start speaking Nadsat?
happypatcher January 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
P.S. You do a very good job Liz
leesther brown January 26, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Cathy Johansen Community Policing...
leesther brown January 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
The Bottom Line Is It Takes A Village Like It Or Not All Of The Nominations Bring Something To The Table..And Might I Add The Late Apostle Geneva Patterson 2/3/52-1/18/2012 she has gone places as a Christ Prayer Warrior To Lift Up The Word....
Spruce Bringsteen January 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM
7:46 Thursday morning - We have a Peekskill dogfight on our hands. Debbie Milone still leads the pack but her percentage has taken a hit, dropping to 35%. It appeared yesterday no one could stop Ms. Milone but an insurgency by late entry Patty Villanova has threatened the frontrunner. Just added yesterday, Villanova, a fierce BID critic, has already claimed 27% of the vote, pushing her into second place and dropping Tuesday McDonald into third. There are now 19 candidates in the Peekskill race. The Cortlandt race remains the same as last night, with Theresa Knickerbocker sitting on a comfortable lead of 47% with Linda Puglisi in second with 27%. Almost 900 total votes have been cast. Just when we thought the races had ended, it turns out they have just begun.
Margaret Steele January 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
FYI folks - 900 votes does not mean 900 people have voted. Every time I get a comment update the site allows me to vote again. Like Liz said - unscientific and by no means an accurate reflection of reality. Keep that in mind when considering these numbers.
Spruce Bringsteen January 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Thanks for the info, Margaret. I thought it was one vote per e-mail address but if what you're saying is correct, then that throws the entire operation into question. The whole enterprise could be rife with fraud. My reporting now means absolutely nothing. And, furthermore, each comment of mine would allow people to re-vote. This will be my final post on this poll. I cannot be associated with such a slipshod, unreliable endeavor. Congratulations to all the nominees. May the Lord himself know the true winner.
C. Anderson January 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I don't understand how that works Margaret, I tried to vote again and it would not let me (just to check things out). Spruce, we will miss your reporting, you have become the Warner Wolf of this string.
blaise January 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Dawn's the best
blaise January 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Patty Villanova January 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
John Q- you are so right about Senator Photo Op! This is a politician who started out in Putnam County as a staunch rightwing Conservative who wanted to "do something" about the illegals in Brewster and Southeast. Next thing you know, he's down in Peekskill with the poverty pimps, figuring out new and better ways to scam the system. Greg Ball has no interest in doing what's right for his constituents. It's all about his next run for office, probably against Nan Hayworth.
Juan Escobar January 27, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Great example of Guerrilla Marketing - Gran movimiento republicano organización
Margaret Steele January 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I don't know how it works, either. Sometimes it lets me vote again and sometimes it doesn't. Maybe it has something to do with cookies. I definitely have the opportunity to vote again if I restart my computer.
Patty Villanova January 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Some people just never can get enough attention and/or $$$$$$. I guess that's just another benefit of being a member of Le Club in good standing.
leesther brown January 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
There ain't even 1346 readers of the Patch....Come on now play fair it ain't that serious!
Ded Yorick January 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It's true. Talk about stuffing the ballot box! Everybody on the Peekskill list has at least 1 vote except Tina McDermott. I feel bad, so I'm voting for her. Maybe more than once. Even though I have no idea who she is. To be honest, you gotta live outside the law. I think Bob Dylan said that. The only way to counter fraud is more fraud. I said that.
Ruby Carnan January 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Tuesday McDonald exemplifies what a woman of distinction should be. She is a leader, a mother, a wife and an active member and fabric of the community. I would be remiss if I did not also include that she is a dynamic director of music at the Mount Olivet Baptist Church. She exudes love and carries herself with respect and friendliness.
regina January 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM
ok lets get the facts right Kelli is not claxtons tenant. there are alot of great people on here and then you have some that should not be on it.
Eleanor Reeves January 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Silly me! All week long I've been looking for an actual ballot to vote, and all I had to do is leave a comment! There are several great women that have been nominated who stand for great things in Peekskill. I have lived in Peekskill all of my life, and have known Tuesday for most of it. Tuesday comes from a strong family upbringing that created in her the greatness that she has in her. Tuesday has always been a phenomenal leader, team player, friend, and very dedicated to whatever it is she tags her name to. She is committed to seeing that things are done right and in the spirit of excellence. She is a very well rounded beautiful woman who can even in your times of trials will put a smile on your face. She is a beacon of light that allows her beauty to shine through. With all of this she remains humble whereby the glory is not given to her, but to the Father she worships. With that I say....Tuesday Paige-Mcdonald, YOU are a great woman of destinction!
Patty Villanova January 29, 2012 at 01:38 PM
How much taxpayer $$$$ does Ms. Tuesday receive for all her "service"? I ask the same question about Mrs. Pisani (a classic double dipper at the public trough) and any of the rest who are on this list. I noticed that somehow Mrs. Phillips is now on the list. I guess she's "distinguished" for being the first BID chairwoman to simultaneously run that organization into the ground while helping to destroy Downtown Peekskill. Glad to see that Leesther made the cut- she still has my vote. Leesther's service to Peekskill has cost her dearly, unlike some of the others who have profited greatly. WHAT DOES SENATOR PHOTO-OP HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS?? WHEN WILL WE KNOW THE RESULTS? or is this going to be an ongoing poll?
Patty Villanova January 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Maybe you're not on the payroll, but how much $$$$ dinero have you made for the projects you've done with The Youth of Peekskill? When you appeared before the BID asking for money, I recall that your hourly rate for "service" was substantial. Like I said.... hypocrisy where is thy sting?
Grand Poobah January 29, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Wow so much venom and anger. I feel sorry for the people that have to go through life bearing that burden. This is a simple exercise in identifying women amongst us that we feel have done something for the community. If you feel that someone needs to be recognized, please do. Why tear down others that have contributed more to this community than snide remarks on a website. PS: Since when is homelessness and providing shelter to them a sin.
Mary Jane January 29, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I share your sentiment, Poobah. There's so much I'd like to say, but you summed it up so nicely. One would think this was a teenage popularity contest. This "poll" is not the official Senator Ball initiative. Official nominations are submitted to the Town of Cortlandt Town Board and City of Peekskill Council and they will then submit their nominations to the Senator. I will say this though. Over 1500 votes in the City of Peekskill? And I've got a bridge to sell in Brooklyn. Too bad these "voters" don't exercise their voting power during the real elections.....we might have different seat-warmers on the Council.
leesther brown January 29, 2012 at 04:19 PM
@Mary Jane..You ain't never lied..
Joanne Dunn January 30, 2012 at 08:43 PM
This truly is an embarrassemnt to the Women who have been nominated as they all bring something GREAT to the city of Peekskill in many different ways. I would suggest the voting be in a different forum as this just creates unnecessary animosity. Instead of voters trying to see the good that these women do, they will have to decipher through all of this negative comments that has been posted first.
Peter Goodson January 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM
These type of polls are never a good idea. However, kudos to Pisani, Brown and Villanova for such a strong showing after being added late!
Liz Claire January 31, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Most of us work hard for a living. We save. We take out a loan and buy a house for the good of our family. Then someone like Mary Foster comes along and steals our house by eminent domain. The fact that she ran for office opposing eminent domain but now is using it is the height of hypocrisy. Mary Foster should be honored as the biggest, most distinguished hypocrite in the County.
Liz Giegerich April 02, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Here is a video of the senator's Women of Distinction ceremony from this weekend. http://patch.com/A-sdJv You can read about the honorees, who were nominated by their municipalities at the following links: Cortlandt, http://patch.com/A-r8lw; Buchanan, http://patch.com/A-rwSf


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