By Fran Snedeker.
A standing-room-only crowd gathered in a Larchmont home
Sunday evening to offer their expression of gratitude to Judy Myers, their
longtime representative on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Myers,
who has represented the Sound Shore community since 2005, plans to move to
California later this month. She has been succeeded on the Board by Catherine
Parker, who was elected to that position last November.
Nearly 90 of Myers' former constituents from New Rochelle to Rye poured in the doors of Rob and Fran Snedeker's home in Larchmont Manor to salute her. The Soundettes, the women's a capella chorus based in Larchmont, opened the program by giving Myers a musical send-off with their special rendition of "Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Be in California (!) in the Morning."
New York State Senator George Latimer presented Myers with a proclamation celebrating her years in public service. Saying he will miss the breakfast sessions of "Coffee with Judy and George," he noted that she was resolute in her promotion of a progressive agenda, undaunted when she failed to prevail, always modest in victory. In the end, he said, she fully merits the recognition of our community; she has made a difference, and now, she deserves to devote time to her personal life.
Latimer was joined by former Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, Assemblyman Steve Otis and Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson, each of whom reminisced about Myers' diligence, sense of fairness and gentle humor in pursuit of her duties on the County Board and, previously on the Mamaroneck Town Board.
Parker took the opportunity to express her warmth thanks to Myers for supporting her candidacy for County Legislator and for providing a superlative blueprint for performance of her duties on the Board. Parker acknowledged that Myers' achievements, particularly related to environment and reproductive rights, have set a gold standard for the County Board's future agenda. To that end, Parker presented a proclamation from the County Board acknowledging Myers' many contributions during her three terms on the board.
In her response to these accolades Myers thanked everyone for allowing her to represent them on the Town and County Boards over the years. She joked that one of her proudest achievements is the most recent and hard-fought: gaining access for dogs on Rye Beach. She recounted many fond memories of her years as a public servant and her time as a volunteer with the Soundettes, PTA, Local Summit and many other civic organizations. She has treasured the many friends she has found here during her 30+ years in Larchmont and is saddened by the thought of leaving them behind.
While she looks forward to her life in California the move will be bittersweet, too, since she will keenly miss her work as a member of the Board of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. Reina Schiffrin, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood, was on hand to assure Myers that her contributions to the agency are very much appreciated.