New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, C, I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, C, I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R, C, I-Big Flats) congratulated senior citizen volunteers from Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates counties who were honored at the State Capitol on May 22, 2018 as part of the state’s 2018 Older New Yorkers’ Day celebration.
Among the area seniors who attended were Harold “Jay” Hoffmeier, Jr. of Rock Stream, in Schuyler County, who serves on The Arc of Schuyler Board of Directors.
Harold “Jay” Hoffmeier, Jr. (Rock Stream, Schuyler County): Jay Hoffmeier joined The Arc of Schuyler Board of Directors in 1992, serving as vice president from May 2006 to April 2009, and as a president from 2009 to 2012. He also serves on The Arc’s audit, budget and finance, by-laws, incident review, and human resources committee. He is a passionate advocate for his son, who receives services through The Arc, and others impacted by decisions made at the state and national levels regarding services for people with disabilities and their families. Jay also serves on the advisory board for Arnot Medical Services, is a member of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and is a Vietnam War veteran. Jay and his wife, Betsy, of 47 years have lived in New York State for nearly 50 years and are the proud parents of five children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren;
In a joint statement, O’Mara, Palmesano and Friend said, “What a great honor for all of the outstanding and meaningful service these area seniors have provided to so many of their fellow seniors and their communities throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. It’s a fitting tribute to the thousands of hours they’ve volunteered, which have made such a difference in so many lives.”
This week’s event, sponsored by The New York State Office for the Aging, acknowledges the significant contributions made by older New Yorkers to their communities. Older New Yorkers’ Day is celebrated in conjunction with events across the nation during May to observe National Older American's Month.
According to the Office for the Aging, Older New Yorkers’ Day is celebrated in conjunction with events across the nation during May to observe National Older American’s Month. This week’s event acknowledges the significant contributions made by older New Yorkers to their communities. Local county OFAs submitted nominations for the recognition.