BY NATHAN DUKE
Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) has honored six women who have made an impact on his district to celebrate Women’s History Month.
On March 8, the assemblyman presented his annual New York State Assembly Women of Distinction awards. This year’s honorees included Joan Bachert, the vice president of the Richmond Hill Block Association and program director of One Stop Richmond Hill Community; Antonetta Binanti, the owner of Rudy’s Bake Shop in Ridgewood; Giedra Kregzdys, the vice president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association; Michelle Cook Lopez, the manager of Cook’s Arts & Crafts Shoppe in Glendale; Courtney Nilan, the captain of the 102nd Precinct; and Charlotte Butler, the president of K9 Korral.
Miller said that this year’s awards also commemorated Maria Thomson, the longtime leader of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. and a community activist. Thomson died in January.
“This year’s ceremony was in memory of Maria Thomson,” Miller said. “Even though Maria is no longer here, her legacy lives on. The women we are celebrating have their own legacies that we are proud of, and I am honored to pay tribute to them.”
Miller noted that this year’s honorees are “paving the way for a brighter future, breaking barriers and shaking things up for the greater good of [the] community.”
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