Former DA recognized

PORT HENRY - Julie Garcia, a Moriah native and former Essex County district attorney, was recently honored for her work fighting under-age drinking.

The Lewis Henry Morgan Institute recognized Garcia and others in an Albany ceremony.

Garcia was cited for her support of One Second Everything Changes, a forensic-style exhibition that portrays New York State's youth who were put at risk in life-altering crashes in the Southern Tier, Leatherstocking Region, and the Capital Region.

She was also recognized for her prosecution of alcohol-related crimes while in office.

The exhibit, through words, images, and personal items from the crash victims, focuses on fateful events in a forensic style. It does more that put a face and a name to victims in incidents that are too often seen as isolated events. The exhibit shares the victims' stories and the stories of their friends and families who are left with the hard task of making sense of tragedy. The crash victims were sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, and above all friends. They had everything to live for but the immortality of youth met a culture of the extreme and in an instant everything changed.

Awards were presented to Garcia, Elizabeth Obad, Erie County Mothers Against Drunk Driving representative (MADD), the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, and Denise Cashmere, Schenectady County STOP-DWI coordinator and NYS STOP-DWI Coordinators Association chairwoman.

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