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Little recognized for commitment to Armed Forces

A North Country lawmaker has been honored for her commitment to the U.S. Armed Services.

State Senator Betty Little received the 2011 Mary G. Roebling award at a recent ceremony in Saratoga Springs.

The award is named after Mary G. Roebling, an influential businesswoman who was active in finance, women's rights, politics, philanthropy and supporting a strong military. Roebling would go on to become the first woman to lead a major financial institution as president of the Trenton Trust Company.

The award was handed down by the Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association of the United States Army during the 2011 spring meeting.

"Our efforts as elected officials will never rise to the level of meeting the sacrifices that have been made by our soldiers throughout the years," Little said in a prepared statement, adding that it's important for politicians to do whatever it takes to support past and present members of the Armed Services.

Little was recognized specifically for sponsoring two bills in the state Senate - both of which expanded and enhanced programs, benefits, and protections received by New York military personnel. She also sponsored legislation in 2004 that designated a portion of the I-87 Adirondack Northway as the Adirondack Veterans' Memorial Highway.

Two years ago, Little co-hosted a "Veterans Friendly Campus" program at Adirondack Community College, an event aimed at educating veterans about financial benefits available to veterans.

One of Little's sons, Commander David Little, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Navy War College, and Top Gun. Her other son, Robert, served eight years in the Navy, including three years aboard a submarine.

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