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Edgemont Women Ask: What About Us?

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Edgemont’s women are feeling a little underappreciated.

As part of its celebration of Women’s History Month, Greenbrugh honored 15 women Wednesday who had made contributions to the community.

An Edgemont recipient, however, was nowhere to be found.

Community member Robert Bernstein told the town board Wednesday he had received a number of complaints from Edgemont residents, puzzled as to why they were left off the invitation list.

“It’s a shame that the town couldn’t see fit to honor one woman from Edgemont this year,” Bernstein said.

Sarah Stern, former president of the Edgemont Board of Education, said she too was left scratching her head.

“There are many women who have had impact on Greenburgh and have made the world a better place,” Stern said.

Former Edgemont Board of Education member Helen Orce, however, said it was no surprise the small community was slighted.

“We’re the step-child,” Orce said. “We don’t get recognized for anything good we do. We just get picked on.”

But Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said it’s not a case of Edgemont being the forgotten part of the town.

"In the coming months we will definitely honor people from Edgemont," Feiner said.

At Wednesday’s board meeting, he pledged the town already had plans to present Louise Clark with a community service award at the new resident’s reception on May 15.

“She’s a real inspiration and role model for the community,” Feiner said.

Unconvinced, several Edgemont residents said Wednesday’s exclusion was a political move.

“It’s simply because we don’t have enough votes to make a difference,” Orce said.

As for Edgemont’s most deserving women, residents had a few nominations of their own. Madelon O’Shea, Sandy Foster, Michelle McNally and Betsy Stern to name a few, Orce said.

“There are lots of people who deserve it,” Orce said.

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