New York State Sen. Betty Little received Fort Ticonderoga’s Outstanding Citizen Award at the fort’s annual midsummer gala. From left are Beth Hill, president of the Fort Ticonderoga Association, Peter S. Paine, Jr., chairman of the Fort Ticonderoga Association, and Little.
New York State Sen. Betty Little received Fort Ticonderoga’s Outstanding Citizen Award at the fort’s annual midsummer gala Aug. 4.
The award was presented to Senator Little by Peter S. Paine, Jr., chairman of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.
Little was honored for her support to Fort Ticonderoga and overall advocacy for cultural affairs and tourism in the region and state. The Fort Ticonderoga Outstanding Citizen Award recipients are identified as having made a significant contribution to Fort Ticonderoga and its mission.
“Betty has a keen appreciation of the importance of Fort Ticonderoga and other North Country museums to the economic well being of our region,” Paine said. “She was also the key player in providing significant state support for the fort at a critical moment in our recent history and we are delighted to honor her for her leadership and support.”
“It was a pleasant surprise to receive this wonderful award,” said Little. “Being able to represent and advocate on behalf of this special historic site truly is an honor. The history of Fort Ticonderoga, its role in the formation of our nation, is recognized and celebrated with each new visitor. And we all recognize its importance as a tourist destination to the economic well-being of Ticonderoga and the region. I thank Peter Paine and the Fort Ticonderoga Association for doing all they do to keep this priceless historic jewel shining.”
Little is serving her fifth term representing the residents of the 45th Senate District, which comprises Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties.
Little first began public service as a member and later chair of the town of Queensbury recreation commission. In 1986, she was elected as an at-large-supervisor to the Warren County Board of Supervisors for the town of Queensbury, where she served on various committees, including the Warren County Recycling Advisory Committee which she organized and chaired, and as County Budget Officer in 1990 and 1991.
The Fort Ticonderoga Association is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that manages Fort Ticonderoga. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually. The historic site and museum includes the restored fort, museum galleries, approximately 2,000 acres of land including Carillon Battlefield, Mount Defiance, the northern end of Mount Independence, and the King’s Garden.
Fort Ticonderoga is home to one of America’s largest collections of 18th-century military material culture and its research library contains nearly 14,000 published works focusing on the military history of northeastern North America and New France during the 18th century. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of Fort Ticonderoga.