Slutzkys receive Senate Commendation award

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Pictured from left: Gary Slutzky, state Sen. Michelle Hinchey, D-Saugerties, and Barbara Slutzky

HAINES FALLS — A deeply admired couple from Hunter has been honored by State Sen. Michelle Hinchey in a ceremony recognizing their years of community service.

Barbara and Gary Slutzky were presented with a New York State Senate Commendation Award on Oct. 19 at the Mountain Top Historical Society in Haines Falls for their decades of service to Greene County’s mountaintop communities.

Barbara Slutzky is a former English teacher in the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District and Gary Slutzky is a long-time member of the Hunter Fire Company.

The Slutzkys are long-term members of a number of Greene County organizations, including the Mountain Top Historical Society, Hunter Civic Association, Greene Room Players performing arts theatre, Rip Van Winkle Lions Club and the Hunter Foundation.

“Husband and wife duo Gary and Barbara Slutzky have been a powerful force for good on the mountaintop for decades,” Hinchey said. “Their leadership to mold the next generation, preserve the rich history of the Catskills region and bring arts, culture and recreation to our rural communities goes unparalleled. The epitome of hometown pride, the Slutzkys have had a hand in so many incredible acts of community service, and I was proud to present them with a Senate Commendation Award for their tireless work.

“It was deeply moving to see how many people came out to celebrate the occasion, which was a clear testament to the positive impact their leadership has had on the community at-large,” Hinchey said. “I’m proud to call both Barbara and Gary friends.”

Dozens of local residents and Greene County officials attended the ceremony to honor the Hunter couple, including Greene County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Riggs, President/Executive Director of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce Jeff Friedman, Hunter Foundation Executive Director Sean Mahoney, Hunter Fire Company President Gary Goodrich, Town of Lexington Supervisor JoEllen Schermerhorn and Tannersville Mayor Lee McGunnigle.

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