RYE, N.Y. -- Rye's Betsy Biddle was recently named to the Westchester County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.
Biddle, the executive director of Andrus on Hudson, received the recognition during a ceremony on Dec. 6 at Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown. This year marks the 31st year for the awards. Biddle received certificates of honor from County Executive Robert Astorino as well as New York State Sen. George Latimer, and Assemblyman Steven Otis.
“The Hall of Fame is a special tradition that honors seniors who have given their time and energy to improve the quality of life in their communities or the county at large," Astorino said in a release.
Biddle has dedicated 38 years of service to Westchester elders. Biddle "has truly made Andrus on Hudson a 'beacon' in the storm," representatives said in a release. During Hurricane Irene in August 2011, Biddle opened Andrus on Hudson’s doors to 36 elderly nursing home residents who were evacuated from Menorah Home in Manhattan Beach and again in October 2012 during Superstorm Sandy, Biddle opened the Andrus on Hudson facility as a shelter for the local Hastings-on-Hudson residents and provided hot meals for the volunteer Fire Department.
"In addition to her role as caretaker, Betsy Biddle has proven to be a strong advocate for the elders under her care," representatives said in the release. "When the Berger Commission threatened to close Andrus on Hudson and displace 190 elders, Betsy 'took on' the State of New York Department of health in Federal District Court winning a favorable resolution to keep Andrus on Hudson open."