County honors four

Chairman Roy Dimond, left, and Legislator Michael Pepe, right, recognize Johanna DelCostello, center, for her work and dedication to Montgomery County on Tuesday.  (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Chairman Roy Dimond, left, and Legislator Michael Pepe, right, recognize Johanna DelCostello, center, for her work and dedication to Montgomery County on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

FONDA — Two people were honored for their contributions during the Montgomery County Legislative’s regular meeting Tuesday.

Johanna DelCostello was recognized for her work as a Montgomery County employee and Richard Kennedy, Fonda Fair president, was recognized for his work putting together the Convoy for a Cause during the Fonda Fair.

District seven Legislator, Michael Pepe acknowledged DelCostello as a “dedicated” and “stellar” employee for Montgomery county for the last four decades.

DelCostello began working for Montgomery County in 1982 as a social welfare examiner in the department of social services. She then advanced to the position of senior social welfare examiner in 1983 and then a principal social welfare examiner in 1988. In 2003, she became director of eligibility and served that position until retirement.

DelCostello helped lead the department through the emergency delivery benefits for flood victims after Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. During the flood in 2013, DelCostello helped to lead the Emergency Satellite Operations. She has also been heavily involved with the community.

Chairman Roy Dimond, left, recognized Fonda Fair President Richard Kennedy, Fonda Fair secretary Debbie Wilder, and Ryan Lorey of Fulton County Area News for work and dedication toward the Convoy for a Cause.  (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Chairman Roy Dimond, left, recognized Fonda Fair President Richard Kennedy, Fonda Fair secretary Debbie Wilder, and Ryan Lorey of Fulton County Area News for work and dedication toward the Convoy for a Cause. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“Johanna Delcostello offered more than four decades of successful service to Montgomery County and with her leadership, guidance, institutional knowledge and expertise, she has played a vital roll serving the community and the residents of this county,” Pepe said.

Chairman Roy Dimond recognized Kennedy for his dedication and work put in towards the Convoy for a Cause. This year, 200 trucks participated in the convoy.

“Convoy for a Cause has helped raise money in support for local charities and organizations while continuing to grow and get bigger which has made it a staple event each year during the weekend of the Fonda Fair,” Dimond said. “Convoy for a Cause has helped to unite various truck drivers while bringing awareness to the positives and the good work that the trucking industry brings to our community, while providing opportunity for them to raise money for local charities.”

Kennedy also recognized Fonda Fair secretary, Debbie Wilder, and Ryan Lorey, of Fulton County Area News, for their help with the Convoy for a Cause as well.

“It’s been a great cause,” Kennedy said. “We’ve raised more than $20,000 for local charities in the past few years.”

Also during the meeting, legislators had a moment of silence for Richard Russo, who died on Nov. 8 the day after he won the election for First Ward Aldermen for the City of Amsterdam council. They also played a video in memory of Russo.

Dimond said Russo, who has been a good friend, will be missed.

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