Retired New Windsor Councwoman Patricia Mullarkey was honored during New Windsor’s annual Memorial Day ceremony held yesterday.
Town Supervisor George Meyers presented Mullarkey with the Lieutenant Commander Nicholas Brooks Memorial Award. Brooks was a New Windsor resident who was shot down during a wartime bombing mission. He was captured, but escaped three times. He later passed away.
The award was created by late Town Supervisor George Green, who was a classmate of Brooks. Each year, it is given to a resident who has made significant contributions to the Town of New Windsor.
Mullarkey, who has lived in New Windsor for over 60 years, served as a town councilwoman for 24 years. Most of that time included her being named the Deputy Town Supervisor.
Supervisor Meyers listed many of Mullarkey’s long-term roles in serving the community, but all of them were too long to list. Mullarkey served as the campaign manager for late Senator Bill Larkin. She also co-founded the annual New Windsor Community Day celebration, which instantly became a success and continues growing every year.
On a personal note, I have worked with Pat for many years when she was a councilwoman and she never, ever said no when I asked her to take care of an assignment,” Supervisor Meyers recalled. “She always did a great job and I really am happy to consider her a friend.”
Mullarkey graciously accepted the award. “I do realize how special this award is,” she said. “I am very honored to receive it and on behalf of all those who do so much for the Town of New Windsor, I accept this great honor.”
The ceremony, which is held every year at the monument at the corner of Route 9W and Route 94, recognizes our fallen military members. It consists of guest speakers, as well as veteran organizations and active duty military.
Following the ceremony, the annual parade stepped off from the Upskate Plaza, continued down Route 94, and ended at the New Windsor Elementary School. The parade consisted of veterans, first responders, youth groups, school marching bands, and other local civic leaders.