Former Tarrytown Trustee Mary McGee Inducted into Seniors Hall of Fame
by Barbara Moroch –
When it comes to making a difference, people of all ages step up to answer the call. This past December, a select group of Westchester seniors were recognized for doing just that — for making a difference — and were inducted into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Established in 1983 and sponsored in part by the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS), the organization serves to honor those who have made significant contributions to the county. Among the inductees for 2018 was Tarrytown’s own Mary McGee.
McGee has deep roots in the area dating back to 1966 —initially as a student at Marymount College, and later on as a resident of North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow). In 1984, she moved to Tarrytown and raised her three children in the home where she continues to live along with her husband of 44 years, John, who himself remains an active volunteer firefighter in the village.
“I love the sense of community and the small-town feel here. It’s truly a place where your neighbors are your friends,” McGee said.
It was her vested interest and love of the place she called home that inspired her to take an active role in village affairs. “Tarrytown needed people willing to move it forward and help it thrive,” McGee explained. “In 2006, Mayor Drew Fixell asked if I would consider running for the board and I decided to do it. I was honored to be elected that April and I served until the end of 2018.”
During her tenure, she and the other board members worked collaboratively to make significant improvements to the Tarrytown landscape including new residential and commercial buildings, a new Village Hall and police station, two new firehouses, improvements to Tarrytown’s parks and aging infrastructure, and the building of the new fitness center and swimming pool at the riverfront.
“We also helped enact a new Ethics Code for the village government and worked with volunteers (now TASH) to establish an improved Farmers Market at Patriot’s Park,” McGee said. “While these are only a few of the things that have happened during my tenure, they all added to the quality of village life.”
Her commitment to Tarrytown’s quality of life also extended to quality of education. Prior to her role as village trustee, McGee spent 12 years on the school board, where she worked extensively on K-12 curriculum development. “This resulted in better test scores and the naming of Washington Irving as a School of Excellence,” she said. “That spurred us on to plan for improvements at all of the area schools.”
With a track record this considerable, it is no surprise that McGee has now been included in the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, a club that boasts more than 1,000 members since its inception. “I found it interesting that most of my fellow inductees said that they got involved when they saw a need and decided to roll up their sleeves and get to work. That has always been my philosophy. If I see a need and can help, I do. It is very special to be a part of such a group,” she said.