New York State Funeral Directors Association

NYS Senator Receives Award from NYSFDA

ALBANY, NY (July 31, 2017) -- The New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) was pleased to present a “Friend of Funeral Service Award” to the Honorable Elizabeth “Betty” Little  (45th S.D.) recently for her State Senate sponsorship and tireless advocacy to successfully secure a law allowing funeral homes to serve light food and refreshments in New York State.

The law removing the prohibition on food and beverage in the funeral home took effect statewide on January 17, 2017.

 The NYSFDA Award was established in 1998 to provide special recognition to the individual or organization demonstrating outstanding support for funeral consumers and funeral service in New York State.

"It is not awarded every year – only when special recognition for support of funeral service is called for," says NYSFDA Deputy Executive Director, Randy L. McCullough, CAE.

"Because of her work, an important measure of comfort will be provided to families and loved ones of the deceased as well as to those individuals waiting to pay their respects," says NYSFDA Government Affairs Committee Chairman and funeral director, William E. McVeigh.

Other notable past winners of NYSFDA’s prestigious award have included: Senator Owen Johnson; Senator Hugh Farley; Senator Joseph Robach; Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer; and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried.

Founded in 1889, the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Inc. is the oldest state association of funeral directors in the U.S., representing more than 900 member firms and 3,300 licensed funeral directors in New York State.



Pictured from Left to Right: NYSFDA Government Affairs Committee Chairman and Past President, William E. McVeigh; NYS Senator Elizabeth “Betty” Little; NYSFDA member and Adirondack Funeral Directors Association President, Daniel J. DeCelle; and NYSFDA District Governor – Region 5, John J. Kelly. The group presented the “Friend of Funeral Service Award” to Senator Little in her District Office in Queensbury on July 27, 2017.


Rana Huber, NYSFDA Director of Communications


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