UTICA — New York State Sen. Joe Griffo, R-49th Dist. of Rome and Senate deputy minority leader, was honored as a HealthFriend of the Year by HealthFriends Inc.
The HealthFriend of the Year award recognizes people and organizations that use their standing in the community to effect positive change that improves the health and wellbeing of the residents of the region.
Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22nd Dist. of Utica, and Debbie Gibbs, a principal clerk with the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, also were honored by the organization.
“I am humbled to be recognized as a 2019 HealthFriend of the Year,” Griffo said. “HealthFriends Inc. is a tremendous organization that works hard every day to improve the health status of underserved residents of Herkimer and Oneida counties. I also would like to congratulate Congressman Brindisi and Debbie Gibbs on being recognized as well.”
“We chose Deputy Minority Leader Griffo to recognize the positive impact that he has had on the lives of the people of our region by working across the aisle and working together with those of other political parties such as Congressman Anthony Brindisi,” HealthFriends Inc. Executive Director John Hemmel Jr. said. “This collaboration is something that is so rare and yet so powerful and effects positive change that benefits everyone.”
HealthFriends Inc. is a community partnership founded by the Mohawk Valley Network Inc., St. Francis de Sales Parish Utica and Catholic Charities of Herkimer County.
The organization’s mission, in partnership with others, is to develop programs and the financial resources to provide pharmaceutical assistance to people without medication insurance or the financial resources to obtain needed prescribed medications. For more information, visit www.healthfriendscny.com.