A state lawmaker from the North Country recently received international recognition for her efforts to help code enforcement and building officials throughout New York state.
Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, received the International Code Council's Raising the Profile Award earlier this spring during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes "an individual or organization for acts or contributions that raise public awareness of accomplishments by code personnel that improve public safety in the built environment," according to a statement issued by ICC.
Bill Dupler, president of ICC's Board of Directors, said Little was recognized for her support of "code officials which truly serves to raise awareness of their commitment to public safety." The ICC's Richard P. Weiland said Little understands how important it is for code officials to have the "right tools to do their job effectively."
State Sen. Betty Little, right, received the International Code Council’s Raising the Profile Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., earlier this spring. Lake Placid-North Elba Code Enforcement Officer Jim Morganson, center, joined Little for the ceremony.
Jim Morganson is code enforcement officer for the village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba, and president of the Northern Adirondack Chapter of Building Officials, which covers most of the North Country.
"Little has consistently supported better code enforcement, helped get money for the books we use, and supports Building Safety Month," Morganson told the Enterprise. "The award is a big deal. As always, she's just so good to the people here."
Morganson said the Raising the Profile Award is also meant to highlight the positive things code enforcement officers do for their communities. He said building officials help promote community planning.
The award also recognizes Little for the work she did with code enforcement officials following Tropical Storm Irene last year. Morganson said she worked "tirelessly" to help her constituents rebuild after the storm.