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Schenectady victims' advocate Gioia honored by state

Schenectady victims' advocate Gioia honored by state

A longtime Schenectady-based victims’ advocate has been honored again, this time by the state Office

A longtime Schenectady-based victims’ advocate has been honored again, this time by the state Office of Victim Services.

Pat Gioia has received the state office’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of work on behalf of crime victims and their rights, state officials said Monday.

Gioia, 85, is the longtime leader of the local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and a tireless advocate for victims. She has worked to help crime victims since the slaying of her daughter Mary Regina Gioia in California in 1985.

“Pat turned an absolutely horrific event in her life in a positive direction that continues to serve as an inspiration for others,” Elizabeth Cronin, director of the Office of Victim Services, said in a statement. “Through unimaginable devastation and her own pain, she’s helped countless other families cope with their sorrow and loss.”

Gioia formally received the award last month.

In 2014, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy bestowed on Gioia the city’s highest honor, naming her a Patroon.

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