Ayotte honored as a New Englander of the Year
As originally appearing in The Nashua Telegraph

By Jim Haddadin

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., received some belated recognition from a pro-business group Friday for her efforts to address the country’s fiscal situation, reform the immigration system, and advocate for local military bases and defense contractors.

The New England Council presented Ayotte, of Nashua, with one of its 2013 New Englander of the Year awards at a breakfast reception in her honor at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.

The award recognizes New England residents for contributions in their fields of work or for affecting the local economy and quality of life in the region. Ayotte, a former state attorney general serving her first term in the Senate, has “quickly emerged as an influential voice” in Washington, according to the council.

Several other recipients were honored at an awards dinner in October, but Ayotte was unable to attend because of the government shutdown at the time. Recipients included:

Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the One Fund Boston.

Putnam Investments CEO Robert Reynolds.

Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein.

The council also presented Boston Mayor Thomas Menino with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Each of our 2013 honorees has made remarkable contributions to our region through thoughtful leadership, innovative thinking and dedication to their community,” New England Council President and CEO James T. Brett said earlier this year in a prepared statement. “These individuals truly embody all that is great about New England.”

The New England Council is an amalgamation of public and private businesses, as well as health care and academic institutions. It presented its first New Englander of the Year Award in 1964.


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