Because of the non-stop efforts of a Larchmont woman, the 2012 Miss New York and Miss New York Teen USA pageants will be held in January at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center, returning to Westchester after a three-decade hiatus.
Dee van Eyck, the Executive Director of Miss Westchester & Miss Hudson Valley Pageants, and the “official recruiter” for Miss New York USA ® and Miss New York Teen USA® told us, “The NY USA pageants have been held in Albany for the past dozen years over Thanksgiving weekend, which was really inconvenient for anyone who’d rather be home with family for the holiday.”
“When the new directors were announced on February 1st, I campaigned non-stop to get them to relocate here. The last time the USA pageants were held in Westchester (Ossining) was in 1980.
“I pestered them incessantly until officials agreed to visit. Then I drove him around the county to visit the PAC at SUNY Purchase and a few hotels so he could see that Westchester had everything he could possibly need.”
Both pageants are under the Miss Universe organization owned by The Donald. Miss New York has a shot at being crowned Miss USA.
Hosting the two pageants will be a boon for the county, government leaders say. About 300 contestants are expected to compete, which could translate to as much as a $3 million infusion into the local economy.
The pageants will be held January 13-15.