Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award
The Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award was established in 1985 in memory of Rhea Eckel Clark, one of the founders of the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board. Mrs. Clark distinguished herself throughout her career by working to improve the quality of life in Central New York while addressing issues of regional significance such as education, health care, community revitalization, environmental protection, and social justice.
Mrs. Clark spent three terms as chairperson of the CNY RPDB from 1967-1969. During this period she helped to direct the agency through its formative stages and initiated work on a range of comprehensive planning issues confronting the Central New York community.
In addition to her work with the CNY RPDB, Mrs. Clark was president of Cazenovia College from April 1957 to March 1971. She was also named director of the American Management Association for a three-year period beginning in 1968. Upon retiring from her presidency of Cazenovia College, Mrs. Clark headed Governor Rockefeller's State Commission of the Aging.
Before coming to Cazenovia College, Mrs. Clark spent eight years with the New York University School of Education as assistant to the dean and consultant for community education and development. Previously, Mrs. Clark was executive secretary for New York State Citizens Council, Inc., and in 1949, she served in Germany as a visiting consultant to the U.S. Army of Occupation Program. During her lifetime, Mrs. Clark received a number of honors including the 14th Colgate Civics Awards presented to area men and women "who have exemplified, by their own generous service, the principle of democracy in action." Mrs. Rhea Eckel was married to Dr. Wesley C. Clark, who served as dean of the Syracuse University School of Journalism for more than 20 years.
The recipient of this award must:
- Provide strong regional leadership;
- Help implement programs that have improved the quality of life in CNY; and
- Support efforts that foster intergovernmental cooperation and civic participation.
Robert J. Daino CNY RPDB's 2016 Rhea
Eckel Clark Citizenship Award Recipient
Robert Daino (center) receives the CNY RPDB's Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award from Board Chairwoman Kathleen A. Rapp and Executive Director David V. Bottar at the Board's 2016 Annual Meeting
Robert J. Daino was named the recipient of the 30th
annual Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award at the Central New York Regional
Planning and Development Board's annual meeting held on October 28, 2016.
In 2005, Robert J. Daino took on a new challenge of
becoming the President and CEO of Central New York's public broadcasting
company, WCNY Public Media. Since assuming this responsibility, Mr. Daino has
spearheaded a journey of reinvention of WCNY as a 21st century company with
programming that is inspiring, educating, and entertaining for young and old in
Central New York. Today, WCNY has expanded the organization's viewership and
engagement with broadcast signals reaching 19 counties and 1.8 million viewers
in Central New York and parts of Canada, along with a worldwide member audience
through web streaming.
As part of this commitment to excellence, Mr. Daino
spearheaded efforts at WCNY to establish a partnership with OCM-BOCES and
Onondaga Community College to launch an innovative co-curriculum program for
high school students in Central New York. In addition, during his tenure,
WCNY opened an Education Center as part of the company's new facility that hosts
a unique model for experiential learning called the Enterprise America program.
Mr. Daino also created the vision and shaped the effort
that launched Centralcast, a groundbreaking model for public broadcasting and
the first collaboration of its kind within the PBS system. Perhaps most
noteworthy has been Mr. Daino's leadership and drive to move the company's
headquarters to Syracuse's Near Westside, helping to anchor the rebirth of a
neighborhood with a remarkable restoration of a vacant building into a
state-of-the-art facility featuring the only LEED Platinum certified broadcast
center in the world.
Mr. Daino has served as chairman of the Association of
Public Broadcasting Stations of New York, is President of the Syracuse Symphoria
Board of Directors, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Near
Westside Initiative. Mr. Daino is also the recipient of numerous awards
including the Near Westside Initiative Groundbreakers Award and the Temple Adath
Yeshurun Citizen of the Year Award.
||Kathryn Howe Ruscitto|
||Barbara S. Rivette|
||Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., PhD.
||Walter John Tennant, Jr.
(posthumously), Chairman, CNY RPDB
||Louis Pettinelli, CNY RPDB Board member
||Mary Ann Messinger, CNY RPDB Board member
|| Ferdinand L. Picardi, Chairman, Metropolitan Water Board, Onondaga County Water District
|| David R. Elleman, CNY RPDB Board member, Onondaga County Comptroller (retired)
|| Eugene G. Saloga, Director, City of Oswego Community Development (retired)
||John Zawadzki, President, Partners Trust Bank; Central Upstate Regional Alliance |
|| James T. Walsh, U.S. Congressman
|| Robert Doucette, Armory Development & Management
|| Chuckie Holstein, FOCUS Greater Syracuse
|| Ralph Standbrook, Chairman, Cayuga County Legislature
|| Robert H. Kuiper, Mayor, Village of Hamilton
|| John H. Mulroy (posthumously), former Onondaga County Executive
|| Ann Petrus, Chair, Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority; Supervisor, Town of Brutus
|| Bruce B. Phelps, Oswego County businessman
|| Arthur W. Ospelt, Oswego County Administrator
|| Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative; CEO, Nation Enterprises
|| Tarky Lombardi, Jr., former New York State Senator
|| Vijay Mital, Director, Department of Planning and Economic Development, City of Auburn; Team Snyder General
|| Marilyn Higgins-Rohde, Senior Vice President, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
|| Robert J. Congel, President, Pyramid Companies
||Warren H. Frank, Executive Director, CNYRTA
||Mayor Tom Young’s
||Francis P. Benton, Former CNY RPDB Chairman
||L. Steve Riford, NYS Senator
||Hollis Iselin, Chair, Oswego County Legislature