Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award, Past Recipients
Eugene Saloga, CNY RPDB's 2006 REC Award Recipient
Eugene Saloga was named the recipient of the 21st Annual Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award at the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board's (CNY RPDB's) Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at the Syracuse Wyndham.
Mr. Saloga is a resident of the City of Oswego and an active member of his community. Prior to his retirement several years ago, he served as the Executive Assistant to City of Oswego Mayors Lazarek and Fitzgibbons, and has spearheaded many community revitalization initiatives in the city including such noteworthy projects as the Pontiac Hotel and St. Lukes senior citizen apartment complexes. Regionally, Mr Saloga helped bring vision and drive to the development of Oswego's waterfront, including Breitbeck Park overlooking the Oswego Harbor, and the development of the recreational opportunities associated with Wright's Landing and riverfront development projects. The development of these projects has been of benefit not only to the Oswego community but also to the region, by drawing people to Central New York and showing communities across the region the potential of their waterfront areas.
Mr. Saloga has served or worked on many local board and community development initiatives, and has served as supervisor for the 6th ward for the City of Oswego. From the early sixties until 1973 he was a member of the Oswego County Planning Board, and during that time he served on a county committee that was formed to help establish the CNY RPDB. His work is continuing today, helping to develop a veterans museum on the grounds of Fort Ontario in Oswego.
As an army air corp veteran of World War II, the Air National Guard, and the 1961 Berlin Crisis, Mr. Saloga has exhibited throughout his life the traits of a true community leader.
||James J. Murphy, Jr., CNY RPDB Chairman|
||Lawrence J. Baker,
CNY RPDB Board member|
||Rhea Jezer, Director and Chair, Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century; President, Energy21 LTD |
||Robert J. Daino, President and CEO, WCNY|
||Kathryn Howe Ruscitto, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center|
||Barbara S. Rivette, Historian, Town and Village of Manlius and Village of Fayetteville|
||Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., PhD., President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
||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