Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award, Past Recipients
David R. Elleman, CNY RPDB's 2007 REC Award Recipient
David R. Elleman (left) receives the CNY RPDB's Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award from County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro at the Board's 2007 Annual Meeting
David R. Elleman was named the recipient of the 22nd 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 12, 2007, at the Syracuse Wyndham.
Mr. Elleman has been a resident of the Syracuse community for over 50 years. During this time he has served both as an elected official and an active citizen volunteer.
As an elected official he served as the Onondaga County Comptroller from 1967 to 1995, during which time he was a founding members and president of the NYS Municipal Finance Officers Association.
In addition to his official duties Mr. Elleman has been a strong supporter of community planning efforts in our community for many years.
As part of his community service Mr. Elleman served as ex officio member of the Onondaga County Planning Board during his tenure as Comptroller and as a volunteer member of the CNY RPDB since 1967.
As one of the original members of the CNY RPDB, Mr. Elleman worked closely with Rhea Eckel Clark during the formative years of that organization.
In addition to his strong support for planning initiatives in our community, Mr. Elleman has served numerous other civic organizations in CNY including the United Fund, American Cancer Society, and the Optimist Club of CNY.
Born in Richmond, Indiana, Mr. Elleman is a graduate of Purdue University and a veteran of the USAF where he served in active duty during the Korean War. He flew over 50 bombing missions during this military campaign and was recognized for his service to our nation with the Distinguished Flying Cross Award.
Following his active duty service, Mr. Elleman returned to Syracuse and served for many years as a member of the 174th Reserve Unit where he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel.
As a retired citizen, he remains active in our community and continues to lend his support to all of usboth elected and appointed officialsin our efforts to serve the citizens of CNY.
||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