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Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award, Past Recipients

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Louis Pettinelli, CNY RPDB's 2010 REC Award Recipient

Louis Pettinelli (left) receives the CNY RPDB's Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award from Board Chairwoman Kathleen A. Rapp at the Board's 2010 Annual Meeting
Louis Pettinelli (left) receives the CNY RPDB's Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award from Board Chairwoman Kathleen A. Rapp at the Board's 2010 Annual Meeting

Louis Pettinelli was named the recipient of the 25th annual Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award at the CNY RPDB’s annual meeting held on December 15, 2010.

Born in Rome, New York and a long time resident of the Brewerton community, Mr. Pettinelli received a Bachelors of Science and Masters Degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland and began his professional career in Central New York working in the Central Square School District where he taught, coached, and later directed health and physical education.  Following a lengthy tenure at Central Square, Lou joined the Oswego County BOCES where he rose to the position of deputy superintendent and executive director of human resources before he retired in 2003.

In addition to his full-time work, Lou has spent the past forty years of his life in various community service and volunteer positions.  Most notably, Lou has served since 1978 on the board of directors of Operation Oswego County - the county’s designated economic development organization.  In addition, he has served on the board of directors of the county’s Private Industry Council and Workforce Development Board.  On a regional level, former governor Mario Cuomo appointed Mr. Pettinelli to the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.  Lou has also served on the board of directors of the CNY RPDB.  Throughout these many years of community service, Lou also found time to serve as a representative for the NYS Wrestling Officials on the NYS Public High School Official Coordinating Federation.  Mr. Pettinelli has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career including the National Federation of State High School Associations distinguished service award, the Martin Rose Economic Developer Award by Operation Oswego County.  He has also been inducted in the NYS Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the Cortland State “C” Club Hall of Fame.

Past Recipients

2019 James J. Murphy, Jr., CNY RPDB Chairman
2018 Lawrence J. Baker, CNY RPDB Board member
2017 Rhea Jezer, Director and Chair, Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century; President, Energy21 LTD
2016 Robert J. Daino, President and CEO, WCNY
2015 Kathryn Howe Ruscitto, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
2014 Barbara S. Rivette, Historian, Town and Village of Manlius and Village of Fayetteville
2013 Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., PhD., President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
2012 Walter John Tennant, Jr. (posthumously), Chairman, CNY RPDB
2010 Louis Pettinelli, CNY RPDB Board member
2009 Mary Ann Messinger, CNY RPDB Board member
2008 Ferdinand L. Picardi, Chairman, Metropolitan Water Board, Onondaga County Water District
2007 David R. Elleman, CNY RPDB Board member, Onondaga County Comptroller (retired)
2006 Eugene G. Saloga, Director, City of Oswego Community Development (retired)
2005 John Zawadzki, President, Partners Trust Bank; Central Upstate Regional Alliance
2004 James T. Walsh, U.S. Congressman
2003 Robert Doucette, Armory Development & Management
2002 Chuckie Holstein, FOCUS Greater Syracuse
2001 Ralph Standbrook, Chairman, Cayuga County Legislature
2000 Robert H. Kuiper, Mayor, Village of Hamilton
1999 John H. Mulroy (posthumously), former Onondaga County Executive
1998 Ann Petrus, Chair, Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority; Supervisor, Town of Brutus
1997 Bruce B. Phelps, Oswego County businessman
1996 Arthur W. Ospelt, Oswego County Administrator
1994 Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative; CEO, Nation Enterprises
1993 Tarky Lombardi, Jr., former New York State Senator
1992 Vijay Mital, Director, Department of Planning and Economic Development, City of Auburn; Team Snyder General
1991 Marilyn Higgins-Rohde, Senior Vice President, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
1990 Robert J. Congel, President, Pyramid Companies
1989 Warren H. Frank, Executive Director, CNYRTA
1988 Mayor Tom Young’s Advertising Advisory Council
1987 Francis P. Benton, former CNY RPDB Chairman
1986 L. Steve Riford, NYS Senator
1985 Hollis Iselin, Chair, Oswego County Legislature
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