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.
Barbara S. Rivette CNY RPDB's 2014 REC Award Recipient
Barbara S. Rivette (left) receives the CNY RPDB's Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award from Board Chairwoman Kathleen A. Rapp at the Board's 2014 Annual Meeting
Barbara S. Rivette was named the recipient of the 28th
annual Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award at the Central New York Regional
Planning and Development Board’s Annual Meeting held on October 17, 2014.
Ms. Rivette is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School
of Journalism with a distinguished career as a respected researcher, author, and
editor with a passion for environmental and historic topics. Her first
historical research was published in a statewide publication when she was 14
years old. Since then Ms. Rivette has authored numerous local history books and
25 sections of the NYS Encyclopedia, which included a segment on Onondaga County
Ms. Rivette worked as reporter, photographer, and executive
editor on seven weekly newspapers in Onondaga and Madison Counties and served as
the president of the New York Press Association in 1989. She currently serves as
the local historian for the Town and Village of Manlius and the Village of
Fayetteville. In 2007, she received the local Government Historian Award for
Excellence from the Association of Public Historians of NYS.
Ms. Rivette is a life member of the Onondaga Historical
Association and was a member of the OHA board of directors for more than 30
years. In 2004 OHA honored her with the OHA Medal for distinguished service in
helping to preserve and interpret our local history.
Since 2003 Ms. Rivette has served as the Chair of the
Onondaga County Council on Environmental Health. She served as a member of the
Onondaga Lake Management Council for 23 years during which time she provided
testimony at federal public hearings held by Senator Patrick Moynihan in support
of establishing the Onondaga Lake Management Conference. As a participating
member of the Conference she contributed to the development of
A Plan for Action, later known as the
first Onondaga Lake Management Plan."
When the Onondaga Lake Management Conference was replaced by the Onondaga Lake
Partnership, Barbara assumed a key role on the OLP's Outreach Committee until
the Committee completed its work in 2012.
||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