Home is always the hardest place to say goodbye.
Longtime New York State Sen. Michael Nozzolio (R-54) addressed the Seneca County Board of Supervisors after being recognized by the board with a resolution reaffirming his successes.
He served residents of Seneca County for 34 years — serving 10 of those as Seneca County’s assemblyman before becoming New York State Senator.
“There’s one county that is my home, has always been my home, and always will be my home,” Nozzolio said to the packed room — referring to his genuine love for the place that ultimately provided him with the opportunities that he was afforded throughout his career.
He thanked Fayette Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti for her service as his supervisor — and thanked the board as a whole for focusing on the important issues — like job creation and economic development.
“I can still recall the first night I spoke to this board, nearly 36 years to the day,” Nozzolio continued — speaking about his first time addressing the board, which ultimately spurred his decision to move into public service.
Nozzolio got a laugh out of the room when he reminded everyone in attendance that there was only one person in the room on Tuesday who also witnessed him speak on that night 36 years ago. Dave Shaw, longtime journalist for the Finger Lakes Times chuckled — as he took notes while the rest of the room lit up with laughter.
“I will always be available to assist in the future,” he told those in the room, reminding everyone that despite his retirement — Nozzolio would still make himself available to those seeking his council.
Nozzolio will officially retire on December 31st, 2016. His successor was elected on November 8th, and will be Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming (R), who defeated two candidates in a three-way race for the 54th Senate District seat.