Monday's City Council meeting turned into a night of appreciation as multiple city officials were recognized for their service.
Mayor Sam Teresi provided certificates to three city workers, recognizing the years of service they have provided to the community.
"Every year, the New York Conference of Mayors provides an opportunity for localities around the state to recognize valued members of our workforce for their longevity and their tremendous level of contributions over their careers serving municipalities across New York state," Teresi said.
Mayor Sam Teresi shakes the hand of Jamestown firefighter Mark Federko as he congratulates him on 25 years of service. Pictured, from left, are James Olson, city clerk; Greg Rabb, City Council president; Teresi; Federko; Chet Harvey, deputy fire chief; Harry Snellings, police chief; Steve Muscarella, city parks, recreation and conservation department; and Jeffrey Lehman, director of public works.
P-J photos by Liz Skoczylas
Skyler Gore, center, shows off the certificate of appreciation awarded to City Council and Mayor Sam Teresi on behalf of Gore’s neighborhood.
P-J photos by Liz Skoczylas
Mark Federko, city firefighter, was recognized for having 25 years in the fire service.
"It's your service, folks like you, that make Jamestown a better place for children and raising families," Teresi said.
James Olson, city clerk, was also recognized for 25 years of service to the city. Over the course of those years, Olson has been the executive assistant to the previous mayor, Steve Carlson, as well as finance director, city treasurer and city clerk.
"In lieu of the big, fat paycheck you really deserve, you're going to have to accept this certificate from the New York City Conference of Mayors," Teresi joked. "Thank you for 25 years of service."
Steve Muscarella, of the city parks, recreation and conservation department, was acknowledged for his 30 years of service to the community.
"Steve does a terrific job with our parks, recreation and conservation department," Teresi said. "I want you to take a look at the flowers downtown, around the city of Jamestown. This is the guy with the real green thumb that makes it happen. Our city is so much better and more beautiful because of the work Steve Muscarella does."
Additionally, during Monday's meeting, 15-year-old Skyler Gore took the opportunity to express his appreciation to City Council.
Two years ago, Gore approached City Council with concerns about how neglected the street he lived on had become. As a result, action was taken to revitalize East Cowden Place.
"If you go on East Cowden Place now, we redid the street, the curbs and the sidewalks," said Greg Rabb, D-At-Large, president. "The neighbors started a watch group and they started fixing up their houses. Whenever you go down there, the street looks fantastic."
On behalf of his neighbors, Gore presented a certificate of appreciation to City Council and the mayor.
"On behalf of my neighbors, I would like to present this to City Council, because you've proven us two points," Gore said. "One, communication is very vital in our communities ... two, actions do speak louder than words."
The gesture was one that was unexpected for council members, but greatly appreciated.
"That was exciting. That was the highlight of the evening," Rabb said. "I think Mr. Dolce and myself both said, we often get criticized and very seldom get thanked. In my five years on council, we've never gotten thanked the way we did tonight."