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12/06/12 Town of Somers wins State Archives Award


Albany, NY -- The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust have selected the Town of Somers to receive the 2012 Cheryl Steinbach Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management.

The award was presented to Town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy and Town Clerk Kathleen Pacella at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently. The award is named for the late Cheryl Steinbach, Chautauqua Town Clerk, who was a strong advocate for strengthening local government archival and records management programs.

The award recognizes the Town of Somers for having a model records management program and commends the town for its commitment to excellence. This award specifically acknowledges the town’s active records advisory board, dedicated records management budget, records disaster plan, strong archival records program, and successful community outreach efforts.

“We are pleased to recognize the Town of Somers for their outstanding efforts to manage and ultimately preserve the records of local government,” said State Archivist Christine Ward. “This entity was selected from among all local governments as having the finest program in the state in 2012. But the real winner is not this local government; rather it is the people of the State of New York. We commend all involved in this winning program and wish them continued success in the years ahead.”

Previous recipients of this annual award include Ontario County (2011), Schuyler County (2010), the City of Saratoga Springs (2009), Ulster County (2008), Town of Lewisboro (2007), Town of Cheektowaga (2006), Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County (2005), Village of Dexter (2004), Niagara County (2003), Corning Community College (2002), the City of Troy (2001), Rockland County (2000).

The annual Archives Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations. A complete list of this year’s award recipients follows:

Excellence in State Agency Records Management
NYS Office of General Services

Cheryl Steinbach Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management
Town of Somers (Westchester County)

William H. Kelly Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development
Livingston County

Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository
Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville (Greene County)

Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives
Dr. Tom Arne Midtrod, University of Iowa

William Hoyt Advocacy Award
Carl Hayden, former Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees
Dr. Kenneth P. O’Brien, Associate Professor of History at the College at Brockport
and President of the SUNY Faculty Senate

Bruce W. Dearstyne Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records
Amber Quinn, Shenendehowa High School, Shenendehowa Central School District (Saratoga County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9-12
Jonah Mittler, Samuel Sommer and Max Summers, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck Union Free School District, Teacher: Frances Tria (Nassau County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6-8
Sarah Jones, Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central School District,
Teacher: Deborah Escobar (Albany County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4-5
Millie Bohn, Murray Avenue School, Mamaroneck Union Free School District,
Teacher: Pamela Tanenbaum (Westchester County)