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March 14, 2014

Robert Frenyea named Distinguished Citizen

PLATTSBURGH — Robert J. Frenyea was chosen to receive the 30th-annual Dorothy & Alan Booth Distinguished Citizen Award.

The award was presented at the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc.’s annual meeting and recognition dinner.

John Bernardi, executive director of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, said, “Bob’s generosity, compassion and selflessness is a fine example for all of us.”

Frenyea recently retired from Abbott, Frenyea & Russell CPAS PC yet continues to serve the community in many ways, according to a United Way news release.

“He is truly deserving of this most coveted award,” United Way Director of Development Kathy Snow said in a statement.

“There is hardly a community event that he does not get involved in. He served on the United Way Board of Directors as treasurer for many years. 

“But it is not just the United Way that has benefited from his community-minded spirit and generosity.”

She noted that he has served as treasurer for the American Legion Post 1619 and the Plattsburgh Rotary Club, is on the North Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has a role in numerous other organizations.

“Frenyea blends in perfectly with the quality of past winners of this prestigious award,” Snow said. “His dedication to volunteerism and willingness to help improve the quality of life of others fits nicely with the legacy that Dorothy and Alan Booth provided this area.

“He is someone who chooses to stay in the background and work hard to make the Adirondack region a better place to live.”


Also at the United Way's annual meeting and dinner, four new members were elected to the Board of Directors: Mark Davey, district superintendent of Champlain Valley Educational Services; Billy Jones, chair of the Franklin County Legislature; Chris Mazzella, Peru High School principal; and Brian Waters, assistance vice president, Facilities Services, Adirondack Health. The following officers were re-elected: Chesterfield Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow, as president; Victoria Marking, Marketing Manager of PrimeLink, as vice president; Ed Davis, vice president of Northern Insuring Agency Inc., as secretary; and Joyce Rafferty, CFO of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, as treasurer.

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