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County Executive Joanie Mahoney Presents County Legislator Jim Corbett With First Onondaga County Environmental Leadership Award
November 21, 2011

County Executive Joanie Mahoney Presents County Legislator Jim Corbett With First Onondaga County Environmental Leadership Award
Award Part of Event Celebrating Success of Save the Rain’s Project 50

On Wednesday, at a reception held to thank community members for their support of the County’s Save the Rain Program, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney presented her first Environmental Leadership Award to Jim Corbett, Chair of the Onondaga County Legislature’s Environmental Protection Committee.

“Jim Corbett has been a tremendous partner and leader on many environmental issues impacting Onondaga County,” said County Executive Mahoney. “I am honored to present Jim with our first Environmental Leadership Award as he is a true steward of the environment and a trusted advocate for all. Throughout his tenure in the County Legislature Jim has championed an approach to public service built on collaboration, pragmatism and patience.” 

As Chair of the Onondaga County Environmental Protection Committee, Mr. Corbett personally sponsored and advanced numerous legislative initiatives that will have a positive impact on the residents of Onondaga County and the environment for years to come. 

Earlier this year, Jim played an integral role in the adoption of Local Law #1 of 2011, which will help the County to address storm water pollution and contain the growing cost of large capital investments in new wastewater and storm water infrastructure. Mr. Corbett also helped to advance bonding authorizations for the Save the Rain program, ensuring that the County will have the resources needed to comply with the Federal Court Order driving the County’s lake cleanup program.

Onondaga County’s Save the Rain program is aimed at reducing storm water pollution and helping clean Onondaga Lake. The county is pursuing a balanced, gray and green infrastructure approach to reduce the impact of harmful pollutants that can enter the lake and its tributaries during storm events. The event at the Palace on James Street also addressed the many projects that the Save the Rain program has advanced in 2011.

Jim has served on the Legislature since 1995 and will leave his seat when his current term ends at the end of 2011. 

The County Executive’s Environmental Leadership award will be given out to outstanding citizens of Onondaga County who demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of sustainability, environmental protection and recreation. Mr. Corbett is the first recipient of this award. 

For more information on Save the Rain go to www.savetherain.us.




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