Yates County Legislators and others recognized several Yates County election workers during the Oct. 10 legislature meeting.
“The challenges of being an inspector have increased exponentially just since I began in 2000,” said Yates County Republican Election Commissioner Amy Daines, adding, “Gone are the days of knitting projects and learning a new craft. Today we’re focused on the needs of the diverse voter, security of the vote and ballot.”
Speaking to the workers, Daines said, “I believe you are the face of elections, the true representatives of the Board of Elections. Thank you for your dedication to the Democratic process.”
Representatives from the Republican and Democratic Parties recognized the workers for their length of service, and Assemblyman Philip Palmesano and Sharon Sitrin-Moore of Senator Tom O’Mara’s office offered congratulations and thanks.
Children of Beth McMinn, who recently passed away, accepted special recognition for their mother’s 60 years of service.
Others honored were: Betty Santee, 41 years; Penny Coons, 25 years; Eleanor Parker, 17 years; H. Taylor Fitch II, Charlotte Ridley, Diane Hansen, and Kimberly Hayes, 16 years; Duane Bauman, 13 years; Rosemaree Maggart, 11 years; Helen Gebo, Donna Harris, and Richard Stewart, 9 years; Lyn Fitch, 8 years; Valerie Brechko, Thomas Close, and Andrew Swarthout, 7 years; Peter Gamba, 6 years; Joan Belles, 5 years.
Those who have served less than 5 years are: Patricia Bandy, Darla Hill, Eugene James, Marilyn James, Kathleen Robinson, Thomas Shepard, Frances Willis, Steve Clendenin, Brian Fenton, Ann Shepardson, and Barbara Stewart.