Cazenovia This Friday, Dec. 20, has been designated by the Cazenovia Town Board as “Linda Mather Day” in honor of longtime Town Clerk Linda Mather, who retires at the end of this year.
The announcement, along with a full proclamation in Mather’s honor, was made at the town board’s Dec. 9 regular monthly meeting, which was Mather’s last before her retirement.
The proclamation, read aloud my Councilor Liz Moran, praised Mather for her “over 26 years of unblemished service to the taxpayers, voters and residents of the Town of Cazenovia” and described the many acts and instances of dedication, determination and altruism she exhibited during her tenure.
The proclamation declared it “Resolved and determined that the Town Board of the Town of Cazenovia, on behalf of the Town and its Citizens, hereby expresses profound appreciation to Linda Mather for her unparalleled service to the Town of Cazenovia and further designates Friday, December 20, 2013 as ‘Linda Mather Day’ in the Town of Cazenovia.”
After the reading, the board and the residents in attendance — which included many members of Mather’s family — gave her a standing ovation, during which the board also voted unanimously to approve the proclamation. A framed copy of the proclamation was also give to Mather as a gift from the board, and she posed for pictures holding it while standing with members of her family.
“You realize I’ve never allowed this kind of disruption at a town meeting,” Mather said to loud laughter.
The board also gave her a gift of a clock “to measure her retirement time by,” said Supervisor Ralph Monforte.
“Nobody knows how important the clerk is unless you’ve been the supervisor,” Monforte said. “We love you Linda.” Mather replied, “I love you all, too.”
Afterwards, Mather said her final town board meeting was “bittersweet.”