City Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Honored with Community Award

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards is proud to announce Paul Holahan, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services, was awarded the 2013 Colleague and Friend Award by the Joseph Avenue Business Association (JABA).

“Commissioner Holahan is an exemplary public servant and well deserving of this recognition,” said Mayor Richards. “The Joseph Avenue Business Association works vigorously on behalf of the city’s Northeast community and we are grateful to have them as a partner. Many congratulations to Paul for this honor.”

JABA is comprised of approximately 30 business owners from Upper Falls Boulevard to Norton Street and advocates on their behalf and the residents of Joseph Avenue and surrounding streets. Since its creation three years ago, JABA has completed a vision plan for the Joseph Avenue Corridor, sponsored an annual festival each summer and is currently preparing a feasibility study to convert an old synagogue on Joseph Avenue into a history museum.

Commissioner Holahan was the first to receive the Joseph Avenue Business Association’s Colleague and Friend Award. “In all of our efforts, Commissioner Holahan has been both our colleague and friend,” said Neil R. Scheier, M.D., a member of the Association. “Under his direction, some much-needed roadway repairs were made and he has helped each year to prepare Joseph Avenue for our festival.”

The Joseph Avenue Business Association was recently honored with the Honorable Mention Category of the Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism, given by the Rochester Regional Community Design Center.


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