Monday, October 23, 2017


“Chemung County Residents Recognized for Volunteer Activities”

ALBANY– Chemung County residents Patricia Hosey and Ron and Nancy Rehner were recognized by the NYS Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) Director Michael Burgess during the Senior Citizens’ Day festivities on May 6th at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany. Hosey and the Rehner’s were among 100 or so older New Yorkers and their families who were saluted by Governor Paterson for their efforts to enhance the lives and well-being of others in their communities.  The theme for the day was “Empowering Communities through Civic Engagement and Volunteerism.”

Governor Paterson has declared May as Older Americans month in New York State.  It is the month set aside across the nation to honor older adults.  Senior Citizens’ Day is an annual event organized by NYSOFA to recognize outstanding older New Yorkers who have been nominated by the county Offices for the Aging directors and staff for having made a difference in their communities.  “There are three million New Yorkers who volunteer every year for different services, but what you may not know is that 680, 000 senior citizens devote some 50 million hours of service to people in their community.  Today we’re honoring 100 of them for their outstanding service,” Governor Paterson said.

Addressing the audience, Director Burgess said: “We must draw inspiration from so many older persons who are helping each other to keep living with independence and dignity in the community. Our office estimates there are 680,000 older New Yorkers who are volunteering to help their peers, by delivering meals to the homebound and driving others to medical appointments.  Others volunteer at food pantries or mentor younger persons at schools.”

Ron and Nancy Rehner were recognized for their outstanding efforts to improve and serve the lives of older persons and were the 2008 recipients of the Chemung County Mildred  Parfitt   award.    They  are  an  exceptional  couple  who  devote  much  of  their retirement time to the service of the community.  The Rehner’s are currently acting as a Legislative Team, meeting with elected representatives in Albany and Washington.  They are also very active in the local chapter of AARP. They are both active members of the Senior Notebook Production Team and Nancy is serving as Historian.  Ron is active with the Department of Aging Advisory Council.

Patricia Hosey was recongnized for her numerous volunteer efforts which began as far back as 1971 as a Notre Dame bingo worker. Patricia is characterized by a gracious demeanor and emits warmth that immediately puts those who meet her at ease. Pat was awarded the 2008 Chemung County Senior Citizen of the Year Award for devoting her time and talent in serving the community.

The Rehners and Ms. Hosey were nominated by Sam David, Director of the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care and his staff.  The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care assists seniors and caregivers by providing the services and benefits that elders need to live independently. Information on services provided by the Department can be found online at or by calling 607-737-5520.

The New York State Office for the Aging, in cooperation with county and borough programs for aging in New York City, helps to guide elders, their families and caregivers to opportunities that enhance their lives.  NYSOFA is also charged with advocating for older New Yorkers at every level of government and throughout our local communities. We are committed to conveying their views, protecting their rights and ensuring that their needs are addressed.  To learn more about Senior Citizen’s Month in New York State visit our web site:

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