Video: Rose Mary Christian ends 30 years of service to the City of Batavia
After 30 years of service to the City of Batavia and its residents, Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian retired Monday with a reception in her honor before the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
At the start of the meeting, she was presented with proclamations recognizing her service.
Photos and captions by Mike Pettinella.
Council members Kathleen Briggs and Eugene Jankowski Jr. present a proclamation to Christian, signifying her as an "advocate who had the best interests of the City of Batavia at heart."
Legislature Chair Rochelle Stein is joined by legislators Marianne Clattenburg, John Deleo and Gary Maha as the county honored Rose Mary Christian for her dedicated service. Those in attendance, including two of Christian's daughters and a grandson, chuckled on a few occasions when Stein referred to her as Mary Rose while reading the proclamation. Rose Mary is seated at left with her daughter, Raelene, and Ron Gibble.
Assemblyman Steven Hawley, before reading a proclamation that highlighted Christian's "faithful, conscientious and valuable service to the City of Batavia," compared Christian to former legislator Florence Gioia as someone "who believes in folks" and wanted to do all she could to help her neighbors.
Happy retirement Rose Mary
Most will agree that Rose Mary Christian is a strong, independent woman who served her constituents, Democrats, Republicans, and Conservatives well for thirty years in Ward-Six. Rose Mary was there for them, and while on Council, there for all of us. Not everyone agreed with her, but Rose Mary spoke her mind on heartfelt issues, and God Bless her for it.