County Legislature issues proclamations about United Way, child support awareness

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 August 2023 at 11:23 am

Lisa Stenshorn, clerk to Legislature, praised for earning certification

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Nyla Gaylord, acting executive director for the United Way in Orleans County, accepts a proclamation on Tuesday from County Legislature Fred Miller.

The Legislature  proclaimed September as “United Way Month in Orleans County.” The organization was praised for an annual fundraising campaign that supports many agencies in the county.

The United Way has also spearheaded other projects in recent years, acquiring grants to assist residents with digital literacy and other issues, including housing.

“The Orleans County Legislature urges all community-minded citizens to not only applaud the efforts of the volunteers but also the contributions of these agencies by offering their wholehearted support,” the Legislature stated in the proclamation.

Lisa Stenshorn, clerk to the County Legislature, is congratulated by Legislator Bill Eick for becoming a “Certified Legislative Board Clerk,” a distinction earned through the NYS Association of Clerks of County Legislative Boards. Stenshorn has been clerk to the Legislature since January 2021.

Legislator Fred Miller, right, presents a proclamation to Renee Rowley, child support coordinator for the county. She is joined by, from left: DSS Commissioner Holli Nenni, and child support staff Danielle Champeney, Holden Carter, Jennifer Hammons, Pam Jenks and Danielle Kickbush.

Legislators declared August as “Child Support Awareness Month.”

“Parents have the most critical role in the development of their children, and an obligation to provide safe, loving and secure environments in which their children can grow and flourish,” the proclamation states. “Studies have shown that when both parents provide financial and emotional support, children are less likely to engage in unhealthy and unproductive behaviors and are more likely to do well in school and succeed later in life.”

Legislators praised the Child Support Enforcement Program and child support professionals in county for “a vital role in assisting parents in achieving and maintaining economic security for their children.”