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Gov. Rockefeller was no stranger to Orleans County

Posted 23 October 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian

In this picture from around 50 years ago we see Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, left, shaking hands with our assemblyman, Alonzo Waters of Medina.

“Lon” served in the State Assembly under governors Dewey, Harriman and Rockefeller from 1949 to 1965.

Because of his friendship with Rockefeller, Waters was able to get the governor to come to Orleans County several times.

When Nelson Rockefeller was running for governor in 1962, he made a stop in Albion and spoke from the front steps of the courthouse. In this picture we see a large crowd of people gathered here for the rally.

A bus which his party came in may be seen in the background. A sign posted on the bus simply states: “Go Rockefeller.”

The First Presbyterian Church also shows in the background. A number of local residents may be recognized in the crowd assembled here.