Medina dedicates Marcia Tuohey Way, new road at Business Park

Provided photos: Marcia Tuohey’s family gathers by the sign for Marcia Tuohey Way. From left include Kim Tuohey, Barbara Waters, Charles Touhey, Craig Tuohey, Cal Tuohey and Jackson Tuohey. Craig, Charles and Cal are Marcia’s sons. Kim is married to Charles, and Barbara is Marcia’s twin sister. Marcia Tuohey Way leads into the Medina Business Park off Bates Road, across from Western New York Energy.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 October 2019 at 6:34 pm

Marcia Tuohey

MEDINA – Village officials joined Marcia Tuohey’s family and friends in dedicating “Marcia Tuohey Way” at the Medina Business Park this morning.

Tuohey served as a village trustee, mayor and then Orleans County legislator. She was instrumental in developing the Medina Business Park off Bates Road in the 1980s. Tuohey pushed to bring infrastructure to the Business Park and also welcomed its first tenants.

The site continues to grow, with Takeform doing a recent expansion, Pride Pak building a new vegetable processing and packaging facility, and a new hotel currently under construction alog Maple Ridge Road.

“Today we recognize Marcia’s contributions not only to the Village of Medina but also to the Medina Business Park and the Orleans Economic Development Agency,” said Mayor Mike Sidari. “We recognize that this street is the gateway to the Business Park and with it comes out hopes for new development and more prosperity for the area. It is fitting to honor Marcia in this way.”

After Tuohey retired as an elected official, she served on the Village Planning Board and was the county’s representative on the Board of Directors for the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. She passed away on Aug. 7, 2014.

“My mother would be very proud to receive this recognition,” Cal Tuohey said about the road naming “This is a great tribute for her and our family. Mom loved Medina and did her best to make it a better place. If she were here today she would be both humbled and delighted by this honor.”

Jim Whipple, chief executive officer of the Orleans Economic Development Agency, said the Medina Business Park has been a great asset for attracting and retaining companies in the county.

“We are standing at ground zero where it all started, where her vision of an industrial park began,” Whipple said at today’s dedication. “As Marcia’s vision becomes a reality I want her family to know what an inspiration and driving force she was both to me personally and to our agency.”

Marcia Tuohey’s friends and family briefly placed one her hats on top of the sign of the roadway bearing her name during a dedication ceremony this morning. Tuohey was known for being an impeccable dresser capped with her fancy hats.

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