Road leading into Medina Business Park will be known as Marcia Tuohey Way

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 April 2018 at 11:01 pm

Marcia Tuohey

MEDINA – The Medina Village Board approved a unanimous resolution this evening to name a road in honor of the late mayor, Marcia Tuohey.

She was instrumental in creating the Business Park on Bates Road and Maple Ridge Road in the 1980s. The main road off Bates Road, heading west into the park, will be known as Marcia Tuohey Way. This road is across from the ethanol plant, Western New York Energy.

“She worked very hard to get the Business Park up and running,” said Medina Mayor Mike Sidari.

Tuohey was the first woman to serve as Medina mayor. She was also the first woman elected an Orleans County legislator. She served as chairwoman of the Legislature for eight years.

After she 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.

Her son, Cal Tuohey, attended the Village Board meeting this evening. He thanked the board for honoring his mother. He joked about his mother’s strong will. He said the road should perhaps say, “Marcia Tuohey’s Way” with the apostrophe.

Mrs. Tuohey pushed to bring infrastructure to the Business Park and also welcomed its first tenants.

“My mother would be very proud to receive this recognition,” Cal Tuohey said about the road naming.

The Business Park is growing. Pride Pak opened a new vegetable processing facility in November 2016. Takeform Architectural Graphics is doing an addition and Cobblestone Suites looking to build a 58-room hotel.

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