Modified: February 12, 2019 9:40am
Erie County, NY- On Thursday, May 24, 2018 Erie County Legislator Thomas Loughran presented Carolyn Schlifke with Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for May 2018 in recognition of her professional and personal dedication to the Village of Williamsville.
Carolyn Schlifke’s work in public service began in 1985 with her election to the Williamsville Village Board of Trustees. As a trustee, Mrs. Schlifke rewrote the Traffic and Parks Code, was instrumental in the installation of new street signs, and advocated for historical and environmental preservation in the community. Her efforts included: spearheading the purchase of the old Amherst Police Station, since repurposed into Village Hall, obtaining a grant to finish the preservation of the historical Meeting House, securing grants for the construction of the Pavilion in Island Park, and the purchase of the old Conrail section of tracks for the creation of the Leigh Memorial Trail and Bike Path and Williamsville Train Station.
Always an active voice in her community; Mrs. Schlifke served as a liaison to the Traffic and Safety Committee, Environmental Commission, Beautification Committee, Parks Committee. She served on the Planning and Architectural Review Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Conrail Property Committee. She is a member of the Williamsville Historical Society and has worked as the treasurer since 1999. She continues to be an active voice in the Williamsville community by participating in the Village Community Development Plan which is working to create a more walkable and pedestrian friendly Village of Williamsville.
“After over fifty years of service no one deserves this award more than Carolyn Schlifke” said Legislator Thomas Loughran.
Established in 2010, the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award recognizes individuals who have achieved great heights in their professions, have retired from distinguished careers, have demonstrated excellence in arts and sports, or have made extraordinary contributions to the quality of life or quality of place in Erie County.