Erie County Legislator Thomas A. Loughran named Charles J. Sabatino PhD, ”Charlie”, Erie County Citizen of the Month for May 2015, as a way to remember him and honor his many years of service and advocacy for community mental health efforts.
Charles J. Sabatino was a College Professor at Daemen College in Snyder N.Y., where he started the Department of Philosophy and Religion in 1977 and was instrumental in the creation of the Service Learning Program as well as the co-facilitator of a monthly Cancer Wellness Center support group that meets on campus.
Charlie, a prolific researcher and writer, was the author of more than 30 published articles in professional Journals and was a frequent contributor to The Buffalo News “letters to the editor” column.
Charles J. Sabatino was an advocate for people who needed an advocate; he taught inmates at Attica Prison as part of the college program of the Consortium of the Niagara Frontier and also worked to rehabilitate sex offenders as well as being an advocate for those in the community mental health system.
Legislator Tom Loughran said, “Charlie was regarded by many as “a one man institution”, his remarkable life and positive influence has enriched the lives of those he has met along life’s path”.