Susan Grelick - Amherst Town Supervisor 1997-2005

Susan Grelick was the first woman elected Town Clerk and Town Supervisor of Amherst, New York. Amherst is one of the largest Towns in New York State. She served as Town Clerk from 1992 to 1996 and as Town Supervisor from 1997 to 2005.

Grelick, an attorney with an M.B.A. is currently an adjunct faculty member at University at Buffalo Law School and Counsel at the New York State Senate.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Ms. Grelick currently serves as Vice- President of the Amherst Youth Foundation, President of the Amherst Dance Club and as a Trustee of the Amherst Museum. She is the former President of the Buffalo/Amherst Business and Professional Women, and served as Vice-President of Finance of the Amherst Symphony Board of Directors.

She previously served on the YMCA of Greater Buffalo Board of Directors, the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Board, the Board of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, the University at Buffalo Alumni Association Board, the University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Board, and as liaison to the Amherst Industrial Development Agency and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.

SUSAN'S TENURE AS AMHERST SUPERVISOR:

Susan J. Grelick won her first race for public office in 1991 when she was elected Amherst Town Clerk in an upset victory. She was elected to a second term as Town Clerk in 1995. In 1996 she was elected in a special election to a one-year term to Town Supervisor and to a full four-year term in 1997. In 2001 she was elected to her second full four year term.

She emphasized professionalism, financial reform, regional cooperation and controlling development through adoption of a comprehensive Amherst Masterplan as the centerpieces of her administration. She initiated the Town’s first Vision Summits that were used to help define the town’s comprehensive masterplan that includes neighborhood preservation, traffic control, green space preservation and expansion, re-greening and defining appropriate areas for development.

Amherst was named the Safest Town in America seven out of her nine years as Supervisor and named one of the best places to live by Money Magazine. She created the Amherst Memorial Hill Grove, a grove of 120 trees with a seating wall in the shape of a memorial ribbon, serving as a living memorial to the victims and heroes of 9/11. A ceremony of remembrance is held annually on 9/11 at the memorial.

Under the Grelick administration, taxes remained stable through tighter fiscal controls – which resulted in an upgrade of the town's bond rating.

Her accomplishments included: ten new parks including a new 100-acre (0.40 km2) State Park; a new four rink Amherst Pepsi Center; and a new Senior Center offering a broader variety of improved Senior services. North Amherst and Clearfield Recreation Centers received major renovations and the Neighborhood News meetings she initiated receive record turnouts. She was instrumental in preventing the Williamsville Library from closing during the Erie County, New York Budget Crisis.

Some of Supervisor Grelick’s other achievements included:

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EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSES:

Ms. Grelick's education and professional license include:

Law Degree, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan Admitted to the New York State Bar and US District Court MBA in Finance and Accounting, University at Buffalo Master's in Information and Library Science, University of Buffalo Master's in American History, University of Buffalo Bachelor of Arts, Union College, Schenectady,