State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District, recently named Laurie Crane, supervisor for the town of Huron, as a Woman of Distinction for her district in the New York State Senate.
In addition to Crane, 15 women were nominated for the award: Cathleen Bement, Donna Besler, Lauren Moore, Michelle Fridley and Oskana Fuller, of Canandaigua; Marie Milligan, of Geneva; Sarah Lynn Grossman, Valerie Aarne Grossman and Tricia Kuntz, of Palmyra; Patricia White, of Scipio Center; Neetu Chandak, of Seneca Falls; Connie Patti, of Union Springs; Julie Bellone and Ellen Hughes, of Waterloo; and Cheri Roloson, of Williamson.
Helming recognized the 16 nominees during an event at New York Kitchen in Canandaigua. Along with the nominees and their nominators, families and friends, Helming invited all of the female elected officials in the 54th District.
“Laurie Crane has been an outstanding partner during my time as a New York state senator, as a town supervisor in one of the counties I represent and as a fellow female leader,” Helming said. “Her fierce advocacy on behalf of the people of Huron and all of Wayne County following the Lake Ontario flooding disaster was remarkable, but she truly has a shining record of fighting for all of her constituents and serving her community well. She volunteers and gives back to the community in a number of ways, not just as an elected official and a registered nurse — all the while keeping a smile on her face despite her ongoing battle with cancer, which is nothing short of amazing. Laurie is absolutely deserving of this Woman of Distinction award, and I am so glad to have the opportunity to honor her in this way.”
As town supervisor, Crane serves on the Wayne County board of supervisors. She was elected to her first term in 2008. Crane is chairwoman of the county’s government operations committee, and she serves on more subcommittees than any other supervisor in Wayne County.
Crane represented her constituents during the flooding along the Lake Ontario southern shoreline in 2017. Crane attended multiple public meetings held by the International Joint Commission, the governing board of lake water levels, to advocate for her town.
In addition to her role in local government, Crane is a RN at Rochester General Hospital. She volunteers at local charities and serves on several boards, including Wayne County Action Program, Wayne County EMS advisory board and Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District.
“I want to thank Sen. Helming for the Woman of Distinction award,” Crane said. “It is an honor. I also want to thank my family and friends for always supporting me. I have been so fortunate my whole life to always work with a great team of co-workers. I continue to have wonderful people in my life that I worked with in my nursing career and at the town, county and state levels. It is my pleasure to serve the residents of the town of Huron and Wayne County.”
Crane will join her fellow Women of Distinction honorees from throughout the state at a ceremony hosted by the Senate in May at the Capitol in Albany. Her photo and biography will become part of an exhibit that celebrates the winners’ contributions. The exhibit will be on display in Albany at the Legislative Office Building. Helming will offer a Women of Distinction exhibit through her website.
“All 16 of the women who were nominated came with impeccable credentials both in their professional careers and in their volunteer work, and all of them have found their own unique way of giving back to our community,” Helming said. “They truly deserve to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions, which is why it was so important to me to hold my own ceremony to salute all of the nominees. It was an honor to pay tribute to each and every one of the nominees. We value their commitment to their communities, workplaces and families, and we appreciate their exemplary service.”