Former state Sen. Michael Nozzolio will be among the honorees next month at the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce's 50th annual dinner meeting in Geneva.
Nozzolio, who represented the Finger Lakes region in the state Legislature for more than three decades, will receive the chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.
Former U.S. Rep. Gary Lee remembers first meeting Michael Nozzolio.
The award, which is sponsored by MRB Group, will recognize Nozzolio for being a "tireless advocate for jobs and economic development in our community."
"His contributions led to growth of the local wine industry, creation of both the Finger Lakes Institute and the Institute of Food Safety," the chamber wrote in a news release. "He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery."
Nozzolio, a Republican, was a member of the state Assembly from 1983 to 1992. He was elected to the state Senate in 1992 and represented most of the Finger Lakes region, including Cayuga County, for the next 25 years.
He retired from the state Legislature at the end of 2016. Earlier in the year, he had surgery to repair faulty heart valves. He recovered and returned to work later in the legislative session, but opted not to seek re-election.
Nozzolio will be one of four honorees at the chamber dinner. Muranda Cheese Company, of Waterloo, will receive the Business of the Year Award. Dennis Money, of Canandaigua, is the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award for his work to protect white-tailed deer at the former Seneca Army Depot site in Romulus. Brandi Rozelle, library director at the Waterloo Library and Historical Society, will receive the Seneca County Rising Star Award.
The dinner will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Club 86 in Geneva. There will be a cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction, dinner, a year-in-review video and the awards ceremony.
The cost is $65 per person for chamber members or $75 for nonmembers. Tickets are on sale through Jan. 8.
For more information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call (315) 568-2906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.