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01-03-2011

Senator Raymond A. Meier Elected To Clarkson University Board Of Trustees

[A photo of Sen. Meier for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/meier0200.jpg.]

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Raymond A. Meier of Western, N.Y., a member of the New York State Senate, has been elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees. Raymond A. Meier

Meier is in his second term as state senator, having won re-election in 1998.  He represents the 47th District, which encompasses all of Lewis County and parts of Herkimer, Oneida and St. Lawrence Counties.  Meier is chairman of the Senate Social Services Committee and also serves on the following committees: Codes; Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections; Energy and Telecommunications; Higher Education; Housing, Construction and Community Development; Judiciary; Racing, Gaming and Wagering; Social Services, and Transportation.

Among his most recent accomplishments, Meier sponsored bills --which became law in 1999—to make it easier for the working poor to receive child care subsidies while they work, and for people to own a car while on assistance and seeking a job.  He also sponsored the “innocent spouse” law, which also took effect last year.  The law protects citizens from liability for tax bills incurred by an unscrupulous spouse.

Meier was Oneida County Executive from 1991-96, during which time he proposed six straight budgets, eliminated a $9 million deficit and built a $13 million balance.  Meier was also part of a team that saved Rome Laboratory from closure and began development of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome.  While county executive, he was a member of the board of directors and first vice president of the New York State Association of Counties.  In 1994, he was on the transition team of incoming Governor George E. Pataki.

Meier was an Oneida County Legislator from 1986-91; Corporation Counsel for the City of Rome from 1980-83; legislative counsel to his political mentor, the late Senator James H. Donovan, from 1978-80; and Deputy Onondaga County Attorney from 1977-78.

Meier is of counsel with the Utica law firm of Siegel, Hester, Saunders, Kahler and Manion.  He was a partner in the Rome law firm of McMahon and Grow from 1983-91, and an associate in the law offices of Paul A. Worlock form 1977-83.

Meier was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1974 and served until 1985.

Raymond A. Meier, son of Alfred and Irene Meier was born October 23, 1952 in Rome, N.Y., and is a graduate of Rome Free Academy.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University.  Meier also holds an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters degree from Lynn University, and received the 1999 Distinguished Service Award from the State University Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.

Senator Meier resides in Western with his wife, Kimberly Davis Meier.

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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