Huntington Town Clerk Recognized with Robert Arnold Award
On Monday, June 3, 2019 Huntington Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia was recognized by the New York Association of Local Government Record Officers with the Robert Arnold Award for Distinguished Service for her integral role and dedication to the Town of Huntington’s Records Center and Archives. In developing a first-class records management system from the ground up, the Jo-Ann Raia Records Center and Archives is the main repository for the numerous records, manuscripts, deeds and maps detailing the over 350 year history of the Town. At the April 16, 2019 Huntington Town Board Meeting, the Town Board voted to rename and dedicate the Records Center and Archives after its champion and Huntington’s longest serving Town Clerk.
Annually, NYALGRO honors one individual with the Robert Arnold Award for Distinguished Service because it recognizes an individual who has demonstrated characteristics similar to that of a Regional Advisory Officer in lending expertise and assistance to other local officials in the establishment of furtherance of records management programs. In nominating the Town Clerk, David Lowry, Manager for the Records Advisory Services of New York State Archives, stated “Jo-Ann considers the town’s archives and records management program that she built as her greatest accomplishment,” and she “frequently conducts tours of the town’s state-of-the-art archives and records center for other local government officials and is willing to answer their many questions.”
In consideration for the award, Mr. Lowry reviewed the many steps and hard work Ms. Raia took to build up an incredible system from a trash-ridden basement in Town Hall. After she was presented with her award, Ms. Raia commented on the nearly past four decades she has worked in the Town, and the legacy her Records Center & Archives will have going forward. “After 38 years as Town Clerk, I am honored to be recognized by NYALGRO and be nominated by Mr. Lowry. Since taking office it has been my mission to serve and assist our residents, and this especially includes preserving the history documenting our wonderful Town for future generations. I believe it remains my most significant achievement in giving back to the Huntington Community,” commented Ms. Raia.