Mourning the death of Cornelius "Connie" Milliken, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Cornelius "Connie" Millik-
en, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Cornelius "Connie" Milliken, of Elmira, New York, died on
Monday, April 9, 2012; he was in his early 80's; and
WHEREAS, A long-time public official, Cornelius "Connie" Milliken was
the Chairman of the Chemung County Legislature at the time of his death;
first elected in 1973, he rendered distinguished service as a member of
the Chemung County Legislature for nearly 40 years; and
WHEREAS, A graduate of the Elmira Catholic schools, Cornelius "Connie"
Milliken graduated from the College of the Holy Cross; he was a veteran
of the United States Army of Occupation in Japan during the post World
War II era; and
WHEREAS, Cornelius "Connie" Milliken had a successful career as vice
president of Thatcher Glass, and was also the Director of External
Affairs at Corning Community College; and
WHEREAS, Cornelius "Connie" Milliken was a Director, Southern Tier
Economic Growth, and Chairman of the Chemung County Industrial Develop-
ment Agency; he also served on Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes, Elmira
College Council, and was past Chair and Director Emeritus of Elmira
Savings Bank; and
WHEREAS, In addition, Cornelius "Connie" Milliken was past President
of the Chemung County Historical Society, and past President, Community
Foundation of Elmira-Corning, United Way, and the Corning Community
College Board of Trustees; and
WHEREAS, A charter member of the local chapters of the Ancient Order
of Hibernians and the Italian American Veterans, Cornelius "Connie"
Milliken deserved enormous credit for transforming the Clemens Center
from an Elmira performing arts center to an outstanding regional
attraction; he was a member of its Board of Directors; and
WHEREAS, Cornelius "Connie" Milliken is survived by his wife Jean
Macdonell Milliken, daughters Mary Coleman (Victor, New York), Clare
Milliken (Elmira, New York), Ann Milliken (Saratoga Springs, New York),
Eileen (Brian) Beiter (Fairport, New York), Jean Milliken (David) Sabol
(Chagrin Falls, Ohio), sons Dr. Cornelius (Kathryn) Milliken (Elmira,
New York), John (Deborah) Milliken (Irvine, California) and Thomas
(Ellen) Milliken (Elmira, New York); and
WHEREAS, Also survived by 19 grandchildren and 10 siblings, Cornelius
"Connie" Milliken was predeceased by three siblings; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit, imbued with a sense of
compassion, and comforted by a loving family, Cornelius "Connie" Millik-
en leaves behind a legacy which will long endure the passage of time and
will remain as a comforting memory to all he served and befriended; he
will be remembered as someone who made a positive difference in the
lives of others; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Cornelius "Connie" Milliken, distinguished citizen
and devoted member of his community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Cornelius "Connie" Milliken.


  • 31 / May / 2012

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