Before the City of Cortland Common Council began last night, Cortland Mayor Scott Steve announced that he and three other former Mayors of the City of Cortland as well as the Common Council wanted to recognize Linda Armstrong for her years of service for the City of Cortland.
Armstrong is retiring after over 40 years working as a consultant for the city via Thoma Development. Her work, Mayor Steve noted, has helped the City of Cortland receive millions of dollars in grants which helped homeowners, small businesses, and economic development within the city.
“Hundreds of millions and thousands of dollars have gone back to reinvestment for our community. I don’t know if we could ever get to that number. I think that would be a task in itself, but to dot every i and cross every t… we never had to worry about that.” Mayor Steve said regarding the success of Linda’s work.
Former Mayor of Cortland, Tom Gallagher (2004-2009), read a proclamation which declared December 15th of this year as a Day in Gratitude and Honor of Linda Armstrong. Following Gallagher was former Mayor Ron Walsh (1992-1999) who spoke highly of Armstrong and her level of work when he first began his political career as a Common Counselor before becoming Mayor of Cortland. Walsh read a plaque that is dedicated to her on behalf of the city.
Former Mayor Bruce Tytler (2000-2001) reiterated what both Gallagher and Walsh as well as Mayor Steve said about Armstrong’s work. Throughout Armstrong’s career, she has worked until a total of 11 mayors from 1979 to 2023.