The first female Mayor of the Village of Homer, Mary Alice Bellardini, has died, she was 90 years old. Bellardini was first elected as Mayor to the Village of Homer back in 1987 and served 14 years as mayor.
As mayor, she was responsible for new water and sewer lines and needed public health and economic development for the village. Bellardini is also known for beginning the weekly summer concerts, reopening the water street bridge walkway, and village beautification.
Bellardini was also known for her strides in historical preservation. She was a co-founder for the Landmark Society for Cortland County in 1974. In 2000, then New York Governor George Pataki appointed her to the State Quality Communities Interagency Task Force. She also has served as president of the New York State Conference of Mayors.
In 2014, former New York State Senator James Seward recognized Bellardini as part of the Women of Distinction Honoring Women in New York State.