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Governor Cuomo appoints two new trustees at ECC

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Erie Community College President Jack Quinn is pleased to announce that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Buffalo attorney John Elmore and former Niagara Mohawk manager Susan Swarts to the school’s Board of Trustees. 

“We’re proud and honored to welcome such accomplished local leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said Quinn. “Their insight and stewardship will be vital as our college continues to better educate and enable Western New York students.”

This is the second time Governor Cuomo has called Elmore—a former Manhattan District Attorney’s Office colleague—to service. In 2011, Cuomo appointed Elmore to serve as chairperson of the 4th Department Judicial Screening Committee. Such state-backed trust is a testament to the attorney’s record of service he’ll bring to ECC’s trustee table.

Currently, the Olean native and now Williamsville resident manages the Buffalo Office of the Personal Injury Law Firm of Brown Chiari, LLP. In addition to being a well-seasoned trial attorney, Elmore has served as Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, New York State Assistant Attorney General, and is a former NYS trooper.  He is the recipient of numerous awards for his community service including the Buffalo News Citizen of the Year, N.A.A.C.P. Medgar Evers Civil Rights Award, Erie County Bar Association Criminal Law Award, and Ebony Magazine Phenomenal Father Award.

“ECC is an extremely important institution to all of Western New York,” said Elmore. “I plan on using my talents to help the institution continue its tradition of providing a quality and affordable education.”

Susan Swarts joins the board with a wealth of corporate and education leadership experience. The recently retired East Aurora resident followed her management position with Niagara Mohawk with corporate trainer work for Evans Bank, as well as administrative positions with Cornell University and Western New York Pediatric Ophthalmology. She’s also done extensive consultation work within her own Swarts Consulting Services, and spent time in the classroom as a part-time instructor at both Cornell and Buffalo’s Daemen College. Over the years, Swarts has balanced her impressive professional record with formative community involvement, serving on boards for Canisius College, South Buffalo Charter School and western New York theater organization, O’Connell and Company.

“I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for appointing me to the ECC Board of Trustees,” said Swarts. “I look forward to working with my Board colleagues, staff and students to accomplish the mission of the college: meeting the needs of a diverse student body and contributing to the regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible and affordable education programs.”


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