Chris Rossi has lived in Hubbardsville for over twenty years, in an old farmhouse that looks out over the valley. That amazing view and a love for her community inspired Chris’ participation in the NYRI power line struggle. As co-chair of the citizen’s group STOPNYRI, her leadership contributed to the defeat of a 200-mile long high voltage transmission line that would have bisected New York State and unalterably changed our region.
Her passion for social and environmental justice issues has had a positive effect on our community in other ways, including the creation of the Chenango Valley Peace Alliance. With a strong commitment to volunteer service, Chris has served on the board of the Hamilton Public Library and the Hamilton Historical Commission. She has also been a long-time volunteer with the Rogers Environmental Education Center.
Chris currently facilitates Citizens for Safe Energy (CSE), a volunteer citizens’ organization that supports best practices and public policies for natural resource development, to protect our property values, our water and air quality and the vitality of our local economy including business, agriculture and tourism. CSE has provided public presentations about hydro-fracking and helped create a health resolution around gas development issues that was adopted by the Madison County Natural Gas Development Working Group.
Chris is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the New York Historical Association in Cooperstown, where she designs and installs exhibits for both Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum. She received her bachelor’s degree in scientific illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Her daughter Nicky is a 2011 graduate of Hamilton Central School who now attends Alfred University. Chris shares her home with 3 clever cats, while the barn houses an ancient goat and a sheep.
Getting involved in town government is for Chris a clear continuation of her service to her neighbors and an opportunity to foster community as Hamilton charts its way forward during challenging times.
September 19, 2011