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Town planner receives honor

Earlier this month Heather Mallozzi, building and planning coordinator for the town of Malta, was recognized by the New York State Planning Federation for her accomplishments in that position since accepting the job four years ago.

Mallozzi was awarded the 2006 Heissenbuttel Award for Planning Excellence at the planning federation conference held Oct. 8-11 in Saratoga Springs.

The award is given to an individual, municipality or agency for outstanding or innovative accomplishments in the planning field, or for consistent support of the New York Planning Federation in its efforts toward better planning, said Katherine Daniels, a senior planner with the federation.

In his nomination, Glenn Rockwood, one of the deputy supervisors for the town, said, "The skill set Heather has brought to Malta and her position is nothing short of incredible."

Rockwood said he first thought about nominating Mallozzi after the 2005 conference when he was serving as alternate to the Malta Planning Board.

"Given all the work she's done in the community and all her forward thinking," said Rockwood, "I think it's appropriate."

Rockwood was not alone in his admiration for Mallozzi's vision. He asked members of the town board and planning board as well as department heads to write letters in support of his nomination.

"Ms. Mallozzi garnered 14 letters of enthusiastic support for her work," said Daniels, who added that number is probably the highest number they have ever received for a nominated person. "Letters of support state that Ms. Mallozzi has developed excellent, positive working relationships with the various town boards, as well as the business community and developers."

"The adjectives used to describe her " tenacity, personality, commitment and creativity " by her supporters are numerous," said Daniels.

Other letters referred to her as dazzling and a model of forward thinking. Mallozzi's positive attitude, ability to empathize with people of differing opinions and diplomacy were other attributes described in her letters of support, said Daniels.

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