History was a passion of Mathusa's and he was instrumental in preparing for this summer's 400-year celebration of the discovery of the very river that he grew up on.
In October of 2008, Mathusa had a bench and plaque dedicated in his name for this vision and dedication to the Quadricentennial Committee. The bench was appropriately placed near the Hudson River in Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk.
"Parker was a valued member of NYSERDA and all of us benefited greatly from his dedication, counsel, work ethic and great sense of humor," said Delorio. "He served with distinction and I know that I speak for all of us at NYSERDA when I say that his presence will be greatly missed."