Re­tired State Sen. Amick hon­ored with pub­lic ser­vice award

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­

Cit­ing his ded­i­ca­tion to open govern­ment, Com­mon Cause Delaware re­cently hon­ored re­tired Ne­wark leg­is­la­tor Steve Amick.

“We are hon­or­ing Steve for his leg­isla­tive and community ac­com­plish­ments that span over two decades,” Jan Kone­sey, chair­per­son for Com­mon Cause Delaware, said in a pre­pared state­ment. “His com­mit­ment and sup­port for Com­mon Cause and our mis­sion for open and ac­count­able govern­ment goes back to 1989 when he first joined the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Com­mon Cause is a non­par­ti­san group that works to rein in the power of money in pol­i­tics, in­crease trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in govern­ment and pro­vide ac­cess to safe and se­cure vot­ing for ev­ery qual­i­fied cit­i­zen.

“Through­out his ser­vice in the leg­is­la­ture, Steve, a Repub­li­can, showed his com­mit­ment to the Com­mon Cause ideal: that how a govern­ment acts is just as im­por­tant as what it does,” Com­mon Cause Pro­gram Di­rec­tor Jennifer Hill said. “He used his po­si­tions as chair of the House Rules and Sun­set Com­mit­tees to push for open and ac­count­able govern­ment. In the State Se­nate, he served as mi­nor­ity whip and mi­nor­ity leader and as a mem­ber of the pow­er­ful Joint Fi­nance Com­mit­tee.”

Kone­sey and for­mer Rep. Mike Cas­tle pre­sented the Rus­sell Peter­son Pub­lic Ser­vice Award to Amick dur­ing a cer­e­mony last month in Wilm­ing­ton.

A grad­u­ate of Ne­wark High School, Washington Col­lege and Dick­in­son School of Law, Amick served Ne­wark in the state leg­is­la­ture for 22 years – as a mem­ber of the state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 1986 to 1994 and as a state sen­a­tor from 1994 to 2008.

Now in re­tire­ment, Amick re­mains a mem­ber of the Ne­wark Morn­ing Ro­tary Club and most re­cently led an un­suc­cess­ful cam­paign to re­name West Park Place Ele­men­tar y School after the film­maker Ken Burns.

He joins sev­eral other Ne­wark­ers who have won the Rus­sell Peter­son Pub­lic Ser­vice Award in re­cent years, in­clud­ing Univer­sity of Delaware pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus Ralph Be­gleiter and for­mer state se­na­tors Karen Peter­son and Liane Soren­son.


Re­tired State Sen. Steve Amick re­ceives a pub­lic ser­vice award from for­mer Rep. Mike Cas­tle and Com­mon Cause Delaware Chair­per­son Jan Kone­sey.

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