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State Assemblyman to be Honored at HWS Reunion 2003

Assemblyman Paul A. Tokasz is one of 15 notable alums to receive a Reunion Citation from the Hobart Alumni Association and the William Smith Alumnae Association this weekend

(May 6, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—New York State Assemblyman Paul A. Tokasz (D-Cheektowaga/Lancaster) will be honored at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Reunion to be held June 6-8. Tokasz, a member of the Hobart Class of 1968, will celebrate his 35th class reunion. He is one of 15 alums to receive the honor this weekend.

Other Reunion Citation Recipients include Gordon E. Van Hooft ’38, Robert L. Beswick ’43, Ann Bartlett Beattie ’53, Joan Schroeder Breiling ’53, Lois London Hutzler ’58, Margaret Adema Noeltner ’58, David F. Gipner ’63, Charles H. Salisbury Jr. ’63, Barbara Pedersen Shapiro ’63, Michael J. Hanna ’68, Robert S. Reynolds ’78, Susan Foerster Short ’78, Virginia F. Adams ’83 and Susan Rock Tully ’88.

Assemblyman Tokasz will receive a Reunion Citation during dinner festivities tonight, June 6, on the Hobart Quadrangle on campus. Reunion Citations are awarded by the Alumni and Alumnae Associations to those who have made significant contributions to Hobart and William Smith. The award will be presented in conjunction with this year’s Reunion celebration of Hobart and William Smith Classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 1998, who will celebrate their 5th – 70th anniversaries.

A prominent participant in Hobart alumni activity since 1978, Tokasz is a member of the Hobart Statesman Athletic Association and an Alumni Admission Volunteer. He served as president of the Hobart Club of Buffalo from 1980-1985 and has attended past reunions and other Colleges’ events. He gave the keynote address at the Napier Leadership Seminar dinner on Feb. 2, 2003. His daughter Kristie Ann (Tokasz) Kantor is a 1989 William Smith graduate.

Tokaz received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in American history. As a Hobart student, he was a resident advisor, a member of the Newman Club and on the Interfraternity Council as a member of Theta Delta Chi. He worked in the dining hall and played football and baseball.

Tokasz has represented the 143rd Assembly District, which includes the Towns of Cheektowaga and Lancaster and the Villages of Depew, Lancaster and Sloan, since 1988. In January 2001, he was appointed Majority Leader by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. As Majority Leader, he is responsible for directing the day to day operations of the legislative session in the chamber. In that role, Majority Leader Tokasz serves as the floor leader, setting the daily agenda, and overseeing debate and voting on all legislation.

Assemblyman Tokasz and his wife, Sylvia, have three children, Kristie, Jennifer and Andy and three grandchildren, Jacob and Sydney and Bradley.