Conesus Town Hall

Donna Avery (1931-2011)



First Woman Elected Town Supervisor in Livingston County


In 1996, Donna Avery of Conesus became the first woman elected to a Town Supervisor position in the history of Livingston County. She was, however, the second woman to serve in that position, as 48 years earlier Jessie McTarnaghan was appointed as Portage Town Supervisor after the death of her husband to fill his unexpired term.

Donna was a native of Hamlin, New York and came to Conesus in the late 1960s. She worked part time at the Conesus Post Office and as a correspondent for The Clarion newspaper and became interested in politics after attending numerous town and planning board meetings around the county. In 1991, Donna was elected to a four-year term on the Conesus town board and a few years later made the decision to run for supervisor.

Donna Avery served as Supervisor for the Town of Conesus and on the Livingston County Board of Supervisors until 2001. In her retirement, she volunteered countless hours at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation as an advocate for the residents.