Hillsborough Commissioners honor the late Phyllis Busansky

07/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The Hillsborough County Commission today honored the former Supervisor of Elections and County Commissioner by naming a senior center for her, as well as naming a new award for her. Today's meeting was the first since Phyllis Busansky died last month.

Busansky’s career with Hillsborough County politics went back to the early 1980’s, and her force of personality and accomplishments were remembered today by Board members.

Commissioner Rose Ferlita proposed naming a new award for the late Supervisor of Elections.

Ferlita said the words associated with Busansky were 'ethical, integrity, inspiration, champion, and a voice in government.' She said that it would be appropriate to look at those words in crafting a new award in her name.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner seconded the motion, and read aloud a letter written by Phyllis' husband Sheldon, and the rest of her family.

Commissioner Jim Norman called Busansky the life of the party and a ‘fine, fine lady’ as he recounted stories about her.

The board voted 7-0 to name an award after her. Then Commissioner Ken Hagen, citing the fact that began her career with the County as the Aging Services Director, that the Westshore Senior Center be renamed for Busansksy. That proposal was also supported unanimously by the County Commission.

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