By Jeffery Smith

CORNING - Longtime City Councilman Jim Nelson was thanked Monday for his 20 years on the City Council and more than 45 years working for the city.

“We just want to recognize a councilman who has spent many years on the City Council, many years as a (city) police officer,” said Mayor Rich Negri. “We want to thank his for all of his service. Thank you Jim Nelson.”

All members of the council clapped for Nelson’s service.

Nelson was defeated for the position for the 7th Ward seat in the November general election.

“The end of this month I will complete 47 years of service (to the city),” Nelson said. “It’s something that I’ve been happy to do.”

Nelson started at the Corning Police Department in 1970, retiring after 25 years of service.

“The thing I will miss the most if being involved with what goes on in the city and the people I’ve worked with, particularly the city staff and city manager.”

Other councilmen who will not return to the bench next month include first-ward councilman Steven Maio and second-ward councilman Michele Beckman.