Steve Schliessman of Main-Care Energy was honored as Person of the Year by the Hudson Valley Oil & Energy Council.
Schliessman served as a police officer with the New York City Transit Police from 1981-1988 before relocating to Highland, N.Y., to work as a service manager and later operations manager for Daley Oil. (Bronx-born and raised, Schliessman learned about oil heat in a trade class at Herbert H. Lehman High School; in 1977 he worked as a service technician at Sure-Fire Fuel Corp. in the Bronx.) Daley Oil was acquired in 2012 by Main-Care Energy, which is headquartered in Albany, N.Y., and has a number of offices in the state. Schliessman continues to work as a service manager for Main-Care.
Schliessman has been involved with the Council for 30 years, and served as president from 2014-2016. The Council recognized him at its 28th Annual Person of the Year Dinner Dance, Nov. 4, at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, N.Y.
As the 2017 honoree, Schliessman chose The Michael Oremus Foundation as his “charity of choice,” meaning that the HVOEC donated $2,500 to the Foundation, a charitable organization that provides academic scholarships to graduates of Highland, Marlboro and New Paltz high schools and funding for educational and recreational activities to children and families in Ulster County, N.Y. Cpl. Michael K. Oremus, a graduate of Highland High School, was killed while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq, in October 2006. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.michaeloremus.org.
Pictured: Steve Schliessman, HVOEC’s 2017 Person of the Year (third from right), celebrates with his wife, Bridgette (to his right) and family. Photo by Lindsay Fondacaro/www.lindsayfondo.com