NORWICH – She will be remembered as an advocate for women, for teachers, for children, for the arts and for her community. Former City of Norwich Mayor Marjorie Chomyszak passed away this morning at the Bridgewater Center for Rehabilitation in Binghamton.
Chomyszak, who held the office from 1990-1991, was the first woman to be elected Mayor. She upset Casey Jones, who had been mayor for eight years. Former Mayor MaryLou Stewart credits Chomyszak with paving the way for other women in city politics.
Deputy Registrar Deana D. DuFour said she remembers Chomyszak riding a moped to work. “She always wore a dress. It would fly all over. She used to sit on stairs to do work. Everyone would gather around her.”