Almeda C. Riley


Almeda C. Riley '58 was born in Wellsville, New York, and attended Wellsville Public Schools, graduated from Penn Hall preparatory school, and received an AB from Cornell University.  She lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, John L. Riley BArch’55.  She is the mother of four adult children, three of them Cornellians, and has a Cornell granddaughter.

A.C. first ran for office in 1975, when she was elected to a five year term on the Saratoga Springs Library Board.  Since then, she was elected and served as Supervisor from Saratoga Springs from 1980 through 1988, and Mayor of Saratoga Springs from 1990 through 1995.  She chaired the Board of Supervisors in 1985.

She is a life member of the Cornell University Council and a member of the Advisory Council to the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University.  She is secretary of the United Methodist Church Council, and president of the Woodlawn Commons Residents Association.

Past activities include membership in the Board of Trustees of Saratoga Hospital, board membership of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she also chaired the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of Troy Conference of the United Methodist Church, Board membership on the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Trustee and Board Chair of The Sage Colleges,  Trustee of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, and Board membership of United Way of Saratoga County and United Way of Northeastern New York.  She has been a member of the Capital Region Governor’s Advisory Council on Women and the Forum for Executive Women of the Capital Region.