Assemblyman Bob Oaks has announced he is retiring at the end of the year.
In a statement posted to the Times of Wayne County’s website, the Macedon Republican said he made the decision after consulting with his wife and realizing he had lost some of his enthusiasm for serving in the Assembly. Oaks has served the 130th Assembly District, which includes all of Wayne County and portions of Cayuga and Oswego counties, since 1992.
Assemblyman Oaks was raised on a fifth-generation family farm in North Rose. He graduated from North Rose-Wolcott Central School in 1970. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colgate University in 1974 and went on to earn a master’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Montana in 1976.
He began his professional career in 1976 as Assistant Director of the Continuing Education Program for the Greece Central School District. In 1978, he was appointed director of the Wayne County Youth Bureau, a position he held for five years. Assemblyman Oaks was first elected to public office in 1982 as Wayne County Clerk. He was elected to three terms and served until his election to the New York State Assembly in 1992.
Oaks has been a member of several community organizations. He presently serves on the board of directors of the Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Wayne County Community Endowment Advisory Board. He also has served on Wayne County United Way’s Board of Directors and was twice chair of the county United Way Campaign. He is past President of the Wayne County Pre-Trial Services Board of Directors. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Macedon Recreation Commission, the Wayne County Youth Board, and as a youth baseball and soccer coach.