Melissa Hartman grew up in the Town of Hamburg and graduated from Hamburg High School in 1997. She then attended and graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2001, majoring in History. She subsequently earned a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration degree from the University at Buffalo.
Melissa began a career in higher education, rising to the rank of Assistant Director of Operations for Undergraduate Admissions at the University at Buffalo. In 2015, wanting to give back to her community, she decided to run for public office. Voters overwhelmingly elected her Town of Eden Supervisor with 64 percent of the vote.
As Supervisor, Melissa was able to refinance the Town’s debt to save taxpayer dollars and establish the Town’s credit rating. In addition, Melissa was the driving force behind the Master Plan update completed in 2018. This update has led to many grants, including two New York State Main Street grants that will recognize $1.5 million in updates to the Town’s business district. She also successfully orchestrated her Town’s water system turnover in 2020 to the Erie County Water Authority. Working with her colleagues in the Town of Eden government, Melissa led her community through the COVID-19 pandemic with compassion and strength.
Melissa’s peers in local government have recognized her leadership. For three years (2017 – 2020), she was the Erie County Supervisors Forum Chair. In addition, she is on the Executive Committee for the New York State Association of Towns and the Erie County Association of Governments Board of Directors.
Melissa and her husband, Joe, are the proud parents of two children, Maya (15) and JJ (11). They enjoy spending time with their cockapoo Oscar, vacationing, and watching their children’s various sporting events. In addition, Melissa is an avid tennis player and competes year round with USTA tennis.