Patch readers have spoken, and local businesswoman and volunteer Rebecca Cramer has been voted as Miller Place-Rocky Point's Greatest Person of 2012.
Cramer, a 2002 graduate of Miller Place High School, has no problem keeping busy. Along with working as a realtor at Hough & Guidice and owning a promotional marketing company, Cramer and her boyfriend, Brian Carr, decided to step in earlier this year to save Miller Place Printing from shutting down after the longtime owners were looking to retire.
"They were looking to sell and weren't getting many bites so they were going to just close," Cramer said. "We decided [to buy] within a week and were in here within two weeks."
The two have worked to give the shop a bit of a facelift and upgrade by using more modern technology that was never available there before.
Aside from her work, Cramer has done a lot with Last Chance Animal Rescue, helping foster animals as much as possible.
"We just got two kittens adopted," Cramer said. "That felt good because I got them as strays at a house that I was showing, saw them in the front yard and we got them adopted ourselves. That was a lot of fun."
The longtime Miller Place resident also volunteers in her spare time at various food drives and benefits, including raising over $4,200 for her team at the Alzheimer's "Walk for an End" in Riverhead earlier this summer.
Cramer was nominated for the Greatest Person award by Siobhan Uryevick, a longtime friend who is also helping out at the print shop.
"She's been my best friend for over ten years and is one of the absolute greatest people I know," Uryevick said. "She always lends a helping hand to anyone she knows, even people she has never even met. I nominated her because I felt that all the good things she did in our community shouldn't go unnoticed."
During the voting process, reader Daniel Rizzi also commented, "Whether it's rescuing animals by working with various local shelters participating in foster programs to help with the adoption process, or rallying friends and neighbors to help support our local food banks that feed hungry Long Islanders, she's always giving back to her community."
Patch would like to give its congratulations to Rebecca and all the nominees who have contributed greatly to the community. Share your congratulations in the comments section below.