Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Friday, April 26, 2013, as Arbor Day in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim Friday, April 26, 2013, as Arbor Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to support and promote
the historic and significant observance of Arbor Day in New York State;
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Friday, April 26, 2013, as
Arbor Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with National Arbor
Day; and
WHEREAS, Passed by virtue of the New York State Legislature, May 3,
1888, became the first Arbor Day in the great Empire State; today, New
York State celebrates Arbor Day annually on the last Friday in April;
WHEREAS, The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872, in Nebras-
ka; it was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a
Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan; throughout
his long and productive career, Julius Morton worked to improve agricul-
tural techniques in his adopted state and throughout the United States
when he served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture,
but his most important legacy is Arbor Day; and
WHEREAS, Julius Morton felt that Nebraska's landscape and economy
would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees; he set an example
himself planting orchards, shade trees and wind breaks on his own farm
and he urged his neighbors to follow suit; and
WHEREAS, Julius Morton's real opportunity arrived when he became a
member of Nebraska's state board of agriculture; he proposed that a
special day be set aside dedicated to tree planting and increasing
awareness of the importance of trees; and
WHEREAS, Nebraska's first Arbor Day was an amazing success; more than
one million trees were planted; a second Arbor Day took place in 1884,
and the young state made it an annual legal holiday in 1885, using April
22nd to coincide with Julius Morton's birthday; and
WHEREAS, In the years following that first Arbor Day, Julius Morton's
idea spread beyond Nebraska with Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio,
all proclaiming their own Arbor Days; today, all 50 states celebrate
Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate;
WHEREAS, At the federal level, in 1970, President Richard Nixon
proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day; and
WHEREAS, Arbor Day is also now celebrated in other countries including
Australia; variations are celebrated, including: "Greening Week" of
Japan, "The New Year's Days of Trees" in Israel, "The Tree-Loving Week"
of Korea, "The Reforestation Week" of Yugoslavia, "The Students'
Afforestation Day" of Iceland and "The National Festival of Tree Plant-
ing" in India; and
WHEREAS, Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on our region, cut power to
millions of homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, and
disrupted the presidential campaign; and
WHEREAS, This vicious storm also ravaged trees and greenery around
homes and neighborhoods; the long term damage is just beginning to be
seen now; while seemingly intact, many trees are shocked and brown from
the lashing by hurricane-force and salt laden winds, while others may
not even survive; and

WHEREAS, The trees and shrubs on Long Island help reduce storm water
runoff, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat and shade, beautify the
landscape and protect our bays and harbors; and
WHEREAS, Thousands upon thousands of trees were lost on Long Island;
this year, April 22, 2013, which is designated as Earth Day in the State
of New York, along with Arbor Day, April 26, 2013, marks the perfect
time for all citizens to plant a tree to replace one that was lost; and
WHEREAS, In addition to restoring our landscape there is an economic
benefit to having a host of healthy trees in our region: in 50 years,
one tree recycles more than $37,000 worth of water, provides $31,000
worth of erosion control, $62,000 worth of air pollution control, and
produces $37,000 worth of oxygen; and well placed trees help cut energy
costs and consumption by decreasing air conditioning costs 10-50% and
reducing heating costs as much as 4-22%; and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, trees increase property values by 5 to 20% due
to their landscaping value; trees are good noise barriers, making cities
and neighborhoods quieter places to live; trees enhance the aesthetics
of our environment; trees help prevent city flooding by catching rain-
drops and offsetting runoff caused by buildings and parking lots; and
trees provide privacy, highlight views or screen them, and reduce glare;
WHEREAS, According to a Chinese proverb: "One generation plants the
trees under whose shade future generations rest"; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is now moved to commemorate the obser-
vance of Arbor Day and to acknowledge the efforts of citizens who plant
and care for trees and woodlands in their neighborhoods; now, therefore,
be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Friday, April 26, 2013,
as Arbor Day in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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