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Honoring Alfred E. Smith IV upon the occasion of his designation as Grand Marshal of the New York City 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade

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  • 11 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Alfred E. Smith IV upon the occasion of
his designation as Grand Marshal of the New York City 2013 St. Patrick's
Day Parade

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment who work
diligently to preserve and celebrate their rich cultural heritage; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Alfred E. Smith IV upon the occasion of his designation as Grand Marshal
of the New York City 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade; and
WHEREAS, In acknowledgement of this most prestigious appointment,
Alfred E. Smith IV will have the honor of leading the 252nd consecutive
New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade up Fifth Avenue on Sunday, March
17, 2013; and
WHEREAS, The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade marched for the
first time in 1762, 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was
signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Parade is
regarded as the most popular of all the Parades in New York City, and
honors Saint Patrick - the patron Saint of the Archdiocese of New York
and Ireland; and
WHEREAS, The New York Parade consists only of marchers and each year
hosts some 250,000 marchers and two million spectators; the Parade has
many outstanding marching bands, bagpipers in marching formations, high
school and college bands from throughout the United States and from all
over the world; and
WHEREAS, Alfred E. Smith IV is CEO of AE Smith Associates, a firm he
founded in 2009; and
WHEREAS, After attending Iona Prep and Villanova, Alfred E. Smith IV
began his Wall Street career as an independent floor broker on the New
York Stock Exchange; and
WHEREAS, In 1975, Alfred E. Smith IV relocated to Chicago to join
Mitchell-Hutchins, where he served as Vice President until 1979 when he
returned to New York and was named Partner of CMJ Partners; in 1997, he
joined Bear Wagner as Managing Director; and
WHEREAS, In December 2006, Alfred E. Smith IV retired from his posi-
tion as Managing Director of Bear Wagner Specialists LLC, a specialist
and member firm of the New York Stock Exchange, after 35 successful
years on Wall Street; and
WHEREAS, A valued and involved member of his community, Alfred E.
Smith IV sits on the Boards of The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Mutual
of America, and Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; he is a Senior Advisor
for the Marwood Group, as well as Kroll Bond Rating Agency; and
WHEREAS, Alfred E. Smith IV also served as Chairman of the Board of
Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York; and
WHEREAS, Alfred E. Smith IV is the great-grandson of the legendary Al
Smith, Governor of New York, and serves as the Director, Secretary, and
Dinner Chairman for the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, as well as
Master of Ceremonies at the annual Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner for
the past 25 years; and
WHEREAS, This great man's work on behalf of charities in New York and
Connecticut is extensive; in addition to his work with the Alfred E.
Smith Memorial Foundation he serves as Chairman of the Irish Chamber of
Commerce of the USA, Director of the Center for Hope, former Trustee of
Calvary Hospital and served on the board of St. Vincent's Hospital in
Manhattan since 1986; and

WHEREAS, Moreover, Alfred E. Smith IV is the Chairman of Hackers for
Hope, an organization he founded in 1988 to raise money for cancer
research and treatment; and
WHEREAS, Since their first "tournament" in 1988, Hackers for Hope has
donated substantial funds to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,
Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers Comprehensive Cancer Center, and
other organizations committed to finding a cure for and treating cancer;
and
WHEREAS, A fitting choice for Grand Marshal for the New York City St.
Patrick's Day Parade, Alfred E. Smith IV embodies the spirit and the
cherished ideals and values of Irish-Americans of this great State and
Nation; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Alfred E. Smith IV upon the occasion of his designation as Grand
Marshal of the New York City 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Alfred E. Smith IV.

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