Honoring Philip Abitabile upon the occasion of being selected as the 2013 Person of the Year

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  • 30 / Apr / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Philip Abitabile upon the occasion of
being selected as the 2013 Person of the Year by the Columbia County
Association of the city of New York

WHEREAS, Individuals who give of their time and energies and serve the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
WHEREAS, Philip Abitabile has given not only of his time and energies
but also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently
has been designated for special honor; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Philip Abita-
bile upon the occasion of being selected as the 2013 Person of the Year
by the Columbia County Association of the city of New York, to be cele-
brated on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Gallagher's Steak House in Manhat-
tan; and
WHEREAS, The Columbia County Association in the city of New York was
founded in 1902 to bring together Columbia County and New York City
residents with common interests, including those from New York City who
had homes or businesses in Columbia County; and
WHEREAS, A retired Germantown High School teacher, Philip Abitabile is
also a Hudson Correctional Facility teacher, city of Hudson Commissioner
of Youth, and former Commissioner of the New York State Bridge Authori-
ty; and
WHEREAS, Currently, Philip Abitabile runs the Taconic Associates Driv-
ing School and is a member of the Columbia-Greene Community College
Board of Trustees; and
WHEREAS, Born and raised in Hudson, the son of Mary and Antonio Abita-
bile, Philip graduated from Hudson High School in 1967, and then SUNY
Albany, before teaching business and education classes at Germantown
Central School for 13 years; and
WHEREAS, In 1985, he left Germantown, to teach at the New York State
Department of Corrections as a business teacher and counselor; he over-
saw the accreditation of the facility and rose to become administrator
of the Hudson Work Release Program, where he helped find work for
ex-convicts; and
WHEREAS, His dedication to the youth of his community made him the
city of Hudson Commissioner of Youth for 12 years; and
WHEREAS, In 1971, Philip Abitabile, along with Bill Gallo, headed the
Home for the Holiday campaign in which 14 servicemen were brought home
for the Christmas holidays from Vietnam; and
WHEREAS, In 1977, The Hudson Jaycees named Philip Abitabile Educator
of the Year, and Young Man of the Year in 1981; and
WHEREAS, In 1985, Philip Abitabile was appointed commissioner of the
New York State Bridge Authority, and was later named chairman of the
board; he was later named to the city of Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals;
WHEREAS, Philip Abitabile credits much of his success to his hard
working parents, Antonio and Mary Abitabile, the children of Italian
immigrants, who gave him and his brother, Francis, guidance and support
while stressing the importance of education and hard work; and
WHEREAS, In 1981, Philip Abitabile co-chaired with Dominick Lizzi, the
Italian Earthquake Committee to raise funds for Italian children
affected by an earthquake in southern Italy; and
WHEREAS, At Germantown High School, Philip Abitabile served as Presi-
dent of the teachers union; and
WHEREAS, Philip Abitabile is a former President and current Treasurer
of the local chapter of the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy,

and was honored by the organization with the Positive Image Award; he is
also a member of the Hudson Elks Lodge, and has been involved in the
past with Little League, Pop Warner and the Columbia County Vikings; and
WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife, Christine; his son,
Antonio; three stepchildren, Sarah, Brett and Jenny; grandson, Gavin
Philip; and two step grandchildren, Amelia and Ian, all of whom feel
privileged to be a part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained commitment to the maintenance of high standards in their
profession, certainly have earned the recognition and applause of all
the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Philip Abitabile upon the occasion of being selected as the 2013
Person of the Year by the Columbia County Association of the city of New
York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Philip Abitabile.


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