J1576

Honoring Mary Jane Smith upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

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  • 26 / Apr / 2013
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J1576


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Mary Jane Smith upon the occasion of her
designation as a 2013 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that women of every
economic, ethnic, and religious background have made significant
contributions to their community and to the State of New York, and that
it is appropriate to recognize them and to publicly acknowledge their
endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among us all; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, each year the New York State Senate honors
outstanding women who make our world and our lives better; this Legisla-
tive Body is, therefore, justly proud to recognize and commend Mary Jane
Smith upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 New York State
Senate Woman of Distinction on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Albany, New
York; and
WHEREAS, Born in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1928, Mary Jane Smith
earned her bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in
history from The College of Saint Rose, and served as a Sister of St.
Joseph, teaching in the Catholic school system for 22 years; and
WHEREAS, When Mary Jane Smith and the co-founders opened the doors of
Unity House in a dilapidated building on Eighth Street in Troy, they
responded to whatever need presented itself; during those exciting first
years, Mary Jane and her colleagues, Rejis Obijsiki and Peter Callahan,
collected and distributed food, and provided shelter for victims of
domestic violence; and
WHEREAS, Over the years, the structure of Mary Jane Smith's work at
Unity House, has matured and the programs have broadened and expanded;
however, the root of her conviction has never faltered; and
WHEREAS, From that first day, through the next 20 years as the Execu-
tive Director, Mary Jane Smith developed programs for people living in
poverty, adults living with mental illness, victims of domestic
violence, children with developmental disabilities, and men and women
living with HIV/AIDS; along with her achievements, she has served on
many boards which benefited not only the disadvantaged people of the
Capital District, but also the community at large and the mental health
population of the entire State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Mary Jane Smith also served on the first AIDS Council of
Albany; she has served in board capacities for the Regional Food Bank of
Northeastern New York and Hospice of Rensselaer County; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to extend its high-
est commendation to Mary Jane Smith in recognition and appreciation of
her many exemplary achievements and for her contributions to her commu-
nity and to the community of the State of New York; now, therefore, be
it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Mary Jane Smith upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 New
York State Senate Woman of Distinction; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mary Jane Smith.

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