Paying tribute to the distinguished life and career of Emanuel R. Gold, former New York State Senator

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  • 30 / Jan / 2013
  • 12 / Feb / 2013
  • 12 / Feb / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION paying tribute to the distinguished life and
career of Emanuel R. Gold, former New York State Senator

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that the quality and
character of life in this great Empire State is indelibly enriched by
the faithful and caring efforts of those who devoted their life to
public service; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved to commemorate the purposeful
life and distinguished career of Emanuel R. Gold, former New York State
Senator, and to express its sincerest sorrow upon the occasion of his
death; and
WHEREAS, Emanuel R. Gold, known as "Manny," died on Thursday, January
24, 2013, at the age of 77; and
WHEREAS, Born on August 25, 1935, in Brooklyn and raised in Laurelton,
Queens, Emanuel R. Gold attended Stuyvesant High School, Cornell Univer-
sity of Arts and Sciences, and Cornell Law School; and
WHEREAS, Emanuel R. Gold began his illustrious career in public
service by serving from 1965-1968 as Counsel to the Majority Leader of
the New York State Assembly; in 1967, he served as Counsel to the Major-
ity Leader of the Constitutional Convention; and
WHEREAS, In 1970, Emanuel R. Gold was elected to the Assembly at a
Special Election and served in that chamber until his election to the
Senate in a Special Election the following year; and
WHEREAS, In 1978, Emanuel R. Gold was selected by Governor Carey as
the only Senate representative on the New York State Executive Advisory
Committee on Sentencing; and
WHEREAS, In 1994, Senator Gold authored a law which required that New
York State's educational curriculum be expanded so that children are
taught about human rights violations, including the Holocaust and slav-
ery; and
WHEREAS, In 1996, he became ranking member of the powerful Finance
Committee, a post he held until his 1998 retirement; and
WHEREAS, Among the more than 80 laws Emanuel R. Gold sponsored was the
groundbreaking "Son of Sam" law, which blocked notorious criminals from
making money by peddling their stories; and
WHEREAS, His many other pieces of sponsored legislation included
mandating that city hospitals provide emergency room treatment, requir-
ing the labeling of prescription drug tablets and capsules for quick
identification in medical emergencies, promoting access to public build-
ings for the disabled, and setting Banking Department rules for the
computerized calculation of interest; and
WHEREAS, Emanuel R. Gold, a partner in the law firm of Jaspan Schle-
singer, was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his
outstanding civic involvement; he served on the board of the Men's Club
of the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, and was a trustee of that
temple, as well as of the Kidney Foundation of New York; and
WHEREAS, This remarkable man's diverse interests included photography,
golf, music, both playing a variety of instruments and conducting
symphony orchestras, and sports, having boxed while in college; and
WHEREAS, Predeceased by his two sons, Jeffrey and Adam Gold, Emanuel
R. Gold is survived by his wife, Judith (Silberfein) Gold; and his
children, Sue Gold, and Steve and Bonnie Gold; as well as his two grand-
daughters, Emily Borst and Jaclyn (Jackie) Gold; and
WHEREAS, A true gentleman of great compassion and sensitivity, Emanuel
R. Gold's legacy extends far beyond his accomplishments as a successful
public servant; his sincere concern for others; his integrity, uncondi-
tional friendship and selfless motivation to give of himself, will long

stand as a beacon for those who would aspire to service in their commu-
nity; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute to the distinguished life and career of Emanuel R. Gold, former
New York State Senator, recognizing the significance of his exemplary
record of public service; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of the late Emanuel R. Gold.


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