Memorializing the Governor to proclaim April 6, 2013, as Missing Persons Day in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim April 6, 2013, as Missing Persons Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to create public
awareness concerning the devastation occurring as a result of the unex-
plained disappearance of a loved one; and
WHEREAS, Saturday, April 6, 2013, is the observance of the 35th birth-
day of Suzanne Gloria Lyall, a University at Albany student who has been
missing since 1998; and
WHEREAS,This year, March 2, 2013, will mark the 15th Anniversary of
when Suzanne Gloria Lyall disappeared; and
WHEREAS, A bright, creative and talented computer science student,
Suzanne Lyall touched countless lives with her poetry, radiant personal-
ity and cheerful, infectious smile; and
WHEREAS, The youngest of the three children of Doug and Mary Lyall,
Suzanne Lyall of Ballston Spa, New York, disappeared at the age of 19 in
the prime of her life, while preparing for a brilliant future; and
WHEREAS, In 1999, legislation was enacted that required all colleges
to adopt plans for investigation of reports of missing students and of
violent felony offenses occurring on their campuses; and further
required that such plans include agreements with local police agencies
for coordination of these investigations; and further required the Divi-
sion of Criminal Justice Services to operate a toll free 24-hour tele-
phone number that members of the public may call to obtain information
as to resources available to the public to assist in the location and
recovery of missing persons; and
WHEREAS, In 2000, New York State passed legislation known as
"Suzanne's Law," which provides for increased penalties for certain
crimes committed on school grounds; and
WHEREAS, The State of New York intends to make April 6, 2013, a day of
recognition of the need to further enhance efforts to locate missing
persons in New York, noting the missing persons epidemic in this State,
and the impact this epidemic has on the families, people close to a
missing individual, and the community as a whole; and
WHEREAS, Several thousand people are labeled "missing" in New York
State, many of whom are 18 years of age or older; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that we should
attempt to bring comfort to the family members of missing persons in the
State of New York who suffer from continuous grieving and who are
condemned to carry the burden of uncertainty as a result of not knowing
the true circumstances of their loved one's disappearance or where-
abouts; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body reaffirms its ongoing crusade by
observing April 6, 2013, as Missing Persons Day in the State of New
York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 6, 2013, as Miss-
ing Persons 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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