J1645

Honoring Raymond F. O'Conor upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Gold Remi Award

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J1645



Senate Resolution No. 1645

BY: Senator JORDAN

HONORING Raymond F. O'Conor upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the Gold Remi Award
at the WorldFest-Houston 52nd Annual International
Independent Film Festival

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to honor and pay
tribute to those individuals whose commitment and creative talents have
contributed to the entertainment and cultural enrichment of the citizens
of the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Raymond F. O'Conor upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the Gold Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston 52nd Annual International
Independent Film Festival which was held April 5-14, 2019, at the
Cinemark Theatres Memorial City in Houston, Texas; and

WHEREAS, The WorldFest-Houston Film Festival is one of the world's
oldest and largest film and script competitions; during this year's
event, more than 4,400 category entries were competing from 74
countries; and

WHEREAS, Raymond F. O'Conor won the prestigious romance
screenwriting award for a screenplay based on his book, She Called Him
Raymond: A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing; and

WHEREAS, A resident of Wilton, New York, Raymond F. O'Conor retired
from his positions as bank president and chief executive officer to
focus on writing after learning about the remarkable story of his mother
and her late first husband, Raymond Stephenson, several years ago; and

WHEREAS, The book is the true story of author Raymond F. O'Conor's
mother, Helen Gregg, the daughter of Irish immigrant parents raised in
the miseries of New York's Hell's Kitchen during the Great Depression,
and her husband, Raymond Stephenson, an aspiring World War II B-17 pilot
from the struggling city of Ironton, Ohio; and

WHEREAS, They share a brief yet extraordinary life together, until
the war tears them apart and he is killed in a flying accident; and

WHEREAS, The screenplay's title, Foreverly, was inspired by Jeff
Brisbin, a composer, lyricist and performer who wrote a ballad bearing
the same title; and

WHEREAS, Today, Raymond F. O'Conor holds the title of Chairman of
Saratoga National Bank & Trust Company; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when artistic
creators of such remarkable talent and accomplishments are brought to
our attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the
citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Raymond F. O'Conor upon the occasion of his designation as
recipient of the Gold Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston 52nd Annual
International Independent Film Festival; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Raymond F. O'Conor.

actions

  • 23 / May / 2019
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 30 / May / 2019
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 30 / May / 2019
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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