Senator Kennedy Honors L. Nathan Hare, Community Action Organization for Dedicated Service to WNY

As African American History Month comes to a close, Senator Tim Kennedy honored a local man who has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for men and women throughout Western New York and New York State. Kennedy sponsored a resolution honoring L. Nathan Hare for his dedicated service to Western New York. Hare leads the Community Action Organization of Erie County, an organization that works every day to prevent and combat poverty in our community. 

Floor Remarks from Senator Kennedy Honoring L. Nathan Hare

Today being March 1st, we’ve enjoyed the previous month remembering and honoring great African-American leaders who have made our nation and our state strong.

Great leaders whose names fill our history books and whose stories we teach our children.

As Black History Month comes to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to honor and share the story of a man who has worked tirelessly to strengthen neighborhoods and to improve the quality of life in Western New York and across the state.

L. Nathan Hare – his work and his leadership are rewriting the modern history of Buffalo and Western New York.

Nathan Hare runs the Community Action Organization of Erie County – which is one of the oldest anti-poverty organizations in the nation.

As just the third executive director of the agency since 1965, Nathan is leading CAO as it enters a new era where the challenges remain great and the commitment to our community remains unwavering.

As many of you know, the City of Buffalo struggles with poverty. As one of the poorest cities in the country, far too many families have fallen below the poverty line.

We are working hard to help these families climb out of poverty – and no one is working harder than Nathan Hare.

For more than 30 years, he has dedicated his career to breaking the cycle of poverty – extending his hand to countless men and women in need of help.

He has placed a special focus on youth employment, education, foster care and juvenile justice. His aim has been empowering young people to succeed academically and professionally and to achieve greatness for the community.

To meet these goals, he has helped maintain and expand a comprehensive youth development program – himself creating an initiative called N.U.R.T.U.R.E., or Neighborhood United for Restoration, Upliftment, Recreation and Education.

By reviving the Neighborhood Services Department and establishing the Family Development Department, he has demonstrated his dedication to building stronger neighborhoods and stronger families in Western New York – which are essential to improving the quality of life and supporting the fabric of our community.

The Community Action Organization and Nathan Hare have always encouraged active citizen participation to spark positive change and to advance educational, economic and social initiatives that will help our community thrive.

Nathan Hare’s work and leadership have inspired young people to achieve greatness. He has helped families grow stronger and escape poverty. He has helped give low-income and working poor families a voice. And he has led the way in uniting elected officials and community leaders under the goal of building a safer, more vibrant community.

When the modern history of Western New York and New York State is written, I’m sure the valiant and determined efforts of Nathan Hare will be described in detail.

I thank Nathan for his commitment to our community, and I look forward to continuing to work with him to build a stronger and more prosperous Buffalo and Western New York.


Full Text of Senate Resolution No. 3368


HONORING L. Nathan Hare for his distinguished and dedicated service to the citizens of Western New York

WHEREAS, With February being Black History Month, it is a time to reflect on the struggles and victories of African-Americans throughout our country's history and to recognize their numerous valuable contributions to society; and

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made significant contributions to the quality of life therein; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor L. Nathan Hare for his distinguished and dedicated service to the citizens of Western New York; and

WHEREAS, L. Nathan Hare has served as Executive Director of Community Action Organization, Inc. of Erie County since 2002; located in Buffalo, the organization is one of the oldest anti-poverty agencies in the country; and

WHEREAS, In his short time of spearheading the agency, L. Nathan Hare has initiated a new system of service to youth entitled Neighborhood United for Restoration, Teaching, Uplifting, Recreation, and Education (N.U.R.T.U.R.E.); he rejuvenated the Neighborhood Services Department and created a new Family Development Department; and

WHEREAS, L. Nathan Hare is a lifelong resident of Buffalo, New York, where he has been involved in issues of youth employment, youth training and education, foster care, and juvenile justice for over 30 years; he has served as Director of the ECC Office of Special Programs, Commissioner of the Eric County Department of Youth Services, and Western Region Director of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth; and

WHEREAS, L. Nathan Hare is also a scholar and teacher of both Christian education and classical African history and culture, as well as a storyteller, playwright, and author; he earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Medille College, and holds a master's degree in Education from SUNY/Buffalo; he is a Doctoral Candidate in Education Administration at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and

WHEREAS, L. Nathan Hare also serves as a weekly Radio/Television Host for three public affairs shows; "The World of Community Action" airing on WBLK-FM and Time Warner Cable, and "Living Now with L. Nathan Hare" on WUFO-AM in Buffalo; his most recent awards include: the New York State Conference of Black Senators for Outstanding Community Leadership; the Presidents Award from the Family Development Association of New York State; the Distinguished Alumni Award from Buffalo's Municipal Housing Authority; and the MADDADS Community Leadership Award, as well as many others; and

WHEREAS, Inducted into the Heritage Registry of Who's Who, L. Nathan Hare also has served and still serves on many boards and commissions, including: New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty; Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board; New York State Community Action Association; Primary Care Development Association; Buffalo Soccer Club; Community Centers Technology Network; Buffalo Crime Force Reduction Task Force; the Buffalo Local Action Committee, among countless others; and

WHEREAS, L. Nathan Hare's distinguished record merits the recognition and respectful tribute of this Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to honor L. Nathan Hare for his distinguished and dedicated service to the citizens of Western New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to L. Nathan Hare.