senate Bill S43A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Requires the authorization of certain political expenditures by the shareholders and the board of directors of public corporations

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Jan 15, 2016 print number 43a
amend and recommit to corporations, authorities and commissions
Jan 06, 2016 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
Jan 07, 2015 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions

S43 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Business Corporation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§609-a & 609-b, BC L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S2952B

S43 - Summary

Requires the authorization of certain political expenditures by the shareholders and the board of directors of public corporations; requires the comptroller to annually conduct a study on the compliance with the requirements of this act by public corporations and their management.

S43 - Sponsor Memo

S43 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   43

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 7, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations,  Authorities
  and Commissions

AN  ACT  to amend the business corporation law, in relation to requiring
  the authorization of certain political expenditures by the  sharehold-
  ers  and the board of directors of public corporations; and to require
  the comptroller to annually conduct a study on the compliance with the
  requirements of this act by public corporations and their management

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York
shareholder protection act of 2015".
  S 2. Legislative intent and  purpose.  The  legislature  hereby  finds
that:
  a.  Corporations make significant political contributions and expendi-
tures that directly or indirectly influence the election  of  candidates
and support or oppose political causes. Decisions to use corporate funds
for  political contributions and expenditures are usually made by corpo-
rate boards and executives, rather than shareholders.
  b. Corporations, acting through their boards and executives, are obli-
gated to conduct business for the best interests of  their  owners,  the
shareholders.
  c. Historically, shareholders have not had a way to know, or to influ-
ence,  the  political  activities of corporations they own. Shareholders
and the public have a right to know how corporations are spending  their
funds to make political contributions or expenditures benefitting candi-
dates, political parties, and political causes.
  d.  Corporations should be accountable to their shareholders in making
political contributions or expenditures affecting Federal governance and
public policy.  Requiring the express approval of a corporation's share-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

S43A - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Business Corporation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§609-a & 609-b, BC L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S2952B

S43A - Summary

Requires the authorization of certain political expenditures by the shareholders and the board of directors of public corporations; requires the comptroller to annually conduct a study on the compliance with the requirements of this act by public corporations and their management.

S43A - Sponsor Memo

S43A - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  43--A

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 7, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations,  Authorities
  and  Commissions  --  recommitted  to  the  Committee on Corporations,
  Authorities and Commissions in accordance with Senate Rule 6,  sec.  8
  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the business corporation law, in relation  to  requiring
  the  authorization of certain political expenditures by the sharehold-
  ers and the board of directors of public corporations; and to  require
  the comptroller to annually conduct a study on the compliance with the
  requirements of this act by public corporations and their management

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "New  York
shareholder protection act of 2016".
  S  2.  Legislative  intent  and  purpose. The legislature hereby finds
that:
  a. Corporations make significant political contributions and  expendi-
tures  that  directly or indirectly influence the election of candidates
and support or oppose political causes. Decisions to use corporate funds
for political contributions and expenditures are usually made by  corpo-
rate boards and executives, rather than shareholders.
  b. Corporations, acting through their boards and executives, are obli-
gated  to  conduct  business for the best interests of their owners, the
shareholders.
  c. Historically, shareholders have not had a way to know, or to influ-
ence, the political activities of corporations  they  own.  Shareholders
and  the public have a right to know how corporations are spending their
funds to make political contributions or expenditures benefitting candi-
dates, political parties, and political causes.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

senate Bill S39A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Denies tax-exempt status to any organization that discriminates against any person, group, organization or other entity based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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Jan 15, 2016 print number 39a
amend and recommit to investigations and government operations
Jan 06, 2016 referred to investigations and government operations
Jan 07, 2015 referred to investigations and government operations

S39 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Add §42, Tax L; add §422-a, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S5170A

S39 - Summary

Denies tax-exempt status to any organization that discriminates against any person, group, organization or other entity based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

S39 - Sponsor Memo

S39 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   39

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 7, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the tax law and the real property tax law,  in  relation
  to  denying  tax-exempt  status to any organization that discriminates
  against any person, group, organization or other entity based on sexu-
  al orientation or gender identity or expression

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The tax law is amended by adding a new section 42 to read
as follows:
  S 42. LOSS OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF  LAW
TO THE CONTRARY, ANY ORGANIZATION THAT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ANY PERSON,
GROUP,  YOUTH GROUP, ORGANIZATION OR OTHER ENTITY BASED ON RACE, WEIGHT,
NATIONAL ORIGIN, CREED, RELIGION, RELIGIOUS PRACTICES, MENTAL  OR  PHYS-
ICAL   DISABILITY,   SEX,  SEXUAL  ORIENTATION  OR  GENDER  IDENTITY  OR
EXPRESSION SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS FOR  THE  PURPOSE
OF  ANY  TAXES,  FEES,  FINES,  PENALTIES, INTEREST OR OTHER ASSESSMENTS
IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER;  PROVIDED  THAT  THE
PROVISIONS  OF  THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY VALIDLY INCORPORATED
RELIGIOUS  ORGANIZATION.    AS  USED  IN  THIS  SECTION,  "YOUTH  GROUP"
INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:  LITTLE LEAGUE, BOY SCOUTS, CUB SCOUTS,
GIRL  SCOUTS, YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN
ASSOCIATION, FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA, 4-H CLUBS, FUTURE BUSINESS LEAD-
ERS OF AMERICA, BOYS CLUBS, GIRLS CLUBS, SPECIAL OLYMPICS, INC.,  AMERI-
CAN YOUTH SOCCER ORGANIZATION AND POP WARNER FOOTBALL.
  S  2.  The  real  property  tax law is amended by adding a new section
422-a to read as follows:
  S 422-A. LOSS OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY  PROVISION  OF
LAW  TO  THE  CONTRARY,  ANY ORGANIZATION THAT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ANY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

S39A - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Add §42, Tax L; add §422-a, RPT L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
S5170A

S39A - Summary

Denies tax-exempt status to any organization that discriminates against any person, group, organization or other entity based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

S39A - Sponsor Memo

S39A - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  39--A

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 7, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations -- recommitted to the Committee on Investigations  and
  Government  Operations  in  accordance  with  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the tax law and the real property tax law, in relation
  to denying tax-exempt status to any  organization  that  discriminates
  against any person, group, organization or other entity based on sexu-
  al orientation or gender identity or expression

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 42  to  read
as follows:
  S  42. LOSS OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW
TO THE CONTRARY, ANY ORGANIZATION THAT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ANY PERSON,
GROUP, YOUTH GROUP, ORGANIZATION OR OTHER ENTITY BASED ON RACE,  WEIGHT,
NATIONAL  ORIGIN,  CREED, RELIGION, RELIGIOUS PRACTICES, MENTAL OR PHYS-
ICAL  DISABILITY,  SEX,  SEXUAL  ORIENTATION  OR  GENDER   IDENTITY   OR
EXPRESSION  SHALL  NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS FOR THE PURPOSE
OF ANY TAXES, FEES, FINES,  PENALTIES,  INTEREST  OR  OTHER  ASSESSMENTS
IMPOSED  PURSUANT  TO  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER; PROVIDED THAT THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY  VALIDLY  INCORPORATED
RELIGIOUS  ORGANIZATION.    AS  USED  IN  THIS  SECTION,  "YOUTH  GROUP"
INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:  LITTLE LEAGUE, BOY SCOUTS, CUB SCOUTS,
GIRL SCOUTS, YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, YOUNG WOMEN'S  CHRISTIAN
ASSOCIATION, FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA, 4-H CLUBS, FUTURE BUSINESS LEAD-
ERS  OF AMERICA, BOYS CLUBS, GIRLS CLUBS, SPECIAL OLYMPICS, INC., AMERI-
CAN YOUTH SOCCER ORGANIZATION AND POP WARNER FOOTBALL.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01950-02-6

(Middletown, NY)-Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that he has secured a $75,000 grant for the Town of Goshen to make infrastructure improvements at Town Hall. The money was secured through the State Municipal Grant Program. The money will help the Town install a new drainage system and catch basin at Town Hall, and also complete approximately 20,000 square feet of asphalt resurfacing.

J3356

Honoring Jennifer Nalbone of the Lexington Co-Operative Market upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the Cooperative ...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Jennifer Nalbone of the Lexington Co-Op-
erative Market upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the
Cooperative Board Service Award by the Consumer Cooperative Management
Association

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Jennifer
Nalbone of the Lexington Co-Operative Market, Buffalo, New York, upon
the occasion of her designation as recipient of the Cooperative Board
Service Award by the Consumer Cooperative Management Association at
their Annual Conference held in June 2015; and
WHEREAS, The Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA)
Conference brought 400 cooperators representing 75 food co-ops from
across the nation to Boise, Idaho, for a national conversation on the
future of the food co-op sector; and
WHEREAS, Jennifer Nalbone was acknowledged for her dedication as a
board member for nine years, five as President, and for her demonstrated
thoughtful and careful leadership that inspires strong mutual support
among board members; and
WHEREAS, According to Jennifer Nalbone, the Cooperative Board Service
Award recognizes the co-op's entire team for "growing together in good
governance"; and
WHEREAS, In 2013, at the Annual Consumer Cooperative Management Asso-
ciation Conference, the Lexington Co-Operative Market was honored for
retail excellence; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown a
long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Jennifer Nalbone of the Lexington Co-Operative Market upon the
occasion of her designation as recipient of the Cooperative Board
Service Award by the Consumer Cooperative Management Association; and be
it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jennifer Nalbone.

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  • 15 / Jan / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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J3355

Honoring Carley Antonelli as recipient of the 2015 Joy of Effort Award by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Educati...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Carley Antonelli upon the occasion of
her designation as recipient of the 2015 Joy of Effort Award by the New
York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and
Dance

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the efforts
of those individuals in the teaching profession who distinguish them-
selves in their dedication and commitment to their students; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Carley Antonelli upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of
the 2015 Joy of Effort Award by the New York State Association of
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, celebrated at its
78th Annual Conference in November of 2015; and
WHEREAS, The New York State Association of Health, Physical Education,
Recreation, and Dance is a statewide organization whose membership
consists of K-16 professionals and future professionals; and
WHEREAS, Carley Antonelli earned her Bachelor's degree from the State
University of New York at Brockport; while a student, she was nominated
for the prestigious Jay B. Nash Scholarship; and
WHEREAS, A resident of Ransomville, New York, Carley Antonelli
furthered her education by obtaining her Master's degree from Canisius
College; and
WHEREAS, Currently, Carley Antonelli is a well-loved and respected
physical education, health education and family and consumer science
teacher in the Grand Island Central School District; in this capacity,
she models and represents healthy lifestyle choices, has a positive
outlook and has a relentless commitment to improving the quality of life
for her students; and
WHEREAS, Carley Antonelli is also the recipient of the 2015 Western
Zones "Let's Move" Grant and NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant; and
WHEREAS, Devoted to her school and its students, Carley Antonelli is
the Play 60 adviser, and a member of both the Positive Behavior Inter-
vention Services committee and the School Safety Team; and
WHEREAS, For many years, Carley Antonelli has been actively involved
in NYS AHPERD, and is a past member of the Executive Council serving as
Future Professional Section president, where she presented and presided
at local and state conferences; and
WHEREAS, In addition to her role as a teacher, Carley Antonelli coach-
es the Grand Island High School girls tennis and softball programs; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Carley Antonelli has displayed
throughout her life; and
WHEREAS, Throughout her career thus far, Carley Antonelli has brought
an uncompromising standard of excellence to her work and a warm sense of
caring and concern to every young person she educates; now, therefore,
be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Carley Antonelli upon the occasion of her designation as recipient
of the 2015 Joy of Effort Award by the New York State Association of
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Carley Antonelli.

actions

  • 15 / Jan / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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J3354

Commemorating the 85th Anniversary of Austin's School of Spa Technology on October 5, 2015

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 85th Anniversary of Austin's
School of Spa Technology on October 5, 2015

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those institutions of commitment and high achievement whose
purpose and endeavors prove a dedication to the pursuit of excellence in
the education of the youth of this noble Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 85th Anniversary of Austin's School of Spa Technology on Octo-
ber 5, 2015; and
WHEREAS, In 1930, Catherine M. Austin Motl established Austin's School
of Spa Technology, formerly known as Austin Beauty School, in Albany,
New York; and
WHEREAS, Since Austin's School of Spa Technology's inception, it has
been the principal educator for beauty and spa professionals in the
capital district; and
WHEREAS, In 2005, Faith Takes purchased Austin's School of Spa Tech-
nology; under her leadership, the renowned school has continued to honor
the Austin's contribution to the beauty trade in Albany, New York; and
WHEREAS, Today, Austin's School of Spa Technology offers numerous
programs to its students including cosmetology, barbering, esthetics,
make-up artistry, nail technology and tattoo artistry; and
WHEREAS, In 2015, 250 students enrolled in the Albany location of
Austin's School of Spa Technology and 190 students have graduated in the
year thus far; and
WHEREAS, Austin's School of Spa Technology is proudly aware of its
distinguished past, eager to fulfill its present commitment to its
students and the community, and planning with vision and purpose for the
ebb and swell of growth and change it will encounter in the years to
come; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 85th Anniversary of Austin's School of Spa Technology on
October 5, 2015; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Faith Takes, Owner, Austin's School of Spa Technology.

actions

  • 15 / Jan / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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J3353

Honoring Barbara King, Esq. upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the Stanley A. Rosen Memorial Award on October 14, ...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Barbara King, Esq. upon the occasion of
her designation as recipient of the Stanley A. Rosen Memorial Award on
October 14, 2015

WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals it wishes to recognize for their valued
contributions to the success and progress of society and 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, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Barbara King, Esq. upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of
the Stanley A. Rosen Memorial Award, celebrated at the Legal Project's
Pro Bono Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the Century
House, Latham, New York; and
WHEREAS, The Stanley A. Rosen Memorial Award is given to an attorney
who has demonstrated an ability to litigate a matter on behalf of a
victim of domestic violence and shows the utmost professionalism and
integrity in their dealings with the court, litigants and attorneys,
which are qualities exemplified by Stanley Rosen during his lifetime;
and
WHEREAS, Barbara King earned her bachelor's degree from John Jay
University, and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the City University of
New York at Queens College; and
WHEREAS, After graduating law school, Barbara King practiced law on
Long Island for a few years before relocating to the Capital District
where she became a Partner at Gordon, Siegel, Mastrom, Mullaney and
Gordon PLLC; and
WHEREAS, Currently, Barbara King is an Associate at Tully Rinckey PLLC
where she focuses on family and matrimonial law; and
WHEREAS, Barbara King has generously volunteered her time and energies
to providing matrimonial clinics to indigent people; and
WHEREAS, Barbara King is a member of the New York State Bar Associ-
ation and is a Delegate to the Bar for Schenectady County; and
WHEREAS, For her outstanding work, Barbara King has received a multi-
tude of awards including being named the 2010 Schenectady County Bar
Association's Lawyer of the Year, and received the 2011 Schenectady
County Human Rights Commission's Justice Award, and the 2014 Capital
District Women's Bar Association Kimberly Troisi-Paton Leadership Award;
in addition, she was recognized in 2012 as New York Law Journal Lawyer
who lead by example; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the years, Barbara King has worked diligently to
help fill the gap of unmet legal needs in New York State; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to its atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Barbara King, Esq. upon the occasion of her designation as recipi-
ent of the Stanley A. Rosen Memorial Award on October 14, 2015; and be
it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Barbara King, Esq.

actions

  • 15 / Jan / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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J3352

Honoring Barbara Weiner, Esq. upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the Outstanding Service Award by the Legal Project

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Barbara Weiner, Esq. upon the occasion
of her designation as recipient of the Outstanding Service Award by the
Legal Project on October 14, 2015

WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals it wishes to recognize for their valued
contributions to the success and progress of society and 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, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Barbara Weiner, Esq. upon the occasion of her designation as recipient
of the Outstanding Service Award by the Legal Project, celebrated at the
Legal Project's Pro Bono Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 14, 2015,
at the Century House, Latham, New York; and
WHEREAS, The Outstanding Service Award is given to an individual who
has gone above and beyond in their career to provide or support justice
for all; and
WHEREAS, In 1976, Barbara Weiner received her law degree from Golden
Gate University College of Law, San Francisco, California; and
WHEREAS, Currently, Barbara Weiner holds the position of Senior Staff
Attorney with the Empire Justice Center; she has focused her legal
career on representing low income people in a variety of forums on a
multitude of issues; and
WHEREAS, During Barbara Weiner's illustrious career, she shifted her
attention to immigration law and helping people on their immigration
status and public benefit eligibility; she has become incredibly well
versed on the topic and has written numerous articles on the subject, as
well as provided training to legal service programs and community organ-
izations on the issue; and
WHEREAS, Barbara Weiner has been an asset to the Legal Project by
helping it carry out a variety of initiatives which serve the legal
needs of the immigrant community; with the support of a grant from the
Office of New Americans, she is able to provide consultation and advice
to the local immigration population twice a month at the Legal Project;
and
WHEREAS, This remarkable woman has provided tremendous leadership and
guidance to the Legal Project's Immigration Program, helping make it the
successful program that it is today; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to its atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Barbara Weiner, Esq. upon the occasion of her designation as
recipient of the Outstanding Service Award by the Legal Project on Octo-
ber 14, 2015; and be it further
RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Barbara Weiner, Esq.

actions

  • 15 / Jan / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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J3351

Honoring the Barbaruolo Law Firm, P.C. upon the occasion of its designation as recipient of the Barry A. Gold Law Firm Leadership Aw...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring the Barbaruolo Law Firm, P.C. upon the
occasion of its designation as recipient of the Barry A. Gold Law Firm
Leadership Award by the Legal Project on October 14, 2015

WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary law firms and individuals it wishes to recognize for their
valued contributions to the success and progress of society and 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, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor the
Barbaruolo Law Firm, P.C. upon the occasion of its designation as recip-
ient of the Barry A. Gold Law Firm Leadership Award by the Legal
Project, celebrated at its Pro Bono Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Octo-
ber 14, 2015, at the Century House, Latham, New York; and
WHEREAS, The Barry A. Gold Law Firm Leadership Award recognizes a law
firm which has made an important difference during the past year through
the generous pro bono work of its partners and associates; and
WHEREAS, Barbaruolo Law Firm has been a strong proponent of the Legal
Project for numerous years; many of its dedicated attorneys volunteer
with this vital organization to provide legal advice to low-income
clients; and
WHEREAS, Paula Barbaruolo, the founder of the firm, approached both
the Legal Project and the Bankruptcy Bar Association to help establish a
Bankruptcy and Credit program for lower income households; and
WHEREAS, The Barbaruolo Law Firm sees many clients who are at risk of
losing assets, and the volunteer attorneys will undertake the remainder
of the proceeding to help protect the debtor's assets; and
WHEREAS, Associate Justin Myers has been instrumental in establishing
pro bono assistance for clients at the firm; he attends many bankruptcy
clinics and is available in between dates for clients who may have an
immediate need; and
WHEREAS, Through their invaluable pro bono service, the Barbaruolo Law
Firm is helping to fill the gap of unmet legal needs in New York State;
and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when law firms
and individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to
its attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citi-
zens of the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the Barbaruolo Law Firm, P.C. upon the occasion of its designation
as recipient of the Barry A. Gold Law Firm Leadership Award by the Legal
Project on October 14, 2015; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Paula Barbaruolo, Owner, Barbaruolo Law Firm, P.C.

actions

  • 15 / Jan / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
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J3350

Commending Barry Sparks, Jr. for over 50 years of dedicated service to his community

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J3350


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Barry Sparks, Jr. for over 50 years of
dedicated service to his community

WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals it wishes to recognize for their valued
contributions to the success and progress of society and 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, this Legislative Body is proud to commend Barry
Sparks, Jr. for over 50 years of dedicated service to his community,
celebrated at a Special Recognition Ceremony on October 30, 2015 in
Albany, New York; and
WHEREAS, In 1950, at the young age of 19, Barry Sparks, Jr. worked as
a presser in Mr. Cannon's Dry Cleaning shop; realizing he embodied an
entrepreneurial spirit, he bought the business in 1952; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the years, Barry Sparks, Jr. endured many hard-
ships, but was always able to think of the bigger picture and found ways
to maximize his investments; and
WHEREAS, Barry Sparks, Jr.'s Dry Cleaners and other stores, were a
true asset to the City of Albany, not only providing service to the
community, but also employment opportunities; and
WHEREAS, In the 1980s, Barry Sparks, Jr. managed eight different dry
cleaners and was one of the few businesses to have equipment on his
premises which could do the work other companies were unable to
complete; and
WHEREAS, Dedicated to the community in which he worked and lived,
Barry Sparks, Jr. was a member of many neighborhood organizations
including The Black New Breeds, the Whitney M. Young Medical Center, the
National Cleaners Association, the Hudson River Missionary Baptist Asso-
ciation, the Albany County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Capital
District Business and Professional Association, the State Association of
Business/Mentor Program, Urban League, NAACP, and the Masons, as well as
the Shriners; and
WHEREAS, Currently, Barry Sparks, Jr. is retired from the dry cleaning
industry; he enjoys serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board at Bethany
Baptist Church, spending time with his wife of 61 years, Edna, and
visiting with his children; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Barry Sparks, Jr. has displayed
throughout his life; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, 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
commend Barry Sparks, Jr. for over 50 years of dedicated service to his
community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Barry Sparks, Jr.

actions

  • 15 / Jan / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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