J5690

Congratulating Arlene Delange upon the occasion of celebrating her 100th Birthday on May 25, 2016

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Arlene Delange upon the occasion
of celebrating her 100th Birthday on May 25, 2016

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to
the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
WHEREAS, Born on May 25, 1916, Arlene Delange is a resident at Atria
Shaker, an Assisted Living Community in Albany, New York; a birthday
party held in her honor will commemorate this auspicious event; and
WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian, with her zest for life, has
inspired and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; and
WHEREAS, With her throughout have been her three wonderful children,
and her beloved six grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, all of
whom feel privileged to be a part of her life and rejoice in her accom-
plishments; and
WHEREAS, A lively, well-dressed woman, Arlene Delange attends morning
exercise classes, and loves to listen to Frank Sinatra and watch the
Buffalo Bills; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished woman has experienced the incredible joys
and sorrows characteristic of and reserved for those with the stamina
and courage to savor a full life; and
WHEREAS, This beloved woman has enriched the lives of those around her
through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have witnessed
and celebrated the innovations, cultural developments and awesome
achievements of this country during the last century, while themselves
contributing to the growth and excellence of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Arlene Delange upon the occasion of celebrating her 100th
Birthday; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Arlene Delange.

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J5689

Commending Maria Sosiak on being inducted into the State University of New York at Oneonta's Edward K. Griesmer Chapter of the NRHH

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Maria Sosiak upon the occasion of
being inducted into the State University of New York at Oneonta's Edward
K. Griesmer Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary on April
10, 2016

WHEREAS, Individuals who give of their time and energies and serve the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
WHEREAS, Maria Sosiak has given not only of her time and energies but
also of her competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently has
been designated for special honor; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Maria Sosiak
upon the occasion of being inducted into the State University of New
York at Oneonta's Edward K. Griesmer Chapter of the National Residence
Hall Honorary which was celebrated on Sunday, April 10, 2016; and
WHEREAS, National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), a branch of the
National Association of Colleges and University Residence Halls, recog-
nizes students who have made outstanding contributions to the residence
hall community, and is composed of the top one percent of student lead-
ers on campus; and
WHEREAS, In order to become a member of the NRHH, students must be
nominated by an Office of Residential Community Life staff member and go
through an application and interview, before being selected for
induction through a blind process; and
WHEREAS, Maria Sosiak of Loudonville, New York, has been called upon
to contribute her time and talents to countless worthy endeavors on
campus and has always given of herself unstintingly; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Maria Sosiak has stood constant in
dignity, good grace and humor; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when excep-
tional individuals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to
our attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citi-
zens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Maria Sosiak upon the occasion of being inducted into the State
University of New York at Oneonta's Edward K. Griesmer Chapter of the
National Residence Hall Honorary; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Maria Sosiak.

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J5688

Honoring Thomas J. Horan posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Sister Gail Rieth Volunteer Award by ...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Thomas J. Horan posthumously upon the
occasion of his designation as recipient of the Sister Gail Rieth Volun-
teer Award by Circles of Mercy on June 8, 2016

WHEREAS, Individuals who gave of their time and energies and served the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
WHEREAS, Thomas J. Horan gave not only of his time and energies but
also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently has
been designated for special honor; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Thomas J.
Horan posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the Sister Gail Rieth Volunteer Award by Circles of Mercy, to be cele-
brated at its Annual Signature Fundraising Gala, "A Taste of Mercy," on
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Shaker Ridge Country Club, Loudonville, New
York; and
WHEREAS, The theme for this year's event is "Continuing the Mercy
Tradition"; and
WHEREAS, Circles of Mercy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Northeast
Community, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communi-
ty by working to end the cycle of poverty, especially among women and
women with children; and
WHEREAS, This vital organization honors the dignity of each person by
offering hospitality and providing services, compassion, stewardship,
leadership and collaboration, which is performed in an effort to instill
hope and empower individuals to reach their full potential; and
WHEREAS, Thomas J. Horan was born in Albany, New York, to the late
Elizabeth and Daniel Horan; after graduating from Vincentian Institute
in 1965, he attended the Albany College of Pharmacy; and
WHEREAS, For 37 years, Thomas J. Horan held the position of Identifi-
cation Specialist II for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice
Services; and
WHEREAS, Thomas J. Horan graciously contributed his time and talents
to countless civic and charitable endeavors and always gave of himself
unstintingly; and
WHEREAS, A resident of Schodack, New York, for the last 35 years,
Thomas J. Horan was a Lifetime member of the Rensselaer Elks B.P.O.E.
No. 2073 and a devoted volunteer of CoNSERNS-U and Circles of Mercy,
both in Rensselaer; and
WHEREAS, Thomas J. Horan served as a communicant of the Church of the
Holy Spirit in East Greenbush, New York, where he also volunteered in
many capacities; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Thomas J. Horan stood constant in
dignity, good grace and humor; and
WHEREAS, When he was not working or helping someone, Thomas J. Horan
enjoyed playing cards, shooting darts with his friends at the Elks, and
hitting the links, especially at the Sleasman Family "Junie" Open; and
WHEREAS, After a courageous battle with cancer, Thomas J. Horan died
on Thursday, December 24, 2015, at the age of 68; and
WHEREAS, Thomas J. Horan is survived by his wife of 41 years, the
former Rosemary Sleasman; his son, Jason (Courtney); one grandson, Lucas
Robert; one brother, Patrick (Joan); and as two sisters, Kathleen and
Mary Ellen; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-ne-
phews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many dear friends;
and

WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Thomas J. Horan 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
honor Thomas J. Horan posthumously upon the occasion of his designation
as recipient of the Sister Gail Rieth Volunteer Award by Circles of
Mercy on June 8, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Thomas J. Horan.

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J5687

Honoring Stephen R. Reilly upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Sister Gail Rieth Volunteer Award by Circles of ...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Stephen R. Reilly upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the Sister Gail Rieth Volunteer Award by
Circles of Mercy on June 8, 2016

WHEREAS, Individuals who give of their time and energies and serve the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
WHEREAS, Stephen R. Reilly has given not only of his time and energies
but also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently
has been designated for special honor; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Stephen R.
Reilly upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Sister
Gail Rieth Volunteer Award by Circles of Mercy, to be celebrated at its
Annual Signature Fundraising Gala, "A Taste of Mercy," on Wednesday,
June 8, 2016, at Shaker Ridge Country Club, Loudonville, New York; and
WHEREAS, The theme for this year's event is "Continuing the Mercy
Tradition"; and
WHEREAS, Circles of Mercy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Northeast
Community, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communi-
ty by working to end the cycle of poverty, especially among women and
women with children; and
WHEREAS, This vital organization honors the dignity of each person by
offering hospitality and providing services, compassion, stewardship,
leadership and collaboration, which is performed in an effort to instill
hope and empower individuals to reach their full potential; and
WHEREAS, An exceptional student at Columbia High School, Stephen R.
Reilly holds a cumulative GPA of 92.78, achieved high Academic Honors
every quarter, was named to the Principal's List in February of 2014,
and is a member of National Honor Society and the Math League; and
WHEREAS, For his incredible academic achievements and outstanding
leadership, Stephen R. Reilly has been the recipient of numerous awards
and accolades including the 2015 University of Rochester - George East-
man Young Leaders Award, the 2015 United States Marine Corps Scholastic
Excellence Award, and the 2015 Harvard University Book Award; he was
also recognized as a Scholar-Athlete and received a Superintendent's
Letter of Dedication and Appreciation; and
WHEREAS, Since he was a freshman, Stephen R. Reilly has played on the
School's Lacrosse Team, where he served as co-Captain during his senior
year; dedicated to improving his skills, he attended the Siena College
Lacrosse Camp during the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013, as well as the
United States Military Academy at West Point Lacrosse Camp in the summer
of 2014; and
WHEREAS, Well-liked by his fellow students, Stephen R. Reilly has held
numerous leadership positions throughout his high school career such as
Executive President of Student Council, Executive Vice President of
Student Council, Sophomore Class President, and Freshman Class Presi-
dent; and
WHEREAS, Stephen R. Reilly has been called upon to contribute his time
and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always
given of himself unstintingly; and
WHEREAS, Dedicated to his school and community, Stephen R. Reilly was
chosen as the delegate for the Peer Leadership Conference, the Suburban
Council Leadership Conference, and Boys State, a summer leadership and
citizenship program; and
WHEREAS, Moreover, Stephen R. Reilly has graciously worked for numer-
ous worthy organizations including Circles of Mercy - Catherine's Clos-
et, USS Slater Restoration Program, and Ronald McDonald House Charities,

where he served as Team Leader and co-President of the Teen Ambassadors;
and
WHEREAS, This remarkable young man has helped raise funds for St.
Jude's Children's Hospital, Breast Cancer Awareness and Juvenile
Diabetes, and collected toys for St. Margaret's Center; he also served
as a Guardian on a Patriot Flight to Washington, D.C. on May 28, 2016;
and
WHEREAS, When he is not at school or helping someone, Stephen R. Reil-
ly enjoys staying active and maintaining his fitness by swimming and
snowboarding; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Stephen R. Reilly has stood constant
in dignity, good grace and humor; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Stephen R. Reilly 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
honor Stephen R. Reilly upon the occasion of his designation as recipi-
ent of the Sister Gail Rieth Volunteer Award by Circles of Mercy on June
8, 2016, and to wish him continued success in all of his future endeav-
ors; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Stephen R. Reilly.

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J5686

Commending the National Association for Black Military Women New York City Chapter upon the occasion of hosting its Inaugural Schola...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the National Association for Black
Military Women New York City Chapter upon the occasion of hosting its
Inaugural Scholarship Dinner on May 15, 2016

WHEREAS, African American female members of the United States Armed
Services from the State of New York, who have served so faithfully and
courageously in wars in which our Nation's freedom was at stake, as well
as in the preservation of peace during peacetime, deserve a special
salute from this Legislative Body; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize that
the quality and character of life in the communities across New York
State are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those
organizations and individuals who would devote themselves to the service
of their country; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the National Association for Black Military Women New York City Chapter
upon the occasion of hosting its Inaugural Scholarship Dinner to be
celebrated on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Antun's Catering Hall in Queens
Village, New York; and
WHEREAS, The National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) is
composed of African American women from throughout the Nation who are
veterans or current members of the United States Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, Founded under its former name of "The Black WRAC, WAC, Women
in Service," the mission of the NABMW is to seek out, record and express
the history of Black Military Women; and
WHEREAS, The New York Chapter of NABMW is one of the most active and
leading chapters of the Association, and works to keep alive the history
and heritage of Black Women who have ably served our nation with courage
and valor in the military services of our country; and
WHEREAS, This esteemed service organization works tirelessly to foster
a spirit of camaraderie and goodwill among all individuals interested in
Black history through community involvement in numerous programs; and
WHEREAS, In addition, the New York Chapter of NABMW strives to moti-
vate and support black youth in their attainment of academic excellence
by utilizing military role models as a source of inspiration and making
historical military information relating to black military women avail-
able to lectures, forum exhibits and various media activities; and
WHEREAS, The success of the New York Chapter of NABMW over the years
is in direct correlation to the efforts of its members, whose involve-
ment is, and always has been, characterized by an impressive commitment,
an unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising standard of excellence in
all endeavors on behalf of the organization and the community it serves;
and
WHEREAS, Under the luminous guidance of Chapter President, Colonel
Carol St. Pierre, the New York Chapter of NABMW will to continue to
inspire Black female service members "To Tell Her Story" for many years
to come; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved with great respect and rever-
ent esteem, and, on behalf of all of the citizens of the Empire State,
to renew its tribute to the African American women service members of
New York State who have so courageously served their State and Nation in
the defense of freedom and democracy; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the National Association for Black Military Women New York City
Chapter upon the occasion of hosting its Inaugural Scholarship Dinner;
and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Colonel Carol St. Pierre, Chapter President, the National
Association for Black Military Women New York City Chapter.

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J5685

Honoring Dr. Thomas Catena upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Teresian Faith, Hope and Courage Award by the Te...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dr. Thomas Catena upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the Teresian Faith, Hope and Courage
Award by the Teresian House Foundation on July 28, 2016

WHEREAS, The character and richness of religious and community life in
this noble Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the faithful
concern and selfless devotion of those who would commit their energies
and purpose to the ministry of others; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to bring full
recognition and just tribute to those individuals and organizations
which distinguish themselves through their unremitting commitment and
service to humanity; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr. Thomas
Catena upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Teresian
Faith, Hope and Courage Award by the Teresian House Foundation, to be
celebrated at its Annual Gala on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Sarato-
ga National Golf Club, Saratoga Springs, New York; and
WHEREAS, Teresian House is a 300 bed, non-profit home for the elderly
in the Capital District, sponsored by the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese
and served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm; and
WHEREAS, This auspicious award is bestowed upon an individual who has
made a positive impact on others and has overcome extreme adversity in
their life; Dr. Thomas Catena, a Catholic Missionary from Amsterdam, New
York, is being recognized for his tireless works of mercy, risk and
sacrifice to care for those people who are so desperately in need; and
WHEREAS, Thomas Catena played football and earned his bachelor's
degree at Brown University; he furthered his education by obtaining his
medical degree from Duke University; and
WHEREAS, Prior to moving to Sudan, Dr. Thomas Catena held the position
of a Military Doctor and assisted the people of Kenya, including the
slums of Nairobi; and
WHEREAS, Since 2008, Dr. Thomas Catena has served as the only Doctor
at the 435-bed Mother of Mercy Hospital located in the Nuba Mountains in
the far south of Sudan, which has a population of over 750,000 people,
encompassing an area roughly the size of Austria; and
WHEREAS, Patients with various ailments such as fractures, diarrhea,
thyroid disease and cancer, and an increasing number of victims of bomb-
ing attacks and malnourishment spurred on by the war, may travel for a
week to see Dr. Thomas Catena at Mother of Mercy Hospital; and
WHEREAS, Limited by his surroundings and working in a hostile environ-
ment, Dr. Thomas Catena may take care of 300-350 in-patients daily,
sometimes using decades-old treatments; this remarkable man earns $350 a
month while being on call 24/7; and
WHEREAS, Each day, Dr. Thomas Catena, his staff and patients face
possible danger; in May of 2014, the hospital was subject to bombings,
and consequently, a number of foxholes have been built to harbor
patients and staff during future attacks; and
WHEREAS, Inspired by his Catholic faith and St. Francis of Assisi, Dr.
Thomas Catena is a true humanitarian, risking his life every day to
serve the people of Sudan; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained commitment to the maintenance of high standards in their
profession, 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 Dr. Thomas Catena upon the occasion of his designation as recipi-

ent of the Teresian Faith, Hope and Courage Award by the Teresian House
Foundation on July 28, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Thomas Catena.

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J5684

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Congregation Berith Sholom of Troy, New York, on May 1, 2016

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Congre-
gation Berith Sholom of Troy, New York, on May 1, 2016

WHEREAS, Religious institutions, and the many spiritual, social and
educational benefits they confer, play a vital role in the development
of the moral fabric of a responsible citizenry; and
WHEREAS, It is the tradition of this State and this Nation to pay
tribute to those institutions and individuals who have contributed to
the ethical and spiritual values of their communities; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body takes pleasure in commemorating the
150th Anniversary of Congregation Berith Sholom of Troy, New York, feted
with several events held throughout the year, including a Community Day
on Sunday, May 1, 2016; the year-long celebration will culminate with a
Gala Dinner on November 10, 2016; and
WHEREAS, This auspicious milestone was celebrated with a myriad of
events including tours of the oldest building in continuous use as a
synagogue in New York State, and an exhibit on its storied history; in
addition, there were various activities for children, craft vendors,
food, and a concert by Ruth Pelham of the Music Mobile; and
WHEREAS, In 1866, a year after the Civil War, "all male persons of
full age" were gathered together "in their rooms in the Wotkyns'
Block...for the purpose of incorporating themselves as the religious
Society and Congregation of Baris Sholem."; previously, this group held
worship services in their homes and created a burial society; and
WHEREAS, By 1870, land was purchased at the present site on Third and
Division Streets in Troy, New York; the cornerstone was laid in June,
and the building was completed in time for the High Holy Days in Septem-
ber of that year; and
WHEREAS, From its inception, the congregation exhibited its liberal
tendencies; men and women were seated together, the choir was mixed, and
an organ was played; reform ritual was adopted around 1890, and in 1920,
during its 50th Anniversary year, the congregation joined the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations; and
WHEREAS, A few interesting features of the Congregation are the elabo-
rately carved ark, which resembles a boat, was donated after the build-
ing was completed, in memory of a young man who died in a boating acci-
dent on the Hudson River; the ner tamid (eternal light) is unusual in
that it is a gas flame, not an electric bulb, and the lovely stained
glass windows were completed in 1965; and
WHEREAS, Congregation Berith Sholom stands on the threshold of tomor-
row, prepared to meet the challenges of the coming decades while retain-
ing that spiritual resolve which characterizes its past; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to take note of
enduring religious institutions and to bring such institutions to the
attention of the people of this Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Congregation Berith Sholom observed
on May 1, 2016, fully confident that this commemoration reflects the
belief in those values which enhance the dignity and purpose of life;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Congregation Berith Sholom, Troy, New York.

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J5683

Honoring James E. McGraw, Sr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by Albany County at its Hono...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring James E. McGraw, Sr. posthumously upon
the occasion of his designation for special recognition by Albany County
at its Honor-A-Veteran Ceremony on June 6, 2016

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York, who
have served so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this country's
freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace in peace-
time, deserve a special salute; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to commend those
who have served in times of active conflict, as well as those who have
served in times of peace; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
James E. McGraw, Sr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation
for special recognition by Albany County at its Honor-A-Veteran Ceremony
on June 6, 2016, at the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520,
Albany, New York; and
WHEREAS, In June of 1993, a committee was formed by the Albany County
Veterans Bureau known as the Albany County Honor-A-Veteran Committee;
the committee was formed to honor a deceased Albany County veteran, who
has served his country in time of conflict; the Honor-A-Veteran Program
takes place on the first Monday of each month; and
WHEREAS, For his courageous and dedicated service to his country,
James E. McGraw, Sr. will be recognized at this year's June Honor-A-Vet-
eran Ceremony; and
WHEREAS, Born on April 4, 1950, in Vincent, Alabama, James E. McGraw,
Sr. proudly served his country with honor and distinction from October
1969 to October 1972, as a Mortar Man in the United States Marine Corps;
and
WHEREAS, During the Vietnam War, James E. McGraw, Sr. served as a
Corporal in Company C, First Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, where he
earned numerous awards and accolades for his meritorious service includ-
ing the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the
Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon; and
WHEREAS, Following his discharge, James E. McGraw, Sr. held the posi-
tion of Machinist at the Watervliet Arsenal; when he was not working, he
enjoyed bowling and shooting pool; and
WHEREAS, James E. McGraw, Sr. is survived by his wife, Leona L.; his
mother, Ruth McCoy; his two sons, James, Jr. and Terry; and his daugh-
ter, Niesha; and
WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and
WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at home and abroad,
these men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore the highest respect of their State and Nation; and
WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended and
thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and for
their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor James E. McGraw, Sr. posthumously upon the occasion of his desig-
nation for special recognition by Albany County at its Honor-A-Veteran
Ceremony on June 6, 2016; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of James E. McGraw, Sr.

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  • 13 / May / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / May / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / May / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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