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J4509

Commending Police Officer Peter J. Randall upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

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Senate Resolution No. 4509

BY: Senator YOUNG

COMMENDING Police Officer Peter J. Randall upon
the occasion of his designation as recipient of a
Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate

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, 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, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Police
Officer Peter J. Randall upon the occasion of his designation as
recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution and is awarded to individuals who have merited special
commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, On March 7, 2018, Gowanda Police Department's Officer Peter
J. Randall responded to a stabbing on Chestnut Street at 8:06 p.m.; 90
seconds after the call came in, he arrived on the scene and quickly
noticed the victim was bleeding profusely from a knife wound to the
neck; and

WHEREAS, Officer Peter J. Randall, who thankfully served as a combat
medic in the United States Army, immediately began applying pressure to
the teenager's neck, noting her pulse was strong and steady; and

WHEREAS, Due to Officer Peter J. Randall's life-saving actions, the
young girl's bleeding began to subside in the ambulance on the way to
Lake Shore Hospital; after being transferred to Women and Children's
Hospital in Buffalo, New York, Officer Randall discovered the teenager
was alive and listed in stable condition; and

WHEREAS, Officer Peter J. Randall was truly a hero that cold evening
in early March; within 90 seconds, he arrived on the scene and used his
experience and training to stop a teenager from bleeding to death; at
the Village's next Board meeting, he will have the opportunity to meet
with the girl who, thanks to him, will live to see her 15th birthday;
and

WHEREAS, Officer Peter J. Randall should be regarded as a true hero;
he has continually devoted himself to public service, demonstrating
great courage and diligence in providing for the care and welfare of the
citizens of this great Empire State; and

WHEREAS, Praised for maintaining his composure and his professional
conduct, Officer Peter J. Randall demonstrated his true character and
genuine compassion for the well-being of others; and

WHEREAS, Within every community of the State of New York there are
certain individuals who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication,
command the respect and admiration of their community for their
exemplary contributions and service on behalf of others; Officer Peter
J. Randall is one such individual; and

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body that those
dedicated public servants who unselfishly devote their lives to the
preservation of order and the protection of others are worthy and due
full praise for their commitment and noble endeavors; now, therefore, be
it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Police Officer Peter J. Randall upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed
upon an individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Police Officer Peter J. Randall.

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  • 17 / Apr / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I,Ref-North Tonawanda), Chair of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disability, is highlighting some of the victories achieved in this year’s state budget. This year’s budget included funding for new childhood mental health initiatives, supportive funding for current crisis intervention teams, and improved peer-to-peer services.

I will never forget the day my father got the call. In need of a new kidney, a match from a donor had been found. It was one of the happiest moments my family has ever shared. After a successful transplant, my father’s improved quality of life, and my family’s ability to enjoy it, has meant the world to all of us. Every single day we count our blessings that someone gave my father the most precious gift possible.

J4508

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2018, as Mental Health Month in the State of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 4508

BY: Senator ORTT

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
May 2018, as Mental Health Month in the State of New
York

WHEREAS, The State of New York takes great pride in participating in
events designed to raise awareness of serious health issues; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2018, as Mental Health Month in
the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of Mental
Health America's May is Mental Health Month; and

WHEREAS, Mental Health Month (MHM) began in 1949, to raise awareness
of mental health conditions and mental wellness for all; and

WHEREAS, Mental illness is common, yet many never get help; 18.5
percent of adults (nearly 1 in 5) will have a mental illness in any
given year, yet only 41 percent of people with a mental illness use
mental health services in any given year; furthermore, for those who
ultimately do get help, the average delay in getting treatment is 10
years from the first onset of symptoms; and

WHEREAS, The first signs and symptoms of mental health problems,
some of which develop to the point of becoming diagnosable mental
illness begin on average, at about 14 years of age; and

WHEREAS, Untreated mental illness has serious consequences; this is
a serious problem because unrecognized, untreated and late treated
mental illness elevates the risk of mental health crises such as suicide
and self-injury, diminishes prospects for recovery and contributes to
substance abuse and other damaging negative coping behaviors; and

WHEREAS, 1 in 12 high school students have attempted suicide;
suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24, and also
the second leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18;
and

WHEREAS, More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from
cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia,
influenza, and chronic lung disease combined; and

WHEREAS, Many adults miss or dismiss these early signs and symptoms
and young people are even less likely to recognize or understand what is
happening to them; and even when there is some recognition that a young
person is struggling, stigma often causes people to ignore, dismiss or
rationalize a child's true need for help; the result is often as tragic
as it is unnecessary; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this health issue, and more must be done to increase activity at the
local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May of 2018, as Mental
Health Month in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.

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  • 17 / Apr / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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J4493

Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clemente's place of death near Pinones in L...

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Senate Resolution No. 4493

BY: Senator DILAN

URGING the Secretary of the Interior to recognize
the historical significance of Roberto Clemente's
place of death near Pinones in Loiza, Puerto Rico,
by adding it to the National Register of Historic
Places

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was an American baseball legend who
embodied the values of a model citizen; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente won two Major League Baseball World Series
Championships, was named World Series Most Valuable Player, and was an
All-Star for 12 seasons; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente served this Nation as a United States
Marine Corps Reservist; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was the first Puerto Rican inducted into
the Baseball Hall of Fame; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports
Hall of Fame; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was committed to caring and helping those
in need, regardless of their location; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente selflessly chose to travel to an
earthquake-ridden Nicaragua to provide humanitarian aid; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente's plane crashed shortly after taking off
from San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport/Aeropuerto Internacional
do Isla Verde on December 31, 1972; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was only 38 years old when he tragically
passed away; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente's passion and advocacy demonstrated the
positive influence that professional athletes could have in improving
the lives of others; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente challenged the stereotypes that had
marginalized native Spanish speakers in this Nation and remains an icon
to many Puerto Ricans and Latinos in the United States and Latin
America; and

WHEREAS, Major League Baseball presents an annual Roberto Clemente
Award to the player that best embodies Roberto Clemente's value of
service to others and represents the game of baseball through
extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and
positive contributions, both on and off the field; and

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was posthumously awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom, Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Congressional
Gold Medal for his civic and charitable contributions; and


WHEREAS, The crash site in the adjacent area to Playa Aviones in the
municipality of Loiza, Puerto Rico, was the last place Roberto Clemente
graced this world; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the memory of Roberto Clemente as a great humanitarian and
athlete; to recognize Roberto Clemente as the embodiment of a baseball
legend that contributed to the betterment of society; and to request
that the Secretary of the Interior recognize the crash site of Roberto
Clemente's airplane and the adjacent land by adding such site to the
National Register of Historic Places.

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J4492

Commending the Singing Hills Seniors upon the occasion of the celebration of its 50th Anniversary

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Senate Resolution No. 4492

BY: Senator GRIFFO

COMMENDING the Singing Hills Seniors upon the
occasion of the celebration of its 50th Anniversary
on April 10, 2018

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, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor those
illustrious organizations of the State of New York whose purposeful
endeavors serve to enhance the quality of life for the cherished senior
citizens in their communities; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend the
Singing Hills Seniors upon the occasion of the celebration of its 50th
Anniversary on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Town of Trenton Municipal
Building; and

WHEREAS, The first meeting of the Singing Hills Seniors took place
on March 26, 1968, at Park Methodist Church with 35 members in
attendance; and

WHEREAS, The Singing Hills Seniors perform numerous activities
throughout the year, including: May and Christmas parties, two or three
summer bus trips, covered dish luncheons, crafts and sing and square
dances; and

WHEREAS, Along the way, they eliminated the singing and square
dancing, and added another bus trip plus 24 trips a year to casino,
bowling and AARP defensive driving classes, tray favors on holidays for
hospitalized patients and 25 sunshine baskets for shut-ins at
Christmastime; in addition, the Singing Hills Seniors help local schools
with their fundraising; and

WHEREAS, Today, the current membership of the Singing Hills Seniors
is 166; furthermore, in the 50 years since its inception, the Singing
Hills Seniors has only had four directors which is a true testament to
commitment and loyalty; and

WHEREAS, This significant milestone is an excellent opportunity to
recognize the special contributions of Singing Hills Seniors and the
dedicated individuals who strive to better the quality of life for
senior citizens in the community; and

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to recognize and
celebrate the legacy of New York's senior citizens who have experienced
tumultuous changes in the 20th Century, including the dawn of the
nuclear age, the rise of the computer, and the proliferation of the
automobile, television, technology and so many other innovations of the
American spirit, and who now represent a great and willing source of
knowledge available to our great State of New York; now, therefore, be
it


RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Singing Hills Seniors upon the occasion of the celebration
of its 50th Anniversary on April 10, 2018; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Singing Hills Seniors.

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  • 17 / Apr / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Apr / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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J4491

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the New York State School for the Blind

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Senate Resolution No. 4491

BY: Senator RANZENHOFER

COMMEMORATING the 150th Anniversary of the New
York State School for the Blind

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those institutions of true purpose and high achievement whose
exemplary programs and accomplishments clearly demonstrate an enduring
pursuit of excellence in the education of blind youth in the Empire
State; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the New York State School for the
Blind; and

WHEREAS, On April 27, 1865 an Act was passed by the New York State
Legislature which authorized the establishment of The New York State
Institution for the Blind in order to educate the young blind children
of the State in the usual branches of learning pursued in schools for
the seeing, and train them in some appropriate industrial arts which
might aid them in gaining a livelihood either under the fostering care
of the Institution or through their own individual efforts; and

WHEREAS, In February of 1866, the Building Commissioners met at the
Capitol in Albany, New York, for the purpose of selecting a site for the
school; they chose a beautiful site in the Village of Batavia, in the
County of Genesee, which was known for its general good health, and
freedom from epidemic and endemic diseases; the 50-acre area had an
abundance of water and a much-needed railroad station for transporting
students to and from their homes; and

WHEREAS, In April of 1866, the five Commissioners appointed the nine
Trustees to manage the school program, and John Gould was appointed
President of the Board of Trustees; and

WHEREAS, Four months later, the Board of Trustees selected William
H. Churchman as Superintendent of the New York State Institution for
the Blind; from 1866-1868, he worked with the Board to organize the
construction of the new building in Batavia; and

WHEREAS, On September 6, 1866, a ceremony was held by the citizens
of Batavia to celebrate the laying of the cornerstone for the new school
building; and

WHEREAS, On July 15, 1868, the buildings were finally completed, and
the commissioners delivered the keys to the School's Board of Trustees;
this monumental occasion was celebrated with a procession of state
officials, Trustees, Commissioners and contractors led by the Batavia
Cornet Band from the village to the grounds; and

WHEREAS, In August of 1868, Dr. Asa D. Lord assumed the position of
Superintendent of the New York Institution for the Blind; one month
later, he welcomed 17 students to the brand new school; by the end of
the school year, that number had increased to 65 children; and


WHEREAS, All blind persons of suitable age and capacity for
instruction, who are legal residents of the State, were entitled to the
privileges of the Institution without charge, and for such a period of
time as may be deemed expedient by the Trustees; and

WHEREAS, The pupils were classified into four divisions, primary,
secondary, intermediate and junior, and spent six hours in the school
room Monday through Friday, and three hours on Saturday learning
reading, spelling and definitions, writing, arithmetic, geography,
English grammar, history, natural philosophy, moral cultures, Sabbath
instruction, vocal and instrumental music, as well as knitting,
crocheting, and beadwork; and

WHEREAS, In 1925, the name of the school changed from the New York
Institute for the Blind to the New York State School for the Blind, and
the school was placed under the management of the New York State
Education Department; and

WHEREAS, Today, the New York State School for the Blind continues to
provide a learning environment where children can achieve their full
potential; teachers with professional preparation in the areas of visual
impairment and special education work as a team to promote independence
and prepare children for successful transitions to adulthood; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to extend its
highest commendation to all of the individuals who have been involved
with the New York State School for the Blind, past and present, noting
the importance of their work and their enduring commitment to blind
children; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the New York State School for the
Blind; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the New York State School for the Blind.

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  • 06 / Apr / 2018
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Apr / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Apr / 2018
    • ADOPTED

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