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Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Syracuse City Ballet, Inc.

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Syracuse
City Ballet, Inc.

WHEREAS, The arts, in whatever form, are central to human expression;
they are truly a universal language and their contribution to the devel-
opment of friendship and understanding among all peoples cannot be
underestimated; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those artistic organizations which have brought outstanding
entertainment and cultural enrichment to the citizens of the great State
of New York; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 20th Anniversary of Syracuse City Ballet, Inc.; the company
kicked off its 20th Anniversary 2016-2017 Season with "An Intimate Even-
ing with Syracuse City Ballet," a show that combines classical ballet
and modern dance, at the Syracuse OnCenter Bevard Studio on September
22, 2016; and
WHEREAS, Syracuse City Ballet has and will continue the celebration of
its 20th Anniversary season with THE NUTCRACKER at the OnCenter Crouse
Hinds Theater on December 3, 2016, and will cap off the season with SNOW
WHITE, at Crouse Hinds Theater on March 10 and 12, 2017; and
WHEREAS, Syracuse City Ballet is the only professional ballet company
serving the Central New York community, creating family-oriented enter-
tainment while offering opportunities for local professional, pre-pro-
fessional, and student dancers to perform classical and premiere works
with national and international guest artists; and
WHEREAS, Since 1996, Syracuse City Ballet has staged live-action
entertainment, trained professional dancers, and enriched the community
through various youth outreach efforts; and
WHEREAS, Syracuse City Ballet was founded by Associate Director
Harriet Casey and Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun, who has extensive
experience in dance, and trained with the Syracuse Ballet Theater before
moving to New York City to attend Juilliard on a scholarship; and
WHEREAS, Upon graduating, Kathleen Rathbun danced for Princeton Ballet
Society of New Jersey, and then subsequently moved home to Syracuse; and
WHEREAS, Upon her return, Kathleen Rathbun discovered that the Syra-
cuse Ballet Theater she once trained with was no longer in existence, so
she taught classical ballet at Syracuse University and formerly served
as the Director at the Metropolitan School of the Arts; and
WHEREAS, As a teacher, Kathleen Rathbun has in-depth experience devel-
oping young dancers' technique, strength, and artistry; when the Metro-
politan School of the Arts closed, Kathleen was eager to bring ballet
and dance back to Syracuse, so she decided to open her own school to
continue sharing her knowledge and passion with young men and women; and
WHEREAS, In 1990, Kathleen Rathbun founded Ballet & Dance of Upstate
New York; after a few years of successfully establishing her school, she
felt it was important to provide her students the opportunity to perform
in major classical ballets alongside professional, world-renowned danc-
ers; and
WHEREAS, In 1996, Syracuse City Ballet, originally named Upstate NY
Ballet, was co-founded by Executive Director Kathleen Rathbun and Asso-
ciate Director Harriet Casey; the company premiered with a performance
of SNOW WHITE; and
WHEREAS, Twenty years later, Kathleen Rathbun and Harriet Casey
continue to inspire youth, professionals, and audiences through their

productions of major ballets, their participation in dozens of charity
events, and their collaboration with major arts organizations; and
WHEREAS, Over the years, Syracuse City Ballet has developed an impres-
sive repertoire, including THE NUTCRACKER, SWAN LAKE, PETER PAN,
ALADDIN, SLEEPING BEAUTY, DRACULA, CINDERELLA, ROMEO AND JULIET, and a
number of other ballets which have performed to capacity houses and
four-star reviews; and
WHEREAS, In addition, Syracuse City Ballet has presented choreography
in multiple performances such as: the Armory Square Candlelight Series,
Syracuse Opera's LA TRAVIATA, Syracuse Shakespeare Festival, Vision of
Sounds Series, Regina F. Goldenberg Cultural Series, CNY Mode Fashion
Show, CRAVE Arts Festival, and Syracuse Fringe Festival to name a few;
and
WHEREAS, Syracuse City Ballet's growth from a small grass-roots
venture to a ranking professional ballet has secured a dance presence in
Central New York; and
WHEREAS, A vibrant arts community encourages collaboration, instills
local pride, draws people together, and is essential to a community's
vitality; over the past 20 years, Syracuse City Ballet has contributed
to the richness of Central New York's cultural palette; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when artistic
societies of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our
attention, they should be recognized by all the citizens of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Syracuse City Ballet, Inc.; and be
it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Executive and Artistic Director Kathleen Rathbun, Associate
Director Harriet Casey, and Syracuse City Ballet staff and Board of
Directors.

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  • 23 / Jan / 2017
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  • 24 / Jan / 2017
    • ADOPTED

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Commemorating the 120th Anniversary of the Westhampton Free Library on March 4, 2017

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 120th Anniversary of the Westh-
ampton Free Library on March 4, 2017

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across the great State
of New York is reflective of certain exemplary institutions whose
purpose is dedicated to serving the community and the needs of its citi-
zenry; 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 120th Anniversary of the Westhampton Free Library to be cele-
brated at a party on Saturday, March 4, 2017; and
WHEREAS, For 120 years, the Westhampton Free Library has strived to
serve the communities of Westhampton Beach, Westhampton, East Moriches,
Eastport, South Manor, East Quogue, Quiogue, Remsenburg, and Speonk;
cultivate knowledge; promote curiosity; and inspire lifelong learning;
and
WHEREAS, The Westhampton Free Library Association opened its doors to
the public on Main Street on March 1, 1897, with a charter granted by
the University of the State of New York and signed by Melvil Dewey,
creator of the Dewey Decimal System; and
WHEREAS, In 1906, property owned by Ralph and Laura Cutter was gifted
for sole use by the Library and its first building was erected at a cost
of $3,200; and
WHEREAS, In 1951 a gift from the Westhampton Chapel Society led to the
erection of the Library Avenue building; shortly thereafter, two exten-
sions were added in 1953, courtesy of the Judge Harold Medina Fund; and
WHEREAS, Continuing the process of cobbling together a library to suit
a growing subscribership resulted in further additions in 1959, 1966,
1986 and 1988, and the purchase of 5 Library Avenue in 2003, as a site
for the Library's programs; and
WHEREAS, By 2004, it has become more than obvious that further growth
could best be served not by still more additions but by the construction
of an entirely new Library, one whose planning involved the needs and
wishes of the community; four years later, the Library was moved into
temporary quarters while the new facility was erected; and
WHEREAS, Designed to last for at least the next 50 years and to func-
tion as an environmentally responsible example, the new Westhampton Free
Library officially opened its doors to the residents of Westhampton,
Westhampton Beach and Quiogue as well as those in the East Moriches,
East Quogue, Eastport-South Manor and Remsenburg-Speonk school districts
on Saturday, June 26, 2010; and
WHEREAS, The Westhampton Free Library is one of several libraries in
Suffolk County to be awarded American Star designations from Library
Journal, the oldest and most respected publication covering the library
field; and
WHEREAS, Under the luminous leadership of Director Danielle Waskiew-
icz, the Westhampton Free Library is governed and guided by a Board of
Trustees composed of six community members; the trustees serve as the
liaison between the library and the public, establishing policies which
are responsive to the community's needs; and
WHEREAS, Steeped in a proud and distinguished history, the Westhampton
Free Library may take just pride in its purposeful growth, as it looks
forward to continuing to serve the educational, cultural and intellectu-
al needs of the community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the Westhampton Free Library on
March 4, 2017; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Danielle Waskiewicz, Director, the Westhampton Free Library.

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  • 23 / Jan / 2017
    • INTRODUCED
  • 24 / Jan / 2017
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative