J4490

Commending Jay Wilber upon the occasion of his retirement after 29 years of dedicated service to the Broome County Public Defender's...

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Senate Resolution No. 4490

BY: Senator AKSHAR

COMMENDING Jay Wilber upon the occasion of his
retirement after 29 years of dedicated service to
the Broome County Public Defender's Office

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
pay tribute to those singular individuals who devote their purposeful
lives and careers to preserving the rights and protecting the welfare of
the citizens of their community and the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, The quality and character of life in the Broome County
community has been ably served and uniquely enriched through the
selfless dedication and benevolent concern of Public Defender Jay
Wilber; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
commend Jay Wilber upon the occasion of his retirement after 29 years of
dedicated service to the Broome County Public Defender's Office; and

WHEREAS, After earning his law degree from Nova University Center
for the Study of Law, Jay Wilber worked in private practice for many
years; and

WHEREAS, Jay Wilber began his long and distinguished career with
Broome County as an Assistant Public Defender in 1989; he was appointed
Acting Public Defender in 2001, and one year later, he was officially
named Public Defender, the position from which he officially retired on
March 30, 2018; and

WHEREAS, Throughout his tenure, Jay Wilber worked with numerous
administrations to ensure indigent citizens in Broome County were
provided with their constitutional right to counsel and vigorous
representation; he was dedicated to serving as an advocate for his
clients in and out of the courts; and

WHEREAS, Jay Wilber also oversaw and implemented technological
advances within the Public Defender's Office increasing productivity and
efficiency, and was committed to fighting New York State's opioid
crisis; and

WHEREAS, In addition, Jay Wilber was a longtime member of the
Binghamton Adult Treatment Court team; and

WHEREAS, Throughout a life and career of purposeful endeavor, Jay
Wilber has remained true to his commitment, serving family, faith and
community, as well as the law; his contributions and accomplishments
have brought great benefit and positive influence to bear upon the
course of jurisprudence and the quality of life for others; and

WHEREAS, Public Defender Jay Wilber, in every capacity in which he
served, has left his permanent mark on the criminal justice community
and will forever be remembered as a determined, innovative and genuinely
concerned expert in his field; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Jay Wilber upon the occasion of his retirement after 29 years of
dedicated service to the Broome County Public Defender's Office, and to
wish him well in all his future endeavors; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Jay Wilber.

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Law Section:
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J4489

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the University Police of the State University of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 4489

BY: Senator BONACIC

COMMEMORATING the 50th Anniversary of the
University Police of the State University of New
York

WHEREAS, The quality of life in New York State is largely reflective
of the commitment and dedication demonstrated by members of the agencies
which serve to protect, preserve and maintain public order; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
honor those distinguished citizens who devote their life's work and
purpose to public service, contributing to the care and welfare of the
citizens of the 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
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the University Police of the State
University of New York; and

WHEREAS, The brave men and women of the University Police have
tirelessly worked to make our SUNY campuses safe for academic, social
and research endeavors since its inception in 1968; and

WHEREAS, The development of the University Police evolved over time,
beginning with a security model and transitioning to full service
policing; today, University Police departments are found at 29 locations
staffed by more than 600 sworn personnel; and

WHEREAS, From 1948 to roughly 1960, SUNY law enforcement consisted
of campus safety departments that worked with local police departments
to deal with criminal matters; the main mission of these departments was
to provide general security and fire prevention services, and enforce
parking regulations; and

WHEREAS, By 1958, the Board of Trustees created the job title of
Institutional Patrolman, who had the legal title of Special Policemen
through the New York State Education Law; these policemen were
designated as peace officers and could make arrests for felony and
misdemeanor offenses, and could issue traffic summonses within the
geographical confines of the campus; and

WHEREAS, In 1968, the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on
Crime undertook a study to review campus security operations on State
University campuses and recommended the creation of a law enforcement
department on campus under university control; and

WHEREAS, Platt Harris, a retired member of the New York State
Police, was appointed Coordinator and eventually Director of SUNY Campus
Security Operations in 1969, and charged to create a law enforcement
program; and

WHEREAS, During the 1970s, various initiatives were completed under
the leadership of Director Harris including the first civil service

entrance examination for campus security officers, which was developed
and held in April of 1971; and

WHEREAS, Assisting Director Harris in these endeavors was the newly
formed SUNY Security Directors Association, composed of campus directors
and assistant directors; this would eventually become the organizational
framework for the SUNY Police Chiefs Association; and

WHEREAS, In the mid-1970s, the Director's Association advocated for
changing the name of SUNY law enforcement from security to police, and
in 1977, the Board of Trustees endorsed the public safety model as an
appropriate mechanism for campus departments to deliver a wide range of
safety and security services; and

WHEREAS, From 1987 to 1996, many changes occurred which included
increasing training hours to reflect police standards, changing the
color of the uniforms to blue gray, and embarking on legislative changes
to define officers as police in the Criminal Procedure Law; and

WHEREAS, The 1990s saw increasing national and state concerns on the
rise of violent criminal events on campuses, including a number of high
profile cases at SUNY campuses; after extensive University-wide debate,
the Board of Trustees approved a legislative initiative to change the
status of SUNY peace officers to police officers on November 18, 1997;
and

WHEREAS, Legislative changes were made to the New York State
Executive Law which would allow SUNY departments to take part in the
Police Accreditation Program; in 2006, the University of Buffalo became
the first SUNY department to achieve accreditation; and

WHEREAS, Today, under the able leadership of Commissioner Paul
Berger, University Police are well positioned to provide high quality
service to all community members; and

WHEREAS, The tradition of altruistic public service, heroism and
leadership embodied by the New York State Police Department is of such
magnitude as to be worthy of special, statewide recognition; now,
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the University Police of the State
University of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Commissioner Paul Berger, University Police of the State
University of New York.

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Law Section:
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J4488

Commemorating the 19th Annual World Falun Dafa Day celebration, to be observed May 13, 2018

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Senate Resolution No. 4488

BY: Senator BONACIC

COMMEMORATING the 19th Annual World Falun Dafa Day
celebration, to be observed May 13, 2018

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the
19th Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be observed May 13,
2018; and

WHEREAS, Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a self-improvement
practice rooted in ancient Chinese culture based on refining the body
and mind through meditation and four gentle exercises; and

WHEREAS, Practitioners of Falun Dafa strive to live by the
principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance to improve their
moral nature, and in turn, to experience remarkable health benefits; and

WHEREAS, The practice of Falun Dafa goes beyond the pursuit of
health and fitness to the goal of greater wisdom and enlightenment; and

WHEREAS, The Falun Dafa philosophy espouses the idea that when the
heart is pure, the mind balanced, and the body energized, health and
happiness are a natural outcome; individuals have been empowered to
leave behind addictions and bad habits; families, to live in peace
together; and communities, to embrace what is virtuous and
life-affirming; and

WHEREAS, The effectiveness of Falun Dafa in improving health, as
well as the principles upon which it is founded, have proven to be
immensely popular throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, Falun Dafa is a practice which has brought better health
and inner peace to millions around the world; and

WHEREAS, Today, Falun Dafa is practiced and cherished by millions of
people in more than 70 countries with 41 languages and has received over
3,000 awards; and

WHEREAS, May 13th observes the day Falun Dafa was first introduced
to the general public in 1992, in Changchun, China, by Mr. Li Hongzhi,
who then traveled around China lecturing to the public; and

WHEREAS, The impact Mr. Li's lectures had on the society was so
profound, that the practice spread very rapidly by word of mouth alone;
by 1999, it was estimated that 100 million people were practicing Falun
Dafa; and

WHEREAS, To the people of China, Falun Dafa provides a source of
strength in the face of oppression; although the practice is banned in
the land of its origin, practitioners persevere in the pursuit of their
spiritual beliefs, risking imprisonment or worse; and

WHEREAS, In 1996, Falun Dafa was introduced to New York, and has
since grown to include hundreds of practitioners who can be found
throughout the tri-state area offering workshops in senior centers,

corporate offices, health clubs, private residences and police stations
at no cost to the participants; and

WHEREAS, World Falun Dafa Day Celebrations of all types have been
held in the State of New York and around the world each year to honor
the occasion, to celebrate the benefits of Falun Dafa in the lives of
practitioners, to introduce Falun Dafa to more people and to raise
awareness about persecution faced by practitioners in China; now,
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 19th Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be
observed May 13, 2018; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Falun Dafa practitioners of New York State.

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Law Section:
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J4507

Honoring Paula Pierro upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award

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Senate Resolution No. 4507

BY: Senator BRESLIN

HONORING Paula Pierro upon the occasion of her
designation as recipient of the Volunteer of the
Year Award by the Northeastern Association of the
Blind at Albany on April 21, 2018

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, Paula Pierro has given not only of her time and energies
but also of her competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently
has been designated for special recognition; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Paula Pierro
upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the Volunteer of
the Year Award by the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany,
to be celebrated at its Annual Visionary Gala, on Saturday, April 21,
2018, at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom, Troy, New York; and

WHEREAS, Since 1908, the Northeastern Association of the Blind at
Albany (NABA) has provided comprehensive services and programs to
residents of the greater Capital Region who are blind or visually
impaired; in 2016, they helped over 900 individuals of all ages across
14 counties adapt to vision loss, maximize remaining vision, achieve
their goals, and expand their independence; and

WHEREAS, In addition, NABA offered screenings to over 4,000 children
between 18 months and five years of age for possible vision problems;
and

WHEREAS, Paula Pierro became involved with NABA 15 years ago after
reaching out for assistance when her mother was diagnosed with macular
degeneration; and

WHEREAS, Impressed with the dedication of NABA's staff and
volunteers, Paula Pierro had an immediate desire to be a part of it; and

WHEREAS, The care, compassion, and guidance which NABA gives to
those with vision loss is extraordinary, and Paula Pierro has tirelessly
devoted herself to this worthy cause; and

WHEREAS, With a steadfast and unwavering commitment to helping those
in need, Paula Pierro, through her job as Events Coordinator/Brand
Representative at Glennpeter Diamond Centre, has also coordinated
countless events, raising significant funds for local charities and
organizations; and

WHEREAS, With her throughout have been her husband of 25 years, Lou,
and their three children, Victoria, Jordan and Cameron, who have all
shown her love and support and rejoice in her many achievements; and

WHEREAS, Volunteerism is an essential element of all societies; it
provides a way in which the human values of community, caring and
serving can be sustained and strengthened; and

WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an
individual for the benefit of others which Paula Pierro has displayed
throughout her life; and

WHEREAS, It has always been the objective of this Legislative Body
to honor and support those individuals who have displayed their
commitment to the betterment of their communities, and it is the intent
of this Legislative Body to inscribe upon its records, this tribute to
Paula Pierro, that future generations may know and appreciate her
admirable character, her many benevolent deeds, and the respect and
esteem in which she is held by her peers; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Paula Pierro upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of
the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Northeastern Association of the
Blind at Albany on April 21, 2018; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Paula Pierro.

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J4486

Mourning the death of Vincent J. Briga, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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Senate Resolution No. 4486

BY: Senator AKSHAR

MOURNING the death of Vincent J. Briga,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of his
community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Vincent J. Briga of Endicott, New York, died on Friday,
March 30, 2018, at the age of 64; and

WHEREAS, Vincent J. Briga was a lifelong parishioner of St. Anthony
of Padua Church, where he was a proud member and Vice President of the
Holy Name Society; and

WHEREAS, With a steadfast and unwavering commitment to his
community, Vincent J. Briga spent several years volunteering at local
Italian festivals including the St. Anthony's Feast Days and Gusto; he
also spent many years in George W. Johnson Park, organizing concerts and
giving rides to everyone on his famous golf cart; and

WHEREAS, Vincent J. Briga coached countless children in his beloved
community through the years, and enjoyed spending summers at Sertoma
Field; he was also a member of the T.C. Jets and loved nothing more than
watching the Steelers with his son; and

WHEREAS, In addition, he organized the first ever "Mass on the
Grass," where he was honored to see so many people from throughout the
county in attendance and showing their support; and

WHEREAS, Vincent J. Briga valued bringing people together and
sharing old stories on the Don Giovanni radio show; he also enjoyed
celebrating his Italian heritage, both on the show, and in his daily
life; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Christine Briga;
and his mother-in-law, Mildred Watkins, Vincent J. Briga is survived by
his wife, Tammy; son, Vincent; brother, Don; father-in-law, George
Watkins Sr. (Gina); sisters-in-law, Patricia Santos (Chuck) and Tonya
Watkins; brother-in-law, George Watkins Jr. (Lisa); five nieces, Silvia,
Bianca, Gabriella, Elise and Julia; and two nephews, Ciano and Shane; he
is also survived by several cousins, including his closest cousins,
Peter Mataloni, George Price, Frank Yanni, and Joseph Mataloni, who he
always viewed as brothers; and

WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Vincent J. Briga leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Vincent J. Briga, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of his community; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Vincent J. Briga.

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J4506

Honoring Paul J. Hendrick Sr. posthumously for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor A Veteran Ceremony

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Senate Resolution No. 4506

BY: Senator BRESLIN

HONORING Paul J. Hendrick Sr. posthumously upon
the occasion of his designation for special
recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor A
Veteran Ceremony on June 11, 2018

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 peacetime, 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
Paul J. Hendrick Sr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation
for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor A Veteran
Ceremony on Monday, June 11, 2018; and

WHEREAS, For his courageous and dedicated service to his country,
Paul J. Hendrick Sr. will be recognized at this year's June Honor A
Veteran Ceremony; and

WHEREAS, Born to Edward C. and Marjorie (Bentz) Hendrick on January
26, 1950, in Albany, New York, Paul J. Hendrick Sr. proudly served his
country as a member of the United States Army from 1968 to 1971,
attaining the rank of Specialist 4th Class; and

WHEREAS, During this time, Paul J. Hendrick Sr. and the former
Judith Lorraine Loucks were united in marriage on August 24, 1970, at
the First Circuit Court in Honolulu, Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, For his courageous service during the Vietnam War,
Specialist 4th Class Paul J. Hendrick Sr. was awarded the National
Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 5 Bronze Service
Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Army
Commendation Medal with "V" Device, Army Commendation Medal (FOLC) and
the Good Conduct Medal; and

WHEREAS, Upon the completion of his military service, Paul J.
Hendrick Sr. began his illustrious career in the trucking industry,
retiring from Sunnyside Garage in Castleton, New York; and

WHEREAS, Paul J. Hendrick Sr. died on March 18, 2018; he is survived
by his wife of 47 years, Judy; two loving children, Lori (Shawn) and
Paul Jr. (Heidi); four cherished grandchildren, Dylan, Ashley, Brandon
and Logan; a sister-in-law, Patty; nephew, Michael; and his "adopted"
son, Donald; and

WHEREAS, Having exhibited his patriotism both at home and abroad,
Paul J. Hendrick Sr. demonstrated his love for his country and merits
forevermore, the highest respect of his 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 Paul J. Hendrick Sr. posthumously upon the occasion of his
designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor A
Veteran Ceremony on June 11, 2018; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Paul J. Hendrick Sr.

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Law Section:
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J4505

Honoring Dr. John Kennedy, Jr. upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Professional of the Year Award

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Senate Resolution No. 4505

BY: Senator BRESLIN

HONORING Dr. John Kennedy, Jr. upon the occasion
of his designation as recipient of the Professional
of the Year Award by the Northeastern Association of
the Blind at Albany on April 21, 2018

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, Dr. John Kennedy, Jr. 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 Dr. John
Kennedy, Jr. upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the
Professional of the Year Award by the Northeastern Association of the
Blind at Albany, to be celebrated at its Annual Visionary Gala, on
Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom, Troy, New
York; and

WHEREAS, Since 1908, the Northeastern Association of the Blind at
Albany (NABA) has provided comprehensive services and programs to
residents of the greater Capital Region who are blind or visually
impaired; in 2016, they helped over 900 individuals of all ages across
14 counties adapt to vision loss, maximize remaining vision, achieve
their goals, and expand their independence; and

WHEREAS, In addition, NABA offered screenings to over 4,000 children
between 18 months and five years of age for possible vision problems;
and

WHEREAS, John Kennedy, Jr. received a Bachelor of Science degree
from the University of Notre Dame before earning his Medical degree from
the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara; he completed his internship at
Maryland General Hospital, and his Ophthalmology Residency at
Friedenwald Institute at Maryland General Hospital; and

WHEREAS, After serving as an attending in ophthalmology at Ellis
Hospital and St. Clare's Hospital, Dr. John Kennedy, Jr. served as a
consultant in ophthalmology at Bellevue Hospital; he went on to become a
consultant in ophthalmology at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, the
esteemed position he continues to hold today; and

WHEREAS, A true asset to his profession, Dr. John Kennedy, Jr. has
been an active member of the Schenectady County Medical Society, the
Medical Society of New York, and the American Medical Association since
1980; and

WHEREAS, In addition, he has served as Chair of the New York
delegation since 2016, and as a Fellow at the American Academy of
Ophthalmology since 1982; and

WHEREAS, With a steadfast and unwavering commitment to the
community, Dr. John Kennedy, Jr. was a member of NABA from 1989 until
1995, as well as its President from 1992 to 1994; he also served as
Chair of the Notre Dame Club of Northeastern New York; and

WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an
individual for the benefit of others which Dr. John Kennedy, Jr. has
displayed throughout his life; and

WHEREAS, It has always been the objective of this Legislative Body
to honor and support those individuals who have displayed their
commitment to the betterment of their communities, and it is the intent
of this Legislative Body to inscribe upon its records, this tribute to
Dr. John Kennedy, Jr., that future generations may know and appreciate
his admirable character, his many benevolent deeds, and the respect and
esteem in which he is held by his peers; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dr. John Kennedy, Jr. upon the occasion of his designation as
recipient of the Professional of the Year Award by the Northeastern
Association of the Blind at Albany on April 21, 2018; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Dr. John Kennedy, Jr.

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J4504

Honoring Jeff Weiss and Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre upon the occasion of their designation as recipient of the Corporate Part...

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Senate Resolution No. 4504

BY: Senator BRESLIN

HONORING Jeff Weiss and Glennpeter Jewelers
Diamond Centre upon the occasion of their
designation as recipient of the Corporate Partner of
the Year Award by the Northeastern Association of
the Blind at Albany on April 21, 2018

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 and businesses 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 honor Jeff Weiss
and Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre upon the occasion of their
designation as recipient of the Corporate Partner of the Year Award by
the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, to be celebrated at
its Annual Visionary Gala, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Franklin
Plaza Ballroom, Troy, New York; and

WHEREAS, Since 1908, the Northeastern Association of the Blind at
Albany (NABA) has provided comprehensive services and programs to
residents of the greater Capital Region who are blind or visually
impaired; in 2016, they helped over 900 individuals of all ages across
14 counties adapt to vision loss, maximize remaining vision, achieve
their goals, and expand their independence; and

WHEREAS, In addition, NABA offered screenings to over 4,000 children
between 18 months and five years of age for possible vision problems;
and

WHEREAS, Jeff Weiss, GIA, and Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre,
located on Central Avenue in Albany, New York, have a long and
distinguished history of partnering with local nonprofit organizations
and charities, including personally mentoring a "Little" in Big Brothers
Big Sisters for more than 20 years; and

WHEREAS, As President and CEO of Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre,
Jeff Weiss has made community service part of the company's mission
statement and part of the culture of the company, opening its doors to
approximately 20 organizations each month; and

WHEREAS, Over its distinguished history, Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond
Centre has demonstrated continuous service to the residents and
communities which it serves; and

WHEREAS, The success of Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre is in
direct correlation to the efforts of Jeff Weiss and his staff, whose
involvement 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 business and the community
it serves; and

WHEREAS, This auspicious occasion presents an opportunity for this
Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to Jeff Weiss and
Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when
individuals and businesses of such noble aims and accomplishments are
brought to our attention, 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 Jeff Weiss and Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre upon the
occasion of their designation as recipient of the Corporate Partner of
the Year Award; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Jeff Weiss, President and CEO, Glennpeter Jewelers
Diamond Centre, Albany, New York.

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Law Section:
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J4485

Congratulating Thomas J. Wisker upon the occasion of receiving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout

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Senate Resolution No. 4485

BY: Senator MARCELLINO

CONGRATULATING Thomas J. Wisker upon the occasion
of receiving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout,
the most prestigious of Scouting honors, on May 20,
2018

WHEREAS, Thomas J. Wisker, through his diligence and rigorous
efforts, has achieved Scouting's highest and most prestigious rank,
Eagle Scout; the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony will be held on Sunday,
May 20, 2018, in the Monsignor Tarrant Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola
School in Hicksville, New York; and

WHEREAS, Thomas J. Wisker is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop
382 in Hicksville, New York; and

WHEREAS, America has achieved her greatest heights of glory through
the dedication, determination and tireless efforts of the outstanding
citizens of this Nation; and

WHEREAS, It is only with the continued diligence and devotion of our
youth, tomorrow's leaders, that America will maintain her glory; and

WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America and its members are dedicated to
the development of character and leadership in the youth of this Nation;
and

WHEREAS, The highest achievement of leadership in Scouting, earned
by only five percent of all Boy Scouts, is the distinguished rank of
Eagle Scout; and

WHEREAS, This outstanding young man has been involved in Scouting
for many years, has lived up to Scouting's ideals and has attained all
of the necessary achievements, including completion of a community
service project, which was successfully planned, developed and executed;
and

WHEREAS, For his project, Thomas J. Wisker restored the Glen J.
Winuk Memorial Park in Jericho, New York; he refurbished the garden
around the memorial, installed a solar light to shine on the American
flag, power washed benches, and installed a framed memorial flag at the
entrance of the park in hopes of bringing recognition to Glen J. Winuk,
a volunteer firefighter who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the
aftermath of the 9/11 attacks; and

WHEREAS, Thomas J. Wisker's perseverance in rising through the ranks
to Eagle Scout is a strong indication of his ability to master difficult
tasks; his accomplishment will enable him to emerge as a leader, fully
equipped to meet the challenges of today's complex society; and

WHEREAS, This new Eagle Scout is a credit to his family, his school,
his community, his State and his Nation, and no doubt his future will be
filled with accomplishments of equal importance; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations, in
recognition of the significance of this meritorious achievement, to
congratulate and honor Thomas J. Wisker on achieving the rank of Eagle
Scout; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Thomas J. Wisker.

actions

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

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

J4503

Congratulating Justin E. Behrens upon the occasion of receiving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout

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J4503



Senate Resolution No. 4503

BY: Senator LAVALLE

CONGRATULATING Justin E. Behrens upon the occasion
of receiving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout,
the most prestigious of Scouting honors, on June 3,
2018

WHEREAS, Justin E. Behrens, through his diligence and rigorous
efforts, has achieved Scouting's highest and most prestigious rank,
Eagle Scout; the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony will be held on Sunday,
June 3, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Jefferson, New
York; and

WHEREAS, Justin E. Behrens is a member of Boy Scouts of America
Troop 354, Port Jefferson Station, New York; and

WHEREAS, America has achieved her greatest heights of glory through
the dedication, determination and tireless efforts of the outstanding
citizens of this Nation; and

WHEREAS, It is only with the continued diligence and devotion of our
youth, tomorrow's leaders, that America will maintain her glory; and

WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America and its members are dedicated to
the development of character and leadership in the youth of this Nation;
and

WHEREAS, The highest achievement of leadership in Scouting, earned
by only four percent of all Boy Scouts, is the distinguished rank of
Eagle Scout; and

WHEREAS, This outstanding young man has been involved in Scouting
for many years, has lived up to Scouting's ideals and has attained all
of the necessary achievements, including completion of a community
service project, which was successfully planned, developed and executed;
and

WHEREAS, For his project, Justin E. Behrens constructed a beautiful
new sign for the front of the First Presbyterian Church in Port
Jefferson, New York, as well as picnic tables for the children's
playground area at the church; and

WHEREAS, Justin E. Behrens' perseverance in rising through the ranks
to Eagle Scout is a strong indication of his ability to master difficult
tasks; his accomplishment will enable him to emerge as a leader, fully
equipped to meet the challenges of today's complex society; and

WHEREAS, This new Eagle Scout is a credit to his family, his school,
his community, his State and his Nation, and no doubt his future will be
filled with accomplishments of equal importance; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations, in
recognition of the significance of this meritorious achievement, to
congratulate and honor Justin E. Behrens on achieving the rank of Eagle
Scout; and be it further


RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Justin E. Behrens.

actions

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

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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