K1294

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 9, 2016, as Blue Star Families' Day in the State of New York

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K1294


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 9, 2016, as Blue Star Families' Day in the State of New
York

WHEREAS, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. dates back to World War II
and is a support organization for mothers of children serving or who
have served in the United States military; and
WHEREAS, The blue star flag was created in 1917 by an Army captain
from Ohio; it quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in
service; the organization itself was conceived during World War II in
1942; and
WHEREAS, The symbol of the blue star surrounded by a red rectangle
represents hope and pride; Blue Star Mothers perform volunteer duties on
the home front and work in hospitals and on civil defense; and
WHEREAS, The Blue Star Mothers organization is named after the signa-
ture blue stars, which mothers hang in their windows when their children
are called to service, either stateside or overseas; and
WHEREAS, During World War II, there were approximately 30,000 Blue
Star Mothers, and several thousand during the Korean and Vietnam wars;
national membership, however, dropped to an all-time low of 1,200 during
the 1990s; and
WHEREAS, In recent years, Blue Star Mothers has gained 217 chapters
with troops deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere; anxious mothers
of servicemen and women are forming chapters nationwide, including the
first Capital Region Blue Star Mothers group; and
WHEREAS, Darlene Ward and Kay Moody established New York State's
second Blue Star chapter in Delmar, the first having been in Rochester,
to encourage their children and to meet other military parents with whom
they have much in common; and
WHEREAS, In December 2006, the small group of mothers met and
discussed issues families face when their sons and daughters go off to
war; in addition to supporting the needs of parents in the area, the
members support the troops, sending Freedom Boxes, cards and good wish-
es; they also participate in veterans' projects on a regular basis; and
WHEREAS, The charter for the Capital Region No. 2 Chapter was approved
on February 6, 2007; since December 2006, its membership has grown to
135 members; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 9, 2016, as Blue
Star Families' Day in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York, and Karen Ferris-Fearnside, President, Capital Region No. 2 Chap-
ter, Blue Star Mothers of America.

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  • 06 / May / 2016
    • REFERRED TO CALENDAR
  • 09 / May / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

K1293

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 8-14, 2016, as Women's Lung Health Week in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 8-14, 2016, as Women's Lung Health Week in the State of New
York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
weeks set aside to increase awareness of serious issues that affect the
lives of citizens of New York State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 8-14, 2016, as Women's Lung
Health Week in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Women's Lung Health Week celebrates and honors the power of
women who stand united to fight lung cancer; and
WHEREAS, Lung Cancer is the number one killer of women; more women die
of lung cancer than any other cancer; and
WHEREAS, An estimated 70,000 women lost their lives to lung cancer in
2013; and
WHEREAS, Tobacco use and exposure account for 98% of lung cancer;
lifestyle related behaviors are also linked to increased risk of a
cancer diagnosis; and
WHEREAS, Asthma rates among women rose 97% compared to a 22% increase
in men over a 14 year period; and
WHEREAS, Chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) currently accounts for 1.5
million emergency room visits, 71,500 hospitalizations, and eight
million physician office and hospital outpatient visits annually; women
are 37% more likely to have COPD than men; and
WHEREAS, Women may also suffer from a host of other lung ailments
including: pulmonary emboli, blood clots which travel to the lungs from
other parts of the body; pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure in
the arteries which bring blood to the lungs; sarcoidosis and pulmonary
fibrosis, inflammatory diseases which cause stiffening and scarring in
the lungs; LAM (lymphangioleiomyomatosis), a rare lung disease that
mostly affects women in their mid-30s and 40s; and influenza (the flu)
and pneumonia, respiratory infections caused by a virus which can damage
the lungs; and
WHEREAS, Access to adequate health care has a significant impact on a
woman's chance of surviving cancer; and
WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious 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 8-14, 2016, as
Women's Lung Health Week in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

actions

  • 06 / May / 2016
    • REFERRED TO CALENDAR
  • 09 / May / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative