J3187

Honoring Robin McNamara as recipient of the 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service by the American Association of Retired Persons

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Robin McNamara upon the occasion of her
designation as recipient of the 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service
by the American Association of Retired Persons

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in communities across New York State are
reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those individuals
who are devoted to the welfare of their community and its citizenry; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Robin McNamara upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the
2015 Andrus Award for Community Service by the American Association of
Retired Persons, celebrated at a ceremony held on Tuesday, October 20,
2015; and
WHEREAS, Robin McNamara was selected for this auspicious award from a
pool of nominees from across New York State; she was chosen for her
extraordinary service to her community though her work at New Begin-
nings, and her ability to enhance the lives of AARP members, as well as
inspire others to explore various volunteer opportunities; and
WHEREAS, A resident of Madrid, New York, Robin McNamara is a longtime
volunteer for New Beginnings Food Outreach and Clothing, Inc., where she
serves as a member of its Board of Directors; and
WHEREAS, New Beginnings is a non-profit organization which provides
families and seniors in need with clothing, household items, and food
through its thrift store and food pantry; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Robin McNamara 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 Robin McNamara has displayed
throughout her life; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Robin McNamara upon the occasion of her designation as recipient
of the 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service by the American Associ-
ation of Retired Persons; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Robin McNamara.

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J3186

Honoring Samantha M. Curtis as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New York State Senate

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Samantha M. Curtis upon the occasion of
her 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 signif-
icant 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
all of us; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Samantha M.
Curtis upon the occasion of her 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, Samantha M. Curtis, affectionately known as Sami, is a 17
year old senior at Canton High School, Canton, New York, who was diag-
nosed with a malignant brain tumor during the summer of 2015; even
though this remarkable young woman is courageously battling her own
cancer, she finds time and energy to help raise funds for the St.
Lawrence County Cancer Fund; and
WHEREAS, At the young age of two, Sami M. Curtis tragically lost her
mother to breast cancer; to honor her mother's legacy, at the age of 12,
she began to serve as a board member for the St. Lawrence County Cancer
Fund in 2012; and
WHEREAS, For the last 15 years, Sami M. Curtis and her family have
participated in the Edward I. Moses Walk/Run For Life, a fundraiser held
annually on the last Sunday in April at St. Lawrence University; this
stellar event is comprised of individuals and teams who raise money for
the fight against cancer with 100% of the proceeds remaining within St.
Lawrence County; and
WHEREAS, Sami M. Curtis is also credited with holding her own
fundraising event, "Help Sami Kick Cancer", with all of the proceeds
benefitting the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund; thanks to her hard work
and dedication, the event had raised more than $62,000 by November of
2015; and
WHEREAS, Individuals such as Samantha M. Curtis, devoted to improving
the quality of life for others, enabling them to build lives of dignity
and self-worth, are deserving of the highest praise and recognition;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Samantha M. Curtis upon the occasion of her designation as recipi-
ent 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 tran-
smitted to Samantha M. Curtis.

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J3185

Honoring Gregg Heffner upon the occasion of his retirement as Commissioner of the Oswego County Department of Social Services

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Gregg Heffner upon the occasion of his
retirement as Commissioner of the Oswego County Department of Social
Services

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body seeks to acknowledge those individuals
whose professional lives and civic endeavors serve to enhance the stat-
ure of the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that
the quality and character of life in communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those individ-
uals who are devoted to the welfare of their community and its citizen-
ry; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Gregg Heffner upon the occasion of his retirement as Commissioner of the
Oswego County Department of Social Services; and
WHEREAS, Initially hired in 2010 as the Oswego County Department of
Social Services Director, Gregg Heffner was promoted to Department of
Social Services Commissioner in October of 2011; and
WHEREAS, In his capacity as Commissioner of the Department of Social
Services, Gregg Heffner served with loyalty, honor and distinction; and
WHEREAS, In his official acts, Gregg Heffner was governed by a keen
sense of duty and always showed a unique grasp of human problems, which
earned him the admiration, esteem and affection of his colleagues; now,
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Gregg Heffner upon the occasion of his retirement as Commissioner
of the Oswego County Department of Social Services; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Gregg Heffner.

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J3184

Congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith upon the occasion of celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith upon the
occasion of celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary

WHEREAS, Jack Smith and Shirley Planty were united in marriage on Octo-
ber 1, 1955, and are longtime residents of Canton, New York; the couple
celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary with a family dinner at The
Lobster House in Norwood, New York; and
WHEREAS, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith are the proud parents of six chil-
dren, Erwin, Michael, David, James, Debra and Nicole, and the loving
grandparents of 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Jack Smith served his country as a member of the United
States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954, and is a retired heavy equipment
operator; and
WHEREAS, Shirley Smith retired from the United Helpers Nursing Home in
1996; and
WHEREAS, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith are and always have been a tower of
strength, support, understanding and limitless love for their family;
and
WHEREAS, Their love, devotion, caring, sensitivity and responsiveness
to their family, friends and all who know them are their hallmark and
tradition; and
WHEREAS, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith have lived and continue to live their
lives with great dignity and genuine grace, always demonstrating a deep
and continuing concern for human values and ideals, and in so doing,
they have inspired others to do the same; and
WHEREAS, This meaningful occasion is the result of the love, hard work
and spirit that this couple has invested in their marriage; and
WHEREAS, They have passed these same values to their loved ones,
producing a family that is close-knit and supportive of its individual
members, public-minded in its relations to the community and committed
to the ideals of citizenship upon which this Nation was founded; and
WHEREAS, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith have touched the lives of their fami-
ly and many friends through the shining example of their marriage, which
is a testament to the devotion and admiration which they possess for one
another; and
WHEREAS, The longevity of this enduring marriage truly marks a mile-
stone in life's journey, an event of personal triumph and joy; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when an occa-
sion of such importance is brought to our attention, the same should be
memorialized by us for the edification and emulation of others; now,
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith upon the occasion of celebrating
their 60th Wedding Anniversary; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith.

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J3183

Congratulating student-athlete Noah Affolder upon the occasion of his winning the 2015 New York State Class B Cross Country Champion...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating student-athlete Noah Affolder upon
the occasion of his winning the 2015 New York State Class B Cross Coun-
try Championship

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those young people within the State of New York who, by
achieving outstanding success in athletic competition, have inspired and
brought pride to their school and community; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late student-athlete Noah Affolder upon the occasion of his winning the
2015 New York State Class B Cross Country Championship; and
WHEREAS, Noah Affolder, a junior at Carthage High School, won the Boys
Class B race with a time of 15 minutes and 57.2 seconds, to win his
second consecutive New York State Cross Country Championship; and
WHEREAS, Noah Affolder's perseverance in rising through the ranks of
high school cross country players is a strong indication of his ability
to master difficult tasks; his accomplishments will enable him to emerge
as a leader, fully equipped to meet the challenges of today's complex
society; and
WHEREAS, Noah Affolder 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 Noah Affolder upon the occasion of his winning
the 2015 New York State Class B Cross Country Championship; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Noah Affolder.

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J3182

Commending Judy Belfield upon the occasion of her retirement as Superintendent of the Phoenix Central School District

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Judy Belfield upon the occasion of her
retirement after a long career in public education and after six years
as Superintendent of the Phoenix Central School District

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body seeks to acknowledge those individuals
whose professional lives and civic endeavors serve to enhance the stat-
ure of the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that
the quality and character of life in communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those individ-
uals who are devoted to the welfare of their community and its citizen-
ship; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Judy
Belfield upon the occasion of her retirement after a long career in
public education and after six years as Superintendent of the Phoenix
Central School District; and
WHEREAS, Judy Belfield held positions in the Baldwinsville, Mexico and
Wappingers School Districts before accepting the esteemed position of
Superintendent of the Phoenix Central School District in 2010; and
WHEREAS, Judy Belfield has rendered faithful, conscientious and valu-
able service to public education in New York for many years, and her
community spirit while serving as Superintendent will be greatly missed
by the Phoenix Central School District; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Judy Belfield upon the occasion of her retirement after a long
career in public education and after six years as Superintendent of the
Phoenix Central School District; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Judy Belfield.

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J3181

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 25, 2016, as Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatla...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim March 25, 2016, as Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the State of New York

WHEREAS, The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration
in history, and undeniably one of the most inhumane; the extensive
exodus of Africans spread to many areas of the world over a 400-year
period and was unprecedented in the annals of recorded human history;
and
WHEREAS, As a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade, the
greatest movement of Africans was to the Americas, with 96 percent of
the captives from the African coasts arriving on cramped slave ships at
ports in South America and the Caribbean Islands; and
WHEREAS, From 1501 to 1830, four Africans crossed the Atlantic for
every one European, making the demographics of the Americas in that era
more of an extension of the African diaspora than a European one; the
legacy of this migration is still evident today, with large populations
of people of African descent living throughout the Americas; and
WHEREAS, For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and chil-
dren were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of
the darkest chapters in human history; and
WHEREAS, Slaves resisted in a variety of ways but the two most common
types were refusal to eat and suicide; and
WHEREAS, Over the centuries, some African peoples, such as the Kru,
came to be understood as holding substandard value as slaves, because
they developed a reputation for being too proud for slavery, and for
attempting suicide immediately upon losing their freedom; and
WHEREAS, The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham
Lincoln on January 1, 1863, declared that: all persons held as slaves
within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof
shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence
forward, and forever free; and
WHEREAS, Every year on March 25th, the International Day of Remem-
brance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died
at the hands of the brutal slavery system; the International Day also
aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice
today; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 25, 2016, as Day
of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave
Trade 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.

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J3180

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 18, 2016, as Haitian Flag Day in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 18, 2016, as Haitian Flag Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping with its
time-honored traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those organiza-
tions which foster ethnic pride and enhance the profile of cultural
diversity which strengthens the fabric of the communities of New York
State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to memo-
rialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 18, 2016, as Haitian
Flag Day in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, From May 15-18, 1803, the Congress of Arcahaie convened to
unite the command of the revolutionary army under one authority and to
adopt a flag; it was not until May 18, 1803, that flag adoption became
an issue; and
WHEREAS, The flag debate lasted the entire day, with one side suggest-
ing the slogan "Liberty or Death"; finally the Congress adopted the blue
and red bicolor, which is the flag of Haiti; and
WHEREAS, Catherine Flon had sewn the original flag on the last day of
the Congress of Arcahaie, and the generals swore an oath of "Liberty or
Death" on the flag, which was to lead the slaves to victory and freedom;
and
WHEREAS, The people of Haiti take a great deal of pride in their
nation's flag; after struggling for years to rid their territory of both
slavery and imperialism, Haitian revolutionaries were able to achieve
such goals; and
WHEREAS, There is no greater symbol of their everlasting dedication to
an independent Haiti than the flag which represents their triumphs; and
WHEREAS, The descendants of these revolutionaries are so proud of them
that students of Haitian backgrounds within the United States dress with
the colors of the flag throughout the week of May 18, celebrating when
the flag was first created; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to urge the citi-
zens of New York State to join those of Haitian backgrounds as they
rejoice in the accomplishments of their ancestors by memorializing May
18, 2016, as Haitian Flag Day; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 18, 2016, as
Haitian Flag 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.

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World No Tobacco Day - May 31, 2016

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 31, 2016, as World No Tobacco Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on
May 31st; it is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from
all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe; the day is further
intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobac-
co use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4
million deaths worldwide annually; and
WHEREAS, World No Tobacco Day is sponsored by the World Health Organ-
ization to call worldwide attention to the impact of tobacco use on the
public health and has been observed annually since 1988 throughout the
world; and
WHEREAS, The World Health Organization estimates that there are more
than 1.1 billion smokers in the world, about one-third of the global
population aged 15 years and older; and
WHEREAS, Short-term health risks of tobacco use include shortness of
breath, increased heart rate, exacerbation of asthma, impotence, infer-
tility and increased blood levels of carbon monoxide; long-term health
risks caused by tobacco use include heart attack, stroke, cancer and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and
WHEREAS, Second-hand smoke is an established cause of lung cancer in
non-smokers, and exposure to second-hand smoke in the home is a signif-
icant cause of respiratory ailments in children, and Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome; and
WHEREAS, As of 1991, over 90 percent of the United States population,
regardless of smoking status, had measurable amounts of a by-product of
cigarette smoke in their bodies -- indicating the exposure to second-
hand smoke was massive; significant progress has been made since then in
reducing these exposures, primarily through State and local regulations
and voluntary policy changes by employers; and
WHEREAS, World Tobacco Day 2016 is calling on countries to work
together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products; from many angles,
the illicit trade of tobacco products is a major global concern, includ-
ing health, legal and economic, governance and corruption; and
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 31, 2016, as World
No Tobacco Day in the State of New York, and to encourage all of its
citizens to participate by not starting to smoke, by attempting to stop,
and by encouraging others to do the same; 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.

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Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2016 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim April 2016 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months that are 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 fully in accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2016 as Autism Awareness
Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with National Autism
Awareness Month; and
WHEREAS, Each April for the past four decades, National Autism Aware-
ness Month has elevated awareness and educated the public about autism
and issues within the autism community; and
WHEREAS, One in 68 children in the United States is affected by
autism, Asperger's or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise
Specified (PDD-NOS), estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC); and
WHEREAS, In addition to these already staggering statistics, the CDC
reports that one in every 98 African-American children is diagnosed with
autism with a 1.6 year delay in diagnosis when compared to Caucasian
children; and
WHEREAS, Parents tend to overlook the early signs of autism spectrum
disorders, assuming their child is just going through a phase or having
an off day; and
WHEREAS, It is important for parents to differentiate these assump-
tions from the symptoms, which can present in many different forms; and
WHEREAS, Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning there can be great
variation in the way it affects people; each child on the autism spec-
trum possesses unique abilities, symptoms and challenges, according to
autism expert Dr. Willis Holloway; and
WHEREAS, However, many children on the spectrum often share common
core symptoms which include: impaired social interactions, such as
reluctance to join group activities at school, not being aware of the
needs of others, or inability to understand humor; impaired communi-
cation, such as delay in language development, unusual repetition of
words and phrases spoken by others or on television, or major difficulty
sustaining a conversation; and restricted interests, repetitive behav-
iors, and stereotyped mannerisms, such as clapping, finger flicking,
rocking, dipping, and swaying, fascination with parts of an object or
preoccupation with one narrow interest such as dates or numbers; and
WHEREAS, While medications are available for some common behavioral
symptoms like irritability or anxiety, there are no FDA-approved drugs
to treat any of the core symptoms of these conditions; and
WHEREAS, Autism is a disease with significant unmet patient needs and
is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the
first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate
and interact with others; and
WHEREAS, Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a
spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and to varying
degrees; and
WHEREAS, There is no known single cause of autism; in March of 2012,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism
prevalence report which concluded that the prevalence of autism had
risen to one in every 68 births in the United States and almost one in
54 boys; 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 April 2016 as Autism
Awareness Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with National
Autism Awareness Month; 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.

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