K1581

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2016, as Bullying Prevention Month in the State of new York

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K1581


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim October 2016, as Bullying Prevention 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 in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2016, as Bullying
Prevention Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with the
observance of National Bullying Prevention Month; and
WHEREAS, The mission of Bullying Prevention Month is to raise aware-
ness of the dangers and consequences of bullying through activities and
education; historically, bullying has been viewed as a childhood rite of
passage; in reality, bullying causes devastating effects such as school
avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression; and
WHEREAS, In addition, students who bully others are at increased risk
for substance abuse, academic problems, and violence later in adoles-
cence and adulthood; and
WHEREAS, Today, nearly 30% of all students are either bullies or
victims of bullying, and 160,000 young people stay home from school
every day because of their fear of bullying; and
WHEREAS, According to the United States Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young
people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year; there is a strong
association between bullying and suicide-related behaviors; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the past year, 19.6% of high school students in
the United States reported being bullied at their school, as well as
14.8% who claimed they were bullied online; and
WHEREAS, Approximately 42% of children have been bullied while online,
with 25% being verbally attacked more than once; almost 35% of children
have been threatened online, and about 58% of children and teenagers
have reported that something mean has been said about them or to them
online; and
WHEREAS, Unfortunately children do not believe there is a system in
place to protect them as they get older; statistics actually show that
school-based bullying prevention programs have decreased bullying by
approximately 25%; and
WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious issue, and more must be done to increase knowledge and
attentiveness at both the state and local levels to support and protect
our youth, our most precious resource; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2016, as Bully-
ing Prevention Month 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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  • 15 / Jun / 2016
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  • 16 / Jun / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
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K1580

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 21, 2016, as Yoga Day in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim June 21, 2016, as Yoga Day in the State of New York, in
conjunction with the observance of International Yoga Day

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days that are set aside to increase awareness of 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, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 21, 2016, as Yoga Day in
the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of Interna-
tional Yoga Day; and
WHEREAS, In a proud moment for India, the United Nations has adopted
June 21, 2016, as International Yoga Day after Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has urged the world community to celebrate Indian yoga; and
WHEREAS, In India, respect for nature is an integral part of spiritu-
alism, and Indians treat nature's bounties as sacred; yoga is an invalu-
able gift of its ancient tradition; and
WHEREAS, Yoga is an Indian physical, mental, and spiritual practice or
discipline; there is a broad variety of schools, practices and goals in
Hinduism, Buddhism including Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism, and Jain-
ism; the best-known are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga; and
WHEREAS, Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action,
restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature, and a holis-
tic approach to health and well-being; performing yoga allows an indi-
vidual to discover the sense of oneness with oneself, the world and
nature; and
WHEREAS, Yoga is believed to have five principal meanings: yoga as a
disciplined method for attaining a goal, yoga as techniques of control-
ling the body and the mind, yoga as a name of one of the schools or
systems of philosophy, yoga in connection with other words, such as
"hatha-", "mantra-", and laya-," referring to traditions specializing in
particular techniques of yoga, and yoga as the goal of yoga practice;
and
WHEREAS, The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to
pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth
and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic circles; yoga gurus
from India later introduced yoga to the west in the late 19th and early
20th centuries; and
WHEREAS, In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical
exercise across the Western world; yoga in Indian traditions, however,
is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core;
and
WHEREAS, It is the purpose of Yoga Day to bring greater public aware-
ness of the benefits of yoga, encouraging the growth of a sustainable
pattern of consumption and lead to a balance between man and nature;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 21, 2016, as Yoga
Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of
World Yoga Day; 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

  • 15 / Jun / 2016
    • REFERRED TO CALENDAR
  • 16 / Jun / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative