J4326

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Get Together, an event sponsored by the South Buffalo Community Table

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Get
Together, an event sponsored by the South Buffalo Community Table

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of the
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 commem-
orate the 25th Anniversary of the Get Together, an event sponsored by
the South Buffalo Community Table; and
WHEREAS, Under the luminous direction of Sister Mary Celeste O'Bryan,
the South Buffalo Community Table has been providing food and fellowship
to the hungry and less fortunate members of its community for 25 years;
the only soup kitchen located in South Buffalo, the organization serves
dinner to hungry people seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, During a sabbatical, Sister Mary Celeste O'Bryan volunteered
her time and energies at the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen on Main
Street in Buffalo; at the same time, she was asked to represent the
Sisters of Mercy at the South Buffalo Ecumenical Association meetings
and discovered that the organization was exploring the possibility of
starting a South Buffalo Soup Kitchen; and
WHEREAS, In June of 1983, Sister Mary Celeste O'Bryan accepted the
esteemed rank of Director of the South Buffalo Community Table (SBCT),
presently located at the Good Shepherd Baptist Church; after 33 years of
dedicated service, she will officially retire from this position in
2016; and
WHEREAS, Under her luminous leadership, the South Buffalo Community
Table, has grown to be one of South Buffalo's flagship organizations,
serving nearly 20,000 meals every year to the homeless and needy in the
area; and
WHEREAS, In 1991, the SBCT started the Get Together, a special event
meant to create great family fun and support those in need at the same
time; with the help of Neil Farrell and numerous helping hands and
volunteers, Sister Mary Celeste O'Bryan has been instrumental in making
the event a monumental success; and
WHEREAS, Many great bands, such as the Stone Bridge Band, have
graciously played at every Get Together event since its inception; and
WHEREAS, The Get Together event allows every person to have a substan-
tial role in the betterment of his or her community, no matter their
talents; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those individ-
uals and organizations which enhance the well-being and vitality of
their community and have shown a long and sustained commitment to excel-
lence certainly have earned the recognition and applause of all the
citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Get Together, an event sponsored
by the South Buffalo Community Table; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Sister Mary Celeste O'Bryan, Director, South Buffalo Communi-
ty Table.

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J4325

Mourning the death of The Honorable Barbara M. Clark, New York State Assemblywoman of the 33rd Assembly District, distinguished citi...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of The Honorable Barbara M.
Clark, New York State Assemblywoman of the 33rd Assembly District,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to mourn publicly the
death of certain prominent individuals whose valued contributions to
their community, their profession served to enhance the quality of life
in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, With feelings of deepest regret, this Legislative Body must
record the passing of one of New York State's most distinguished citi-
zens, The Honorable Barbara Marlene Clark, who died on Monday, February
22, 2016, at the age of 76; and
WHEREAS, Barbara M. Clark was born on June 12, 1939, in Beckley, West
Virginia; she was first elected to the New York State Assembly in Novem-
ber of 1986, representing the constituents of the 33rd Assembly District
in Queens, New York; and
WHEREAS, Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark served as a tireless advocate
for the needs of children, families and the elderly; her warm spirit and
her firm belief that we all have a responsibility to defend the well-be-
ing of our fellow citizens will be remembered by many; and
WHEREAS, An effective leader in education reform, day care and commu-
nity development, Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark devoted much of her
time to creating institutions, policies, and programs, all designed to
foster stability and growth within the 33rd Assembly District; and
WHEREAS, As a leading advocate for parents having a statutory role in
education policy-making, Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark was a primary
sponsor of the 1996 New York City School Governance Law, which mandates
parental involvement in decision-making; and
WHEREAS, She has been unrelenting in her battle to change New York
State's inadequate and inequitable school finance system and was an
early supporter of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) v. State of New
York lawsuit which helped bring such inequities to the forefront; and
WHEREAS, Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark continuously advocated for a
better quality of life for senior citizens in the State of New York; she
promoted legislation to safeguard seniors from financial exploitation,
telemarketing fraud and predatory lending; she also focused on safety,
environmental, transportation and land zoning issues; and
WHEREAS, Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark, throughout her legislative
career, held a variety of important positions, including Assistant
Majority Whip, a member of the Majority Steering Committee, served on
the Health Budget Conference Committee, and Chair of the Education
Committee of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian
Legislative Caucus; furthermore, she chaired the Assembly Standing
Committees on Aging, State and Federal Relations and the New York State
Legislative Women's Caucus, a bipartisan organization of women legisla-
tors from both the Senate and the Assembly; and
WHEREAS, On the national level, Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark served
as Vice-Chair of the National Conference of State Legislators' (NCSL)
Education, Labor and Job Training Committee, and member of both the
Human Services Committee and the Education Partners; and
WHEREAS, The Honorable Barbara M. Clark is survived by her husband,
Thomas Clark, Jr.; four children, Jan, Crystal, Thomas III, and Brian;
and two granddaughters, Taylor and Lauren; and
WHEREAS, A woman of great compassion and sensitivity, Assemblywoman
Barbara M. Clark's legacy extends far beyond her accomplishments as a
successful public servant; her sincere concern for others; her integri-
ty, unconditional friendship and selfless motivation to give of herself,

will long stand as a beacon for those who would aspire to service in
their community; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of The Honorable Barbara M. Clark, New York State Assem-
blywoman of the 33rd Assembly District, recognizing the significance of
her exemplary record of public service; and be it further and
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of The Honorable Barbara M. Clark.

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  • 15 / Mar / 2016
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J4324

Honoring Timothy A. Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Hon...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Timothy A. Paslow posthumously upon the
occasion of his designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County
at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran Ceremony on July 11, 2016

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 peace-
time, 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
Timothy A. Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for
special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran
Ceremony on Monday, July 11, 2016; and
WHEREAS, For his courageous and dedicated service to his country,
Timothy A. Paslow will be recognized at this year's July Honor-A-De-
ceased-Veteran Ceremony; and
WHEREAS, Timothy A. Paslow, who died in 1964, at the age of 42, served
his country with honor and distinction from June 4, 1943 through Febru-
ary 3, 1946, as a member of the United States Military during the Second
World War; and
WHEREAS, A Private in the General Officers branch of the Selectees,
Timothy A. Paslow was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign
Medal and the World War II Victory Medal; and
WHEREAS, A lifelong resident of Troy, New York, Timothy A. Paslow
worked for Quality Assurance and the Watervliet Arsenal; and
WHEREAS, Active within his community, Timothy A. Paslow was a member
of Toastmasters and St. Nicholas Veteran's Club; and
WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and
WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at home and abroad,
these men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore, the highest respect of their 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 Timothy A. Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his desig-
nation for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor-A-De-
ceased-Veteran Ceremony on July 11, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Timothy A. Paslow.

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  • 15 / Mar / 2016
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J4323

Honoring Joseph A. Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Hono...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Joseph A. Paslow posthumously upon the
occasion of his designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County
at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran Ceremony on July 11, 2016

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 peace-
time, 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
Joseph A. Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for
special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran
Ceremony on Monday, July 11, 2016; and
WHEREAS, For his courageous and dedicated service to his country,
Joseph A. Paslow will be recognized at this year's July Honor-A-De-
ceased-Veteran Ceremony; and
WHEREAS, Born April 5, 1927, to the late Anthony and Anna (Procak)
Paslowski, Joseph A. Paslow graduated from Troy High School and attended
Siena College; on July 16, 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army;
and
WHEREAS, Joseph A. Paslow valiantly served his country as an Auto
Mechanic during World War II; on January 2, 1947, he was honorably
discharged; and
WHEREAS, For his meritorious service, Joseph A. Paslow was the recipi-
ent of the World War II Victory Medal; and
WHEREAS, Joseph A. Paslow was employed as a tool and gauge designer at
the Watervliet Arsenal for 23 years, a position from which he retired in
1979; and
WHEREAS, A resident of Watervliet, Joseph A. Paslow was a faithful
member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where he was a long
time member of the Choir; and
WHEREAS, Dedicated to the community in which he lived and worked,
Joseph A. Paslow served as a paramedic with the former Riverside Ambu-
lance, and was a life member of the Schuyler Heights Fire Company, where
he held several leadership titles such as Fire Police Captain, Chaplain
and Commissioner; and
WHEREAS, In addition, Joseph A. Paslow participated in many volunteer
firematic associations including HVVFA, HMVFA, FASNY, NYSAFC, and VFPA-
NY; he also was a member of the American Legion and the Watervliet Lodge
of Elks, and served as a Boy Scout Leader; and
WHEREAS, An avid golfer, devoted family man and hard worker, Joseph A.
Paslow died on March 28, 2002, at the age of 74; and
WHEREAS, Predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Kelly Paslow, and
his second wife, M. Roslyn Bleau Paslow, one son, Kim A. Paslow; two
brothers, Timothy and John; and four sisters, Rose, Kathryn, Jessie and
Mary; Joseph A. Paslow is survived by his son, Kelly (Pam); one daugh-
ter, Lynne (Paul); four grandchildren, Justin, Kalyn, Joseph and Kimber-
ly; and a sister, Eugenia; as well as several nieces, nephews and cous-
ins; and
WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and

WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at home and abroad,
these men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore, the highest respect of their 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 Joseph A. Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his designation
for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor-A-Deceased-
Veteran Ceremony on July 11, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Joseph A. Paslow.

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  • 15 / Mar / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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J4322

Honoring Nicholas Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Nicholas Paslow posthumously upon the
occasion of his designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County
at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran Ceremony on July 11, 2016

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 peace-
time, 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
Nicholas Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for
special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor-A-Veteran Ceremony
on Monday, July 11, 2016; and
WHEREAS, For his courageous and dedicated service to his country,
Nicholas Paslow will be recognized at this year's July Honor-A-Veteran
Ceremony; and
WHEREAS, Born December 1, 1920, to the late Anthony and Anna (Procak)
Paslowski, Nicholas Paslow graduated from Troy High School; on August 6,
1942, he enlisted in the United States Army; and
WHEREAS, Nicholas Paslow valiantly served his country during World War
II, holding the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Asiatic Pacific Theater as
a Mechanic and Gunner on both B25 and A20 Aircrafts; in November of
1954, he was honorably discharged; and
WHEREAS, For his meritorious service, Nicholas Paslow was the recipi-
ent of several awards and accolades including the Good Conduct Medal,
two Overseas Ribbons, Air Medal, and World War II Victory Medal, as well
as the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars; and
WHEREAS, On October 11, 1952, Nicholas Paslow married Mary Kryniak in
St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church; the couple were happily wed for
33 years until Mary passed away on April 18, 1986; and
WHEREAS, Nicholas Paslow was employed as an Electric Technician for
several companies including Sperry Univac, Remington Rand and later, for
Mohawk Data Services; after his retirement, he continued his education
by attending Herkimer County BOCES for nearly two decades; and
WHEREAS, A faithful member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church,
Nicholas Paslow was a long time member of the Choir and served as a
Communicant; and
WHEREAS, A devoted family man and hard worker, Nicholas Paslow died on
December 30, 2005, at the age of 85; and
WHEREAS, Predeceased by his wife, three brothers, Timothy, John
"Murph", and Joseph; and four sisters, Rose, Kathryn, Jessie and Mary;
Nicholas Paslow is survived by his son, Gary (Laurel); one grandson,
Nicholas Owen; a sister, Eugenia; two sisters-in-law, Stella and Helen;
one brother-in-law, Ezzio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins; and
WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and
WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at home and abroad,
these men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore, the highest respect of their 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 Nicholas Paslow posthumously upon the occasion of his designation
for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor-A-Deceased-
Veteran Ceremony on July 11, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Nicholas Paslow.

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J4321

Honoring Wilfred J. Brooks posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Hon...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Wilfred J. Brooks posthumously upon the
occasion of his designation for special recognition by Rensselaer County
at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran Ceremony on August 8, 2016

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 peace-
time, deserve a special salute; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to commend these
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
Wilfred J. Brooks posthumously upon the occasion of his designation for
special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor-A-Deceased-Veteran
Ceremony to be celebrated on Monday, August 8, 2016, at the Rensselaer
County Office Building's Hall of Heroes, Troy, New York; and
WHEREAS, Born August 11, 1942, in Troy, New York, Wilfred J. Brooks
was one of three children born to Wilfred J. and Edith (Frink) Brooks;
he attended Saint Jude's Elementary School and Catholic Central High
School, in Troy, New York; and
WHEREAS, Wilfred J. Brooks served his country as a member of the
United States Army from 1962 through 1965; his exceptional service
earned him the Good Conduct Medal, and he was recognized as an accom-
plished Marksman (Rifle) and Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14); and
WHEREAS, After returning home from his assignment, Wilfred J. Brooks
started working full-time at the Capital District Transportation Author-
ity (CDTA) as a bus driver, and part-time in Security; shortly after, he
married and started raising his family in Watervliet, New York; and
WHEREAS, In 1970, Wilfred J. Brooks began working part-time for the
Watervliet Police Department; seven years later, he moved to Troy, New
York, and worked part-time for the North Greenbush Police Department;
and
WHEREAS, In addition, Wilfred J. Brooks served as a member of the
Rensselaer County Law Enforcement Association from 1977 through 2015,
serving as President from 2010 until his death; and
WHEREAS, Wilfred J. Brooks was instrumental in securing two new memo-
rial statues for members of the Rensselaer County Law Enforcement Asso-
ciation, and for the K9 police dogs who had passed away; the statues are
located at the Rensselaer County Jail in Rensselaer, New York; and
WHEREAS, Before retiring in 2003 from CDTA, Wilfred J. Brooks was
known for decorating his CDTA bus at Christmas time, and for playing
Santa at Carroll Hill School in Troy, New York, as well as Papa's
Restaurant in Watervliet; and
WHEREAS, Wilfred J. Brooks enjoyed travelling to Florida to play slot
machines and visiting his friends; he was also known for his devotion to
his family, his dog "Flash" and his many friends; and
WHEREAS, Wilfred J. Brooks died on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at the
age of 72; and
WHEREAS, Wilfred J. Brooks was a loving husband to his wife, Jean, and
former spouse, Sandra Flanigan, and a caring father to his three chil-
dren, Christine Westcott, David and Lori, and his six grandchildren,
Meghan, Michael, Kytear, Nikolas, Jenna and Tayah; and
WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their

lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and
WHEREAS, Having exhibited their patriotism both at home and abroad,
these men and women demonstrated their love for their country and merit
forevermore, the highest respect of their 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 Wilfred J. Brooks posthumously upon the occasion of his desig-
nation for special recognition by Rensselaer County at its Honor-A-De-
ceased-Veteran Ceremony on August 8, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Wilfred J. Brooks.

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J4320

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Dorothy Welch Choral Society

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Dorothy
Welch Choral Society

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those musical organizations that have brought 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 40th Anniversary of the Dorothy Welch Choral Society; and
WHEREAS, The Dorothy Welch Choral Society began in the town of Mechan-
icville, in 1976, as the Bicentennial Choir to honor the nation during
the towns celebration of the Nation's Bicentennial year; it was formed
by David Johnson, a native of Mechanicville and a prominent music teach-
er and choir director; and
WHEREAS, After the celebration, many residents wanted to keep the
Bicentennial Choir going; it was decided then to change the name to the
Dorothy Welch Choral Society; and
WHEREAS, Dorothy Welch, a music teacher in Mechanicville for over 40
years at four elementary schools as well as the Junior/Senior High
School, was well-known for bringing talented vocal musicians together,
whether bass, tenor, alto and soprano, she taught harmony; and
WHEREAS, In 1973, Dorothy Welch passed at the age of 65, but her
husband, Joseph Welch, felt it was a great honor for his wife and
approved the name change; and
WHEREAS, Over the past 40 years, this magnificent choir entertained
thousands of people who love music; it began as an all women's choir but
men were soon welcomed into the group; in 1979, in addition to their
regular performances, the choir performed for Channel 13's Toys for
Tots; and
WHEREAS, David Johnson was the Director for the first five years;
after he left, there has been five different directors including Vern
Hellijas who has been the director for 16 years; the members have
expanded from Mechanicville to folks from all over the capital region;
and
WHEREAS, While the choir may perform at special occasions, there are
two main performances, one in the spring to honor the nation's military
and the other to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season; during the
holiday season, the Dorothy Welch Choral Society are very active in
fundraising for community groups; and
WHEREAS, While over the years hundreds of singers have given their
time and talent there have been two members since the inception; Jackie
Johnson Morrell and Nancy Johnson Capen have both performed with the
group every year for 40 years; and
WHEREAS, The arts, in whatever form depicted, are central to human
expression; they are truly a universal language and their contribution
to the development of friendship and understanding among all peoples
cannot be overestimated; and
WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that when musical
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 40th Anniversary of the Dorothy Welch Choral Society;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Dorothy Welch Choral Society.

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J4319

Commending Gerard McCaffery upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by the Sisters of Mercy on May 10, 2016

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Gerard McCaffery upon the occasion of
his designation for special recognition by the Sisters of Mercy on May
10, 2016

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those individ-
uals who would devote themselves to the welfare of the 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 commend
Gerard McCaffery upon the occasion of his designation for special recog-
nition by the Sisters of Mercy to be celebrated at its 17th Annual Even-
ing of Mercy Gala on May 10, 2016, at The Yale Club of New York City;
and
WHEREAS, The Sisters of Mercy work passionately to eliminate poverty,
the widespread denial of human rights, the degradation of earth, the
increase in violence and racism, the continued oppression of women, the
abuse of children, the mistreatment of immigrants and the lack of soli-
darity among people and nations; and
WHEREAS, Gerard McCaffery began his long and distinguished career as a
houseparent in a group home for teenage boys called Walkabout; and
WHEREAS, Gerard McCaffery then furthered his education, earning his
master's degree in Business Administration from New York University
Stern School of Business in 1986; he then served as President/CEO of
Seamen's Society for Children and Families, a foster care agency based
on Staten Island; and
WHEREAS, Since 2006, Gerard McCaffery has held the position of
President/CEO of MercyFirst; founded in 1894, by the Sisters of Mercy,
MercyFirst has over 600 employees working in 16 locations in Brooklyn,
Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County; and
WHEREAS, Together, these programs serve over 3,000 children, youth and
families each year through preventive services, family foster care and
adoption services, group homes and mother-child residences, immigrant
youth programs, medical and mental health services, and specialized
residential treatment programs on their Syosset Campus; MercyFirst is
accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is Sanctuary Certi-
fied; and
WHEREAS, Gerard McCaffery is a vital member of the Board of Directors
of the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies, a state-wide coali-
tion of child welfare and juvenile justice agencies in New York State;
in addition, he is a participant of the Collaborative for Children and
Families Board of Directors, a newly designated Children's Health Home
serving the New York City metropolitan area; and
WHEREAS, This remarkable man also enjoys mentoring students who attend
the Center for Nonprofit Leaders at Fordham University; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, 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
commend Gerard McCaffery upon the occasion of his designation for
special recognition by the Sisters of Mercy on May 10, 2016; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Gerard McCaffery.

actions

  • 11 / Mar / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 15 / Mar / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 15 / Mar / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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