J4938

Congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Craft upon the occasion of celebrating their 65th Wedding Anniversary

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Craft upon the
occasion of celebrating their 65th Wedding Anniversary

WHEREAS, Thomas Craft and the former Joan Besser were united in marriage
on April 4, 1951, at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Cheek-
towaga, New York; the couple celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary
with a gathering of family and friends in Melbourne, Florida; and
WHEREAS, Thomas Craft is a retired United States Postmaster and Joan
Craft is a retired Registered Nurse; and
WHEREAS, They are the proud parents of three children, and the loving
grandparents of four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; and
WHEREAS, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Craft 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. Thomas Craft 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 this couple has invested in their marriage; and
WHEREAS, These same values they have passed 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. Thomas Craft have touched the lives of their
family 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. Thomas Craft upon the occasion of celebrating
their 65th Wedding Anniversary; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Craft.

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J4937

Honoring Linda Weaver upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition by the New York State Office for the Aging on May...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Linda Weaver upon the occasion of her
designation for special recognition by the New York State Office for the
Aging on May 10, 2016

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to
the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Linda Weaver
upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition by the New
York State Office for the Aging at its Annual Senior Citizens Day Cele-
bration on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Hart Theatre Lounge in the Egg,
Albany, New York; and
WHEREAS, Each May, the New York State Office for the Aging pauses to
acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by older citizens during
National Older Americans Month; and
WHEREAS, Members of older generations have helped build and shape our
Nation to be the greatest in the world; they have defended our freedoms
and values to ensure that those who come after them may have better
lives; nowhere in the Nation is the legacy of their efforts more visible
and more a part of the lives of all citizens than here in the State of
New York; and
WHEREAS, This esteemed woman has been called upon to contribute her
time and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has
always given of herself unstintingly; and
WHEREAS, For the past 12 years, Linda Weaver has provided more than 40
hours of volunteer service to the Geneseo Parish Outreach Center, Inc.
each week; and
WHEREAS, Linda Weaver's steadfast commitment to this vital organiza-
tion has resulted in hundreds of low income, as well as uninsured and
underinsured, Livingston County residents having access to free direct
physical and mental health care, dental services, health screenings and
referral services; and
WHEREAS, With an unwavering dedication to helping others, Linda Weaver
continues to work tirelessly to secure public support for the organiza-
tion as well as donations of food, gas cards and retail store gift cards
to assist individuals and families in need; and
WHEREAS, In addition, she provides countless volunteer hours of infor-
mation and referral services to clients and is a strong advocate for
those most at risk; and
WHEREAS, Born in Hornell, New York, Linda Weaver moved to Livingston
County in 1966; she valiantly served her country in the Army Reserve as
an E-3 Psychiatric Specialist; she attained her nursing degree and
retired from the Army with the esteemed rank of Lieutenant Colonel; and
WHEREAS, Linda Weaver spent her illustrious career at Craig Develop-
mental Center in Sonyea, New York, and later at Rochester Psychiatric
Center, retiring in 2002, as a Nurse Administrator; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Linda Weaver has stood constant in
dignity, good grace and humor; and
WHEREAS, With her throughout have been her six children, as well as 14
grandchildren and one great-grandchild, all of whom feel privileged to
be a part of her life and rejoice in her achievements; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Linda Weaver has displayed through-
out her life; and

WHEREAS, Linda Weaver, a very active and industrious woman, has
inspired and enriched the lives of those she serves through her volun-
teerism, generously sharing the wisdom gained over years of experiencing
life to its fullest; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Linda Weaver upon the occasion of her designation for special
recognition by the New York State Office for the Aging on May 10, 2016;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Linda Weaver.

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J4936

Congratulating Rose Oshinsky upon the occasion of celebrating her 100th Birthday

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Rose Oshinsky upon the occasion of
celebrating her 100th Birthday

WHEREAS, Senior citizens possess a wealth of knowledge and experience
from which we all learn, and their contributions to society and the
State of New York are celebrated; and
WHEREAS, This outstanding centenarian came from humble beginnings to
create a great life for herself and her family, is known for putting a
smile on the face of everyone with whom she comes in contact, and
continues to inspire those around her; and
WHEREAS, Born on May 15, 1916, in Grodno, Poland, Rose Oshinsky and
her family emigrated to America in 1923, settling in the Lower East Side
of New York City; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished woman worked her first job while attending
school at night, learned to read and write English, and performed
concerts around New York City with her school's glee club; and
WHEREAS, This beloved mother gave birth to her first son, Sol, in
1933, and her second son, Donald, in 1940; and
WHEREAS, This upstanding neighbor moved to Far Rockaway, Queens, in
1964, where she has lived ever since, and continues to be an integral
part of the community as a beloved member of the Rockaway Park Senior
Center; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize those who have reached such a remarkable age, lived through wars,
experienced technological advances and witnessed the progress of this
country during the last century, while themselves contributing to the
growth and excellence of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Rose Oshinsky upon the occasion of celebrating her 100th
Birthday; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Rose Oshinsky.

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J4935

Congratulating Margaret Leavey upon the occasion of celebrating her 100th Birthday

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Margaret Leavey upon the occasion
of celebrating her 100th Birthday

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to
the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian, with her zest for life, has
inspired and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; and
WHEREAS, Margaret Tenny, affectionately known as Ma, was born the
second of nine children in Detroit, Michigan, on May 6, 1916, to Margar-
et and William Tenny; and
WHEREAS, At the age of seven, due to an outbreak of polio, Margaret
Tenny and her older sister moved to Fordham Road in the Bronx to live
with their aunts; the rest of her family followed several months later;
and
WHEREAS, In 1933, Margaret Tenny graduated from St. Simon Stock School
in the Bronx where she met the love of her life and future husband Harry
Leavey; during this time, she was fortunate enough to work as a legal
secretary during the Depression era; and
WHEREAS, Margaret Tenny married Harry Leavey in 1944, during the
Second World War, and moved to Colorado Springs while her husband was
stationed there; she moved back to the Bronx when Harry was shipped
overseas with the 92nd Bomber group as a B-17 pilot; and
WHEREAS, After the war, the couple started their family, having eight
children in 11 years; in April of 1958, Margaret Leavey and her family
moved to a new development in Orangeburg, New York; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished woman has experienced the incredible joys
and sorrows characteristic of and reserved for those with the stamina
and courage to savor a full life; and
WHEREAS, A true rock within her family, Margaret Leavey is known for
her infectious smile, wit and humor, always enjoying a good laugh; her
kindness, compassion and generosity truly exemplifies the ideals of the
"Greatest Generation" and her children, grandchildren and great grand-
children continue to spread her ideals today; and
WHEREAS, With her throughout have been her husband, Harry, and their
eight children, as well as 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and
one great-great grandchild, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of
her life and rejoice in her achievements; and
WHEREAS, This beloved woman has enriched the lives of those around her
through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have witnessed
and celebrated the innovations, cultural developments and awesome
achievements of this country during the last century, while themselves
contributing to the growth and excellence of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Margaret Leavey upon the occasion of her 100th Birthday;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Margaret Leavey.

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J4934

Honoring Dorina Maragliano upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition by the New York State Office for the Aging o...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dorina Maragliano upon the occasion of
her designation for special recognition by the New York State Office for
the Aging on May 10, 2016

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to
the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dorina Marag-
liano upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition by
the New York State Office for the Aging at its Annual Senior Citizens
Day Celebration on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Hart Theatre Lounge in
the Egg, Albany, New York; and
WHEREAS, Each May, the New York State Office for the Aging pauses to
acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by older citizens during
National Older Americans Month; and
WHEREAS, Members of older generations have helped build and shape our
Nation to be the greatest in the world; they have defended our freedoms
and values to ensure that those who come after them may have better
lives; nowhere in the Nation is the legacy of their efforts more visible
and more a part of the lives of all citizens than here in the State of
New York; and
WHEREAS, This esteemed woman has been called upon to contribute her
time and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has
always given of herself unstintingly; and
WHEREAS, Dorina Maragliano was born in Rockland County, where she is a
current Upper Nyack resident; she has lived a very distinguished life
and has served her community with the utmost pride and sincerity; and
WHEREAS, Active within her community, Dorina Maragliano has been
instrumental in the formation of the Upper Nyack Seniors Club which has
more than 120 members; she is a member of numerous organizations such as
the State Wide Senior Action Council, the American Cancer Society, Food
Pantry, Helping Hands and Disability Advisory Council; additionally she
is a Eucharistic Minister; and
WHEREAS, While serving her community as a volunteer, Dorina Maragliano
has also spent her illustrious professional career in the service realm;
she is a staff representative to the New York State Head Start Associ-
ation as well as staff representative to Region II of this vital organ-
ization, covering New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin
Islands; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Dorina Maragliano 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 Dorina Maragliano has displayed
throughout her life; and
WHEREAS, Dorina Maragliano, a very active and industrious woman, has
inspired and enriched the lives of those she serves through her volun-
teerism, generously sharing the wisdom gained over years of experiencing
life to its fullest; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dorina Maragliano upon the occasion of her designation for special
recognition by the New York State Office for the Aging on May 10, 2016;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dorina Maragliano.

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J4933

Congratulating the Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House in Gravesend, Brooklyn, upon the occasion of its designation as a New York City Land...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating the Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House
in Gravesend, Brooklyn, upon the occasion of its designation as a New
York City Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commis-
sion

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the preser-
vation of historical landmarks that served to enhance the growth of this
great State, ensuring that the complete history of our State and Nation
is shared with present generations of citizens; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late the Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House in Gravesend, Brooklyn, upon the
occasion of its designation as a New York City Landmark by the New York
City Landmarks Preservation Commission; and
WHEREAS, After more than a half-century of waiting, Gravesend's
historic Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House has finally achieved landmark
status; and
WHEREAS, On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the New York City Landmarks Pres-
ervation Commission (LPC) unanimously granted the prestigious desig-
nation to the early 18th-Century Dutch-American farmhouse, which was
built on land that once belonged to Gravesend founder Lady Deborah
Moody; and
WHEREAS, Lady Deborah Moody, an English baronet's widow, was an
Anabaptist who arrived in New Netherland, a 17th-century colonial prov-
ince of the Seven United Netherlands, in 1643; the Dutch granted her
freedom to practice her religion in North America; and
WHEREAS, The house, named in Lady Deborah Moody's honor, was expanded
in the mid-18th Century and altered in 1905; an engineers' evaluation
found evidence of structural material possibly dating from the 17th
Century; and
WHEREAS, This designation gives the home protected status which
prevents it from being demolished or altered without the commission's
approval; and
WHEREAS, An indispensable part of Gravesend's history and character,
the Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House is located at 27 Gravesend Neck Road;
it is one of a few remaining Dutch Colonial homes in New York City; and
WHEREAS, Mostly unchanged since it was built, the grand home's
original floors, beams, and fireboxes remain in the structure; the
initials of Thomas Hicks, who lived in the house in the 1800s, are still
carved on a beam in the living room; and
WHEREAS, Today, Gravesend's most famous house is owned by Anita and
Justin Anderson, who purchased it in 2005; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
express its highest admiration for the historic Lady Moody-Van Sicklen
House, and for all of the individuals who have worked to bring proper
attention to a place and time which merits recognition in the grand
panorama of the history of our State and Nation; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to the
Lady Moody-Van Sicklen House in Gravesend, Brooklyn, upon the occasion
of its designation as a New York City Landmark by the New York City
Landmarks Preservation Commission; and be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Anita and Justin Anderson, Owners, the Lady Moody-Van Sicklen
House and Joseph Ditta, Gravesend Historian.

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J4932

Congratulating four Brooklyn Technical High School students upon the occasion of winning the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow education co...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating four Brooklyn Technical High
School students upon the occasion of winning the Samsung Solve for
Tomorrow education contest

WHEREAS, Educational competitions which serve to better prepare our
students for their future participation are worthy of praise and
support; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to act, in accord
with its long-standing traditions, honoring the youth of today, and
leaders of tomorrow, whose character and achievements best exemplify the
ideals and values cherished by this great State and Nation; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to congratulate four
Brooklyn Technical High School students upon the occasion of winning the
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow education contest; and
WHEREAS, Tomorrow's economies will be forged by students who are
proficient in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects;
Samsung is dedicated to helping people discover a world of possibil-
ities, and have made it their mission to raise student interest in STEM
subjects nationwide through innovative programs with our partners that
will help us all build a better tomorrow; and
WHEREAS, To excite students about the possibilities of STEM education,
Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools
across the United States the opportunity to raise interest in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math subjects among students by awarding
their schools with a share of technology products; and
WHEREAS, Alison Collard, Benjamin Spiegel, Hanin Dari and Riccardo
Monico, an extraordinary team of Brooklyn Technical High School students
who designed a smartwatch app to protect children from car accidents,
are among the five winners of this prestigious national contest to use
technology to solve real-world problems; and
WHEREAS, The functional prototype, which the students hope will be
polished further and used by consumers, detects an oncoming car based on
the sound waves emitted by its engine; the watch's alarm then warns its
wearer to get out of the way; and
WHEREAS, Poised eagerly with enthusiasm and determined purpose, these
scholars now stand honorably, with just pride in their accomplishments
and in eager anticipation of future challenges, understanding and appre-
ciating the caring counsel and support provided by their teachers,
coaches and parents; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate four Brooklyn Technical High School students upon the occa-
sion of winning the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow education contest; and be
it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Alison Collard, Benjamin Spiegel, Hanin Dari and Riccardo
Monico.

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J4931

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Democracy Now! on February 19, 2016

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Democracy
Now! on February 19, 2016

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that the quality and
character of life in this great Empire State is indelibly enriched by
the faithful and untiring efforts of those news programs which have
helped shape the history of broadcasting in their area; 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 20th Anniversary of Democracy Now! on Friday, February 19,
2016; and
WHEREAS, Democracy Now! is a daily progressive, non-profit, independ-
ently syndicated news hour which airs on more than 1,400 radio, tele-
vision, satellite and cable TV networks around the globe; the program is
funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foun-
dations, and does not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or
government funding; and
WHEREAS, Founded by progressive journalists, Amy Goodman, Juan Gonza-
lez, Larry Bensky, Salim Muwakkil, and Julie Drizin, Democracy Now! went
on air for the first time on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary on
February 19, 1996, at WBAI-FM in New York City; the program was
originally aired on five Pacifica Radio stations; and
WHEREAS, Amy Goodman serves as the program's principal host, with Juan
Gonzalez as frequent co-host; Jeremy Scahill, an investigative reporter
for The Nation, has been a frequent contributor since 1997; and
WHEREAS, After they left WBAI Studios, Amy Goodman brought the program
to the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) located in a
converted firehouse building in New York City's Chinatown, where the
program began to be televised; and
WHEREAS, In November of 2009, Democracy Now! left their broadcast
studio, and moved to a repurposed graphic arts building in the Chelsea
District of Manhattan; in 2010, the new 8500-square-foot studio became
the first radio or television studio in the Nation to receive LEFD
Platinum certification, the highest rating awarded by the United States
Green Building Council; and
WHEREAS, Democracy Now! focuses on issues considered underreported or
ignored by mainstream news coverage; the program began broadcasting on
television every weekday shortly after September 11, 2001; Democracy
Now! was the closest national broadcast to Ground Zero, reporting live
for eight hours; and
WHEREAS, The program's first 10 to 15 minutes, called the "War and
Peace Report", are translated daily into Spanish, and the Democracy Now!
Website is also available in the language; and
WHEREAS, Democracy Now! is the flagship program of the Pacifica Radio
network which airs simultaneously on satellite, cable television, radio,
and the internet; the television simulcast airs on Public-access tele-
vision stations, by satellite on Free Speech TV and Link TV, and free-
to-air on C Band; in addition, the program is on the Internet as down-
loadable and streaming audio and video; and
WHEREAS, Throughout two decades of service to the public, Democracy
Now! and its staff have been the recipients of numerous awards and
accolades including the Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and
Television, the George Polk Award for its 1998 radio documentary "Drill-
ing and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship"; in addition,
Amy Goodman with Allan Nairn won the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial's First
Prize in International Radio for their 1993 report, "Massacre: The Story

of East Timor"; in October 1, 2008, Amy received the 2008 Right Liveli-
hood Award for her years of work establishing Democracy Now!; and
WHEREAS, Since its inception, Democracy Now! has interviewed several
notable guests such as Alan Dershowitz, Norman G. Finkelstein, Alan
Greenspan, Arundhati Roy, Bill Clinton, and Bill Moyers, as well as
Cornel West; and
WHEREAS, Steeped in a proud and distinguished history, Democracy Now!
can look back with great pride upon its humble beginnings; taking just
satisfaction in its purposeful growth, it will continue its mission,
devoting its talent and unique services to enriching the cultural spirit
of the public it has served so faithfully for 20 years; and
WHEREAS, Democracy Now! has served its community with integrity and
devotion, continuously striving to meet the needs of its listeners
through entertainment and enlightenment; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body would like to extend its highest
commendation to Democracy Now! in recognition of its history of achieve-
ment, innovation and service to its community and the State of New York;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Democracy Now! on February 19, 2016;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Democracy Now!.

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J4930

Commemorating the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2016

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day
on April 22, 2016

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those institutions and organizations, government and communi-
ty leaders dedicating their purposeful work to increasing public aware-
ness of, and appreciation for New York's natural resources, recognizing
the role all citizens have in protecting the environment and the quality
of life in this Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Over the 46 years since a former United States Senator from
Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, called for a nationwide environmental teach-
in and founded Earth Day on April 22, 1970, millions of Americans, year
after year, have conducted peaceful demonstrations calling for environ-
mental reform; and
WHEREAS, Earth Day is now observed annually on April 22nd by more than
500 million people around the globe and national governments in 175
countries; and
WHEREAS, In the more than four decades which have passed since the
first Earth Day, the ongoing burdens of population growth, pollution,
extreme weather and so many other environmental challenges and crises
have remained high among the most critical issues confronting our State,
our Nation and all nations; and
WHEREAS, As the commitment of increasing numbers of American citizens
and people around the world have been raised to unprecedented levels, an
emerging and ever-developing national and international consciousness in
activism, advocacy, education, government and industry has spread across
the globe and resulted in the passage of sweeping new laws to protect
our air, our land, our water, our wildlife and all of the planet's
endangered, finite and vastly overburdened resources; and
WHEREAS, Sustaining the quality and the productivity of our natural
environment, through a balanced, diligent, fair and serious sense of
stewardship and conservation, is the foundation of a healthy society and
a robust economy best achieved through a far-reaching, diverse network
of decision makers working in unison for common goals and a common good
to enhance, preserve and protect the natural resources, environmental
beauty and the ethics of conservation which have long defined our State;
and
WHEREAS, A deep-rooted knowledge of ways to live in harmony with our
environment, and the methods and technologies to accomplish this end,
already exists in the countless policies and programs which New York
State has enacted in defense of our pristine natural resources and to
secure the well-being of communities sustained by agriculture, founded
nearby clean waters and, more recently, advanced by a movement that
promotes reliance on renewable energy resources and recycling; and
WHEREAS, Earth Day is highlighted by the inclusion of a fully funded
$300-million Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), something many conser-
vation advocates have been fighting for and working on for a number of
years, and that they are hailing as a great victory, as they should; and
WHEREAS, $22 Million was allocated to the EPF's new Climate Mitigation
and Adaption category to support New York's comprehensive climate strat-
egies; and
WHEREAS, Some of the programs funded will be the Municipal Clean Vehi-
cle Rebate Program, the Climate Resilient Farms Program, State Vulner-
ability Assessment, Smart Growth State Assistance Payments, and the
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Beyond the Power System; these programs will
enable the New York State government to continue to lead by example and
protect New Yorkers and the environment; and

WHEREAS, Local communities can do much to reverse environmental degra-
dation and contribute to building a healthy society by promoting energy
conservation, sustainable land use policies, and public transit; and
WHEREAS, There are sound cultural, economic and environmental reasons
for local governments to initiate energy efficiency and renewable energy
practices; and
WHEREAS, The environmental realities of our time require citizens in
every community, of every age and from all walks of life, to make a
dramatic shift in our relationship to the earth; and
WHEREAS, April 22, 2016, marks the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day, a
day set aside to celebrate the beauty and bounty of our environment and
to renew and revitalize local, state, national and international efforts
to protect and maintain respect for the environment and all resources;
and
WHEREAS, Earth Day 2016 activities and events will educate all citi-
zens on the importance of acting in an environmentally sensitive fashion
by recycling, conserving energy and water, using efficient transporta-
tion, and adopting more ecologically sound lifestyles; and
WHEREAS, The overriding mission of Earth Day 2016 is not to plan only
one day of events and activities, but to continue worldwide action to
protect all aspects of the environment; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2016; and be
it further
RESOLVED, That all New Yorkers, in every community, will be recommit-
ted to undertaking programs and projects enhancing our state's natural
environment; and be it further
RESOLVED, That New York State hereby encourages our residents, busi-
nesses, schools and other institutions to use Earth Day to celebrate the
planet and commit to building sustainable societies; and be it further
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body congratulate all the concerned
citizens of New York State who have embraced the responsible work of
protecting and preserving the environment for future generations.

actions

  • 15 / Apr / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / May / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 04 / May / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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J4929

Honoring Charles R. Elmore upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Donald Schields Award by the Town of Deerpark Po...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Charles R. Elmore upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the Donald Schields Award by the Town of
Deerpark Police Benevolent Association on March 19, 2016

WHEREAS, The firefighters of New York State are renowned throughout the
Nation; their reputation is synonymous with excellence in the arduous
field of fire protection and prevention; and
WHEREAS, Since the early days of "teapot steamers," the volunteer
firefighter has been the cornerstone of our great Nation's efforts to
spare us from the ravages of fire; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to honor Charles R. Elmore
upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Donald Schields
Award by the Town of Deerpark Police Benevolent Association celebrated
at its Annual Banquet on Saturday, March 19, 2016; and
WHEREAS, Charles R. Elmore received this auspicious award for his many
years of exceptional service to the community of Sparrowbush, New York;
and
WHEREAS, Charles R. Elmore was born on October 19, 1923, to Floyd and
Aleta Elmore in their home on Main Street in Sparrowbush, New York;
currently, he continues to live in the house next door to his late
parents' home; and
WHEREAS, As a young man, Charles R. Elmore worked in his father's coal
and lumber business; at the young age of 18, he was drafted into the
United States Army where he proudly served his country on the islands of
both New Caledonia and Guam during World War II before returning home as
a Corporal in 1946; and
WHEREAS, After his discharge, Charles R. Elmore returned to Sparrow-
bush and went back to working for his father during the day, and wheel-
ing in coal, firing boilers, and hanging molds at Gillinder Glass at
night; and
WHEREAS, It was during this time that Charles R. Elmore met the former
Vera May Batchler; the couple married, and happily raised a son and a
daughter in Sparrowbush; and
WHEREAS, Until about a year ago, Charles R. Elmore could be spotted
directing traffic regularly at any number of emergency scenes in the
Town of Deerpark; as he approaches the age of 93, the lifelong Sparrow-
bush volunteer has given up on-scene fire police duties, but remains
active as a 56-year member who has held every position in the Sparrow-
bush Engine Company; and
WHEREAS, Today, this dedicated public servant continues to drive daily
to the Main Street firehouse to keep it tidied up, and serves alongside
his fellow volunteers at the department's monthly fundraising breakfast;
and
WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his son, Roland, and his late
wife, Vera and daughter, Patricia; all of whom feel privileged to be a
part of his life and rejoice in his accomplishments; and
WHEREAS, Volunteer firefighters and fire departments not only provide
the critical service of fire protection but also engage in other activ-
ities of great benefit and importance to the communities they serve; and
WHEREAS, It takes a special dedication, a strong desire to help others
and a tireless sense of community to forsake precious time with family
and friends to respond to the signal that a neighbor is in need; Charles
R. Elmore is such a firefighter; throughout more than 50 years of
devoted service, this volunteer heroically performed, above and beyond
the call of duty, those responsibilities which define the task of fire
protection; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Charles R. Elmore upon the occasion of his designation as recipi-
ent of the Donald Schields Award by the Town of Deerpark Police Benevo-
lent Association on March 19, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Charles R. Elmore.

actions

  • 15 / Apr / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / May / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 04 / May / 2016
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
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