J5042

Commending the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. upon the occasion of celebrating its 67th Anniversary on...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. upon the occasion of celebrating its 67th
Anniversary on March 14, 2016

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend those
illustrious organizations within the State of New York whose focus and
intent have made a substantial impact on the quality of life in their
communities; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. upon
the occasion of celebrating its 67th Anniversary on Monday, March 14,
2016; and
WHEREAS, Established in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is the
single largest predominately African-American, college educated women's
organization in the world, and is dedicated to providing assistance and
support through established programs in local communities; and
WHEREAS, The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc. was first chartered on March 14, 1949, but was not organized until
February of 1950; and
WHEREAS, At its inaugural meeting at the Third Avenue Branch of the
Brooklyn YWCA, 20 dedicated and committed Brooklyn Deltas came together
to receive the Chapter's Charter which was presented to Chapter Presi-
dent, Soror Catherine T. Alexander, by National Officer, Soror Muriel
Johnson Jenkins; and
WHEREAS, Over the past 65 years, the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter has
worked tirelessly to establish initiatives to enhance the educational
and cultural life of Brooklyn with a primary focus on the Black communi-
ty through the development of programs based on Delta's Five-Point
Programmatic Thrust; and
WHEREAS, Dedicated to helping educate young African-American men and
women, the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter has awarded significant funding for
college scholarships, sponsored Black College Fairs, and organized annu-
al overnight Teen Lift Tours to historically Black colleges and univer-
sities; and
WHEREAS, In addition, this remarkable service organization encourages
reading through School America, and fosters science, mathematics, and
technology with the SEE program; it also works to support local youth
through the EMBODI and GEMS programs for boys and girls, respectively;
and
WHEREAS, Moreover, the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter's Poetry Slam offers a
public speaking forum for young people, and its Black Book Fair provides
local and nationally known authors and publishers the opportunity to
bring the written word to its community; and
WHEREAS, Active internationally, Brooklyn Deltas have diligently
worked to provide support to schoolchildren in Sierra Leone and Ghana,
and have assisted in International Awareness projects in Haiti, Central
and South America, Grenada, and Ethiopia; and
WHEREAS, The success of the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. is in direct correlation to the efforts of its
members, whose involvement is, and always has been, characterized by an
impressive commitment, an unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising
standard of excellence in all endeavors on behalf of the sorority and
the population it serves; and
WHEREAS, In light of its commitment, dedication, and successful
efforts, it is the practice of this Legislative Body to extend its high-

est commendation to the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc.; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
upon the occasion of celebrating its 67th Anniversary on March 14, 2016;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc.

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Law Section:
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J5041

Congratulating Bernard R. Davock upon the occasion of receiving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Bernard R. Davock upon the occa-
sion of receiving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout, the most pres-
tigious of Scouting honors, on April 23, 2016

WHEREAS, Bernard R. Davock, through his diligence and rigorous efforts,
has achieved Scouting's highest and most prestigious rank, Eagle Scout;
the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 23,
2016, at Immaculate Conception Church, Hoosick Falls, New York; and
WHEREAS, Bernard R. Davock is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop
6063; and
WHEREAS, America has achieved her greatest heights of glory through
the dedication, determination and tireless efforts of the outstanding
citizens of this Nation; and
WHEREAS, It is only with the continued diligence and devotion of our
youth, tomorrow's leaders, that America will maintain her glory; and
WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America and its members are dedicated to
the development of character and leadership in the youth of this Nation;
and
WHEREAS, The highest achievement of leadership in Scouting, earned by
only five percent of all Boy Scouts, is the distinguished rank of Eagle
Scout; and
WHEREAS, This outstanding young man has been involved in Scouting for
many years, has lived up to Scouting's ideals and has attained all of
the necessary achievements, including completion of a community service
project, which was successfully planned, developed and executed; and
WHEREAS, Bernard R. Davock's perseverance in rising through the ranks
to Eagle Scout is a strong indication of his ability to master difficult
tasks; his accomplishment will enable him to emerge as a leader, fully
equipped to meet the challenges of today's complex society; and
WHEREAS, This new Eagle Scout 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 Bernard R. Davock on achieving the rank of Eagle
Scout; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Bernard R. Davock.

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J5040

Honoring Dr. Dennis Marcus upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by the Columbia County Community Service Board

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dr. Dennis Marcus upon the occasion of
his designation for special recognition by the Columbia County Community
Service Board

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality of life in the communities across this great State of New York
is enriched by the diligence and compassionate commitment of those indi-
viduals whose singular purpose is the care and welfare of others; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr.
Dennis Marcus upon the occasion of his designation for special recogni-
tion by the Columbia County Community Service Board at its 16th Annual
Dinner; and
WHEREAS, Each year, the Columbia County Community Service Board recog-
nizes an individual or individuals who have influenced the care and
treatment of those who are struggling with mental illness, chemical
dependency or developmental disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Dennis Marcus was born in New York City and raised in Kato-
nah, New York; he attended John Jay High School where he liked to say he
played football, however briefly, played the trombone in the marching
band, and sang acappella; and
WHEREAS, He gained admission to Syracuse University and declared duel
majors in English Literature and Psychology; two years into his studies,
he changed to Pre Med; a gifted student, he graduated from Syracuse
University in three years; and
WHEREAS, Dennis Marcus attended the University of Louisville School of
Medicine; he then completed a two-year pediatric residency at Albany
Medical Center; and
WHEREAS, For three consecutive summers, Dr. Dennis Marcus interned and
then became the Program Director for the Appalacian Project in Tennes-
see; he also organized the notorious Sneedville River Boat Race; and
WHEREAS, When his passion became child psychiatry, Dr. Dennis Marcus
moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he completed a two-year
residency in adult psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Dennis Marcus did a two-year residency in child psychia-
try at the Boston Children's Hospital Medical Center/ Judge Baker Guid-
ance Center of Harvard Medical School; and
WHEREAS, Following these many years of education, Dr. Dennis Marcus
moved to the Berkshires which had always been his family summertime
camping destination; he began his working career at Kolburne School in
New Marlborough, Massachusetts; and
WHEREAS, He was invited to represent the Berkshires as a participating
member of the Governor's Commission on Mental Health State Advisory
Council and did so for five years; he worked at Main Street Human
Resources in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Dennis Marcus began a private practice, and in 1987
incorporated South County Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Center as the
smallest and most personally tended DPH licensed outpatient mental
health clinic in Massachusetts; and
WHEREAS, By 1998, Dr. Dennis Marcus had recognized and began to fill a
need for psychiatric services in New York, first in an outpatient office
in Valatie; and
WHEREAS, As the years went on, he discovered Columbia Memorial Hospi-
tal and was devoted to providing both outpatient and inpatient services;
and
WHEREAS, In the faithful performance of his duties and responsibil-
ities, Dr. Dennis Marcus' ongoing efforts and notable achievements have

significantly contributed to bettering the quality of life in his commu-
nity; and
WHEREAS, Throughout his tenure, he continuously displays initiative
and an unrelenting commitment when pursuing the highest of goals, and he
serves as a role model of leadership to be emulated by all; now, there-
fore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dr. Dennis Marcus upon the occasion of his designation for special
recognition by the Columbia County Community Service Board; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Dennis Marcus.

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J5039

Congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kessler upon the occasion of celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kessler upon the
occasion of celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary

WHEREAS, Jon Kessler and Marilyn Gall were united in marriage on March
10, 1966, at All Saints Catholic Church in Buffalo, New York; and
WHEREAS, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kessler of Tonawanda, New York, celebrated
their Golden Wedding Anniversary with family and friends at a cocktail
party held in their honor at their daughter's home; and
WHEREAS, Jon Kessler is retired from Dunlop Tire Company in Tonawanda,
New York, and Marilyn Kessler is a homemaker who devoted herself to
making a loving home for her family; and
WHEREAS, They are the proud parents of five children, and the loving
grandparents of nine grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kessler 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. Jon Kessler 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. Jon Kessler 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. Jon Kessler upon the occasion of celebrating
their 50th Wedding Anniversary; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mr. and Mrs. Jon Kessler.

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J5038

Commending Healthfirst upon the occasion of holding its Community Health Fair on May 21, 2016

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Healthfirst upon the occasion of hold-
ing its Community Health Fair on May 21, 2016

WHEREAS, It is the sense 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 well-being 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
Healthfirst upon the occasion of holding its Community Health Fair on
Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Calvary and St. Cyprian's Episcopal
Church in Brooklyn, New York; and
WHEREAS, Healthfirst is a non-profit health care group which serves
approximately 1.2 million members in the New York City and Long Island
areas through government-sponsored programs including Child Health Plus,
Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care, as well as
through private health plans; and
WHEREAS, This esteemed organization's Community Health Fair seeks to
improve the overall welfare of its fellow citizens by promoting healthy
living, and offers screenings in such critical areas as blood pressure,
cholesterol, BMI, and Heart Disease; and
WHEREAS, In addition, the Community Health Fair provides important
information to attendees on numerous vital topics including Smoking
Cessation, Stroke, Asthma, Diabetes, Nutrition, Childhood Diseases,
Patient Rights, and Elder Care; and
WHEREAS, Moreover, residents of the community will have an opportunity
to meet their neighborhood healthcare providers and take part in a wide
variety of games, raffles, and other activities; and
WHEREAS, The Community Health Fair provides an excellent opportunity
for Healthfirst to bring greater awareness to the health issues affect-
ing the New York Metropolitan area and beyond; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an organ-
ization for the benefit of others which Healthfirst has displayed
throughout its existence; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body recognizes the vital importance of the
Healthfirst's Community Health Fair in providing excellence in care
through prevention, education and treatment, and its evident commitment
to this mission; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Healthfirst upon the occasion of holding its Community Health
Fair on May 21, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Healthfirst.

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J5037

Congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Powers upon the occasion of celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Powers upon
the occasion of celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary

WHEREAS, Douglas and Patricia Powers were united in marriage on April 3,
1966, at Webb Horton Memorial Church in Middletown, New York; shortly
thereafter, Doug went off to continue serving his country in Vietnam;
and
WHEREAS, They are the proud parents of four children, Wendy (Sam),
Dougie (Sandy), Tammy (Brad), and Chris (Lindsey), and the loving grand-
parents of 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Currently, Douglas and Patricia Powers are enjoying their
retirement by being actively involved in the VFW and several antique car
clubs; and
WHEREAS, Douglas Powers is a volunteer with Hudson Valley Honor Flight
and Patricia Powers is an avid bowler; and
WHEREAS, Together, they enjoy traveling in their motorhome to
Patricia's favorite spot, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where Douglas
enjoys fishing and Patricia enjoys spending time at the beach; and
WHEREAS, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Powers 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. Douglas Powers 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. Douglas Powers 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. Douglas Powers upon the occasion of celebrat-
ing their 50th Wedding Anniversary; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Powers.

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J5036

Mourning the death of Maria T. Harrison, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Maria T. Harrison, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Maria T. Harrison died on December 31, 2015, at the age of
56; born Maria T. Preite in Brooklyn, New York, she lived in Short
Hills, New Jersey, for the past 25 years; and
WHEREAS, She graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor of
arts degree, which led her to pursue a master's in education at Caldwell
University; and
WHEREAS, Maria T. Harrison was a firm believer in the potential of
others and dedicated her life to helping them achieve it; and
WHEREAS, Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch appointed her to serve on
the N.Y.C. Commission on the Status of Women, where she advocated for
gender equality through dialogue and policy proposals; and
WHEREAS, She later spent a decade as an elementary school teacher for
Ecole Toussaint Louverture, a public elementary school in East Orange,
New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, Maria T. Harrison distinguished herself in her profession and
by her sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
her community; and
WHEREAS, Maria T. Harrison's commitment to excellence, and her spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
WHEREAS, In addition to her commitment to education, Maria T. Harrison
was an active parishioner and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of St.
Rose of Lima Church; and
WHEREAS, Predeceased by her mother, Gloria Mercorella Preite, Maria T.
Harrison is survived by her husband, Edmond Harrison; her two children,
Meghan and E.J.; her father, Joseph Preite; and her brother, Ralph
Preite; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Maria T. Harrison leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
she served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Maria T. Harrison, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of her community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Maria T. Harrison.

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J5035

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 3, 2016, as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Day in the State of Ne...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 3, 2016, as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Day
in the State of New York

WHEREAS, As part of executing its mission, the New York State Coalition
Against Domestic Violence seeks to eradicate domestic violence and to
ensure the provision of effective and appropriate services to victims of
domestic violence through community outreach, education, training, tech-
nical assistance and policy development; and
WHEREAS, The Coalition's principles and practices prioritize the safe-
ty and concerns of victims who are abused, provide support and encour-
agement for the participation of victims who are abused in the struggle
to eradicate personal and institutional violence against them, and
provide for a noncompetitive atmosphere that fosters open communication,
respect, and cooperation among advocates and victims who are abused; and
WHEREAS, Approximately one in four women and one in seven men in the
United States will experience physical domestic violence at some point
in their lifetime; and
WHEREAS, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence
or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States - more than 12
million women and men over the course of a year; and
WHEREAS, Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk
of nonfatal intimate partner violence; and
WHEREAS, Domestic violence victims experience a host of health and
mental health-related consequences at far greater rates than their coun-
terparts who have not been abused; and
WHEREAS, New York State has the greatest demand for domestic violence
support services in the country; and
WHEREAS, The NYS Office of Children and Family Services reported that
over 55,000 survivors of domestic violence and their children received
services from residential, non-residential, and transitional housing
programs licensed by OCFS, and nearly 186,000 hotline calls were
received by domestic violence programs across the state in 2014; and
WHEREAS, The economic burden of domestic violence in the United States
is over $8.3 billion per year in direct medical costs and loss of
productivity; and
WHEREAS, 15.5 million children in the United States live in families
in which domestic violence occurred at least once in the past year, and
7 million children live in families in which severe domestic violence
occurred; and
WHEREAS, According to the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services,
there were 123 domestic homicides in New York State in 2014; and
WHEREAS, The cost of a single homicide can range over $17.25 million
when considering medical care costs, lost future earnings, public
program costs, property damage and losses, and quality of life losses;
and
WHEREAS, Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults,
one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalking incidents perpe-
trated against women by intimate partners are reported to the police;
and
WHEREAS, The damage caused by domestic violence is not limited by
gender, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS, Education and awareness campaigns have the potential to not
only increase identification of domestic violence and the appropriate
response from helping professionals and the public, but when used in a
primary prevention framework, can also act as a catalyst to change

social and community norms that can prevent it from happening in the
first place; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 3, 2016, as Domes-
tic Violence Awareness and Prevention Day in the State of New York; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York, and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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J5034

Mourning the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world as Prince, a pop icon, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, ...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, known
to the world as Prince, a pop icon, singer-songwriter, musician, record
producer, actor and distinguished citizen

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor and pay trib-
ute to the lives of individuals whose commitment and creative talents
have contributed to the entertainment and cultural enrichment of the
State of New York and beyond; and
WHEREAS, Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world as Prince, a pop
culture icon, died on April 21, 2016; and
WHEREAS, Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to African-Ameri-
can parents, on June 7, 1958; and
WHEREAS, After recording a demo tape with producer Chris Moon, Prince
was introduced to Minneapolis businessman Owen Husney, who signed him to
a management contract at the age of 17; and
WHEREAS, The talented young musician was signed to Warner Brothers
Records and released his first album, "For You", in 1978, producing,
arranging, composing and playing all 27 instruments on the recording;
and
WHEREAS, The exceptionally prolific artist would release 39 albums,
including the seminal "Purple Rain" soundtrack in 1984, which sold more
than 22 million copies worldwide, and was ranked the 15th greatest album
of all time by TIME magazine; and
WHEREAS, The "Purple Rain" film, containing several concert scenes,
marked Prince's movie debut, and grossed more than 80 million dollars at
the box office; and
WHEREAS, The innovative megastar changed his name to a symbol in 1993,
and was often referred to as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, before
reverting back to his Prince moniker in 2000; and
WHEREAS, Billboard ranked his 2007 performance at the Super Bowl XLI
press conference the greatest Super Bowl performance of all time; and
WHEREAS, Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, standing as
one of the best-selling artists in history, and won seven Grammy Awards,
a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and was inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 2004; and
WHEREAS, This musical pioneer creatively mixed rock, R&B, funk, hip-
hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz and pop, and his charismatic stage
performance and wide vocal range continue to be emulated by countless
artists citing him as a creative influence; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished citizen was known for philanthropic acts,
announcing in 2004 that he would donate 1.5 million dollars to New
York's Harlem Children's Zone, Uptown Dance Academy and American Ballet
Theatre; and
WHEREAS, The contributions of Prince will never be replicated, but
will be forever remembered and celebrated as his legacy stands the test
of time; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world as Prince, a
pop icon, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and
distinguished citizen; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of the late Prince Rogers Nelson.

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Law Section:
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J5033

Mourning the death of John K. Gempler, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of John K. Gempler, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, John K. Gempler, a lifelong resident of Kenoza Lake, New
York, died on March 17, 2016, at the age of 73; born on August 12, 1942,
he was the son of John H. Gempler and Mary Keery Gempler; and
WHEREAS, The life of John K. Gempler was as varied and interesting as
were his stories about his childhood and family, his love of people, his
hearty laugh and his dedication to his professional careers; and
WHEREAS, John K. Gempler distinguished himself in his profession and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
WHEREAS, After attending Cornell University, John K. Gempler began
dairy farming on his farm located in Bethel, New York; it was there in
1969, the history making Woodstock concerts were performed in his front
yard; and
WHEREAS, Leaving the farming business, John K. Gempler began his
illustrious career with the Callicoon Cooperative Insurance Company; he
was first elected to the Board of Directors of the company in 1972, and
assumed the position of Assistant Secretary just one year later; and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, in 1985, he was also elected treasurer and held
both offices until his retirement in 2007, after 31 years of distin-
guished service managing the company; and
WHEREAS, John K. Gempler joined the Jeff Bank Board of Directors in
1981, and following his election, was named Secretary of the Jeff Bank
Board of Directors in 1986, a position he devoted countless hours to for
nearly 35 years; and
WHEREAS, With a commitment to excellence, John K. Gempler's spirit of
humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including charita-
ble and civic endeavors; and
WHEREAS, Active in the insurance industry statewide, John K. Gempler
served as the president of the New York Insurance Alliance in 1986, and
was a member of the Finger Lakes Insurance Council; he was also a
committeeman for the Cornell Cooperative Extension for more than 40
years, as well as treasurer of the Kenoza Lake Fire District; and
WHEREAS, In addition, this esteemed man was a member of the American
British White Park Association, the New York Beef Producers Association
and the Pennsylvania Livestock Association; and
WHEREAS, John K. Gempler is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lori;
three children, Susan (David), David (Robin), and Joy (James); seven
grandchildren, Jason, Michael, Jimmy, Erin, Todd, Justin and Kaitlyn;
and nine great-grandchildren, Ryan, Marcella, Tanner, Alexis, Hailey,
Hannah, Hunter, Isabella and T.J.; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, John K. Gempler leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of John K. Gempler, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of his community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of John K. Gempler.

actions

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

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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