J6094

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

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Margaret Burger 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, Margaret Burger was born to Margaret and Fred Schumacher on
June 19, 1916, in Matamoras, Pennsylvania; she will celebrate this
momentous occasion with a family party on Sunday, June 19, 2016, and
with her Deerpark Reformed Church family on Sunday, June 26, 2016; and
WHEREAS, In 1934, Margaret Schumacher and Bill Burger were married
after a six-month courtship; together, the couple owned and operated
Burger's Music Shop for many years; and
WHEREAS, A lifelong tri-state area resident, Margaret Burger enjoys
assisting with the Meals on Wheels Program and keeps busy as a volunteer
in both her church and community; and
WHEREAS, Well-liked by many, Margaret Burger attributes her long life
to staying active, eating well and just living life the only way she
knows how; and
WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian, with her zest for life, has
inspired and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; and
WHEREAS, With her throughout have been her daughter, Mary Ann Gemmilo,
her three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, as well as her
late husband, Bill Burger, all of whom have felt privileged to be a part
of her life and rejoiced in her accomplishments; 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, 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 Burger 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 Margaret Burger.

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Law Section:
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J6093

Commending the Reverend Gus Graap upon the occasion of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Catholic Priesthood

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the Reverend Gus Graap upon the occa-
sion of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the
Catholic Priesthood in the Carmelite Order

WHEREAS, The character and richness of religious and community life in
this noble Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the faithful
concern and selfless devotion of those who would commit their energies
and purpose to the ministry of others; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to bring full
recognition and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish them-
selves and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and preemi-
nence of service; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Reverend Gus Graap upon the occasion of celebrating the 50th Anni-
versary of his Ordination to the Catholic Priesthood in the Carmelite
Order; and
WHEREAS, Born on June 1, 1940, in Mount Vernon, Gus Graap was ordained
in St. Albert's Chapel in Middletown, New York, now the National Shrine
of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; his first solemn Mass was celebrated in the
Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, where he will have an Anniversary
Mass and Celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2016; and
WHEREAS, Father Gus Graap's early ministries were diverse, spending 14
years of his illustrious career working with retreats; when he returned
to Middletown in the summer of 1988, he served as director of Lay
Carmelites, and was deeply involved in planning and moving into the new
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Wawayanda Avenue; and
WHEREAS, In 1995, Father Gus Graap began a ministry at Mid-Orange and
Otisville, two state prisons in Orange County from which he retired in
2015; he also has worked at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center
in New Hampton, the Middletown Psychiatric Center, and the Psychiatric
Center in Poughkeepsie; and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, for the past eight years Father Gus Graap has
done part-time work at the Richard C. Ward Addiction Treatment Center in
Goshen; and
WHEREAS, Currently a resident at the Carmelite residence in Blooming-
burg, Father Gus Graap celebrates weekend Masses at St. Columba's Church
in Chester, and helps at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown; and
WHEREAS, For the past 50 years, Father Gus Graap has rendered faith-
ful, conscientious and valuable service to the Catholic Church, earning
the admiration, esteem and affection of his congregation, diocese, and
community; and
WHEREAS, In his capacity as a spiritual leader, Father Gus Graap
serves with loyalty, honor and distinction, and is governed by a keen
sense of duty and always shows a unique grasp of human problems in his
official acts; and
WHEREAS, Father Gus Graap has brought to his ministry an overwhelming
spirit of charity and compassion, acting from vision and enlightenment
in conducting his administrative and spiritual duties, while always
displaying the highest standards of personal and professional integrity
and dedication; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and has adminis-
tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Reverend Gus Graap upon the occasion of celebrating the 50th

Anniversary of his Ordination to the Catholic Priesthood in the Carmel-
ite Order; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Reverend Gus Graap.

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J6092

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady
Star of the Sea Parish

WHEREAS, Religious institutions, and the many spiritual, social and
educational benefits they confer, play a vital role in the development
of the moral fabric of a responsible citizenry; and
WHEREAS, It is the tradition of this State and Nation to pay tribute
to those institutions and individuals who have contributed to the
ethical and spiritual values of their communities; 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 100th Anniversary of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish; and
WHEREAS, Our Lady Star of the Sea began in 1916, as a small mission
church of Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the South Shore of
Staten Island; the population of Staten Island at that time was less
than 100,000 people, and the South Shore was the least densely populated
in the county; and
WHEREAS, The parish of Our Lady Help of Christians and its mission
parish attended to the spiritual needs of the people living in its
neighboring towns; during this time, there was a growth spurt due to
improved transportation in the area; and
WHEREAS, In 1930, the status of the mission church of Our Lady Help of
Christians changed and Our Lady Star of the Sea became a parish in its
own right; and
WHEREAS, Staten Island continued to grow and saw a huge influx of
residents in 1964, with the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge,
connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn and the rest of New York City; and
WHEREAS, The original church building of Our Lady Star of the Sea
quickly became too small for the growing parish and as a result, a new
church was constructed; the parish opened a school in 1959, its inaugur-
al year, with approximately 500 children; growth continued for many
years and an addition was built onto the original school building in
1969; and
WHEREAS, In 1982, the construction of the parish's second church was
completed and it was at capacity from the days the doors opened, twelve
years later, the school expanded again and opened a preschool to serve
the needs of more than 900 local children; and
WHEREAS, An athletic center and soccer field were built in 2002, to
meet the needs of an ever growing athletic program which served more
than 1,500 children at the time of these facilities were dedication; in
2010, a new 1,100 seat church, the third in its history, was opened to a
congregation who had longed for the space needed for its growing Cathol-
ic community; and
WHEREAS, Since its inception a century ago, Our Lady Star of the Sea
has been a vibrant, welcoming parish that has served and continues to
serve the local community of Staten Island; and
WHEREAS, Today, under the luminous direction of Reverend Thomas P.
Devery, Our Lady Star of the Sea's Sunday liturgies serve more than
4,200 people each week; there are nearly 40 Lectors, more than 180
Eucharistic Ministers, and 118 altar servers who serve 4,100 active
families in the parish in their respective ministries; and
WHEREAS, Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish stands on the threshold of
tomorrow, prepared to meet the challenges of the coming decades while
retaining that spiritual resolve which characterizes its past; now,
therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Reverend Thomas P. Devery, Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish,
Staten Island, New York.

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J6091

Commending Megan Millman upon the occasion of being named the first female Chief of the Mountaindale Fire Department

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Megan Millman upon the occasion of
being named the first female Chief of the Mountaindale Fire Department

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 justly proud to commend Megan Mill-
man upon the occasion of being named the first female Chief of the Moun-
taindale Fire Department; and
WHEREAS, In 2003, Megan Millman enjoyed visiting and assisting her
future husband at the Mountaindale Fire Department; encouraged to join,
she enrolled in the Basic Firefighting training course that summer; and
WHEREAS, After becoming a member of the Mountaindale Fire Department,
Megan Millman faced danger and peril without fear and performed her job
with the utmost concern and professionalism; in 2015, she responded to
152 EMT or Fire calls, while caring for three children and managing her
household; and
WHEREAS, A well-respected and hardworking firefighter, Megan Millman
quickly rose through the ranks, holding numerous leadership roles prior
to attaining the position of 1st Assistant Chief; in 2016, she was
elected to her present title of Fire Chief, where she leads and super-
vises her fellow firefighters; and
WHEREAS, After a few years of dedicated service to the Mountaindale
Fire Department, Megan Millman decided to become an EMT with the Depart-
ment's First Aid Squad; throughout the last nine years, she has
responded to numerous calls, successfully treating a wide range of
medical emergencies; and
WHEREAS, The Mountaindale Fire Department was established in 1923; 31
years later, the Mountaindale First Aid Squad was formed, providing a
platform for women to serve as a first responder and also qualify for
coverage under Sullivan County's workers' compensation benefits; and
WHEREAS, Much has changed since the Department's inception almost a
century ago when women were not allowed to join the fire service;
through her diligence and steadfast commitment to the Department, Megan
Millman is proud to hold the distinction of being the first female Chief
in Mountaindale Fire Department's storied history; 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; Fire
Chief Megan Millman is such a firefighter; for over a decade, this
volunteer has 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
commend Megan Millman upon the occasion of being named the first female
Fire Chief of the Mountaindale Fire Department; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Chief Megan Millman.

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J6090

Commending the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees upon the occasion of hosting its Annual World Refugee Day Celebration on J...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for
Refugees upon the occasion of hosting its Annual World Refugee Day Cele-
bration on June 18, 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 welfare of the
community and its citizenry; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend
the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees upon the occasion of
hosting its Annual World Refugee Day Celebration, to be feted on Satur-
day, June 18, 2016, at Hanna Park, Utica, New York; and
WHEREAS, This auspicious occasion will be comprised of a myriad of
events to celebrate World Refugee Day including an International Fashion
Show, musical and dance performances, various children's activities, as
well as a Citizenship Ceremony where 10 youths from the community will
be proudly naturalized to the United States; in addition, people can buy
food from vendors, and view traditional crafts and educational displays
about refugees and forced migration; and
WHEREAS, It is also a time to recognize the contributions of refugees
in Utica, and observe the plight of 60 million individuals, 1 in 22
persons, globally that are refugees or in refugee-like situations; to
date, close to 16,000 refugees have resettled and come to call the
Mohawk Valley their home; and
WHEREAS, Under the luminous leadership of Executive Director, Shelly
Callahan, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees strives to
assist Refugees, Immigrants and Limited English Proficient (LEP) indi-
viduals throughout the integration process and helps them achieve inde-
pendence and self-sufficiency by developing products and services which
enable us to build community with many cultures; and
WHEREAS, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is
mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to lead and coordinate
international action to protect refugees and find solutions to refugee
problems worldwide; and
WHEREAS, It is important to recognize that the United States has a
long history of helping and protecting refugees, and is signatory to the
1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and
its 1967 Protocol; and
WHEREAS, The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a
resolution on December 4, 2000, naming June 20th of every year as World
Refugee Day, bringing attention to the plight of the world's refugees
and to extend to them encouragement, support and respect; and
WHEREAS, World Refugee Day 2016 is dedicated to protecting refugees
and providing them with opportunities to rebuild their lives in safety
and dignity; this year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for
the public to show support for families and individuals forced to flee;
and
WHEREAS, The Mohawk Valley, Oneida County and City of Utica, and its
people continue to welcome refugees and make resources available for
refugees and their families to lead dignified lives, and achieve securi-
ty in personhood and to follow life, liberty and the pursuit of happi-
ness; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees upon the occasion

of hosting its Annual World Refugee Day Celebration on June 18, 2016;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Shelly Callahan, Executive Producer, Mohawk Valley Center for
Refugees.

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Law Section:
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J6089

Honoring Suffolk County Police Officer Mark L. Collins for his heroic actions in the line of duty on March 12, 2015

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Suffolk County Police Officer Mark L.
Collins for his heroic actions in the line of duty on March 12, 2015

WHEREAS, The quality and sanctity of community life are cherished
values, worthy of safeguarding, and this Legislative Body is moved to
honor those individuals who serve to preserve and protect such values,
lauding particularly their unwavering courage and dedication in the
daily performance of their duties; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
honor those distinguished officers and citizens who would devote them-
selves to public service, demonstrating great courage and diligence in
providing for the care and welfare of the citizens of their communities
and this great Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Suffolk County Police Officer Mark L. Collins for his heroic actions in
the line of duty on Thursday, March 12, 2015; and
WHEREAS, It is appropriate to recognize and commend such outstanding
law enforcement officers as Mark Collins for their valued contributions
to the community; and
WHEREAS, Mark Collins began his illustrious career with the Suffolk
County Police Department on October 20, 2003; he has valiantly served in
the Second Precinct Patrol Section, the Public Information Section, the
Anti-Crime Enforcement Section, and since March 11, 2013, he has been
assigned to the Second Precinct Crime Section; and
WHEREAS, A resident of North Bellmore, New York, Officer Mark L.
Collins and another gang unit officer pulled a car over heading east on
Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station for a traffic infraction shortly
after midnight on March 12, 2015; and
WHEREAS, After recognizing the male in the left rear seat of the vehi-
cle as a gang member with a long history of violence in Suffolk County,
Officer Mark L. Collins ordered the man out of the car; the man imme-
diately fled the scene; and
WHEREAS, Officer Mark L. Collins, giving chase to the fleeing suspect,
caught up with him at a home and hit him twice in the back with Taser
probes; the man fell to the ground, during which time Officer Collins
got onto the suspect's back and tried to handcuff him; and
WHEREAS, While actively trying to detain him, the suspect turned onto
his side and opened fire with a .38-caliber revolver, shooting Officer
Mark L. Collins in the neck and hip; miraculously, he was able to drag
himself next to a stoop and position himself so he was covered as much
as possible with his bulletproof vest; and
WHEREAS, Once again, the armed suspect fled the scene, and was later
tracked down by officers with police dogs nearly a quarter-mile away
where they found him in a shed and made the arrest; and
WHEREAS, An esteemed 12-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police
Department, Mark L. Collins also serves as a Commissioner of the North
Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department; and
WHEREAS, During his tenure with the Suffolk County Police Department,
Officer Mark L. Collins has been the proud recipient of numerous awards
and recognitions some of which include a Bravery Gold Medal, Meritorious
Police Service Medal, Cop of the Year Award, Cop of the Month Award, two
Department Recognition Awards, seven Letters of Appreciation and four
Command Recognition Awards; and
WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his loving wife, Nicole, who
feels privileged to be a part of his life and rejoices in his achieve-
ments; and

WHEREAS, Within every community of the State of New York there are
certain individuals who, by virtue of their commitment and dedication,
command the respect and admiration of their community for their exem-
plary contributions and service on behalf of others; Officer Mark L.
Collins is such an individual; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those dedicated
public servants who unselfishly devote their lives to the preservation
of order and the protection of others are worthy and due full praise for
their commitment and noble endeavors; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Suffolk County Police Officer Mark L Collins for his heroic
actions in the line of duty on March 12, 2015; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Officer Mark L. Collins.

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Law Section:
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J6088

Condemning Boko Haram for its violent attacks, particularly the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, especially women and girls

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION condemning Boko Haram for its violent attacks,
particularly the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, especially women
and girls, and the use of children as fighters and suicide bombers

WHEREAS, Nigeria is Africa's largest economy, largest oil producer, and
most populous African country; and
WHEREAS, According to the 2013 Census, there are 299,310 Nigerians
residing in the United States; and
WHEREAS, According to the Migration Policy Institute from 2015 on the
Nigerian Diaspora in the United States, New York State is home to about
25,000 first generation Nigerians, and about 35,000 Nigerians live in
New York City; and
WHEREAS, Nigeria has significant promise, yet faces serious social,
economic and security changes, and as a result has been scarred by
ethnic, geographic, and religious conflict; and
WHEREAS, Boko Haram, often translated as "Western education is forbid-
den," a small Sunni Islamic sect emerged in Nigeria 10 years ago, and
has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State, advocates a strict
interpretation and implementation of Islamic Law; and
WHEREAS, In the town of Chibok, on the night of April 14-15, 2014,
Boko Haram kidnapped 276 school girls from the Government Secondary
School, and parents who were certain that they would see their children
again, continue to mourn their disappearance; and
WHEREAS, When the girls were first kidnapped, concerned people from
around the world rallied around the hashtag BringBackOurGirls, and the
families of the girls at the Bring Back Our Girls headquarters in Abuja
continue to march and rally everyday even as these other voices have
faded; and
WHEREAS, Under the auspices of the Nigerian head of state, Muhammadu
Buhari, efforts had been made to rescue the girls, with the assistance
of allies; as of this writing it has been 775 days and they have not
been returned; and
WHEREAS, The Honorable Frederica Wilson, representing the 24th
District of Florida, introduced House Resolution 147, supporting efforts
to bring an end to violence perpetuated by Boko Haram, and urging the
Government of Nigeria to conduct transparent, peaceful, and credible
elections; she has gathered her colleagues in the United States Congress
every Wednesday asking them to wear red to remind the world that the
majority of the Chibok school girls are still missing, and must be
brought back home; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
condemn Boko Haram for its violent attacks, particularly the indiscrimi-
nate targeting of civilians, especially women and girls, and the use of
children as fighters and suicide bombers; and be it further
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause further to stand with the
people of Nigeria in their right to live free from fear or intimidation
by state or non-state actors, regardless of their ethnic, religious, or
regional affiliation; and be it further
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause further to urge the Govern-
ment of Nigeria to prioritize the security and well-being of Nigerians
vulnerable to Boko Haram attacks, as well as urge the Government of
Nigeria to implement a comprehensive, civilian focused response to
defeat Boko Haram that addresses political, economic and social griev-
ances of citizens in the north, recognizing security forces are intended
to protect the safety and security of all citizens equally.

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Law Section:
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J6087

Commending Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. upon the occasion of its Annual "Delta Days in the Capitol"

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. upon
the occasion of its Annual "Delta Days in the Capitol" on June 6, 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 that are devoted 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
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. upon the occasion of its Annual "Delta
Days in the Capitol" on Monday, June 6, 2016, to be held in Albany, New
York; and
WHEREAS, This auspicious occasion will bring sisters from the Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. together from across the State of New York,
to address many social concerns; the 2016 Conference will focus on the
important issue of Education, including the need for increased access to
higher education, the need for increased funding for STEM education, the
need for increased funding for vocational education, and job retraining
programs, as well as other critical topics; and
WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 on the
campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence; to provide
scholarship; to provide support to the underserved, to educate and stim-
ulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and
to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communi-
ties; and
WHEREAS, Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has more than 250,000
members and nearly 1,000 chapters worldwide; the Sorority uses its Five-
Point Programmatic Thrust of economic development, educational develop-
ment, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental
health and political awareness and involvement to create its national
programs; and
WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was once led by Past
National President and acclaimed civil rights leader Dorothy Height; in
1994 and 2004, respectively, Ms. Height was awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian
awards in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Upon her death in 2010, Ms. Height was honored by President
Obama for her many years of service to our country and the world; other
dynamic women who have served the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in the
capacity of National President include Frankie Freeman, Esq., the first
woman appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge; and
WHEREAS, New York State has been home to many notable Deltas including
the late United States Representative Shirley Chisholm, founding member
of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Caucus, which celebrates
its 50th Anniversary this year, United States Representative Yvette D.
Clarke, New York State Assembly Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper, New York
State Assemblywoman Annette Robinson, New York State Assemblywoman
Rodneyse Bichotte, New York State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, and
former Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall; and
WHEREAS, For 103 years, the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc. have used their collective voices to advocate on behalf of their
communities; since 1989, Deltas gather annually in Washington. D.C. for
Delta Days in the Nation's Capital, a 3-day conference designed to
educate and inspire members about important national issues; at the

conclusion of Delta Days in the Nation's Capital, members conduct meet-
ings on Capitol Hill with their respective federal legislators; and
WHEREAS, In March of 2003, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. became a
Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) and was granted Special Consultative
status as an NGO to the Economic and Social Council of the United
Nations; on a local level, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
regularly conduct meetings with their local, state and federal political
representatives; and
WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that when an
organization of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our
attention, it should be recognized and applauded by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. upon the occasion of its Annual
"Delta Days in the Capitol" on June 6, 2016; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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J6086

Honoring Anthony C. Conte upon the occasion of his retirement after 15 years of distinguished service as President of Shea's Perform...

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J6086


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Anthony C. Conte upon the occasion of
his retirement after 15 years of distinguished service as President of
Shea's Performing Arts Center

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body seeks to acknowledge those individuals
whose professional lives and civic endeavors serve to enhance the
cultural life of their communities and the stature of the 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 honor
Anthony C. Conte upon the occasion of his retirement after 15 years of
distinguished service as President of Shea's Performing Arts Center; he
will officially step down at the end of the 2015-16 season, but will
remain as a part-time consultant working on special projects; and
WHEREAS, For the past 15 years, Anthony C. Conte has rendered faith-
ful, conscientious and valuable service as President of Shea's Perform-
ing Arts Center; during this time, he oversaw the theatre's restoration
and helped transform the former movie palace into one of Western New
York's most successful arts venues; and
WHEREAS, As a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Finance, and SUNY at Buffalo with an MBA, and a former
M&T Bank Executive and co-Owner & President of Larry Smith Office,
Anthony C. Conte volunteered at Shea's Performing Arts Center in the
1970s, and later, assumed leadership, in 2001 during a difficult time
for the historic Buffalo theater which was first opened in 1926; and
WHEREAS, During his illustrious tenure, President Anthony C. Conte
oversaw the authentic restoration of this cultural landmark's facili-
ties; in addition, his exceptional guidance and vision have helped place
the theatre on outstanding financial footing with a 310% increase in the
number of season tickets sold annually; and
WHEREAS, This esteemed man has also helped expand Shea's Performing
Arts Center to include not only the historic 3,000-seat theatre which
presents touring Broadway musicals, concerts, educational productions
and other programs, but also the 230-seat Shea's Smith Theatre for off-
Broadway musicals and comedies and the 625-seat Shea's 710 Main Theatre,
which shows dramatic plays; and
WHEREAS, In his official acts, President Anthony C. Conte displayed
tremendous vision, creativity, kindness, and collaborative spirit,
making Buffalo one of the best midsized theater destinations and Broad-
way subscription markets in the country; and
WHEREAS, Anthony C. Conte has been called upon to contribute his time
and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always
given of himself unstintingly; he has served as president of the Theatre
District Association, and is a member of both the Road Labor and Legis-
lative Committees of The Broadway League, and the Advisory Council of
the Wehle School of Business at Canisius College; and
WHEREAS, The recipient of countless awards and honors, Anthony C.
Conte has been named BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST'S Most Influential Business
Leader, Western New York, three years straight; on May 3, 2016, he was
presented with the Visit Buffalo Niagara's Tim Russert Award and entered
the Buffalo Ambassador's Hall of Fame and THE BUFFALO NEWS' 2012
Outstanding Citizen; he was also presented with the 2011 Leadership
Buffalo Community Impact Award; and
WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his loving wife, Linda, their
three children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged to
be a part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained commitment to the maintenance of high standards in their
profession, 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
honor Anthony C. Conte upon the occasion of his retirement after 15
years of distinguished service as President of Shea's Performing Arts
Center; and be it
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Anthony C. Conte.

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  • 03 / Jun / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Jun / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 07 / Jun / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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J6085

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Waite Toyota

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J6085


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Waite Toyo-
ta

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the 50th
Anniversary of Waite Toyota; and
WHEREAS, The Waite family began selling vehicles in Jefferson County,
namely Studebakers, in the 1920s; and
WHEREAS, The Waite family joined forces with Toyota in the 1960s,
beginning with a dealership in Adams, then moving to Adams Center, back
to Adams and eventually to Watertown in the late 80s, where the dealer-
ship still stands today; and
WHEREAS, Waite Toyota is a family business in the truest sense, as
Barry Waite's wife, Ellen, as well as his three sons, Darrick, Justin
and Matt, all play a role in the success of the business today; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the past five decades, Waite Toyota has expanded
to meet demands, and at the same time, has continued to provide its
top-notch service to its loyal customer base; and
WHEREAS, In addition to being known for exceptional customer service,
the Waite family has developed a reputation for providing individuals
from throughout the region with rewarding careers where they have an
opportunity to work alongside others who have a passion not only for
cars, but also for serving others; and
WHEREAS, A cornerstone of the North Country economy and the community,
Waite Toyota is truly an institution whose dedication to being a family
business, commitment to customers and passion for entrepreneurship will
enable the Waite family to achieve further success in the years to come;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Waite Toyota; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Waite family.

actions

  • 03 / Jun / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Jun / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 07 / Jun / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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