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Rockaway Flooding Community Meeting

Do you have flooding issues? We have answers.

State Senator James Sanders Jr. will be hosting a community meeting in response to recent coastal flooding in the Rockaways. Get up-to-date information from NYS Department of Environmental Protection (DEC), Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations (Build it Back), NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

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Honoring Amy Hepworth upon the occasion of being named Farmer of the Year by the Cornell Alliance for Science

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Amy Hepworth upon the occasion of being
named Farmer of the Year by the Cornell Alliance for Science

WHEREAS, The agricultural industry is part of the foundation upon which
our distinct American heritage is built; and
WHEREAS, New York State and the entire United States is dependent on
our agricultural industry for a variety of food products; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to commend the
efforts of our farmers as they continue their hard work of cultivating
the land, facing the many challenges of nature such as flood, drought
and heat, in order to grow our food; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Amy
Hepworth upon the occasion of being named Farmer of the Year by the
Cornell Alliance for Science; and
WHEREAS, Amy Hepworth, of Marlborough, New York, is being recognized
for her tireless efforts to enhance food security and improve environ-
mental sustainability both locally and globally; and
WHEREAS, Dedicated to maintaining high standards of quality, this
esteemed farmer has worked tirelessly to overcome obstacles and chal-
lenges, while constantly learning new techniques and methods to achieve
the best results in her field; and
WHEREAS, The recipient of numerous accolades for her outstanding abil-
ities and gracious support of her fellow farmers, Amy Hepworth has also
been presented with the Pride of Ulster County Award; and
WHEREAS, During the entire period of her agricultural career, a period
of constructive involvement, Amy Hepworth has stood constant in dignity,
good grace and humor; and
WHEREAS, Through her diligence and expertise in farming, Amy Hepworth
has brought pride and recognition to herself, her local community, and
to our great Empire State; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when excep-
tional farmers of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our
attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Amy Hepworth upon the occasion of being named Farmer of the Year
by the Cornell Alliance for Science; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Amy Hepworth.

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  • 19 / Feb / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 25 / Feb / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 25 / Feb / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) brought his mobile office to Springfield Gardens yesterday where he met one-on-one with residents, listening to their concerns and suggestions, some of which included safety and quality of life issues.

J3954

Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the founding of the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the founding
of the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping with its
time-honored traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those organiza-
tions which foster ethnic pride and enhance the profile of cultural
diversity which strengthens the fabric of the communities of New York
State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to celebrate
the Fifth Anniversary of the founding of the Bangladeshi American Advo-
cacy Group, and to commend the group for its many years of support and
advocacy on behalf of Bangladesh Americans in New York State; and
WHEREAS, The Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group is a not-for-profit
organization which seeks to give a voice to the Bangladesh Americans
living throughout the State of New York; the Bangladeshi American Advo-
cacy Group's primary mission is to bring social and political equality
in order to improve the quality of life of Bangladesh Americans; and
WHEREAS, Founded in 2011 by several Bangladesh immigrants, the
Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group strives to give Bangladesh Americans
a voice; and
WHEREAS, The Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group speaks up for the
rights of all Bangladesh Americans and seeks to bring positive changes
to the Bangladesh American community; and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group is an
umbrella organization which creates, supports, and sponsors initiatives
and programs to help Bangladeshis living in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, A civic engagement organization, the Bangladeshi American
Advocacy Group engages in multicultural events, seminars, programs and
city services that will assist monolingual and bilingual people of
Bangladeshi origin; this organization is committed to working with
government agencies, community based organizations, and elected offi-
cials to better the lives of the Bangladesh American community; and
WHEREAS, The Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group identifies and
addresses issues of importance to the Bangladesh American community and
similarly situated South Asian Groups through collaboration with all
relevant stakeholders; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and
pay tribute to those organizations which contribute to the improvement
and enhancement of the quality of life in the communities they repre-
sent; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proudly moved to honor and commend
the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group, which has labored so conscien-
tiously to secure and improve the quality of life for the residents and
community it serves, noting the significance of its unremitting efforts
to build a commonality of interest and pride of cooperative achievement,
inherent in the values of community and family life; now, therefore, be
it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the founding of the Bangladeshi Amer-
ican Advocacy Group; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group.

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  • 19 / Feb / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

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J3953

Celebrating the life and accomplishments of Voice of the Buffalo Bills Van Miller

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION celebrating the life and accomplishments of Voice
of the Buffalo Bills Van Miller

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to acknowledge
outstanding sports announcers who distinguish themselves through their
exceptional performance, attaining unprecedented success and the highest
level of personal achievement; and
WHEREAS, It is with great sorrow and deep regret that this Legislative
Body records the passing of Van Miller, noting the significance of his
purposeful life and accomplishments; and
WHEREAS, Van Miller, Voice of the Buffalo Bills and television sports
anchor, died on Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Town of Tonawanda, New
York, at the age of 87; and
WHEREAS, Van Miller will be remembered as the most versatile play-by-
play man in Buffalo sports history, delivering unforgettable calls which
became part of Western New York's sports history; and
WHEREAS, Born in Buffalo, New York's Millard Fillmore Hospital in
1927, Van Miller was raised by his mother, Esther, in Dunkirk, New York;
and
WHEREAS, At the young age of 10, Van Miller was often found practicing
his future craft in his backyard, pretending to announce University of
Notre Dame football games; and
WHEREAS, Van Miller started his illustrious career in 1949, at a
Dunkirk, New York, radio station, WFCB; a man of many talents, he
covered many different genres such as wrestling, basketball, morning
shows, farm shows, quiz shows, and music shows; and
WHEREAS, After serving in the United States Army for a short time, he
worked a few more years in Dunkirk and then landed a job at WHLD-AM in
Niagara Falls, New York; and
WHEREAS, Van Miller married his wife, Gloria, and together they raised
their two children; he was then hired a few days later at WBEN radio and
Channel 4, a position he held until 1998; and
WHEREAS, After Ralph Wilson bought the Buffalo Bills, his first gener-
al manager, Dick Gallagher, decided Van Miller would announce the games
after WBEN got the rights; and
WHEREAS, As the Voice of the Buffalo Bills, Van Miller perhaps became
best known for a signature call in which he explained "Fandemonium"
breaking out after games in the Bills' glory days in the 1990s; he is
also remembered for advising fans to "fasten your seatbelts" before
every game and used the expression, "Do you believe?" after big moments
in games; and
WHEREAS, An inductee of six Halls of Fame, Van Miller became the first
local broadcaster to accept the Pete Rozelle Award at a Hall of Fame
dinner before an audience of 4,000 in Canton, Ohio; and
WHEREAS, A natural storyteller, Van Miller's biography, FASTEN YOUR
SEATBELTS: THE VAN MILLER STORY, written by Rob R. Thompson, had enter-
taining tales to tell about Van's attempts to imitate fabled broadcaster
Bill Stern as a child, his influence on the early days of the Buffalo
Bills and on local television, and his playful sense of humor; and
WHEREAS, In December of 2003, at the age 76, Van Miller proudly called
his last Buffalo Bills game; throughout his illustrious tenure, he
announced games for 37 seasons; and
WHEREAS, In addition to his invaluable role with the Buffalo Bills,
Van Miller also did play-by-play for Buffalo Braves games in the
National Basketball Association, and Niagara University basketball
games, as well as University at Buffalo basketball games; and

WHEREAS, Moreover, Van Miller broadcast Buffalo Bisons baseball games
during the days of the Boswell sisters, who were fictitious fans he
invented to enliven his Bisons broadcasts in his early play-by-play days
via ticker tape; and
WHEREAS, Van Miller is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gloria, his
daughter, Cathy, and one son, Van, Jr., as well as three grandchildren;
and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Van Miller 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
celebrate the life and accomplishments of Voice of the Buffalo Bills Van
Miller; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Van Miller.

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  • 19 / Feb / 2016
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 25 / Feb / 2016
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 25 / Feb / 2016
    • ADOPTED

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