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Commending Joe Torre upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2018 Italian American of the Year Award

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Assembly Resolution No. 1308

BY: M. of A. DenDekker

COMMENDING Joe Torre upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of the 2018 Italian
American of the Year Award by the New York
Conference of Italian American State Legislators

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those individuals of true purpose and worthy accomplishment who foster
ethnic pride and strive to preserve their cultural heritage, thereby
enhancing the profile of cultural diversity which strengthens the fabric
of community throughout 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
commend Joe Torre upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the 2018 Italian American of the Year Award by the New York Conference
of Italian American State Legislators to be celebrated on Monday, June
4, 2018, in Albany, New York; and

WHEREAS, Hall of Famer Joe Torre currently serves as Major League
Baseball's Chief Baseball Officer, overseeing all baseball operations;
since 2011, he has been the Office of the Commissioner's primary liaison
to the general managers and field managers of the 30 Major League Clubs
and the Major League Umpires; and

WHEREAS, Joe Torre, a manager for 29 seasons, ranks fifth all-time
with 2,326 managerial wins; he led the New York Yankees to four World
Series Championships, six American League pennants and 12 Postseason
appearances in his 12 years (1996-2007) as manager; and

WHEREAS, The two-time American League Manager of the Year also led
the New York Mets (1977-1981), the Atlanta Braves (1982-1984), the St.
Louis Cardinals (1990-1995) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-2010); and

WHEREAS, Joe Torre made his managerial debut with the Mets on May
31, 1977, becoming the first player-manager in the Majors since 1959; he
went on to manage Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in 2013, and
served as the General Manager for WBC Champion Team USA in 2017; and

WHEREAS, During his exceptional 18-year playing career with the
Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1960-1968), the Cardinals (1969-1974) and the
Mets (1975-1977), the nine-time All-Star compiled a .297 batting
average, 2,342 hits and 252 home runs; and

WHEREAS, Furthermore, he was the National League's 1971 Most
Valuable Player, batting .363 with 24 home runs and a league-leading 137
RBI; and

WHEREAS, On December 9, 2013, the National Baseball Hall of Fame
announced its Expansion Era Committee had unanimously elected Joe Torre
to its Class of 2014; he was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 27,
2014, in Cooperstown, New York; and

WHEREAS, On August 23, 2014, Joe Torre's number six was retired by
the Yankees, making him the 17th individual to receive such an honor;
and

WHEREAS, A true asset to society, Joe Torre is the Chairman of the
Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, which he and his wife, Ali, launched
in 2002, to develop educational programs in an effort to end the cycle
of domestic violence and save lives; since its inception, the Foundation
has educated thousands of students, parents, teachers and school faculty
about the devastating effects of domestic violence; and

WHEREAS, Joe Torre is the co-author of three books entitled, The
Yankee Years, Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners, and Chasing the
Dream; and

WHEREAS, In addition to his wife, Ali, with him throughout have been
his four children, Michael, Cristina, Lauren and Andrea, who have all
shown him love and support and rejoice in his many achievements; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when
individuals 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
commend Joe Torre upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the 2018 Italian American of the Year Award by the New York Conference
of Italian American State Legislators; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Joe Torre.

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K1307

Commending Dr. Kenneth Graham upon the occasion of his retirement after almost 20 years of dedicated service to the Rush-Henrietta C...

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Assembly Resolution No. 1307

BY: M. of A. Bronson

COMMENDING Dr. Kenneth Graham upon the occasion of
his retirement after almost 20 years of dedicated
service to the Rush-Henrietta Central School
District

WHEREAS, New York State's commitment to education is unparalleled;
its history and stature are secured by the superlative caliber of its
educational professionals and the students they inspire; and

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to acknowledge
the significant milestones in the distinguished careers of those
outstanding educational leaders, whose dedication and achievements have
been instrumental in developing character and academic excellence in the
young people 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
commend Dr. Kenneth Graham upon the occasion of his retirement after
almost 20 years of dedicated service to the Rush-Henrietta Central
School District of Henrietta, New York; and

WHEREAS, For 40 years, Dr. Kenneth Graham has served as an educator;
in 1999, he joined the Rush-Henrietta Central School District; the
longest-serving school superintendent in Monroe County, he will
officially retire in July of 2018; and

WHEREAS, Throughout his tenure, Dr. Kenneth Graham has never stopped
looking for ways to make the District a better place for students to
learn; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Kenneth Graham led the school district through three
major facilities improvements projects which included a new
transportation and operations center; significant renovations to the
junior high schools and Senior High School, including numerous athletics
fields; and the replacement of a dilapidated administration building;
and

WHEREAS, Under Dr. Kenneth Graham's luminous leadership, the
Rush-Henrietta Central School District implemented its successful
small-class-size initiative; at the elementary level, the average class
size in grades Kindergarten through third grade is 15 students, offering
more personalized instructional time for each child; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Kenneth Graham also helped the district become a leader
in the use of instructional technology in the classroom, and
demonstrated great leadership on behalf of students with disabilities,
championing an inclusion movement which allowed more students to be
educated in their home district; and

WHEREAS, In addition, Dr. Kenneth Graham was an early advocate for
standards-based education in Rush-Henrietta, urging the district to
articulate clearly what it expects students to know and be able to do;
overseeing the creation of curriculum maps and common learning

assessments that are still used and updated today; and becoming more
proactive in monitoring student progress to ensure timely academic
intervention; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Kenneth Graham also assisted Rush-Henrietta to
institute Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which
calls on staff members to teach students about desired character traits,
acknowledge students who demonstrate these aspects of good citizenship,
and reteach students about these expectations when their choices and
conduct require it; and

WHEREAS, During the last four years, Dr. Kenneth Graham devoted his
time and energy to a comprehensive reconfiguration plan for the school
district, which was enacted in September of 2017; as part of this
agenda, he advocated for the Board of Education's Full-Day Kindergarten
and Enrollment Management Proposal; and

WHEREAS, Throughout his outstanding career as an educator, Dr.
Kenneth Graham has truly strived to develop learning environments in
which all students can thrive; he has coupled high expectations with
rich opportunities, making innovation, improvement, and success for all
children a public school reality; and

WHEREAS, Kenneth Graham's loyalty to the district and to his staff
is truly admirable; all who have had the privilege to work with him
through the years have known him to be an honest and hard-working
administrator who always made the needs and concerns of his students his
top priority; and

WHEREAS, The driving force behind Dr. Kenneth Graham's commitment to
public education is his belief that all children have the potential to
do great things if given the opportunity; he prides himself on creating
an educational environment where students come first and expectations
are high; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Dr. Kenneth Graham upon the occasion of his retirement after
almost 20 years of dedicated service to the Rush-Henrietta Central
School District, and to wish him continued success in all his future
endeavors; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Dr. Kenneth Graham.

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  • 05 / Jun / 2018
    • INTRODUCED
  • 05 / Jun / 2018
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative