J1537

Commending the Kenmore Lions Club upon the occasion of celebrating its 90th Anniversary on June 4, 2019

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Senate Resolution No. 1537

BY: Senator JACOBS

COMMENDING the Kenmore Lions Club upon the
occasion of celebrating its 90th Anniversary on June
4, 2019

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and
pay tribute to those fraternal organizations of high purpose and worthy
accomplishment whose endeavors have faithfully served the welfare of the
citizens 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
commend the Kenmore Lions Club upon the occasion of its 90th Anniversary
to be celebrated at an event on Tuesday, June 4, 2019; and

WHEREAS, The Kenmore Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs
International, one of the largest service organizations in the world,
and is deeply committed to meeting the challenges of public service;
currently, there are approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200
countries and geographic areas around the world; and

WHEREAS, The goal of the Kenmore Lions Club is to empower volunteers
to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and
promote international understanding; and

WHEREAS, Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the
blind and visually-impaired; this service began when Helen Keller
challenged the Lions to become her "knights of the blind in the crusade
against darkness" during the Lions' 1925 International Convention; and

WHEREAS, On May 8, 1929, the Lions Club of Kenmore, sponsored by the
Buffalo Host Lions Club, joined The International Lions Clubs with 32
Charter Members to serve the residents of Kenmore and the Town of
Tonawanda, New York; and

WHEREAS, The Kenmore Lions Club consists of 46 dedicated men and
women who volunteer their time to perform a variety of community service
projects including Adopt a Highway, the Kenmore-Tonawanda Hole-In-One
Golf Fundraiser, Leo-Venture Crew 2001, and Peace Poster and Essay
Contests for youth ages 10-13; and

WHEREAS, In addition, the Kenmore Lions Club has sponsored an
overseas Army Platoon, hosts picnics, Christmas parties, and
Thanksgiving community dinners for the visually-impaired; collects and
recycles used eye glasses and hearing aids; offers free eyeglasses,
hearing aids and related exams, and vision screening for children; and
provides scholarships for high school students; and

WHEREAS, This vital organization also supports numerous worthy
organizations such as the Dr. Ann Stadelmaier Hearing Aid Fund, Buffalo
League of Sightless Bowlers, Camp Badger, Canine Helpers for the
Handicapped, Excalibur Leisure Skills Center, Habitat for Humanity,
Lions Clubs International Foundation and Projects, Niagara Frontier
Radio Reading, Ross Eye Institute, SABAH, The Olmstead Center for Sight,

Therapeutic Riding Programs, UNYTS, and Vision Beyond Sight Foundation,
as well as Wings Flights of Hope; and

WHEREAS, Over its distinguished 90 year history, the Kenmore Lions
Club has truly strived to live up to its motto "We Serve"; and

WHEREAS, The success of the Kenmore Lions Club 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 organization and the community it serves; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when
individuals and organizations 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 the Kenmore Lions Club upon the occasion of celebrating its 90th
Anniversary, and to honor its members, past and present, who have
labored so conscientiously to secure and improve the quality of life in
the community; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Kenmore Lions Club.

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J1536

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 5, 2019, as World Environment Day in the State of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 1536

BY: Senator PERSAUD

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
June 5, 2019, as World Environment Day in the State
of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
official days that are set aside to increase awareness of serious issues
that affect the lives of citizens 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
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 5, 2019, as World
Environment Day in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, World Environment Day is the United Nation's most important
day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of
our environment; since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global
platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100
countries; and

WHEREAS, World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing
something to take care of the Earth; that "something" can be focused
locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a
crowd; everyone is free to choose; and

WHEREAS, World Environment Day is held every year to encourage
people across the globe to re-think the way they use plastic on a daily
basis; this year's theme, "If you can't reuse it, refuse it," invites us
all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce
the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our
wildlife, and our own health; and

WHEREAS, Plastic pollution has become an epidemic; every year,
individuals throw away enough plastic to circle the Earth four times,
and it can persist for up to 1,000 years before it fully disintegrates;
and

WHEREAS, At any given time, an estimated 165 million plastic
particles are floating in the estuaries which stretch from the Tappan
Zee Bridge, along the lower Hudson River, south to Sandy Hook Bay, in
New Jersey; that is more than 256,000 particles per square kilometer;
and

WHEREAS, While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over
reliant on single-use or disposable plastic, with severe environmental
consequences; around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are
purchased every minute, and 500 billion disposable plastic bags are used
worldwide every year; in total, 50 percent of the plastic we use is
single use; and

WHEREAS, Nearly one third of the plastic packaging we use escapes
collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging our city
streets and polluting our natural environment; every year, up to 13

million tons of plastic leak into our oceans, where it smothers coral
reefs and threatens vulnerable marine wildlife; and

WHEREAS, Plastic also makes its way into our water supply, and thus
into our bodies; plastics contain a number of chemicals, many of which
are toxic or disrupt hormones, and can also serve as a magnet for other
pollutants, including dioxins, metals and pesticides; and

WHEREAS, If you can't reuse it, refuse it; there are so many things
each and every person on this planet can do: ask restaurants to stop
using plastic straws, bring your own coffee mug to work, pressure your
local authorities to improve how they manage your city's waste, bring
your own shopping bags to the supermarket, pressure food suppliers to
use non-plastic packaging, refuse plastic cutlery, and pick up any
plastic you see the next time you go for a walk on the beach; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious environmental issue, and more must be done to increase
activity at the local, state, national and international levels to
promote water conservation; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 5, 2019, as World
Environment Day in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.

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J1535

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 25, 2019, as Missing Children's Day in the State of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 1535

BY: Senator PERSAUD

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
May 25, 2019, as Missing Children's Day in the State
of New York

WHEREAS, The problem of missing children is complex and
multifaceted; there are different types of missing children including
family abductions, endangered runaways, non-family abductions, and lost,
injured, or otherwise missing children; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to memorialize
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 25, 2019, as Missing Children's
Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of
International Missing Children's Day; and

WHEREAS, Every day, all around the world, children go missing;
International Missing Children's Day was established to help raise
public awareness about these missing children and spread the message of
hope among their families; and

WHEREAS, International Missing Children's Day also aims to protect
children around the world from going missing or being abducted by
providing resources for governments, law enforcement, NGOs, and families
on prevention as well as the appropriate actions to take in the event a
child does go missing; and

WHEREAS, National Missing Children's Day has been observed on May
25th in the United States since 1983; first proclaimed by President
Ronald Reagan, this day is commemorated each year with the forget-me-not
flower serving as its emblem; and

WHEREAS, May 25th is the day 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a
New York street corner while on his way to school in 1979; this high
profile case, along with the tragic abduction and murder of Adam Walsh
in Florida, and the missing and murdered children in Atlanta, led to
photographs of missing children on milk cartons and ultimately, a
national movement; and

WHEREAS, In 2001, May 25th was formally recognized as International
Missing Children's Day, through a partnership with the International
Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), Missing Children
Europe and the European Commission; and

WHEREAS, Since 2009, ICMEC has been promoting International Missing
Children's Day by circulating a unified global message of protecting our
vulnerable children; each year the movement continues to grow, and more
and more countries are joining together to advocate, train and
collaborate to eradicate child abduction; and

WHEREAS, International Missing Children's Day honors the national
commitment to help locate and recover missing children by reminding
parents, guardians, and trusted adult role models to make child safety a
priority; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 25, 2019, as
Missing Children's Day in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo.

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J1534

Mourning the death of Lynn S. Millane, former Amherst Town Supervisor, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

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Senate Resolution No. 1534

BY: Senator RANZENHOFER

MOURNING the death of Lynn S. Millane, former
Amherst Town Supervisor, distinguished citizen and
devoted member of her community

WHEREAS, It is with profound sorrow that this Legislative Body,
representing the people of the State of New York, is moved this day to
pay tribute to an eminent woman of indomitable faith and dedication
whose public service and countless accomplishments will forever stand as
a paradigm and inspiration for others; and

WHEREAS, Lynn S. Millane of Amherst, New York, died on Saturday, May
4, 2019; and

WHEREAS, The first woman elected to the Amherst Town Board in 1982,
Lynn S. Millane became a prominent leader in the community and devoted
decades of her life to making the town a better place; through her
advocacy for seniors and passion for helping others, she established
programs which continue to serve Amherst residents every day; and

WHEREAS, After graduating from the University at Buffalo with a
master's degree in health education, Lynn S. Millane married John
Vaughan Millane Jr. and together they raised five children, Maureen,
Michele, John, Mark and Kathleen; and

WHEREAS, During this time, Lynn S. Millane volunteered for many
organizations and was President of the E. J. Meyer Hospital Junior
Board, Women's Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Amherst
Symphony Orchestra Association and the Zonta International Club of
Amherst; and

WHEREAS, When Lynn S. Millane became the first woman elected as a
council member, she was also the only member who worked full time; she
served as a council member for eight years before being appointed Deputy
Supervisor in 1990, and Town Supervisor in 1996, making her the first
woman to hold the esteemed position; and

WHEREAS, In this capacity, Lynn S. Millane served as liaison for the
Amherst Elderly Transportation Corporation, Alternate Fuel and Clean
Cities Committees, Town Energy Conservation Program, Government Studies
Committee, Amherst Chamber of Commerce and Amherst Cable TV, where she
wrote a new cable television contract for the town; and

WHEREAS, Furthermore, she played a crucial role in constructing the
Main Library at Audubon, which opened in October 1987; and

WHEREAS, Lynn S. Millane made astounding advances for seniors; from
1985 to 1989, she was Director of the Network in Aging of Western New
York, and for 10 years she was Chairwoman of the Aging Services Advisory
Committee to the New York State Office for the Aging; and

WHEREAS, To improve the quality of life for residents in nursing and
retirement homes, Lynn S. Millane helped create the first long-term
ombudswoman program in Erie County; additionally, in 1984, she worked

with the Erie County Department of Senior Services and Erie County
legislators to establish the first cluster program in Amherst, Clarence,
Newstead, Akron and Williamsville; and

WHEREAS, Lynn S. Millane also established adult day care services
and updated handicapped facilities for the Clearfield Library; and

WHEREAS, Continuing to make an impact after retiring from elective
office, Lynn S. Millane was appointed a Commissioner for the New York
State Ethics Commission by former Governor George Pataki and helped
rewrite the Town's Code of Ethics; and

WHEREAS, Lynn S. Millane also served on the University at Buffalo's
Community Advisory Council for 12 years and was a trustee at Daemen
College for 19 years; and

WHEREAS, With a steadfast and unwavering commitment to her
community, Lynn S. Millane was an active member of the Restoration
Society, the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Women's Group and the
Twentieth Century Club, which is considered to be one of the oldest
private women's clubs in the country; and

WHEREAS, Lynn S. Millane's longevity in municipal work earned her
numerous awards and accolades, including the Woman of Distinction Award
from the New York State Senate in 2003, Zontian of the Year, Paul Harris
Fellow Award, Outstanding Community Service Award, Amherst Police
Certificate of Appreciation, Notable American Woman of 2000, and Women's
Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Woman of the Year; and

WHEREAS, Predeceased by her beloved husband, John, Lynn S. Millane
is survived by her five children, Dr. Maureen, Michele, John III, Mark
and Kathy; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and

WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Lynn S. Millane 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 Lynn S. Millane, former Amherst Town Supervisor,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community; and be it
further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Lynn S. Millane.

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J1533

Commending Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter upon the occasion of hosting its Annual Community Chart...

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Senate Resolution No. 1533

BY: Senator COMRIE

COMMENDING Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Incorporated Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter upon the
occasion of hosting its Annual Community Charter Day
Celebration, and paying tribute to this year's
honorees on June 9, 2019

WHEREAS, It is the custom 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 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Epsilon Pi Omega
Chapter upon the occasion of hosting its Annual Community Charter Day
Celebration, and to pay tribute to this year's honorees on Sunday, June
9, 2019; and

WHEREAS, This year's honorees include: Gary B. Clifton, Outstanding
Community Leader, Recreational Inner-City Sports and Education program
(R.I.S.E.); and St. Albans Congregational Church's Because We Care Food
Pantry and Clothing Boutique, Excelsior Award for Outstanding Community
Organization; and

WHEREAS, In addition, college scholarships will be presented to
several deserving graduating high school students who reside in Queens,
New York; and

WHEREAS, On January 15, 1908, Ethel Hedgeman and eight of her
like-minded friends founded Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority,
Incorporated at Howard University, a historically black university
located in Washington, D.C.; the women created the support network to
benefit not only themselves, but others through their talents and
strengths; and

WHEREAS, From the original group of nine women, AKA Sorority has
grown into a force of more than 290,000 collegiate members and alumnae,
constituting 1,007 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the
US Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Germany, Liberia, South Korea, Japan,
Canada, South Africa and the Middle East; and

WHEREAS, For more than a century, AKA Sorority has remained true to
its mission comprised of five basic tenets: to cultivate and encourage
high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity and friendship
among college women, study and help alleviate problems concerning girls
and women in order to improve their social stature, maintain a
progressive interest in college life, and above all, be of Service to
All Mankind; and

WHEREAS, In 1950, 32 dynamic college-trained, professional women
sought to perpetuate the traditions and ideals of AKA; their vision to
improve the quality of life for the residents of the Queens community

led them to form the Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter, which was chartered on
May 13, 1950, at the Springfield Gardens United Methodist Church; and

WHEREAS, Over the years the Chapter's membership has increased from
the original 32 charter members to over 100 active Sorors; in keeping
with the sorority's tradition of promoting academic excellence and
enriching the lives of college women, the Chapter chartered two
undergraduate chapters, Nu Mu and Nu Psi for selected students in
Queens; and

WHEREAS, Since its inception, Epsilon Pi Omega has collaborated with
a variety of governmental and community organizations to address the
needs of residents of the Queens community through innovative programs
and activities which focus on education, economic empowerment, health,
the arts and the black family; and

WHEREAS, Under the luminous leadership of President DeRosette
Harrison, the success of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter is in direct correlation to the efforts of its
dedicated 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, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that those
organizations which enhance the well-being and vitality of their
community and have shown a long and sustained commitment to excellence
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
commend Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Epsilon Pi Omega
Chapter upon the occasion of hosting its Annual Community Charter Day
Celebration, and to pay tribute to this year's honorees on June 9, 2019;
and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to DeRosette Harrison, President, Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Incorporated Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter.

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J1532

Commending Heather McNamara upon the occasion of her designation as a Distinguished Finalist

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Senate Resolution No. 1532

BY: Senator BOYLE

COMMENDING Heather McNamara upon the occasion of
her designation as a Distinguished Finalist in the
24th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
program

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to act, in accord
with its long-standing traditions, honoring the youth of today, and
leaders of tomorrow, whose character and achievements exemplify the
ideals and values cherished by this great State and Nation; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Heather
McNamara upon the occasion of her designation as a Distinguished
Finalist in the 24th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
program, celebrated on Thursday, March 14, 2019; and

WHEREAS, Heather McNamara has distinguished herself as a young woman
of superlative ability, establishing a high standard of community
service, purposefulness of life, and sense of responsibility rarely
achieved in youthful years; and

WHEREAS, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, created in 1995
by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of
Secondary School Principals (NASSP), are designed to emphasize the
importance our Nation places on service to others, and to encourage all
young Americans to contribute to their communities; and

WHEREAS, Heather McNamara, an esteemed resident of Islip Terrace,
New York, and a senior at East Islip High School, has achieved national
recognition for exemplary volunteer service by receiving a 2019
Prudential Spirit of Community Award; and

WHEREAS, This prestigious award honors young volunteers across
America who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their
communities; and

WHEREAS, Heather McNamara has raised approximately $45,000 for
charities including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and
Make-A-Wish Foundation; and

WHEREAS, This pediatric cancer survivor also creates activity bags
for pediatric patients in the hospital as part of "Heather's Survival
Bags," and serves as a spokesperson for the New York Blood Center and
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center; and

WHEREAS, Heather McNamara is the East Islip High School Key Club
president and a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor
Society and SADD Club; in addition, she is a Make-A-Wish Foundation and
Kiwanis Club of the Islips ambassador and a diligent volunteer at the
Hospitality Too Soup Kitchen at St. Anne's Church in Brentwood; and

WHEREAS, Following graduation, Heather McNamara plans to major in
special education and minor in sign language, with the goal of becoming
a teacher; and


WHEREAS, The success of the State of New York, the strength of our
communities, and the vitality of American society depend, in great
measure, upon the dedication of young people like Heather McNamara, who
use their considerable talents and resources to serve others; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved to honor Heather McNamara,
commending her for her outstanding record of volunteer service, peer
leadership, and community service, recognizing the value of her labors
and the promise of her future; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations,
with praise and pride, to commend Heather McNamara for her achievements
and to extend to her the best wishes of this Legislative Body for a
future of purposeful success and well-being; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Heather McNamara.

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J1531

Commending The Reverend John Mikalajunas upon the occasion of celebrating his 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood

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Senate Resolution No. 1531

BY: Senator GRIFFO

COMMENDING The Reverend John Mikalajunas upon the
occasion of celebrating his 50th Anniversary of his
Ordination to the Priesthood

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 sense of this Legislative Body to bring full
recognition and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish
themselves and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and
preeminence 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 John Mikalajunas upon the occasion of celebrating
his 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday, May
19, 2019, during the Holy Mass at Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Utica,
New York, followed by a Dinner Reception at the Polish Community Club;
and

WHEREAS, Reverend John Mikalajunas 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, As a student at St. Stanislaus Kostka Elementary School in
Binghamton, New York, John Mikalajunas came to respect the joy his
parish priests shared with him and his classmates; he knew at this young
age he wanted to imitate the kindness and service of these great
leaders, most notably his pastor from birth to ordination, Father
Guzewicz; and

WHEREAS, After graduating from Johnson City High School, John
Mikalajunas received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St.
Mary's College in Orchard Lake, Michigan; he went on to earn a Master of
Divinity degree from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary; and

WHEREAS, Ordained on May 17, 1959, in Syracuse, New York, Reverend
John Mikalajunas served one year in Syracuse before spending 39 years in
the Southern Tier; he then moved on to Holy Trinity Roman Catholic
Church in Utica, where he has served as pastor for a decade; and

WHEREAS, Under the able leadership of Reverend John Mikalajunas,
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is open to all who wish to worship in
its splendid granite gothic-style church on Lincoln Avenue; and

WHEREAS, The proud recipient of numerous awards and accolades,
Reverend John Mikalajunas was bestowed the title of Honorary Canon of
Lublin by Archbishop Stanislaus Budzik in 2015; he also received the

2019 Fr. Leopold Moczygemba Award from the Polish American Priests
Association; and

WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given
enlightenment, guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and
has administered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and
corporal needs of all; and

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body that when a
person of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our
attention it is appropriate to publicly and jubilantly proclaim and
commend that individual for the edification of others; now, therefore,
be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend The Reverend John Mikalajunas upon the occasion of celebrating
his 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood, noting his
unremitting and compassionate faith and his exemplary service to God,
man, and his community, and extending to him the heartfelt best wishes
of this Legislative Body for a future of purposeful success and
well-being; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Reverend John Mikalajunas.

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Law Section:
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J1530

Honoring Charmaine Ushkow upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of the Creative Spirit Award by The Arts Center of the C...

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Senate Resolution No. 1530

BY: Senator BRESLIN

HONORING Charmaine Ushkow upon the occasion of her
designation as recipient of the Creative Spirit
Award by The Arts Center of the Capital Region on
May 15, 2019

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made
significant contributions to the quality of life therein; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Charmaine Ushkow upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of
the Creative Spirit Award by The Arts Center of the Capital Region, to
be celebrated at its 2019 Gala on Wednesday, May 15, 2019; and

WHEREAS, The Creative Spirit Award recognizes all aspects of
creative thinking, from arts and culture, to business strategy, to
innovation and entrepreneurship; Charmaine Ushkow is receiving this
prestigious award for her steadfast and unremitting commitment to her
profession and community; and

WHEREAS, In April of 2004, Charmaine Ushkow began her long and
distinguished career with the Times Union in its advertising department;
since 2010, she has held the title of Director of Community Engagement;
in this capacity, she is the representative for the newspaper at various
Capital Region events, assists in directing charitable donations and
advertising grants, and supports area not-for-profits and other
community based philanthropic organizations; and

WHEREAS, Prior to this role, Charmaine Ushkow was the Director of
Advertising for Time Warner Cable from 1988-1997; and

WHEREAS, Well-respected within her profession, Charmaine Ushkow has
served as President of the Albany Advertising Club, the Alliance for
Women in Media, and New York State Newspaper Advertising and Marketing
Executives; today, she is a vital member of the Funders Alliance and the
Corporate Committee for the University at Albany; 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 the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Charmaine Ushkow upon the occasion of her designation as recipient
of the Creative Spirit Award by The Arts Center of the Capital Region;
and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Charmaine Ushkow.

actions

  • 15 / May / 2019
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / May / 2019
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / May / 2019
    • ADOPTED

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Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

J1529

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Senate Resolution No. 1529

BY: Senator O'MARA

HONORING Gregory Barulich upon the occasion of his
designation for special recognition by the New York
State Office for the Aging on May 21, 2019

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge
to the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their
past contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and
valuable asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Gregory
Barulich upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by
the New York State Office for the Aging at its Annual Older New Yorkers'
Day Celebration on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Hart Theatre Lounge in
The Egg, Albany, New York; and

WHEREAS, Each May, the New York State Office for the Aging pauses to
acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by older citizens during
National Older Americans Month; and

WHEREAS, Members of older generations have helped build and shape
our Nation to be the greatest in the world; they have defended our
freedoms and values to ensure that those who come after them may have
better lives; nowhere in the Nation is the legacy of their efforts more
visible and more a part of the lives of all citizens than here in the
State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Born in Manhattan, New York, young Gregory Barulich could
often be found on the golf course or reading in a used bookstore; after
graduating from high school, he proudly served his country as a member
of the United States Army; and

WHEREAS, Upon the completion of his military service, Gregory
Barulich worked as a Senior Project Engineer-Distinguished Associate
with Corning Inc. for 38 years; and

WHEREAS, Since 2007, Gregory Barulich has been an enthusiastic
volunteer with the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps, donating his time and
energies working with the American Red Cross and his church; and

WHEREAS, In addition, Gregory Barulich enjoys sharing his passion
for reading with first graders at Pine City Elementary School, and both
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Ag Literacy Week and Summer
Literacy/Learning Program; he truly loves to be around young people and
is always ready and willing to accept a hug from any child; and

WHEREAS, With him throughout has been his wife of 31 years,
Christine, their four children, and six grandchildren, all of whom have
shown him love and support and rejoice in his many achievements; and

WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an
individual for the benefit of others which Gregory Barulich has
displayed throughout his life; and

WHEREAS, Gregory Barulich, a very active and industrious gentleman,
has inspired and enriched the lives of those he serves through his
volunteerism, generously sharing the wisdom gained over years of
experiencing life to its fullest; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Gregory Barulich upon the occasion of his designation for special
recognition by the New York State Office for the Aging on May 21, 2019;
and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Gregory Barulich.

actions

  • 15 / May / 2019
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / May / 2019
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / May / 2019
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

J1528

Honoring Joe Caparulo, Jr. upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by the New York State Office for the Aging o...

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Senate Resolution No. 1528

BY: Senator O'MARA

HONORING Joe Caparulo, Jr. upon the occasion of
his designation for special recognition by the New
York State Office for the Aging on May 21, 2019

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge
to the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their
past contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and
valuable asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Joe
Caparulo, Jr. upon the occasion of his designation for special
recognition by the New York State Office for the Aging at its Annual
Older New Yorker's Day Celebration on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Hart
Theatre Lounge in The Egg, Albany, New York; and

WHEREAS, Each May, the New York State Office for the Aging pauses to
acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by older citizens during
National Older Americans Month; and

WHEREAS, Members of older generations have helped build and shape
our Nation to be the greatest in the world; they have defended our
freedoms and values to ensure that those who come after them may have
better lives; nowhere in the Nation is the legacy of their efforts more
visible and more a part of the lives of all citizens than here in the
State of New York; and

WHEREAS, A lifetime resident of Elmira, New York, in Chemung County,
Joe Caparulo, Jr. is the former owner/proprietor of Cappy's Gift Store;
in this role, he not only ran a successful business, but was also a
friend to all; he was always ready and willing to help anyone in need,
whether it was a dollar for a loaf of bread, money for gas, a gift
certificate for a community fundraiser, or just taking the time to
listen; and

WHEREAS, Through the years, Joe Caparulo, Jr. has dedicated his time
and energies to making his beloved hometown a better place to live, work
and play; he has expressed his voice for social change and community
building through the arts and extensive community service; he has also
written several documents regarding urban revitalization and poverty
reduction; and

WHEREAS, In addition, Joe Caparulo, Jr. has served on multiple
community boards of directors, and has supported various local programs
such as the Bright Red Bookshelf, the Community Room Gallery, and The
Friends of the CCLD Annual Book Sale; and

WHEREAS, For his steadfast and unremitting commitment to his
community, Joe Caparulo, Jr. was the recipient of the 2012 Jefferson
Award for Social Justice Issues, and was chosen as the Elmira delegate
to the National Jefferson Award Conference in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, With him throughout has been his girlfriend, Lynne Rusinko,
who has shown him love and support and rejoices in his many
achievements; and

WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an
individual for the benefit of others which Joe Caparulo, Jr. has
displayed throughout his life; and

WHEREAS, Joe Caparulo, Jr., a very active and industrious gentleman,
has inspired and enriched the lives of those he serves through his
volunteerism, generously sharing the wisdom gained over years of
experiencing life to its fullest; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Joe Caparulo, Jr. upon the occasion of his designation for special
recognition by the New York State Office for the Aging on May 21, 2019;
and be it further

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

actions

  • 15 / May / 2019
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / May / 2019
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / May / 2019
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
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