- Mar 15, 2011: ADOPTED
- Mar 15, 2011: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
- Mar 10, 2011: REFERRED TO FINANCE
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Village of Panama, New York WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and commem orate the proud and distinguished histories of the communities which comprise the noble body of this great Empire State; and WHEREAS, Panama, the only incorporated village in the Town of Harmony, New York, was first settled in 1821; by 1824, businesses began to grow in the area; a United States Post Office was established there in 1826, when the name Panama was chosen for the settlement; and WHEREAS, Panama was an important stagecoach and transfer station for freighters traveling through the region between New York and Pennsylva nia; and WHEREAS, Panama, New York, is home to rock formations known as Panama Rocks, which contain Paleozoic fossils and has been a tourist attraction since the 1880s, and has been visited by people from around New York State, the United States and the entire world; and WHEREAS, At the beginning of the 19th Century, Panama was a thriving community thanks to the damming of Little Brokenstraw Creek, which provided power for mills to grind grain and cut wood; at the peak of its industrial days, Panama boasted six mills, four blacksmith shops, two carriage factories, the largest tannery in New York State, an ashery, fairgrounds and a racetrack; the Village of Panama also had a daily newspaper and a number of churches, stores, hotels and taverns; and WHEREAS, Several New York State notable citizens hail from Panama, including current County Executive Greg Edwards; co-founder of McGraw-Hill Publishing, James H. McGraw; United States Congressman Walter Loomis Sessions; and Edith Sessions Tupper, novelist and Broadway playwright; and WHEREAS, The Village of Panama is known for its Greek Revival Archi tecture, and several buildings constructed in the 1830s still stand there today; and WHEREAS, The Village of Panama has continued to serve the approximate ly 500 people living within its borders with a safe and secure home in Chautauqua County; and WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog nize those towns and communities that have contributed to the noble history of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Village of Panama; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran smitted to the Village of Panama.