Resolution J1024-2013

Congratulating Gerson Sobel upon the occasion of celebrating his 103rd Birthday



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION congratulating Gerson Sobel upon the occasion of
celebrating his 103rd Birthday on March 28, 2013

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, Gerson Sobel was born in New York City on March 28, 1910;  he
grew  up  in the Bronx, near Yankee Stadium; he later moved to Rockville
Centre and is still living in the same home he moved to in 1941; and
  WHEREAS, He was employed as an office supply salesman  until  retiring
in 1975; and
  WHEREAS,  Following  his  retirement,  Gerson  Sobel  remained active,
devoting his time and energy to his favorite pastime, swimming; and
  WHEREAS, In 1974, Gerson Sobel joined the Freeport Recreation  Center;
he  began  participating  in  the  Center's swimming program; since that
time, he has been  the  proud  recipient  of  numerous  awards  for  his
outstanding athletic abilities in the water; and
  WHEREAS,  Gerson Sobel's passion for swimming dates back to the 1920s,
when he was a member of the DeWitt Clinton  High  School  Swim  Team  in
Hell's Kitchen from 1924 until 1928; he went on to become Captain of the
Water Polo Team at Syracuse University; and
  WHEREAS,  This  exceptional  centenarian,  with his zest for life, has
inspired and enhanced the lives of his family and friends; and
  WHEREAS, This distinguished man 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 man has enriched the lives of those  around  him
through his 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 Gerson Sobel upon the occasion  of  celebrating  his  103rd
Birthday; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Gerson Sobel.


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