Resolution J1066-2013

Honoring Susan Gruen Helsinger upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women Achiever

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Susan Gruen Helsinger upon the occasion
of her designation as a 2013 Long Island Center for Business and Profes-
sional Women Achiever

WHEREAS, Individuals who give of their time and energies and  serve  the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the sense of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
outstanding individuals who distinguish themselves through their  excep-
tional  performance,  attaining  unprecedented  success  and the highest
level of personal achievement; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Susan Gruen Helsinger upon the occasion of her  designation  as  a  2013
Long  Island  Center  for Business and Professional Women Achiever; this
auspicious occasion will be  celebrated  at  the  Center's  34th  Annual
Achievers' Awards Gala, to be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  For  more than thirty-five years, the Long Island Center for
Business and Professional Women has been dedicated to advancing women in
business, industry and the professions; and
  WHEREAS, The Long Island Center for Business  and  Professional  Women
celebrates and honors women who are leaders, mentors and who have opened
doors  for  other  women  to  help  foster  their  rise in business, the
professions and in their community; and
  WHEREAS, Susan Gruen Helsinger is a broker  at  Douglas  Elliman  Real
Estate  and  founder  of the Jason Gruen Research Foundation; at age 25,
she was a founding partner of Gruen Optika Corporation in New York City,
one of the premier optical companies in the metropolitan New York  area;
at  age  35, she was instrumental in opening Hi-D and Su-Z Toys of Great
Neck, New York; and
  WHEREAS, After receiving a paralegal degree from  Adelphi  University,
Susan  Gruen  Helsinger  became  a real estate broker and co-founded the
Custom Real  Estate  Group  and  JSC  Building  Corporation,  which  was
acquired by Douglas Elliman Real Estate; and
  WHEREAS,  Susan  Gruen  Helsinger  is  the Founder and Chief Executive
Officer of the Jason Gruen Foundation named  after  her  late  son;  the
Foundation  is  instrumental in building the Children's Heart Centers at
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Cohen  Children's  Hospital  at
NSUH/LIJ Health Systems; it contributes equipment on an ongoing basis to
many  hospitals  and  facilities  in need and made history six years ago
when it started offering cardiac screenings to eighth grade students  in
school systems on Long Island; and
  WHEREAS,  On  January  1, 2013, Susan Gruen Helsinger was installed as
Vice President of the Long Island Board of Realtors, the  third  largest
board in the United States; she also serves on the Board of Directors of
the  New York State Association of Realtors and the National Association
of Realtors; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Susan Gruen Helsinger serves  on  the  Board  of
Directors of the L.I.B.O.R. Federal Credit Union and is the Parliamenta-
rian  for  the  Women's  Council  of Realtors; she has served as a guest
lecturer at Molloy College and has been a member of the  NYSAR  Realtors
Honor Society for the past six years; and
  WHEREAS,  In 2000, Susan Gruen Helsinger was named Merrick, New York's
"Woman of the Year"; in 2004, she was chosen as Merrick's  "Small  Busi-
ness  Person  of  the Year" by the Nassau Chambers of Commerce; in 2006,
she garnered the "Woman of the Year" award from United Cerebral Palsy of

Nassau County and the "Humanitarian of the Year"  award  from  the  Long
Island Board of Realtors, as well as the 2008 "Spirit Award"; and
  WHEREAS, Susan Gruen Helsinger served as President of the State of New
York  J.W.V.A.;  she  is  also  a  Past President of the Kiwanis Club of
Merrick and is on the Board of the  Merrick  Chamber  of  Commerce,  the
Foundation Board of UCPN and the Advisory Board of the Department of New
York J.W.V.A., and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  Susan Gruen Helsinger is a member of the Long
Island Center for Business and Professional Women,  the  Women's  Presi-
dents  Organization,  and serves as a Trustee of Temple Emanuel of Great
Neck, New York; and
  WHEREAS, This auspicious occasion presents a  unique  opportunity  for
this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and  pay  tribute to Susan Gruen
Helsinger; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance  the  well-being and vitality of their profession and community,
and have shown a long and sustained commitment to excellence,  certainly
have  earned  the recognition and applause of all citizens of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Susan  Gruen  Helsinger upon the occasion of her designation as a
2013 Long Island Center for Business and  Professional  Women  Achiever;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Susan Gruen Helsinger.

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