Resolution J1072-2013

Honoring Gary Siegel upon the occasion of his retirement after 32 years of exemplary service as an educator



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Gary  Siegel upon the occasion of his
retirement after 32 years of exemplary service as an educator

WHEREAS, New York State's commitment to education is  unparalleled;  its
history and stature are secured by the superlative caliber of its educa-
tional professionals and the students they inspire; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to acknowledge the
significant milestones in the distinguished careers of those outstanding
educational leaders, whose dedication and achievements have been instru-
mental in developing character and  academic  excellence  in  the  young
people of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Gary
Siegel  upon  the occasion of his retirement after 32 years of exemplary
service as an educator; and
  WHEREAS, Gary Siegel was born in Liberty Loomis Hospital in  1958;  he
grew up in Livingston Manor, graduated from the Livingston Manor Central
School in 1976, and went on to attend Ithaca College from which he grad-
uated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Education in 1980; and
  WHEREAS,  Gary  Siegel  began  his esteemed career with the Livingston
Manor Central School District, teaching general  and  vocal  music  from
1980  to 1983; he then returned to Ithaca College for a year to complete
a master's degree in music education, whereupon he  joined  the  Liberty
Central School District in 1984; and
  WHEREAS,  From  1985 to 1990, Gary Siegel taught instrumental music at
the Liberty Elementary School; he was  transferred  to  the  new  middle
school upon its completion, where he remains teaching today; and
  WHEREAS,  Gary  Siegel  has been the Director of Music for the Liberty
Central School District since 1985; over the course of his extraordinary
tenure, he has chaired numerous Sullivan County Music Educators' Associ-
ation (SCMEA) and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Music
Festivals, including Area All-state, Solo Evaluation  and  more  than  a
dozen All-County Festivals, engaging thousands of youngsters from Sulli-
van County and the greater Hudson Valley; and
  WHEREAS,  Gary  Siegel  has  earned  the respect and admiration of his
students, colleagues, peers and community for the extraordinary  commit-
ment,  care  and standard of excellence he has brought to the scholastic
music programs in his charge; and
  WHEREAS, Gary Siegel is an active member and past president of  SCMEA,
NYSSMA  and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC); he serves on
the NYSSMA Government Relations Committee, and is also a member  of  the
Liberty Central School Facilities Planning Committee; and
  WHEREAS,  Active  in  the  community,  Gary  Siegel is a member of the
Livingston Manor and Liberty Rotary Clubs and has chaired the Livingston
Manor Rotary Ice Carnival for  many  years;  furthermore,  he  has  been
instrumental  in supporting Rotary Youth Activities, serving as co-chair
of the annual raffle and other fundraising events; and
  WHEREAS, Acknowledging his efforts of in-depth magnitude, Gary  Siegel
has  been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including: the
1988 Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award, Distinguished Citizen  of  the
Year,  2003,  by  the  Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, 2004 Liberty
Elks Citizen of the Year, and the Child Advocate of the year 2007  Award
by the Sullivan County Child Care Council; and
  WHEREAS,  Educators  like  Gary Siegel provide a tremendous service to
the future of our State  and  Nation,  inspiring  generations  of  young
people in their educational journeys and ensuring their success in their
future years; and

  WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife of 28 years, Judy, and
their two children, Georgia and Max, all of whom feel privileged to be a
part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS,  Gary  Siegel has clearly had an enduring impact on the youth
of the Liberty Central School District, as well as on the  community-at-
large,  and  accordingly merits recognition and applause for his impres-
sive dedication to others; and
  WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body  to  commend  the
efforts  of  those  individuals  whose  lifework is to support our proud
tradition of public education, employing their skills  and  talents  for
the benefit of youth and our schools; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Gary Siegel upon the occasion of his retirement after 32 years  of
exemplary  service as an educator, and for his significant contributions
to scholastic music in New York State; 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 tran-
smitted to Gary Siegel.


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