Resolution J1102-2013

Honoring John C. Egan on his designation as the recipient of an Irish American Heritage Museum's Inaugural Governor Hugh L. Carey Award on April 20, 2013

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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  John C. Egan upon the occasion of his
designation as the recipient of  an  Irish  American  Heritage  Museum's
Inaugural Governor Hugh L. Carey Award on April 20, 2013

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that individuals who
distinguish themselves in their profession and in  their  commitment  to
their heritage and their community merit the highest commendation; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and fully in accord with its long-
standing  traditions,  it  is  the  intent  of  this Legislative Body to
commend John C. Egan upon the occasion of his designation as the recipi-
ent of an Irish American Heritage Museum's Governor Hugh L. Carey Award;
and
  WHEREAS, The Irish American Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving
and telling the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their
culture in America, inspiring individuals to examine the  importance  of
their own heritage as part of the American cultural mosaic; and
  WHEREAS,  John  C.  Egan,  a son of Erin, will be honored at the Irish
American Heritage Museum's  Inaugural  Governor  Hugh  L.  Carey  Awards
Dinner, to be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York on Saturday,
April 20, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Irish American Heritage Museum's Governor Hugh L. Carey
Award proudly recognizes the achievements of  those  who  exemplify  its
ideals  and  help to further its mission; John C. Egan truly merits such
recognition; and
  WHEREAS, John Egan began his more than 50 year career  with  New  York
State at Clinton Prison in his hometown of Dannemora, New York; he dedi-
cated  his  career  to  serving the greater community and in doing so he
helped shape the local landscape; and
  WHEREAS, John Egan has been centrally involved in many projects across
the Capital Region, including the construction of the Empire State Plaza
and the Harriman Office Building Campus, both  iconic  features  of  the
Albany skyline; and
  WHEREAS, From 1980-1989 John Egan served as Commissioner of the Office
of  General  Services;  he was at the forefront of efforts to relate the
State's property assets to the  surrounding  community,  promoting  free
events at the Empire State Plaza such as African American Family Day and
GE  Kids Day among many other festivals and concerts which have enhanced
the area's culture and quality of life; and
  WHEREAS, John C. Egan also served as the Executive Director of the New
York State Dormitory Authority and Commissioner of the  New  York  State
Department  of  Transportation  and had previously served as Chairman of
the Harriman Research and Technology Development Corporation, a partner-
ship involving the University at Albany which sought to create  research
and  office facilities on the Harriman Campus for science and technology
innovation; and
  WHEREAS, He also served as Executive Director of the  New  York  State
Task  Force on High Speed Rail and continued to make major contributions
to the Capital Region while serving as the Chief  Executive  Officer  of
the  Albany International Airport from 1995-2003, after which he oversaw
a complete renovation of the  facility  and  was  also  instrumental  in
establishing the airport's relationship with Southwest Airlines; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2007, John Egan was appointed, for a second time, to the
post of Commissioner of the New York State Office of  General  Services;
in 2010, he returned to serve as President of the non-profit Renaissance
Corporation of Albany, a position he previously held from 2003-2007; and

  WHEREAS,  The  Renaissance Corporation is a philanthropic organization
providing financial support to charitable, literary,  scientific,  reli-
gious, and educational institutions; and
  WHEREAS,  In  recognition  and appreciation of his civic and community
work, John C. Egan has earned numerous well-deserved awards and recogni-
tions including an Honorary doctoral degree from the University at Alba-
ny at its December 2012 Commencement, the naming of the  new  lounge  in
the  Cardiovascular  Wing  at  St.  Peter's  Hospital,  "The Egan Family
Lounge," the College of St. Rose's Community Excellence  Award,  Congre-
gation  Beth  Abraham  Jacob's  Annual  Citizen Award, the University at
Albany's Citizen Laureate Award,  Wildwood  Program  Inc.'s  Outstanding
Volunteer  Award,  Junior Achievement's Business Hall of Fame Award, Boy
Scouts of America's Good Scout  Award,  Plattsburgh  State  University's
Distinguished  Service  Award,  and  Southwest Airlines' Tribute to John
Egan; and
  WHEREAS, A United States Army veteran, John C. Egan has, in  addition,
served  on  several  boards,  including  the Wildwood Program's Advisory
Board, the Implementation Team for Tech Valley High School, and Catholic
Charities' Board of Trustees; and
  WHEREAS, He is a member and/or trustee, as well, of numerous  business
groups  such as the Center for Economic Growth, the Chamber of Commerce,
and the American Legion; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, it is appropriate to publicly proclaim and commend  them  for  the
edification and emulation of others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor John C. Egan upon the occasion of his designation as the recipient
of an Irish American Heritage Museum's Inaugural Governor Hugh L.  Carey
Award on April 20, 2013; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to John C. Egan.

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