Resolution J1103-2013

Honoring Mary Beth Casey O'Brien, 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 Mary Beth Casey O'Brien upon the occa-
sion of her 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 Mary Beth Casey O'Brien upon the occasion of her designation  as
the  recipient  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,  Mary Beth Casey O'Brien, a daughter 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; Mary Beth Casey O'Brien truly
merits such recognition; and
  WHEREAS, Mary Beth Casey O'Brien, a Capital District  Good  Samaritan,
has  volunteered  on  a  number  of charitable boards across the region,
state, and nation; she wholeheartedly devotes her time  and  talents  to
countless  causes,  each  of which makes a significant difference in the
lives of the underprivileged; and
  WHEREAS, From an early age, Mary Beth Casey O'Brien  knew  the  impor-
tance  of being of service to those in need, a value instilled in her by
her parents while growing up in Troy, New York; and
  WHEREAS, As an adolescent soup  kitchen  volunteer,  Mary  Beth  Casey
O'Brien became keenly aware of and profoundly dismayed by the too-easily
muted  cry  of  the  poor  and  has sought to make that cry more audible
through service in numerous church and civic organizations; and
  WHEREAS, A graduate of Catholic Central High  School,  in  1959,  Mary
Beth  Casey O'Brien earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College
of St. Elizabeth where she became acquainted with the Daughters of Char-
ity, a relationship which has had a lasting and powerful impact  on  her
life and upon those around her; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary Beth Casey O'Brien joined Samaritan Hospital as a Clin-
ical Dietician and, in 1961, was promoted to Chief Dietician; she simul-
taneously served as an Administrative Dietician at the Rensselaer County
Nursing Home and St. Mary's Hospital; and
  WHEREAS, After serving in a number of local leadership positions with-
in the Albany Chapter of the Ladies of Charity, Mary Beth Casey  O'Brien
was  elected  President of the Ladies of Charity of the United States of
America (LCUSA), presiding over a membership of 20,000 women; and
  WHEREAS, Mary Beth Casey O'Brien is a member  of  the  Ladies  of  the
Equestrian  Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and has served as a
non-governmental organization (NGO) representative for the International
Association of Charities at the United Nations; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, she serves on the boards of Catholic Charities  of
the  Diocese  of  Albany  and  the  Albany  and  Catholic Charities AIDS
Services and continues her service with the Ladies of  Charity  locally,

nationally, and internationally and, is, in addition an affiliate of the
Daughters of Charity; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary  Beth  Casey O'Brien is currently involved in the first
ongoing partnership between a domestic social service  provider  and  an
academic institution, Catholic Charities USA and the University of Notre
Dame,  an alliance revolutionizing the way we approach poverty in Ameri-
ca; and
  WHEREAS, In 2007, Notre Dame unveiled "The Irish  Madonna,"  a  bronze
statue  of  a 19th century Irish immigrant woman carrying a baby, in the
south end of the Eck Visitors atrium;  the  statue  is  a  gift  to  the
University from Frank and Mary Beth O'Brien and their daughters in memo-
ry  of their son and brother Frankie and commemorates the 150th Anniver-
sary of the vast Irish migration to America in the wake  of  the  "Great
Hunger" famine in Ireland; and
  WHEREAS,  She  served, as well, many years as a Member of the Board of
Catholic Charities USA and has also served as a Trustee of  the  College
of St. Elizabeth, Siena College, and Maria College; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary  Beth  Casey  O'Brien  has  received  honorary doctoral
degrees from The College of St. Rose in 2005 and the University of Notre
Dame in 2011 and St. John's University's Elizabeth Ann  Seton  Award  in
2004 and the College of St. Elizabeth's Humanitarian Award in 2010; and
  WHEREAS, Mary Beth Casey O'Brien and her late husband Frank raised six
children  and  instilled in them their value of service to others and to
the greater community; and
  WHEREAS, A woman immensely grateful for the  blessings  bestowed  upon
her,  Mary  Beth Casey O'Brien every day seeks to give something back; a
true advocate and woman of action, she is a shining example of a Cathol-
ic laywoman and a person of great compassion, wisdom, and zeal; 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 Mary Beth Casey O'Brien upon the occasion of  her  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 Mary Beth Casey O'Brien.

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