Resolution J1119-2013

Honoring Al Cullinane upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013 Public Service Award



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


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Al Cullinane upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of the 2013 Public Service Award by  Kiwanettes
of Oceanside on April 25, 2013

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those outstanding  individuals  whose  purposeful  endeavors  as
involved members of their community serve to enhance the quality of life
therein; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern and fully in accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  honor  Al
Cullinane  upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013
Public Service Award by Kiwanettes of Oceanside to be celebrated with "A
Round of Applause" on Thursday, April 25, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Al Cullinane was born in 1925, in Boston, Massachusetts,  the
oldest  of  six  children;  he  grew up during the Great Depression in a
three room apartment with his parents and siblings in Somerville, Massa-
chusetts, where he enjoyed spending  time  with  his  immediate  family,
grandparents and friends; and
  WHEREAS,  Al  Cullinane was witness to the benevolence and kindness of
family and neighbors during difficult times; and
  WHEREAS, As a child, Al Cullinane loved to ice skate, and learned in a
pair of oversized skates that belonged to his  Aunt;  later,  that  same
Aunt bought him a new pair that actually fit him; and
  WHEREAS,  As  an adult, Al Cullinane taught an ice skating program for
handicapped children; ultimately, he  enjoyed  a  career  in  education,
serving roughly 30 years in the New York State School System as a teach-
er  of  foreign  languages and mathematics, as well as an administrator;
  WHEREAS, Prior to his teaching career, Al Cullinane worked at  various
jobs including factory work to provide for his young family; he received
his  bachelor's  degree from Catholic University and his master's degree
from SUNY Oswego; he also studied additional graduate work at  Columbia,
NYU, CW Post and Fordham; and
  WHEREAS,  The  loving  Patriarch of an extremely close knit family, Al
Cullinane is the loving father of three  daughters,  and  also  a  proud
grandfather;  he  chose  to  work  many  summers at Camp Costigan so his
daughters could experience the wonders of summer day camp; and
  WHEREAS, His crowning achievement was his  ability  to  care  for  his
bride  of nearly 58 years, his beloved Ann, during the last years of her
life in her own home, remaining at her side, exactly  what  she  wanted;
  WHEREAS,  Al Cullinane has been called upon to contribute his time and
talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always given
of himself unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS, An active member of his community for more than six  decades,
Al Cullinane was one of the first members of Oceanside Community Service
when  it was first organized; he served as president of Oceanside Commu-
nity Service from 2002 to 2004, is a member of Oceanside Kiwanis, and  a
Knight  at  the Fr. Joseph O'Connell Council of The Knights of Columbus;
  WHEREAS, A member of St. Anthony's Parish, Al Cullinane was the recip-
ient of the 1979 Citizen  of  the  Year  by  the  Oceanside  Chamber  of
Commerce; and
  WHEREAS, Al Cullinane is extremely involved with the Spanish community
as  he is fluent in the language; he works with St. Vincent DePaul help-
ing to assist the needy by supplying food, clothing, housing  referrals,

legal  and  medical referrals, and solving the many problems that arise;
  WHEREAS, A warm and caring individual, Al Cullinane has been committed
to  helping  those in need for the past 60 years; he generously supports
community programs and services whenever the need arises; and
  WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body  that  those  who
enhance  the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown a
long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly  have  earned  the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Al Cullinane upon the occasion of his designation as recipient  of
the  2013  Public  Service  Award  by Kiwanettes of Oceanside; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution suitably engrossed, be trans-
mitted to Al Cullinane.


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