Resolution J114-2013

Honoring Mike Esposito upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Troy Treasure Award by Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, Inc.

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Mike Esposito upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of the Troy Treasure Award  by  Troy  Rehabili-
tation and Improvement Program, Inc.

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, Mike Esposito has given not only of his time and energies but
also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently has
been designated for special honor; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Mike  Esposito
upon  the  occasion of his designation as recipient of the Troy Treasure
Award by Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, Inc. (TRIP);  this
outstanding individual was recognized at TRIP & RHCR's annual Homecoming
Dinner  on  October  29, 2012, for his tireless, lifelong efforts toward
improving Troy and serving as the city's unofficial historian; and
  WHEREAS, TRIP created this auspicious award in  2005  to  honor  resi-
dents,  community  groups or businesses which make a significant differ-
ence in the City of Troy, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Mike Esposito has been a resident of Troy, New York, for most
of his 73 years; before Little Italy was known as Little Italy,  it  was
his home; and
  WHEREAS,  When  the decision was made to make a formal Little Italy in
South Troy, Mike Esposito was at the forefront of helping to  make  that
happen;  early on in his life, he recognized its potential and has dedi-
cated his life to supporting all of Troy through  activism,  organizing,
and recording its history through stories; and
  WHEREAS,  Perhaps  one  of Mike Esposito's most ambitious projects was
the Arcadia book, TROY'S LITTLE ITALY; he spent years collecting  family
photographs,  researching  the  people  in  them,  and  recording  their
stories; and
  WHEREAS, For over a  year,  Mike  Esposito  held  weekly  meetings  to
collect  and  organize  these stories and photos which told the story of
his neighborhood; whenever he learned of anyone's family connections  in
the  area,  he would track them down, request photographs, and interview
them for every detail of their family's life; subsequently, he published
an incredible and personable story about the deep history in Troy; and
  WHEREAS, Perhaps even more impressive than Mike  Esposito's  persever-
ance  with  this  project is how he sparked other residents' interest in
Troy's history; through sharing his passion and desire to know more,  he
gathered a group of dedicated volunteers to help him research and organ-
ize  material; Troy's Little Italy can be found at Market Block Books on
River Street; in addition, Mike is working on a  sequel  to  this  book,
which will be entitled THE FAMILIES OF TROY'S LITTLE ITALY; and
  WHEREAS, Mike Esposito 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, Though he is enamored with the history of Troy, Mike Esposito
is  also more than happy to immerse himself in Troy's current goings-on;
he is an integral force in helping to organize  a  myriad  of  community
events, including an annual stickball tournament, celebrations of famous
Troy  residents  such as Nick Brignola and Maureen Stapleton, and Troy's
annual International Festival, among others; and
  WHEREAS, Mike Esposito also volunteers and organizes through a  number
of  Troy-based  organizations,  including  the  Troy Public Library, the
Rensselaer County Historical Society, and Troy Little  Italy;  moreover,
he  heads  up  events  at the Public Market throughout the year; without

this remarkable individual, there probably would not be a Little  Italy;
and
  WHEREAS,  The  Public  Market  certainly would not be the same without
Mike Esposito; at every event, he sets himself at a table  fondly  known
as  The  Memory  Table,  where  he attracts people who want to know more
about their family history, people  with  more  information  and  family
photos,  and new friends who sit and discuss the neighborhood throughout
the afternoon; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period  of  his  community  service,  a
period  of constructive involvement, Mike Esposito has stood constant in
dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense 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 Mike Esposito upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the Troy Treasure Award by Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement  Program,
Inc.; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mike Esposito.

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