Resolution J1397-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Friday, April 26, 2013, as Arbor Day in the State of New York



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim Friday, April 26, 2013, as Arbor Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to support and promote
the historic and significant observance of Arbor Day in New York  State;
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  memorial-
ize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim Friday, April 26, 2013, as
Arbor Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with  National  Arbor
Day; and
  WHEREAS,  Passed  by  virtue of the New York State Legislature, May 3,
1888, became the first Arbor Day in the great Empire State;  today,  New
York  State  celebrates  Arbor Day annually on the last Friday in April;
  WHEREAS, The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872, in  Nebras-
ka;  it  was  the  brainchild  of  Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a
Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan;  throughout
his long and productive career, Julius Morton worked to improve agricul-
tural  techniques  in his adopted state and throughout the United States
when he served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture,
but his most important legacy is Arbor Day; and
  WHEREAS, Julius Morton felt  that  Nebraska's  landscape  and  economy
would  benefit  from the wide-scale planting of trees; he set an example
himself planting orchards, shade trees and wind breaks on his  own  farm
and he urged his neighbors to follow suit; and
  WHEREAS,  Julius  Morton's  real  opportunity arrived when he became a
member of Nebraska's state board of  agriculture;  he  proposed  that  a
special  day  be  set  aside  dedicated  to tree planting and increasing
awareness of the importance of trees; and
  WHEREAS, Nebraska's first Arbor Day was an amazing success; more  than
one  million  trees were planted; a second Arbor Day took place in 1884,
and the young state made it an annual legal holiday in 1885, using April
22nd to coincide with Julius Morton's birthday; and
  WHEREAS, In the years following that first Arbor Day, Julius  Morton's
idea  spread beyond Nebraska with Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio,
all proclaiming their own Arbor Days; today,  all  50  states  celebrate
Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate;
  WHEREAS,  At  the  federal  level,  in  1970,  President Richard Nixon
proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day; and
  WHEREAS, Arbor Day is also now celebrated in other countries including
Australia; variations are  celebrated,  including:  "Greening  Week"  of
Japan,  "The New Year's Days of Trees" in Israel, "The Tree-Loving Week"
of  Korea,  "The  Reforestation  Week"  of  Yugoslavia,  "The  Students'
Afforestation  Day" of Iceland and "The National Festival of Tree Plant-
ing" in India; and
  WHEREAS, Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on our region,  cut  power  to
millions  of  homes  and  businesses  from  the  Carolinas  to Ohio, and
disrupted the presidential campaign; and
  WHEREAS, This vicious storm also ravaged  trees  and  greenery  around
homes  and  neighborhoods;  the long term damage is just beginning to be
seen now; while seemingly intact, many trees are shocked and brown  from
the  lashing  by  hurricane-force and salt laden winds, while others may
not even survive; and

  WHEREAS, The trees and shrubs on Long Island help reduce  storm  water
runoff,  prevent  soil  erosion, provide habitat and shade, beautify the
landscape and protect our bays and harbors; and
  WHEREAS,  Thousands  upon thousands of trees were lost on Long Island;
this year, April 22, 2013, which is designated as Earth Day in the State
of New York, along with Arbor Day, April 26,  2013,  marks  the  perfect
time for all citizens to plant a tree to replace one that was lost; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition to restoring our landscape there is an economic
benefit to having a host of healthy trees in our region:  in  50  years,
one  tree  recycles  more  than $37,000 worth of water, provides $31,000
worth of erosion control, $62,000 worth of air  pollution  control,  and
produces  $37,000 worth of oxygen; and well placed trees help cut energy
costs and consumption by decreasing air conditioning  costs  10-50%  and
reducing heating costs as much as 4-22%; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  trees increase property values by 5 to 20% due
to their landscaping value; trees are good noise barriers, making cities
and neighborhoods quieter places to live; trees enhance  the  aesthetics
of  our  environment; trees help prevent city flooding by catching rain-
drops and offsetting runoff caused by buildings and  parking  lots;  and
trees provide privacy, highlight views or screen them, and reduce glare;
  WHEREAS,  According  to  a Chinese proverb: "One generation plants the
trees under whose shade future generations rest"; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is now moved to commemorate the  obser-
vance  of Arbor Day and to acknowledge the efforts of citizens who plant
and care for trees and woodlands in their neighborhoods; now, therefore,
be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Friday, April 26, 2013,
as Arbor Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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