Resolution J145-2013

Honoring Alfred E. Smith IV upon the occasion of his designation as Grand Marshal of the New York City 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 11, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Alfred E. Smith IV upon the occasion of
his designation as Grand Marshal of the New York City 2013 St. Patrick's
Day Parade

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
those  individuals  of  true  purpose and worthy accomplishment who work
diligently to preserve and celebrate their rich cultural heritage; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Alfred E. Smith IV upon the occasion of his designation as Grand Marshal
of the New York City 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade; and
  WHEREAS, In acknowledgement  of  this  most  prestigious  appointment,
Alfred  E. Smith IV will have the honor of leading the 252nd consecutive
New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade up Fifth Avenue on Sunday,  March
17, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  The  New  York City St. Patrick's Day Parade marched for the
first time in 1762, 14 years before the Declaration of Independence  was
signed  in  Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Parade is
regarded as the most popular of all the Parades in New  York  City,  and
honors  Saint  Patrick - the patron Saint of the Archdiocese of New York
and Ireland; and
  WHEREAS, The New York Parade consists only of marchers and  each  year
hosts  some  250,000 marchers and two million spectators; the Parade has
many outstanding marching bands, bagpipers in marching formations,  high
school  and college bands from throughout the United States and from all
over the world; and
  WHEREAS, Alfred E. Smith IV is CEO of AE Smith Associates, a  firm  he
founded in 2009; and
  WHEREAS,  After  attending Iona Prep and Villanova, Alfred E. Smith IV
began his Wall Street career as an independent floor broker on  the  New
York Stock Exchange; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1975,  Alfred  E.  Smith IV relocated to Chicago to join
Mitchell-Hutchins, where he served as Vice President until 1979 when  he
returned  to New York and was named Partner of CMJ Partners; in 1997, he
joined Bear Wagner as Managing Director; and
  WHEREAS, In December 2006, Alfred E. Smith IV retired from  his  posi-
tion  as  Managing Director of Bear Wagner Specialists LLC, a specialist
and member firm of the New York  Stock  Exchange,  after  35  successful
years on Wall Street; and
  WHEREAS,  A  valued  and  involved  member of his community, Alfred E.
Smith IV sits on the Boards of The Tony Blair Faith  Foundation,  Mutual
of  America, and Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; he is a Senior Advisor
for the Marwood Group, as well as Kroll Bond Rating Agency; and
  WHEREAS, Alfred E. Smith IV also served as Chairman of  the  Board  of
Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Alfred E. Smith IV is the great-grandson of the legendary Al
Smith, Governor of New York, and serves as the Director, Secretary,  and
Dinner  Chairman for the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, as well as
Master of Ceremonies at the annual Alfred E. Smith Foundation Dinner for
the past 25 years; and
  WHEREAS, This great man's work on behalf of charities in New York  and
Connecticut  is  extensive;  in  addition to his work with the Alfred E.
Smith Memorial Foundation he serves as Chairman of the Irish Chamber  of
Commerce  of the USA, Director of the Center for Hope, former Trustee of
Calvary Hospital and served on the board of St.  Vincent's  Hospital  in
Manhattan since 1986; and

  WHEREAS,  Moreover,  Alfred E. Smith IV is the Chairman of Hackers for
Hope, an organization he founded in  1988  to  raise  money  for  cancer
research and treatment; and
  WHEREAS,  Since their first "tournament" in 1988, Hackers for Hope has
donated substantial funds to Memorial  Sloan  Kettering  Cancer  Center,
Saint  Vincent Catholic Medical Centers Comprehensive Cancer Center, and
other organizations committed to finding a cure for and treating cancer;
and
  WHEREAS, A fitting choice for Grand Marshal for the New York City  St.
Patrick's  Day  Parade,  Alfred  E. Smith IV embodies the spirit and the
cherished ideals and values of Irish-Americans of this great  State  and
Nation; 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,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Alfred  E. Smith IV upon the occasion of his designation as Grand
Marshal of the New York City 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade;  and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Alfred E. Smith IV.

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