Resolution J1457-2013

Honoring Steven D. Matsas upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013 Young Leadership Award by the Aleh Foundation

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  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 30, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 24, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Steven D. Matsas upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the 2013 Young Leadership Award  by  the
Aleh Foundation

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those distinguished citizens who devote their time and  ener-
gies  to the service of their community and profession, participating in
civic affairs and enhancing the character and quality of  life  for  all
citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Steven  D.  Matsas  upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the 2013 Young Leadership Award by the Aleh Foundation; this  auspicious
occasion will be celebrated at the Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner, to
be  held  on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in
New York City; and
  WHEREAS, In 1984, the Aleh Foundation was formed by a group  of  women
to  help  cope with the staggering needs of disabled children in Israel;
in 1989, a United States fundraising office was established and expanded
the Foundation's public relations and fundraising activities; and
  WHEREAS, The Aleh Foundation has developed  a  network  of  more  than
30,000  friends throughout the United States who are staunch supporters;
with the Foundation's help, the rehabilitation centers  in  Israel  grew
from  a  hospice  program  of 23 children to become the nation's largest
provider of educational rehabilitative  services  to  severely  develop-
mentally disabled children operating in four different cities in Israel;
and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition, the Aleh Foundation also sends highly special-
ized equipment to Israel for use by disabled children, including  thera-
peutic  communication toys; specialized cups and spoons; custom designed
carriages and wheelchairs, hard-to-obtain medicines, clothing  and  many
personal items; and
  WHEREAS,  Born  and  raised  in  Brooklyn,  New York, Steven D. Matsas
attended Magen David Yeshivah elementary and high school  where  he  was
involved  in  many  of the school's events and programs, and was honored
with a Community Service Award; and
  WHEREAS, Upon graduation with a New York State Regents Diploma, Steven
D. Matsas attended Kings Borough Community College; while  taking  night
classes  he  began working at JEWISH IMAGE magazine, where he has worked
his way up from junior salesman to managing editor; and
  WHEREAS, As the managing editor of JEWISH IMAGE magazine, the  largest
Jewish monthly magazine, Steven D. Matsas works to improve Jewish educa-
tion,  political  standing  and  social  issues for the Jewish community
while promoting educational, social and cultural programs to ensure  the
survival of Sephardic heritage and customs; and
  WHEREAS,  Steven  D.  Matsas  has  used  his vast talents to help many
organizations, including the Sephardic Community Center where he  served
on the committee of the Young Adult Department; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2002,  Steven D. Matsas joined the NYPD Auxiliary Police
Program where he started  as  a  police  officer  and  was  promoted  to
Sergeant  and  then  to  Lieutenant;  he has also completed the New York
State EMT program and volunteers at  the  NYC  Community  EMS  Volunteer
Ambulance Service; and
  WHEREAS,  Steven  D.  Matsas  and his wife, Randi Yaron, are the proud
parents of two beautiful children, Shelly and Ben; and

  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of his professional and communi-
ty service, a period of constructive involvement, Steven D.  Matsas  has
stood constant in dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual  for  the  benefit  of  others  which Steven D. Matsas has displayed
throughout his life; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance  the  well-being and vitality of their profession and community,
and have shown a long and sustained commitment to excellence,  certainly
have  earned  the recognition and applause of all citizens of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Steven D. Matsas upon the occasion of his designation as recipient
of  the  2013  Young  Leadership Award by the Aleh Foundation; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Steven D. Matsas.

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