Resolution J1567-2013

Honoring Philip Abitabile upon the occasion of being selected as the 2013 Person of the Year



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Philip Abitabile upon the occasion of
being selected as the 2013 Person of the Year  by  the  Columbia  County
Association of the city of New York

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, Philip Abitabile 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 Philip Abita-
bile upon the occasion of being selected as the 2013 Person of the  Year
by  the Columbia County Association of the city of New York, to be cele-
brated on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Gallagher's Steak House  in  Manhat-
tan; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Columbia County Association in the city of New York was
founded in 1902 to bring together Columbia  County  and  New  York  City
residents  with common interests, including those from New York City who
had homes or businesses in Columbia County; and
  WHEREAS, A retired Germantown High School teacher, Philip Abitabile is
also a Hudson Correctional Facility teacher, city of Hudson Commissioner
of Youth, and former Commissioner of the New York State Bridge  Authori-
ty; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, Philip Abitabile runs the Taconic Associates Driv-
ing  School  and  is  a  member of the Columbia-Greene Community College
Board of Trustees; and
  WHEREAS, Born and raised in Hudson, the son of Mary and Antonio Abita-
bile, Philip graduated from Hudson High School in 1967,  and  then  SUNY
Albany,  before  teaching  business  and education classes at Germantown
Central School for 13 years; and
  WHEREAS, In 1985, he left Germantown, to teach at the New  York  State
Department  of Corrections as a business teacher and counselor; he over-
saw the accreditation of the facility and rose to  become  administrator
of  the  Hudson  Work  Release  Program,  where  he helped find work for
ex-convicts; and
  WHEREAS, His dedication to the youth of his  community  made  him  the
city of Hudson Commissioner of Youth for 12 years; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1971, Philip Abitabile, along with Bill Gallo, headed the
Home for the Holiday campaign in which 14 servicemen were  brought  home
for the Christmas holidays from Vietnam; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1977, The Hudson Jaycees named Philip Abitabile Educator
of the Year, and Young Man of the Year in 1981; and
  WHEREAS, In 1985, Philip Abitabile was appointed commissioner  of  the
New  York  State  Bridge  Authority, and was later named chairman of the
board; he was later named to the city of Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals;
  WHEREAS, Philip Abitabile credits much of  his  success  to  his  hard
working  parents,  Antonio  and  Mary Abitabile, the children of Italian
immigrants, who gave him and his brother, Francis, guidance and  support
while stressing the importance of education and hard work; and
  WHEREAS, In 1981, Philip Abitabile co-chaired with Dominick Lizzi, the
Italian  Earthquake  Committee  to  raise  funds  for  Italian  children
affected by an earthquake in southern Italy; and
  WHEREAS, At Germantown High School, Philip Abitabile served as  Presi-
dent of the teachers union; and
  WHEREAS,  Philip Abitabile is a former President and current Treasurer
of the local chapter of the Columbia County Sons and Daughters of Italy,

and was honored by the organization with the Positive Image Award; he is
also a member of the Hudson Elks Lodge, and has  been  involved  in  the
past with Little League, Pop Warner and the Columbia County Vikings; and
  WHEREAS,  With  him throughout have been his wife, Christine; his son,
Antonio; three stepchildren, Sarah, Brett  and  Jenny;  grandson,  Gavin
Philip;  and  two  step  grandchildren, Amelia and Ian, all of whom feel
privileged to be a part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained  commitment  to  the  maintenance  of  high standards in their
profession, 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 Philip Abitabile upon the occasion of being selected as  the  2013
Person of the Year by the Columbia County Association of the city of New
York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Philip Abitabile.


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