Resolution J1576-2013

Honoring Mary Jane Smith upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

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  • Apr 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Mary Jane Smith upon the occasion of her
designation as a 2013 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

WHEREAS,  It  is  the sense of this Legislative Body that women of every
economic,  ethnic,  and  religious  background  have  made   significant
contributions  to their community and to the State of New York, and that
it is appropriate to recognize them and to  publicly  acknowledge  their
endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among us all; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing  traditions,  each  year  the  New  York  State  Senate  honors
outstanding women who make our world and our lives better; this Legisla-
tive Body is, therefore, justly proud to recognize and commend Mary Jane
Smith  upon  the  occasion  of  her designation as a 2013 New York State
Senate Woman of Distinction on Tuesday, May  7,  2013,  in  Albany,  New
York; and
  WHEREAS,  Born  in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1928, Mary Jane Smith
earned her bachelor's degree in  education  and  a  master's  degree  in
history  from  The  College of Saint Rose, and served as a Sister of St.
Joseph, teaching in the Catholic school system for 22 years; and
  WHEREAS, When Mary Jane Smith and the co-founders opened the doors  of
Unity  House  in  a  dilapidated building on Eighth Street in Troy, they
responded to whatever need presented itself; during those exciting first
years, Mary Jane and her colleagues, Rejis Obijsiki and Peter  Callahan,
collected  and  distributed  food,  and  provided shelter for victims of
domestic violence; and
  WHEREAS, Over the years, the structure of Mary Jane  Smith's  work  at
Unity  House,  has matured and the programs have broadened and expanded;
however, the root of her conviction has never faltered; and
  WHEREAS, From that first day, through the next 20 years as the  Execu-
tive  Director,  Mary Jane Smith developed programs for people living in
poverty,  adults  living  with  mental  illness,  victims  of   domestic
violence,  children  with  developmental disabilities, and men and women
living with HIV/AIDS; along with her achievements,  she  has  served  on
many  boards  which  benefited  not only the disadvantaged people of the
Capital District, but also the community at large and the mental  health
population of the entire State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Mary  Jane  Smith  also  served on the first AIDS Council of
Albany; she has served in board capacities for the Regional Food Bank of
Northeastern New York and Hospice of Rensselaer County; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to extend its  high-
est  commendation  to Mary Jane Smith in recognition and appreciation of
her many exemplary achievements and for her contributions to her  commu-
nity  and  to the community of the State of New York; now, therefore, be
it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Mary Jane Smith upon the occasion of her designation as a 2013 New
York State Senate Woman of Distinction; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Mary Jane Smith.

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