Resolution J179-2013

Mourning the death of Benjamin Moleno, Sr., longtime Hewlett Fire Official, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Benjamin Moleno, Sr., long-
time  Hewlett Fire Official, distinguished citizen and devoted member of
his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Benjamin Moleno, Sr. of Hewlett, New York, died  on  December
31, 2012, at the age of 92; and
  WHEREAS, Born in Hewlett, New York, Benjamin Moleno, Sr. was the owner
of  a  Roosevelt  laundry and dry cleaning business for 35 years, before
retiring in 1982; and
  WHEREAS, Benjamin Moleno, Sr.'s  commitment  to  excellence,  and  his
spirit  of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, includ-
ing charitable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS, After graduating from Woodmere High School in 1938,  Benjamin
Moleno, Sr. joined the Hewlett Fire Department; and
  WHEREAS,  A  dedicated  firefighter for 75 years, Benjamin Moleno, Sr.
rose through the ranks and served as Captain of the Hewlett Fire Depart-
ment; he also served as Commissioner of the Hewlett  Bay  Fire  District
for 50 years and District Treasurer for 15 years; and
  WHEREAS,  At  the  time  of  his death, Benjamin Moleno, Sr. was still
serving as a member of the Legislative Committee of the New  York  State
Association of Fire Districts; and
  WHEREAS,  This  remarkable man was a founder of the Nassau Association
of Districts and served as its President in 1951; moreover, he was a New
York State President in 1970 and 1971, and in  2011,  he  was  named  an
Honorary Chief of the Department; and
  WHEREAS,  Dedicated  to  serving his country, Benjamin Moleno, Sr. was
employed at Republic Aviation during much of World War II; and
  WHEREAS, Benjamin Moleno,  Sr.  was  a  longtime  communicant  of  St.
Joseph's  Roman  Catholic  Church  in Hewlett, New York; in addition, he
served as a Hewlett Committeeman for more than 50 years; and
  WHEREAS, Predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Jean,  Benjamin  Moleno,
Sr.    is survived by two sons, Benjamin, Jr. and Richard; one daughter,
Peggy; and six grandchildren, as well as six great-grandchildren; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Benjamin Moleno, Sr. leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn the death of Benjamin Moleno, Sr., longtime Hewlett Fire Official,
distinguished  citizen  and  devoted  member of his community; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Benjamin Moleno, Sr.


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