Resolution J1819-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the City of Salamanca, New York



  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the City
of Salamanca, New York

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and  commem-
orate  the  proud and distinguished histories of the people and communi-
ties which comprise the noble body of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 100th Anniversary of the City  of  Salamanca,  in  Cattaraugus
County, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Located  along  the  Allegheny  River in New York's Southern
Tier, the City of Salamanca has a history extending back  to  the  early
1800s,  when  settlers began to move into the area following the Revolu-
tionary War; and
  WHEREAS, In 1862, the communities in the area were renamed in honor of
Don Jose Salamanca, one of the largest stockholders in the Atlantic  and
Great  Western  Railroad;  the  Village of Salamanca was incorporated in
1878; and
  WHEREAS, On May 14, 1913, the City of Salamanca was established as the
51st city in New York State; the process only  took  85  days  from  the
appointment  of  a committee to draw up a city charter until Salamanca's
incorporation as a city; and
  WHEREAS, Logging has been a vital industry  for  Salamanca  throughout
its  history;  in  the  early days, logs were floated down the Allegheny
River to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; today, the City of  Salamanca  is  an
important  location  for the hardwoods industry, with supplies of maple,
oak and cherry trees readily available in the area; and
  WHEREAS, In the mid-1800s, Salamanca became a railroad hub;  the  city
is located along the route between New York City and Chicago, which made
Salamanca  an important location along this transportation corridor that
enabled the country to grow and prosper; and
  WHEREAS, The City of Salamanca is the only city in the  United  States
that  lies  almost completely on Native American territory; the majority
of the city is located within the territory  of  the  Seneca  Nation  of
Indians; and
  WHEREAS,  Salamanca  has played an important role in the establishment
of our popular culture; Ray Evans, a musician and songwriter,  was  born
in the City of Salamanca; he composed the famous Christmas song, "Silver
Bells"; and
  WHEREAS,  The  City  of  Salamanca is known as The Gateway to Allegany
State Park, a jewel among New York's state parks; the park offers oppor-
tunities for year-round recreation including camping, fishing,  boating,
hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sports, picnicking, and much
more; and
  WHEREAS,  The  citizens of the City of Salamanca proudly celebrate its
long and vibrant history, and they look forward to its future; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly  recog-
nize  and honor milestones in the history of communities large and small
in this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  100th  Anniversary of the City of Salamanca; and be it
  RESOLVED That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be trans-
mitted to the City of Salamanca, New York.


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