Resolution J182-2013

Honoring PUSH Buffalo for its outstanding service to the community

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  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring PUSH Buffalo for its outstanding service
to the community

WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New  York  State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions  and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor PUSH
Buffalo for its outstanding service to the community; and
  WHEREAS,  Founded  in  2005,  PUSH Buffalo is a local membership-based
community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality  on
Buffalo's West Side; and
  WHEREAS, PUSH Buffalo was established with the goal of creating strong
neighborhoods  with  quality  affordable housing, decreasing the rate of
housing abandonment by reclaiming empty houses  from  neglectful  public
and  private  owners  and  redeveloping them for occupancy by low-income
residents, and developing neighborhood leaders capable of gaining commu-
nity control over the development process and planning for the future of
the neighborhood; and
  WHEREAS, The mission of PUSH  Buffalo  is  to  mobilize  residents  to
create  neighborhoods  with  quality,  affordable  housing, expand local
hiring opportunities, and advance economic justice in Buffalo; and
  WHEREAS, PUSH Buffalo stands behind six  core  values  which  include:
Member  Involvement,  Inclusiveness,  Ownership, Results-Oriented, Rele-
vance, and Justice; and
  WHEREAS, PUSH Buffalo has set high  goals  for  itself;  in  the  near
future  these goals include: building a more democratic, action-oriented
organization that addresses poor housing  conditions  and  the  lack  of
living  wage jobs in our neighborhoods; increasing property ownership of
low-income residents through  the  PUSH's  Mutual  Housing  Association;
decreasing the rate of housing abandonment by reclaiming properties from
neglectful  public and private owners and redeveloping them for occupan-
cy; leading direct action campaigns against corporations and  government
agencies  whose  practices  contribute to the high poverty rate in their
community; and creating a replicable model  of  grassroots  neighborhood
organizing  and  redevelopment  that can be deployed in other low-income
communities throughout the Rust Belt; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  organiza-
tions  of  such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor PUSH Buffalo for its outstanding service to the community; and  be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  Aaron  Bartley,  Executive  Director  and  Co-founder, PUSH
Buffalo.

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