Resolution J1912-2013

Welcoming the students and faculty of the Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf as they visit Albany, New York

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION welcoming the students and faculty of the Lexing-
ton  School  for  the Deaf/Center for the Deaf as they visit Albany, New
York, on May 21, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  those  institutions  of true purpose and high achievement whose
exemplary programs and accomplishments clearly demonstrate  an  enduring
pursuit  of  excellence  in  the  education  of deaf youth in the Empire
State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to welcome
the students and faculty of the Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for
the Deaf as they visit Albany, New York, on May 21, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, It is central to the mission of the Lexington School for  the
Deaf/Center  for  the  Deaf  to  be  an exemplary education, service and
research institution for the deaf and hard of  hearing  in  Metropolitan
New York City and the Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Lexington School has helped and continues to facilitate
the deaf and hard of hearing in overcoming great barriers  to  learning,
growing, and thriving in a complex world; and
  WHEREAS,  Lexington  School  for the Deaf was founded in 1864 when the
first class of six children and an instructor convened at  the  home  of
Isaac and Hannah Rosenfeld; and
  WHEREAS,  Due  to  constantly  increasing enrollment, the school moved
several times until it settled in 1882 at 904 Lexington Avenue with  161
students;  in  1934,  it  officially became the Lexington School for the
Deaf; and
  WHEREAS, The Lexington School for the Deaf continued to  grow  and  in
1968,  its  new home was inaugurated on a seven-acre site at 30th Avenue
and 75th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens; and
  WHEREAS, Today, the Lexington School  for  the  Deaf  is  the  largest
school  for  the  deaf in New York State, with its student body residing
throughout the five boroughs of New York City; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to its strong  academic  program,  the  Lexington
School for the Deaf offers a broad range of physical and cultural educa-
tion programs, including a highly regarded basketball team; and
  WHEREAS,  In the 1980s, the Lexington School for the Deaf became known
as the Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the  Deaf  after  estab-
lishing several affiliate agencies to support the needs of deaf and hard
of  hearing  children and adults; this included the Lexington Center for
Mental Health Services; the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center; and the
Lexington Vocational Services, a New York State Education  Department  -
Vocational  Services  for  Individuals with Disabilities-funded program;
and
  WHEREAS, The Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf  devel-
oped  a  new  approach to teaching in the mid-1990s; it became the first
Mediated Learning educational model in a  school  for  the  deaf,  which
earned  it the federal designation of a Most Effective Practices school;
and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance  the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown a
long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly  have  earned  our
recognition and applause; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
welcome the students  and  faculty  of  the  Lexington  School  for  the
Deaf/Center  for  the  Deaf  as  they visit Albany, New York, on May 21,

2013, and to wish them well in all their future  endeavors;  and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf.

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