Resolution J2051-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2- 9, 2013, as Beach Safety Week in the State of New York

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  • May 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 30, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 23, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim June 2- 9, 2013, as Beach Safety Week in the State of New York,
in conjunction with National Beach Safety Week

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
weeks established to increase awareness of serious  issues  that  affect
the lives of all New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  moved  to  memorialize
Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim June 2-9, 2013, as Beach Safety
Week in the State of New York, in conjunction with National Beach Safety
Week; and
  WHEREAS, New York State has over 9,700 miles of lake and ocean  shore-
line;  from  the  Atlantic  Ocean and sandy bays, to crystal-clear lakes
surrounded by pine forests and secluded swimming  holes,  our  beautiful
coastal  and  inland  beaches  represent  a  world renowned recreational
resource; and
  WHEREAS, Residents of this great Empire State and visitors  alike  are
drawn  to these beaches and lakes by the millions annually for water and
seaside activities; and
  WHEREAS, Each year as summer  begins,  the  United  States  Lifesaving
Association  (USLA)  sponsors National Beach Safety Week in an effort to
remind beachgoers of the importance of exercising caution in the aquatic
environment; and
  WHEREAS, The United States Lifesaving Association is a  national  non-
profit  organization dedicated to improving beach safety in America; its
membership includes professional beach lifeguards  throughout  New  York
State, joining lifeguards from across the country; and
  WHEREAS,  Drowning  is  the third leading cause of accidental death in
the United States and the second leading cause of accidental  death  for
persons  aged  5  to  44; for children in the one to two year age range,
drowning is the leading cause of injury death; and
  WHEREAS, Death by drowning is only the tip of the iceberg for  aquatic
injury; it has been found that, for every ten children who die by drown-
ing, 140 are treated in emergency rooms, and 36 are admitted for further
treatment in hospitals; and
  WHEREAS,  The  dangers  of  the aquatic environment can be effectively
managed through both  the  vigilance  of  professional  lifeguards,  and
public  awareness;  an  informed  public  is  essential  to  maintaining
adequate levels of beach and water safety; and
  WHEREAS, Families, youth, and  water  enthusiasts  must  remember  to:
Never  Swim  Alone,  Always  Swim  Near a Lifeguard, Never Drink Alcohol
Before Swimming, Obey Posted Signs and Flags, Respect the Power  of  the
Surf, and Learn to Swim; and
  WHEREAS, In recognizing Beach Safety Week, the security and well-being
of  the  people in the communities across the State are enhanced as they
take advantage of New  York's  tremendous  water  recreational  opportu-
nities; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to  proclaim  June  2-9,  2013,  as
Beach Safety Week in the State of New York, in conjunction with National
Beach Safety Week, and to urge all New Yorkers to take appropriate meas-
ures  to protect themselves and their children while enjoying themselves
at the beach this year.

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