Resolution J2335-2013

Commemorating the dedication of the Nicholas A. Rossi Auditorium at William Severn Elementary School, on June 15, 2013, and honoring the memory of this beloved educator

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  • Jun 13, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 13, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 11, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the dedication of the Nicholas A.
Rossi Auditorium at William E. Severn  Elementary  School  on  June  15,
2013, and honoring the memory of this beloved educator

WHEREAS,  It  is  incumbent  upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst  who  made  significant
contributions to the quality of life therein; and
  WHEREAS,  Nicholas  A.  Rossi,  principal  and teacher in the Corning-
Painted Post School District for nearly forty years, died on August  25,
2011;  he  was venerated by his students, their families, and his peers,
and his commitment to excellence, as well as his passion  for  improving
the  quality of people's lives, extended beyond the school buildings and
into the broader community; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is  justly  proud  to  commemorate  the
dedication  of  the  Nicholas  A. Rossi Auditorium on Saturday, June 15,
2013, at William E. Severn Elementary School in Corning, New  York,  and
to honor the memory of this beloved educator; and
  WHEREAS, Nicholas A. Rossi of Painted Post, New York, began his career
in  education  as a developmental reading teacher at Painted Post School
in 1959, then worked as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Frank Pierce
Elementary School from 1961-1966; after serving as a guidance  counselor
for  two  years, he transitioned into administration, working in various
leadership capacities until 1982 when he began his illustrious tenure as
Principal of William E. Severn  Elementary  School  before  retiring  in
1998; and
  WHEREAS,  As Principal at Severn School, Nicholas A. Rossi knew all of
his students, and most of their families, by name; he created an  enthu-
siastic  and  inviting  environment  for  students,  teachers, staff and
parents and possessed the unique ability to make everyone he  came  into
contact  with  feel  as  if  they  were the most important person in the
world; and
  WHEREAS, Nicholas A. Rossi was an exceptional educator and leader  who
visited  every  classroom daily, and had high expectations of both staff
and students; he was committed to creating a comprehensive and  multidi-
mensional  learning  environment, establishing a student council program
where children learned leadership principles, fostered fun activities as
an expansion of a child's learning experience, and established a  Grand-
parent  Program,  recognizing the value of grandparents in student well-
being; and
  WHEREAS, Nicholas A. Rossi was a strong advocate for and supporter  of
the  Corning-Painted  Post  School District throughout his distinguished
career; he continued to serve after his retirement, stepping into  vari-
ous interim and supervisory roles until 2010; and
  WHEREAS, The dedication of the auditorium in the school building where
Nicholas A. Rossi led with such talent, zeal, and joy is a fitting trib-
ute to a life well-lived and a life worth remembering, a lasting memori-
al  to  an  individual who gave honor and dignity to the field of educa-
tion; and
  WHEREAS, The Nicholas A. Rossi  Auditorium  will  long  endure  as  an
inspiration and legacy to all who had the privilege and honor of knowing
him, and to future generations of students, staff and faculty at William
E. Severn Elementary School; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the dedication  of  the  Nicholas  A.  Rossi  Auditorium  at
William  E.  Severn  Elementary School in Corning, New York, on June 15,
2013, and to honor the memory  of  this  beloved  educator;  and  be  it
further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Nicholas A. Rossi.

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