Resolution J2531-2013

Honoring PortSide NewYork upon the occasion of receiving the White House Champions of Change Award



  • Jun 18, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  PortSide NewYork upon the occasion of
receiving the White House "Champions of Change" award, on April 24, 2013

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State  of  New  York  to
recognize  and  acknowledge those within our midst who have made signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
  WHEREAS, It is, furthermore, the custom of this  Legislative  Body  to
recognize  the  caring  concern and generous acts of those organizations
who step outside the bounds of their ordinary work to extend  a  helping
hand to their neighbors and community in times of crisis; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
PortSide  NewYork  upon the occasion of receiving the White House "Cham-
pions of Change" award, which was presented at a White  House  ceremony,
on Wednesday, April 24, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  The  "Champions  of Change," award honors everyday Americans
doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate,  out-e-
ducate, and out-build the rest of the world; and
  WHEREAS,  PortSide  NewYork,  a  nonprofit  in the Red Hook section of
Brooklyn, New York, won this esteemed  award  in  recognition  of  their
outstanding relief and recovery work during Hurricane Sandy; and
  WHEREAS,  PortSide  NewYork  is  housed  in the MARY A. WHALEN, an oil
tanker on the National Register of Historic Places,  and  the  only  oil
tanker  in  the  world  that  serves as a center for education, cultural
events, and advocacy; and
  WHEREAS, After protecting the MARY A. WHALEN during  Hurricane  Sandy,
PortSide  NewYork,  led  by  Director  Carolina Salguero, teamed up with
Realty Collective and Gallery Brooklyn  to  create  the  Sandy  recovery
center for the Red Hook community; and
  WHEREAS,  PortSide  NewYork  created  an  aid  station that evolved to
provide services in response to emerging needs, provided computer equip-
ment to enable people to apply to FEMA, organized the work of  an  elec-
trician who donated his services for free, and set up free legal clinics
and a small business recovery center; and
  WHEREAS,  In  being  selected  for  this  prestigious  award, PortSide
NewYork exemplifies the ideals of  compassion,  care,  and  concern  for
others characteristic of this great State and Nation; 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 the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  PortSide  NewYork  upon the occasion of receiving the White House
"Champions of Change" award; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Carolina Salguero, Director, PortSide NewYork.


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