Resolution J2574-2013

Commemorating the 225th Anniversary of New York State's ratification of the United States Constitution

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 225th Anniversary of New York
State's ratification of the United States Constitution

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the efforts
of those who seek to bring full recognition of the history of this great
Empire State, and in doing so, help to ensure that the complete  history
of  our State and Nation is preserved and shared with the present gener-
ations of citizens; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 225th Anniversary of New  York  State's  ratification  of  the
United States Constitution; and
  WHEREAS,  On  July 26, 1788, New York State ratified the United States
Constitution in the Dutchess County Courthouse in Poughkeepsie; this  is
depicted  on  the north wall of the Poughkeepsie Post Office, a National
Historic Landmark; and
  WHEREAS, The summer of 1788 found the third Dutchess County Courthouse
in the hamlet of Poughkeepsie as the setting for one of the most dramat-
ic ideological struggles in state and national political history; and
  WHEREAS, From June 17 to July 26,  1788,  the  New  York  Ratification
Convention  met  to  debate New York State's entry into the new republic
proposed under the constitution drawn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the
previous year; proponents of ratification led by John Jay and  Alexander
Hamilton were in the minority; and
  WHEREAS,  Anti-federalists,  led by Governor George Clinton, comprised
the majority of delegates; they  opposed  ratification  based  upon  the
absence of provisions that would guarantee personal freedoms and clarify
states' rights; and
  WHEREAS,  In  a close vote of 30 to 27, the convention voted to ratify
in "full confidence" that its concerns would be dealt with promptly, and
the result was a stronger Nation, along with the Bill of Rights; and
  WHEREAS, Failure to ratify  could  have  brought  down  the  fledgling
nation; the ratification process took six weeks of protracted and diffi-
cult  debate  when  the  followers of Clinton and those of Hamilton were
brought to a compromise through the diplomacy of Dutchess  County  dele-
gate Melancton Smith; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 225th Anniversary of New York  State's  ratification  of
the United States Constitution.

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