Resolution J2593-2013

Honoring Peggy Liuzzi on her retirement after 27 years of distinguished service to Child Care Solutions



  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Peggy Liuzzi upon the occasion of her
retirement after  27  years  of  distinguished  service  to  Child  Care

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to acknowledge the
significant milestones in the distinguished careers  of  esteemed  resi-
dents of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is proud to honor Peggy Liuz-
zi upon the occasion of her retirement after 27 years  of  distinguished
service to Child Care Solutions; and
  WHEREAS,  Peggy Liuzzi has worked more than 40 years in early care and
education and has spent the past 27 years at  Child  Care  Solutions  in
Syracuse, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Peggy  Liuzzi  joined  Child  Care  Solutions in 1986 as its
Assistant Director and was named Executive Director in 1991; and
  WHEREAS, Child Care Solutions, a  resource  and  referral  agency  for
child  care  in  Onondaga and Cayuga counties, was founded as a not-for-
profit organization in 1975; and
  WHEREAS, The staff at Child  Care  Solutions  strives  to  coordinate,
assist and strengthen child care services in the Central New York commu-
nity  through advocacy, education, networking, referrals and the support
of high quality child care and early education programs; and
  WHEREAS,  In  her  22  years  as  Executive  Director  of  Child  Care
Solutions, Peggy Liuzzi has proven herself to be a tireless advocate for
all children, while simultaneously earning community-wide respect; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  her  career, Peggy Liuzzi has worked to increase
the number of children and families in Central New York who have  access
to high quality early care and learning programs; and
  WHEREAS, Peggy Liuzzi grew up the oldest of five children in the Capi-
tal district, where she attended Colonie High School; and
  WHEREAS,  Following  high  school,  Peggy Liuzzi earned her Bachelor's
degree in English Literature from Syracuse  University,  graduating  cum
laude; and
  WHEREAS,  After  graduating  from  Syracuse  University,  Peggy Liuzzi
continued her education at both Syracuse University and  SUNY  Cortland,
taking courses in Early Childhood Education; and
  WHEREAS,  Peggy  Liuzzi began her early care and education career as a
cook at Plymouth Day Care, and was soon thereafter named Director; and
  WHEREAS, Peggy Liuzzi formerly chaired the Pres-X Committee,  a  group
of executives from human service agencies throughout Onondaga County, by
virtue  of which she became recognized as being both a knowledgeable and
outstanding advocate for children's issues; and
  WHEREAS, A visionary of  her  time,  Peggy  Liuzzi  led  a  grassroots
campaign  to form the Onondaga County Child Care Council, which is today
Child Care Solutions; and
  WHEREAS, As Executive Director of Child Care Solutions,  Peggy  Liuzzi
constantly envisions and implements new programs to benefit the communi-
ty; and
  WHEREAS,  During her 27 year tenure, Peggy Liuzzi has orchestrated and
overseen tremendous growth of the organization, increasing the number of
employees from only three  to  36  and  offering  an  expanded  menu  of
programs to carry out the core mission of Child Care Solutions; and
  WHEREAS,  Due to the growth of Child Care Solutions, the agency was in
need of new quarters and in December 2004, moved to a new facility; and
  WHEREAS, Peggy Liuzzi's expertise is often sought and she serves as  a
member of the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council, Success by

6,  and  The Human Services Leadership Council and her past affiliations
include the New York State Early Care  and  Education  Blueprint  Initi-
ative,  the  Children's  Court  House  Center Advisory Committee for the
Salvation  Army,  the  Onondaga County Child Assistance Program Advisory
Board, and the New York State Department of  Social  Services  Day  Care
Advisory Committee, among others; and
  WHEREAS,  She  has  been honored as a 2010 Woman of Distinction by the
New York State Senate, a 2011 Champion for  Children  by  the  New  York
State  Association  for  the  Education  of  Young Children, and she has
received the Social Justice Leadership Award for Early Childhood  Educa-
tion from the Association for Communities Transforming Syracuse; and
  WHEREAS,  When  not pursuing her life's work, Peggy Liuzzi spends time
with her three daughters Eliza, Anna, and Carla; and
  WHEREAS, An incredibly devoted advocate, Peggy Liuzzi plans to contin-
ue her advocacy for young children even following  her  retirement  from
Child Care Solutions; and
  WHEREAS,  Over  the  past 27 years, Peggy Liuzzi has given much to her
community, and the children and child care providers who mean so much to
her; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Peggy Liuzzi upon the occasion of her retirement after 27 years of
service; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Peggy Liuzzi.


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