Resolution J2594-2013

Mourning the death of The Honorable Frank Sedita, Jr., distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of The Honorable Frank Sedita,
Jr., distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those  singular  individuals  who  devoted  their  purposeful  lives  to
preserving  the  rights  and  protecting  the welfare of the citizens of
their community and the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  it is the sense of this Legislative Body to mourn
the death of The Honorable Frank A. Sedita, Jr.,  distinguished  citizen
and devoted member of his community, who died at the age of 78; and
  WHEREAS,  The son of three-term Buffalo Mayor Frank A. Sedita, and the
father of Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita  III,  Frank  A.
Sedita,  Jr.  was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and attended the
Buffalo Public School System; and
  WHEREAS, He went on to graduate summa cum laude from Canisius  College
of  Buffalo, New York, before earning his law degree from the University
of Buffalo; Frank A. Sedita, Jr. was then admitted to the New York State
Bar in 1961; and
  WHEREAS, During Judge Frank A. Sedita, Jr.'s extensive legal  practice
in  the  office of the City of Buffalo Corporation Counsel, he developed
substantial expertise in the area of education  law,  serving  for  many
years  as  Counsel to the city's Board of Education; he also worked as a
private practice attorney, specializing in trial, matrimonial and family
law until 1968; and
  WHEREAS, Judge Frank A. Sedita, Jr.'s esteemed  career  on  the  bench
began  in  the mid-1970s, upon his election as an Associate Judge of the
Buffalo City Court; following successful service as a Judge of the  Erie
County  Family  Court, he was elected as Chief Judge of the Buffalo City
Court where he made a strong impact restoring the court's profile to its
rightful level of prominence; and
  WHEREAS, From 1992-1994, he served as the Housing Court Judge where he
earned acclaim for his strict  housing  reform;  he  toured  dilapidated
buildings,  imposed  deadlines for repairs and increased fines on delin-
quent property owners, becoming known as "Maximum Frank"; and
  WHEREAS, For the better part of almost two  decades,  Judge  Frank  A.
Sedita,  Jr.  served with tremendous distinction as a Justice of the New
York State Supreme Court, completing a 10-year term  and  serving  three
additional  two-year  extensions  on  senior status until he reached the
mandatory retirement age of 76; and
  WHEREAS, Following retirement, Judge Frank A. Sedita, Jr. joined Coun-
sel Financial Services, which provides respected litigators  across  the
country  the  financial power they need to maximize verdicts and settle-
ments, adding to his countless contributions to the justice system; and
  WHEREAS, For his tireless efforts, Judge Frank A. Sedita, Jr. was  the
recipient  of  numerous  awards and accolades, some of which include THE
BUFFALO  NEWS  Outstanding  Citizen  Award,  The  Buffalo  Urban  League
Stewardship  Award,  and the West Side Business Association's Citizen of
the Year; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to his son, Frank A. Sedita III, Judge  Frank  A.
Sedita, Jr. is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Marilyn Hemstock
Sedita; and
  WHEREAS, Judge Frank A. Sedita, Jr.'s career as an attorney and jurist
was  one  of  great substance which will long be remembered, as will his
significant contributions as a public servant to  the  community  he  so
cherished  throughout  his  life;  he  will  be greatly missed by all he
served and befriended; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the death of The Honorable Frank Sedita, Jr., distinguished citi-
zen and devoted member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of The Honorable Frank Sedita, Jr.

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