Resolution J2655-2013

Honoring Fred T. Simmons upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the African-American/Caribbean Education Association, Inc. on August 8, 2013

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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 honoring Fred T. Simmons upon the occasion of his
designation  as  recipient  of  the  Lifetime  Achievement  Award by the
African-American/Caribbean Education Association, Inc. on August 8, 2013

WHEREAS, Individuals who give of their time and energies and  serve  the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS,  Fred  T. Simmons has given not only of his time and energies
but also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently
has been designated for special recognition; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor  Fred  T.
Simmons  upon  the occasion of his designation as recipient of the Life-
time Achievement Award by the African-American/Caribbean Education Asso-
ciation, Inc., to be celebrated at its 6th Annual  Banquet  in  Jamaica,
New York on Thursday, August 8, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Fred T. Simmons, the proud son of Willie and Eloise Simmons,
is the oldest of six siblings that migrated to Queens,  New  York,  from
Sanford,  North  Carolina, in 1967; having an avid interest in community
affairs, he decided to enroll in the Bachelors of  Professional  Studies
Program  at  the  College  for Human Services, which later became Audrey
Cohen College; and
  WHEREAS, After college, Fred T. Simmons was inspired by the good works
of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN),  a
group  that advocates for low and moderate-income families by working on
neighborhood safety, voter registration, health care,  affordable  hous-
ing,  and  other social issues; under the tutelage of ACORN, Fred became
an advocate fighting for change and making  his  community  aware  of  a
magnitude of resources; and
  WHEREAS,  Assisting  ACORN  with  abandoned homes, Fred T. Simmons was
instrumental in establishing a policy that made it possible for families
to be relocated into affordable housing; he also helped in the fight for
jobs, livable wages, equal education and various other  housing  issues;
and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  as  part of the National and Community Service
Trust Act of 1993, the first ACORN High School in the nation was created
under his luminous direction; and
  WHEREAS, An avid volunteer, Fred T. Simmons has  selflessly  given  of
his  time  and  energy  by volunteering at the People United to Save Our
Children and the 100 Man Choir; leading a Boys Scouts of America  troop;
serving  as  a  parent  advisor at the 103rd Precinct Explorers Program;
serving as a board member to Beacon schools I.S. 8 and J.H. S.72;  form-
ing the youth group Bringing Teens Together, and local block association
groups  through  Residential  People  for Improvement; organizing summer
youth programs; volunteering for Forestdale Fathers Project, and being a
veteran Member of the African-American/Caribbean Education  Association,
Inc. Scholarship Committee; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  he  is  the Co-Founder of Teens Against Crime
Inc., Operation Safe South East Queens, and Biz Kids; and
  WHEREAS, Fred T. Simmons is married to his lifelong friend  and  part-
ner,  Florence Simmons, and together they have three wonderful children,
and six beautiful grandchildren; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period  of  his  community  service,  a
period  of  constructive involvement, Fred T. Simmons has stood constant
in dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of  others  which  Fred  T.  Simmons  has  displayed
throughout his life; and

  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought  to  our  atten-
tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Fred T. Simmons upon the occasion of his designation as  recipient
of  the  Lifetime  Achievement  Award  by the African-American/Caribbean
Education Association, Inc.; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Fred T. Simmons.

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