Resolution J2677-2013

Mourning the death of Henry McCoy, Jr., distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Jun 22, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning the death of Henry McCoy, Jr., distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Henry McCoy, Jr., a resident of St. Albans, New York, for  42
years, died on June 17, 2013, at the age of 86; and
  WHEREAS, Born on Christmas Eve in 1926, in Wiggins, Mississippi, Henry
McCoy,  Jr.  was the second child of Eugenia Smith and Henry McCoy, Sr.;
soon after his birth, the family moved to Mobile, Alabama, and  then  to
New Orleans, Louisiana, where he grew up; and
  WHEREAS,  Upon  graduating  from  high school, the family moved to New
York City, and Henry McCoy, Jr. enlisted in the United States  Army;  he
was discharged in 1947; and
  WHEREAS,  Henry McCoy, Jr. distinguished himself in his profession and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
  WHEREAS, Henry McCoy, Jr. went to work  for  the  United  States  Post
Office;  in  1957,  he was appointed to the New York City Police Depart-
ment, where he served with distinction for 23 years before retiring as a
Lieutenant in 1981; and
  WHEREAS, Henry McCoy, Jr. served the department in various  capacities
including  commanding  officer  and coordinator of youth division activ-
ities for the Borough of Manhattan, and  citywide  coordinator  for  the
Special  Court  Diversion Project which steered youth away from anti-so-
cial behavior into constructive activity; and
  WHEREAS, In 1981, Henry McCoy, Jr. was appointed a City  Marshal,  and
served in this capacity for 11 years; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout his years of police work, Henry McCoy, Jr. contin-
ued  his  education;  he  earned an Associate's degree in Police Science
from Baruch College in 1964, a Bachelor's  degree  in  Criminal  Justice
from  John  Jay  College in 1972, and a Master's degree in Urban Studies
from Queens College of the City of New York in 1977; and
  WHEREAS, Henry McCoy, Jr.'s commitment to excellence, and  his  spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Never  one to rest on his laurels, in 1992, Henry McCoy, Jr.
decided to run for male district leader in the 33rd Assembly District in
Queens, New York; in his first run for elective office, he won over  two
opponents  by  an  overwhelming margin; prior to establishing the United
for Progress Democratic Club in 1993, he was a  board  member  and  Vice
President of the Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club; and
  WHEREAS,  Henry  McCoy, Jr. was a longtime civic leader in St. Albans,
the Southeast Queens community and New York City; he  was  a  member  of
many  organizations  including a former board Member of the United Black
Men of Queens, a Life Member of the Guardians  Association  of  the  New
York  City Police Department, a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,
Inc., a former member of the State of New York Police Juvenile  Officers
Association,  and  a  chief  delegate  of  the Federation of Negro Civil
Service Workers; and
  WHEREAS, A passionate tennis player, Henry  McCoy,  Jr.  combined  his
love  of  the  sport with his mentorship of young people as President of
Youth and Tennis, Inc., a non-profit  organization  that  provides  year
round  instruction  and programs for junior tennis and youth development

in public parks and schools; in the past, he also  traveled  around  the
country playing in tournaments on the senior tennis circuit; and
  WHEREAS,  Henry  McCoy,  Jr.  was the recipient of numerous awards and
accolades, including the Robert  Couche  Senior  Center's  Distinguished
Citizen  Award,  the  Congressional Achievement Award, the Distinguished
Service Award, the Community Leader Award, and the New York City  Police
Department's Achievement Award, to name a few; and
  WHEREAS,  Henry  McCoy,  Jr.  is  survived by his sister, Leola Gaines
McCoy, and nieces, Anna and Victoria Gaines; an aunt, Ellen Green; cous-
ins, Delores Walker, Joseph Smith, Delores Brown-Hunder, Eugenia  Smith,
Anderson  James  Smith,  Sr.,  Emma Ford, Pearlie Walker, William Smith,
Catherine Coleman, Leon Jeffries, Wayne Jeffries, Portia Walton,  Donald
Norris,  Inez  Norris,  Velma  Norris, Theodora Norris, Brenda Smothers,
Dena  Norris,  Robert  Norris,  Julius  Kimbrough,  Theodore  Kimbrough,
Constance  Rozier,  Sandra  Coleman, Wayne Coleman, Lance Coleman, Debra
Coleman, Van-olvin Odom, Benjamin Odom, and  Sylvia  Jenkins;  and  dear
friends,  Yvonne  Bruce,  John  Humphrey, Joseph Richardson and Reginald
Belgrave; as well as a host of other relatives, colleagues, friends  and
associates; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Henry McCoy, Jr. leaves behind  a  legacy  which  will  long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Henry McCoy, Jr., distinguished citizen  and  devoted
member  of his community, and to offer sincere condolences to his family
and friends; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Henry McCoy, Jr.


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