Resolution J3171-2013

Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Fifth Avenue Committee of Brooklyn, New York, in 2013



  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 31, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Fifth
Avenue Committee of Brooklyn, New York, in 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals that are devoted to the welfare of  the  community
and its citizenry; 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  35th  Anniversary of the Fifth Avenue Committee of Brooklyn,
New York, in 2013; this auspicious occasion  will  be  celebrated  at  a
Benefit Reception, to be held at the BAM Cafe in the Brooklyn Academy of
Music,  30  Lafayette  Avenue,  Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday, June 11,
2013; and
  WHEREAS, Founded in 1978, The Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) is a commu-
nity organization in South Brooklyn, New York,  that  advances  economic
and  social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where resi-
dents have genuine opportunities to achieve their goals, as well as  the
power to shape the community's future; and
  WHEREAS,  FAC  is a nationally-recognized nonprofit community develop-
ment corporation that works to transform the lives of  over  5,000  low-
and  moderate-income  New Yorkers annually so that all can live and work
with dignity and respect while  making  the  community  more  equitable,
sustainable, inclusive, and just; and
  WHEREAS,  To  achieve its mission, FAC develops and manages affordable
housing and community facilities,  creates  economic  opportunities  and
ensures  access  to economic stability, organizes residents and workers,
offers student-centered adult education, and combats displacement caused
by gentrification; and
  WHEREAS, FAC's Principles in Action include: combining organizing  and
development;  building community beyond geographic boundaries; promoting
community control and accountability; striving for innovative solutions;
modeling sustainability; including the entire community; and collaborat-
ing effectively; and
  WHEREAS, FAC has developed more than 600 units of  affordable  housing
for  low  and moderate-income families in over 100 buildings; it brought
more than $300 million in direct investment  for  community  development
into the South Brooklyn neighborhoods through these efforts; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition, under the outstanding leadership of its Execu-
tive Director, Michelle de la Uz, FAC maintains safe, decent, affordable
housing for nearly 400 families in South Brooklyn and has  created  over
500 good jobs for low-income community residents, and trained and placed
another 1200 residents into decent jobs; and
  WHEREAS,  This  auspicious  occasion  presents an opportunity for this
Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay  tribute  to  the  Fifth  Avenue
Committee of Brooklyn, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when an organ-
ization of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our  atten-
tion,  it should be recognized and applauded by all the citizens of this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Fifth Avenue Committee of Brook-
lyn, New York, in 2013; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Fifth Avenue Committee of Brooklyn, New York.


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