Resolution J3238-2011

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 2012 as Dominican Heritage Month in the State of New York

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  • Feb 15, 2012: ADOPTED
  • Feb 15, 2012: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 10, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim February 2012 as Dominican Heritage Month in the State  of  New
York

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body, in keeping with its
time-honored traditions, to recognize  and  pay  tribute  to  those  who
foster  ethnic pride and enhance the profile of cultural diversity which
strengthen the fabric of the communities of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, The citizens of this great Empire State are proud  to  recog-
nize  and commemorate Dominican Heritage Month, an observance that cele-
brates the contributions of  Dominican-Americans  to  New  York  State's
unique heritage; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  memorial-
ize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim February 2012 as Dominican
Heritage Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, In 1838, one of the country's patriarchs and national  found-
er,  Juan  Pablo Duarte, established a secret society called La Trinita-
ria, which sought the complete independence of Santo Domingo without any
foreign intervention; Ramon  Matias  Melia  and  Francisco  del  Rosario
Sanchez,  despite not being among the founding members of La Trinitaria,
were decisive in the fight for independence; they and Juan Pablo  Duarte
are the three Founding Fathers of the Dominican Republic; and
  WHEREAS, On February 27, 1844, the Trinitarios (Trinitarians) declared
the Dominican Republic's independence from Haiti; and
  WHEREAS,  The following dates and events are of great significance and
serve as a distinct awareness of the rich Dominican heritage:  Thursday,
January  26, 2012, marks the 199th Anniversary of the birth of patriarch
Juan Pablo Duarte; and Monday, February 27, 2012, is the 168th  Anniver-
sary of the independence of the Dominican Republic; and
  WHEREAS,  On  Monday,  February 13, 2012, Dominican communities across
the State of New York will join in celebrating and recognizing the  many
contributions  and  legacies that are attributed to these fine Dominican
Americans; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is honored to recognize several distin-
guished dignitaries, including:  His  Excellency  Ambassador  Anibal  de
Castro, Dominican Ambassador to the United States; Consul General Maximo
Corsino  of  the  Dominican Republic in New York; and Ambassador Roberto
Saladin, Dominican Ambassador to the Organization  of  American  States;
and
  WHEREAS,  It is duly fitting that all New Yorkers join in these impor-
tant celebrations of one of our State's most vibrant  communities;  this
much  anticipated observance and its accompanying activities will foster
greater appreciation for Dominican culture  and  serve  to  promote  the
spirit of cooperation that is characteristic of all citizens of New York
State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 2012 as Domin-
ican Heritage Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York;  Ambassador Anibal de Castro; and Consul General Maximo Corsino of
the Dominican Republic in New York.

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