Resolution J3329-2013

Commending Elizabeth Gaynes upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

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  • Feb 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 4, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 29, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending Elizabeth Gaynes upon the occasion of
being honored in conjunction with Women's  History  Month  2014  in  the
State of New York

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State  who  have
made  strong  contributions  to their communities and who inspire others
through their model citizenship; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Elizabeth Gaynes upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction  with
Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Women  of every race, class, and ethnic background have made
invaluable contributions to the growth and strength of New York State in
countless recorded and unrecorded ways; and
  WHEREAS, Each year, the State of New York officially sets  aside  time
to  recognize the achievements and lives of such exemplary women, repre-
sentatives of the wide-ranging and vital roles women have played in  the
historic development of this great Empire State and its communities; the
theme  of  this year's commemoration is "Celebrating Women of Character,
Courage, and Commitment"; and
  WHEREAS, Attorney Elizabeth Gaynes is one of the United States'  fore-
most  prisoner  justice  advocates;  throughout  her  illustrious  legal
career, she has consistently epitomized the values of  character,  cour-
age,  and commitment in her unwavering service to her peers, colleagues,
and fellow citizens; and
  WHEREAS, Elizabeth Gaynes is the Executive  Director  of  the  Osborne
Association, one of the largest multi-service criminal justice organiza-
tions  in  the  nation; guided by her visionary leadership for 28 years,
the organization works in collaboration with New York State and New York
City criminal justice, child welfare  and  health  agencies  to  provide
innovative  and  successful  services to incarcerated individuals, their
children, and their families; and
  WHEREAS, Elizabeth Gaynes has an abiding and  demonstrated  commitment
to  enhancing  the fairness and humanity of the criminal justice system;
she began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney working  at  a
Buffalo  law  firm, and later joined the Albany Law School Legal Assist-
ance Project, which provided representation on civil  legal  matters  to
men  at  four  New  York  State prisons; before assuming the helm of the
Osborne Association, she was  an  Associate  at  the  Pretrial  Services
Resource  Center,  now known as the Pretrial Justice Institute, in Wash-
ington DC; and
  WHEREAS, The wide-ranging scope of Elizabeth Gaynes' work is a  strong
indication of her astuteness and compassion; in 1985 she spearheaded the
creation of Family Works, a long-running comprehensive parenting program
in  a  men's state prison, and she has a leadership role in the New York
Initiative on Children of Incarcerated Parents, a  collaborative  system
reform  project committed to meeting the needs and protecting the rights
of children with parents in prison; and
  WHEREAS, Elizabeth Gaynes is widely known and has gained international
recognition for her efforts; in 2004, she, along with her daughter Emani
Davis, was the first American to be nominated for the prestigious inter-
national award, World's Children's Prize for the Rights  of  the  Child,
for their work defending the children of prisoners; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her service to her community,
the  State  of  New  York,  and  the  nation, Elizabeth Gaynes has stood
constant in dignity, good grace and humor; and

  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity  to
express  its  highest  admiration  for Elizabeth Gaynes, and to wish her
continued success in all of her future endeavors; 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
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  Elizabeth Gaynes upon the occasion of being honored in conjunc-
tion with Women's History Month in the State of  New  York;  and  be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Elizabeth Gaynes.

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