Resolution J3330-2013

Commending Marilyn Gelber 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  Marilyn Gelber 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
Marilyn Gelber 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, Philanthropic and civic leader  Marilyn  Gelber  has  been  a
potent force for improving the quality of life in New York City's neigh-
borhoods  for nearly four decades; throughout her illustrious and varied
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, Marilyn Gelber is the creator and President of  the  Brooklyn
Community  Foundation,  a  vital  charitable  organization that provides
unique opportunities for philanthropists to support initiatives address-
ing the complex challenges of Brooklyn, New York's 70 neighborhoods  and
2.5 million people; and
  WHEREAS,  A  life-long  New  Yorker, Marilyn Gelber has a demonstrated
commitment to improving the quality of life in her native city; prior to
creating the Brooklyn Community Foundation, she was the founding  Execu-
tive  Director of the Independence Community Bank Foundation, Brooklyn's
largest private charitable foundation, which invested in a  broad  range
of  community  and  economic  development, educational and environmental
initiatives throughout the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area; and
  WHEREAS, Marilyn Gelber also served her  fellow  New  Yorkers  in  the
public  sector  for  28 years as an urban planner and administrator; she
was the first woman Commissioner of the  New  York  City  Department  of
Environmental  Protection, was Chief of Staff to former Brooklyn Borough
President Howard Golden, and was Director of Neighborhood Strategy Plan-
ning for the New York City Department of City Planning; and
  WHEREAS, The comprehensive scope of  Marilyn  Gelber's  vision  for  a
sparkling,  vibrant  and  dynamic  city also led to her roles as the New
York City Comptroller's appointee to the New York City Procurement Poli-
cy Board, Mayoral appointee to the New York City Water Board, and holder
of the Brooklyn seat on the New York City Planning Commission; and
  WHEREAS, Marilyn Gelber has received numerous accolades for her  work;
she  was presented with an honorary doctorate from St. Joseph's College,
and was awarded the President's Medal  by  Brooklyn  College;  she  also
received  the  Ruth Moskowitz award from the Kings County Supreme Court,
and was recognized with the Freedom Star award by the Brooklyn branch of
the NAACP; and

  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her service to her  community
and the State of New York, Marilyn Gelber 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  Marilyn  Gelber  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 Marilyn Gelber upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction
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 Marilyn Gelber.

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