Resolution J3332-2013

Commending Dr. Esmeralda Simmons 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 Dr. Esmeralda Simmons upon the occa-
sion 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
Dr. Esmeralda Simmons 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 Dr.  Esmeralda  Simmons  is  a  long-time  community
empowerment  advocate; throughout her illustrious and varied career, she
has consistently  epitomized  the  values  of  character,  courage,  and
commitment  in  her  unwavering  service  to  her peers, colleagues, and
fellow citizens; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Esmeralda Simmons is the founder and  Executive  Director
of the Center for Law and Social Justice in Brooklyn, New York; a commu-
nity-based  legal  advocacy  and  research organization housed at Medgar
Evers College of the City University of New York; and
  WHEREAS, The first Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights for the  State
of  New  York,  Dr. Esmeralda Simmons has demonstrated commitment to the
cause of racial justice, particularly in the  areas  of  quality  public
education  for students of color, voting rights, and cultural rights; as
a leader and advocate she is widely  respected  for  her  dedication  to
working  collaboratively,  skillfully  building  coalitions and engaging
others in the pursuit of social justice; and
  WHEREAS, Dr.  Esmeralda  Simmons'  impressive  legal  career  includes
service  as  a Civil Rights Attorney for the United States Department of
Education, work as a New York State Assistant Attorney  General,  and  a
New York City Assistant Corporation Counsel, as well as service as a law
clerk to a federal judge; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Esmeralda  Simmons is also a woman of faith; her desire
for a better quality of life for all is fueled by her belief  in  peace,
grounding  in  African culture, the vision of her ancestors, and respect
for life and cultural diversity; and
  WHEREAS, This passionate advocate also gives generously of her time to
community organizations;  she  serves  on  the  boards  of  the  Applied
Research Center, the Fund for Social Change, and the Vallecitos Mountain
Refuge,  Inc.,  and  also  serves  as  a  selection committee member for
several fellowships and grants for activists, parents, and youth; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her service to her community,
the State of New York, and the nation, Dr. Esmeralda Simmons  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 Dr. Esmeralda Simmons 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 Dr. Esmeralda Simmons 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 Dr. Esmeralda Simmons.

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