Resolution J3337-2013

Commending Reverend Vivian Nixon 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 Reverend Vivian Nixon 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
Reverend Vivian Nixon 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, Reverend Vivian Nixon is an impassioned advocate  for  access
to  higher  education  and  opportunity in New York City; 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, With a  background  in  both  the  corporate  and  non-profit
sectors,  Reverend  Vivian  Nixon is currently the Executive Director of
College and Community Fellowship, an organization committed to  removing
individual  and  structural  barriers to higher education for women with
criminal record histories; she earned a Bachelor of Science degree  from
State University of New York Empire State College; and
  WHEREAS,  Reverend  Vivian Nixon is, in addition, a woman of faith; an
ordained local deacon in the African  Methodist  Episcopal  Church,  she
serves  as an associate minister at Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal
Church in New York City; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Vivian Nixon gives of herself unstintingly  to  many
community organizations; her leadership and volunteer activities include
serving  on the board of directors of the Fortune Society, and co-found-
ing the Education  Inside  Out  Coalition,  a  collaborative  effort  to
increase access to higher education for justice-involved students; and
  WHEREAS, Her successful efforts towards the uplift of her fellow human
beings  have earned numerous accolades, including the John Jay Medal for
Justice, the Ascend Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Soros Justice
Fellowship, the Petra Foundation Fellowship, the Hudson Link for  Higher
Education  Brian  Fischer  Award,  the  Citizens Against Recidivism Mary
McLeod Bethune Award, and the Correctional Association of New York Lift-
ing As We Climb Award; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her service to her  community
and  the  State of New York, Reverend Vivian Nixon 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 Reverend Vivian Nixon, 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 Reverend Vivian Nixon 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 Reverend Vivian Nixon.

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