Resolution J3338-2013

Commending Adelaide L. Sanford upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York



  • Feb 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 29, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending Adelaide L. Sanford 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
Adelaide L. Sanford 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, Educator Adelaide L. Sanford is a retired teacher,  principal
and  former  Vice-Chancellor  of  the  New  York State Board of Regents;
throughout her long  and  distinguished  career,  she  has  consistently
epitomized  the  values  of  character,  courage,  and commitment in her
unwavering service to her students, colleagues, and community; and
  WHEREAS, Adelaide L. Sanford was born in Brooklyn, New York, in  1925;
she earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Brooklyn College in 1947,
Master  of  Education degree from Wellesley College in 1950, and a Ph.D.
in Education from Fordham University in 1967; and
  WHEREAS, Dedicated to the education and uplift of New York's children,
Adelaide L. Sanford's illustrious 35-year career as an educator  in  New
York  City  included service as an elementary school teacher, a guidance
counselor, an assistant principal and a principal in New York  City;  it
was  as  principal  of  the  Crispus Attucks school in Brooklyn that she
established her reputation for promoting excellence and  achievement  in
underserved  schools,  gaining  city-wide  recognition  for her school's
dramatic improvements in student achievement, teacher morale and  gifted
programs; and
  WHEREAS, After her retirement in 1985, Adelaide L. Sanford was elected
to  two 7-year terms as a member-at-large on the New York State Board of
Regents, and served two 3-year terms as its vice chancellor;  unwavering
in  her  concern for the welfare of New York's most vulnerable children,
she was chairperson of the Regents' Committee on Low Performing  Schools
and  played  a  pivotal role in shaping new educational policies towards
closing gaps in student performance among New York State's schools; and
  WHEREAS, Adelaide L. Sanford's  positive  impact  on  the  educational
well-being  of  children  extends  beyond her work on the New York State
Board of Regents; she served as a consultant for the boards of education
in Niagara Falls, Connecticut, Indiana and New Jersey, worked on several
national committees, including the advisory committee  on  multicultural
education  for  the  National  Association of State Boards of Education,
served on the board of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and  played
an  instrumental  role  in creating the John Henrik Clarke meetinghouse;
  WHEREAS, Adelaide L. Sanford has won numerous accolades and awards for
her outstanding leadership, commitment and  accomplishment;  her  honors

include  distinguished alumna awards from Wellesley College and Brooklyn
College, the Josephine Shaw Lowell Award, the Ellen Lurie Award, and the
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Humanitarian Award; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout the entire period of her service to her community
and the State of New York, Adelaide L. Sanford  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 educator Adelaide L. Sanford  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  Adelaide  L.  Sanford,  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 Adelaide L. Sanford.


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