Resolution J3521-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 7, 2014, as Statewide School Day to Help People in Need in the State of New York

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  • Feb 27, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 27, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 10, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim February 7, 2014, as Statewide School Day  to  Help  People  in
Need in the State of New York

WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to memorialize Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 7, 2014, as Statewide School Day to
Help People in Need in the State of New York, in  conjunction  with  the
observance of Worldwide School Day to Help People in Need; and
  WHEREAS,  A  group  of  approximately 25 teachers and support staff in
western New York State, known as Educators Totally  Committed  (E.T.C.),
all  of which are from the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District and
the Clarence School District, accompanied by students of all age  groups
in  these districts, have held an annual Sleepout on the first Friday of
February since 1988 in order to help people in need in the  western  New
York area; and
  WHEREAS, E.T.C. has collected approximately $650,000 since 1988, along
with donations of food, clothes, and small furniture items; and
  WHEREAS,  100%  of the money, food, clothes, and small furniture items
that has been collected has gone to agencies in  the  western  New  York
area that help people in need; and
  WHEREAS,  E.T.C.  has  received expressions of appreciative thanks and
gratitude from the agencies that receive the donations  of  cash,  food,
clothes, and small furniture items that they use to help people in need;
and
  WHEREAS,  E.T.C.  members have no special expertise in fund raising or
marketing ability; and
  WHEREAS, Any local E.T.C. affiliate has  100%  jurisdiction  over  the
allocation  of  all money, food, clothes, and small furniture items that
it obtains from each sleepout; and
  WHEREAS, There are people in need located in every neighborhood of our
world community; and
  WHEREAS, People in need of basic everyday  necessities  are  dependent
upon the compassionate concern and action of those who are able to help,
especially  people  who  are  able  to help who are located in their own
community, as they have a clearer insight into the specific needs of the
people who need help; and
  WHEREAS, Children are found in every neighborhood of our world  commu-
nity; and
  WHEREAS,  Children  who  learn behaviors at an early age are likely to
have these behaviors continue with them into their adulthood; and
  WHEREAS, Children who learn responsible social behaviors at  an  early
age,  and  who  are raised in an environment that emphasizes concern for
others, are likely to have these responsible social  behaviors  continue
with  them  into  their  adulthood, to be utilized for the betterment of
their immediate community; and
  WHEREAS, Children who are given an opportunity  at  an  early  age  to
implement responsible social behavior to help people in need will become
adults who likely will do the same, and will pass this value on to their
own  children  and  families,  helping  to  create a world more aware of
people in need, with an attending compassion toward them; and
  WHEREAS, E.T.C.'s three-phase responsible social program of awareness,
commitment, and compassionate action can be easily applied world-wide to
children in relation to the concerns of people  in  need  in  their  own
immediate community; and
  WHEREAS,  The  implementation  of  this responsible social three-phase
program can  give  children  worldwide  an  opportunity  to  demonstrate

compassionate  action  in  regards  to the concerns of people in need in
their own immediate community; and
  WHEREAS,  Worldwide  implementation  of  compassionate action shown to
people in need can promote and enhance social justice among our  world's
peoples, enabling people in need to experience a better daily existence,
both in physical and psychological enhancements; and
  WHEREAS,  Children  the  world  over  who are either in some kind of a
formal school setting, or  simply  living  in  a  community  with  other
adults,  can  manifestly  exhibit  concern  for people in need by giving
either tangible donations, or as important, the giving of themselves and
their time to comfort and help people in need; and
  WHEREAS, Children have an innate ability to outwardly demonstrate  the
love  in  their hearts, and when this compassionate love is shown toward
people in need, it can bolster the outlook that the recipients  have  on
life, and can give them hope for a better tomorrow; and
  WHEREAS,  Children given the opportunity to come together on a partic-
ular, designated day can maximize the  cumulative  worldwide  effect  of
channeling  their  efforts to help people in need in their own community
and can use this day as a springboard to encourage people  worldwide  to
help  people in need on a more regular basis throughout the entire year;
and
  WHEREAS, Children worldwide can help emphasize to our world  community
that  a positive change in attitude toward people in need is more impor-
tant than the exchange of tangible donations, and that a change  in  the
former  will  lead  to a responsible response in addressing the needs of
people who need help; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim February 7, 2014, as
Statewide School Day to Help People in Need in the State of New York, in
conjunction with the observance of Worldwide School Day to  Help  People
in Need; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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