Resolution J354-2013

Paying tribute to the distinguished life and career of Emanuel R. Gold, former New York State Senator

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  • Feb 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 12, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  paying  tribute  to  the distinguished life and
career of Emanuel R. Gold, former New York State Senator

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that the  quality  and
character  of  life  in this great Empire State is indelibly enriched by
the faithful and caring efforts of  those  who  devoted  their  life  to
public service; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is moved to commemorate the purposeful
life and distinguished career of Emanuel R. Gold, former New York  State
Senator,  and  to  express its sincerest sorrow upon the occasion of his
death; and
  WHEREAS, Emanuel R. Gold, known as "Manny," died on Thursday,  January
24, 2013, at the age of 77; and
  WHEREAS, Born on August 25, 1935, in Brooklyn and raised in Laurelton,
Queens, Emanuel R. Gold attended Stuyvesant High School, Cornell Univer-
sity of Arts and Sciences, and Cornell Law School; and
  WHEREAS,  Emanuel  R.  Gold  began  his  illustrious  career in public
service by serving from 1965-1968 as Counsel to the Majority  Leader  of
the New York State Assembly; in 1967, he served as Counsel to the Major-
ity Leader of the Constitutional Convention; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1970,  Emanuel  R. Gold was elected to the Assembly at a
Special Election and served in that chamber until his  election  to  the
Senate in a Special Election the following year; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1978,  Emanuel R. Gold was selected by Governor Carey as
the only Senate representative on the New York State Executive  Advisory
Committee on Sentencing; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1994, Senator Gold authored a law which required that New
York State's educational curriculum be expanded  so  that  children  are
taught  about human rights violations, including the Holocaust and slav-
ery; and
  WHEREAS, In 1996, he became ranking member  of  the  powerful  Finance
Committee, a post he held until his 1998 retirement; and
  WHEREAS, Among the more than 80 laws Emanuel R. Gold sponsored was the
groundbreaking  "Son of Sam" law, which blocked notorious criminals from
making money by peddling their stories; and
  WHEREAS, His many  other  pieces  of  sponsored  legislation  included
mandating  that city hospitals provide emergency room treatment, requir-
ing the labeling of prescription drug tablets  and  capsules  for  quick
identification in medical emergencies, promoting access to public build-
ings  for  the  disabled,  and  setting Banking Department rules for the
computerized calculation of interest; and
  WHEREAS, Emanuel R. Gold, a partner in the law firm of  Jaspan  Schle-
singer,  was  the  recipient  of  numerous  awards and accolades for his
outstanding civic involvement; he served on the board of the Men's  Club
of  the  Jewish  Center  of Kew Gardens Hills, and was a trustee of that
temple, as well as of the Kidney Foundation of New York; and
  WHEREAS, This remarkable man's diverse interests included photography,
golf, music, both  playing  a  variety  of  instruments  and  conducting
symphony orchestras, and sports, having boxed while in college; and
  WHEREAS,  Predeceased  by his two sons, Jeffrey and Adam Gold, Emanuel
R.  Gold is survived by his wife,  Judith  (Silberfein)  Gold;  and  his
children, Sue Gold, and Steve and Bonnie Gold; as well as his two grand-
daughters, Emily Borst and Jaclyn (Jackie) Gold; and
  WHEREAS, A true gentleman of great compassion and sensitivity, Emanuel
R.  Gold's legacy extends far beyond his accomplishments as a successful
public  servant; his sincere concern for others; his integrity, uncondi-
tional friendship and selfless motivation to give of himself, will  long

stand  as a beacon for those who would aspire to service in their commu-
nity; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute  to the distinguished life and career of Emanuel R. Gold, former
New York State Senator, recognizing the significance  of  his  exemplary
record of public service; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of the late Emanuel R. Gold.

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