Resolution J425-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Monday, February 11, 2013, as 2-1-1 Day in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim Monday, February 11, 2013, as 2-1-1 Day in  the  State  of  New
York

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those illustrious programs that serve to assist in  safeguarding
the security and welfare of their neighbors and community; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  memorial-
ize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim Monday, February 11, 2013, as
2-1-1 Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, 2-1-1 is an easy to remember number to call when people  need
help or access to human services; and
  WHEREAS,  2-1-1 was set aside by the Federal Communications Commission
in 2000 for health and human services information and referral; and
  WHEREAS, The New York State  Public  Service  Commission  awarded  the
right  to  use  the  2-1-1 number to 2-1-1 New York, a subsidiary corpo-
ration of United Way of New York  State,  resulting  in  2-1-1  services
provided collaboratively by local United Ways, the City of New York, and
private non-profit members of the NYS Alliance of Information and Refer-
ral Systems; and
  WHEREAS,  With  approximately 1.5 million not-for-profit organizations
in the United States, plus scores of local, state and federal government
agencies, finding help can be intimidating and  confusing;  furthermore,
people who want to give help often don't know where to begin; and
  WHEREAS,  2-1-1  regional  call  centers are nationally accredited and
staffed by trained specialists who assess callers' needs, provide infor-
mation and refer them to the help they need; and
  WHEREAS, 2-1-1  is  free  and  accessible  to  everyone  in  over  200
languages;  information  is  also  available  on  regional websites with
comprehensive  databases  that  include  government  and  not-for-profit
services; and
  WHEREAS, 2-1-1 services are provided by seven regional call centers to
over 93% of the state's population; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2011,  over  2.87 million 2-1-1 calls were handled along
with 11.6 million hits to the regional websites; top requests  were  for
consumer services, basic needs, and income support and employment; and
  WHEREAS,  While  initially developed with day-to-day human services in
mind, 2-1-1 in New York State (and across the country) has proven to  be
an  asset in disaster response and long-term recovery, relieving 911 and
other government agencies from a flood of non emergency calls; and
  WHEREAS, Examples of recent 2-1-1  disaster  responses  include  Super
Storm  Sandy, Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee, snow storms in Western
New York, flooding in the Southern Tier and  Hudson  Valley,  the  plane
crash  and  hepatitis  outreach  in  Western New York, and the community
center shooting in Binghamton; and
  WHEREAS, In response to Super Storm Sandy, 2-1-1 handled  over  25,000
disaster  related  calls  on  Long Island and in the Hudson Valley, with
another 152,000 handled by 2-1-1  at  311,  and  1.85  million  disaster
searches  on  regional  websites;  top requests were for help with food,
power outages, shelter, disaster financial  assistance,  and  structural
clean-up; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when programs
of such noble aims and accomplishments are  brought  to  our  attention,
they  should  be  celebrated  and recognized by all the citizens of this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim Monday, February 11,
2013, as 2-1-1 Day in the State of New York; 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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