Resolution J436-2013

Mourning the death of Charlotte Smallwood-Cook, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community



  • Feb 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 7, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning the death of Charlotte Smallwood-Cook,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Charlotte Smallwood-Cook of Batavia, New York died on  Satur-
day, January 26, 2013, at the age of 90; and
  WHEREAS, Charlotte Licht was born in Union Springs, New York, on Cayu-
ga  Lake,  on  January  24,  1923; her father was a doctor, her mother a
nurse; and
  WHEREAS, Charlotte Smallwood-Cook graduated from  Cornell,  where  she
met  her  first husband; when he went to work in New York City, she went
to Columbia Law School, after which the  couple  moved  to  Warsaw,  New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Charlotte Smallwood-Cook distinguished herself in her profes-
sion  and  by her sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the
welfare of her community; and
  WHEREAS, Charlotte Smallwood, as she was then known, was 26 in  Novem-
ber 1949 when, running as a Republican in a conservative region, she won
a  landslide  victory, earning a three-year term as district attorney in
rural Wyoming County, southeast of Buffalo; and
  WHEREAS, In this role, it is believed  that  Charlotte  Smallwood-Cook
became the first woman elected as a district attorney in New York State;
  WHEREAS,  During  her  tenure,  Charlotte  Smallwood-Cook successfully
prosecuted the county's first capital murder case in 40 years and argued
the case before the Court of Appeals, which affirmed the verdict; and
  WHEREAS, Charlotte Smallwood-Cook's husband and  law  partner,  Edward
Smallwood, died in 1952; she did not run for re-election but returned to
private practice; and
  WHEREAS,  She  later  married  Frederick S. Cook, who died in 1987; in
addition to her daughter, who is known as Suki, she  is  survived  by  a
son, Edward C. Smallwood; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and
numerous  stepchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren;
  WHEREAS, Charlotte Smallwood-Cook's commitment to excellence, and  her
spirit  of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, includ-
ing charitable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Charlotte  Smallwood-Cook leaves behind a legacy which will
long endure the passage of time and will remain as a  comforting  memory
to all she served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Charlotte Smallwood-Cook, distinguished  citizen  and
devoted member of her community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Charlotte Smallwood-Cook.


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