Resolution J4585-2013

Commending Frances T. Vella-Marrone upon the occasion of her designation as the recipient of the IBG Community Leadership Award by the Italian Board of Guardians on May 29, 2014

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 21, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  Frances  T.  Vella-Marrone upon the
occasion of her designation as the recipient of the IBG Community  Lead-
ership Award by the Italian Board of Guardians on May 29, 2014

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts  of  organizations
and  individuals  who  distinguish themselves in their profession and in
service to their community; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and fully in accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
Frances  T. Vella-Marrone, President of Dyker Heights Civic Association,
upon the occasion of her designation as the recipient of the IBG  Commu-
nity Leadership Award by the Italian Board of Guardians to be celebrated
at  its  78th Annual Bishop's Gala on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Russo's
on the Bay in Howard Beach, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Italian  Board  of  Guardians,  located  in  Bensonhurst,
Brooklyn,  New  York, is a non-profit social services agency, affiliated
with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brooklyn  and  Queens,  and  a
member  agency  of  both  United  Way  of  New  York City, and the Human
Services Council; and
  WHEREAS, Since 1936, its mission is dedicated to addressing the social
needs of communities and individuals throughout  the  Greater  New  York
Metropolitan  area,  regardless  of  race, gender, age, creed, or ethnic
origin; and
  WHEREAS, Each year the Italian Board of Guardians gratefully  acknowl-
edges  those  who  support and work on behalf of its worthy endeavors; a
woman of singular distinction, Frances T. Vella-Marrone has  continually
demonstrated extreme competence, extraordinary intelligence and diligent
leadership  in  her  unwavering  service to her community as well as her
profession; and
  WHEREAS, A lifelong resident of the Dyker Heights/Bay Ridge Community,
Frances T. Vella-Marrone is  a  graduate  of  St.  Patrick's  Elementary
School,  Bishop  Kearney High School, and received a Bachelor of Science
degree from St. John's University; and
  WHEREAS, As a civic and political activist for over 30 years,  Frances
T.    Vella-Marrone's  career reflects experience in both the public and
private sectors; she presently  serves  as  the  Brooklyn  Director  for
Congressman Michael Grimm; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition, Frances T. Vella-Marrone has served as Special
Assistant to the New York State Senate Majority Leader, Legal  Assistant
with Connors and Sullivan Attorneys At Law, PLLC, Deputy Director of the
Empire  Zones  Program for the Empire State Development Corporation, and
Information Officer for the Port Authority of New York and  New  Jersey;
and
  WHEREAS, Frances T. Vella-Marrone is a Notary Public who has completed
the  NYMTC  Executive  Development  Program,  successfully  meeting  the
requirements for WMD Response Training (100) with the Center for  Domes-
tic Preparedness, Homeland Security; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore, Frances T. Vella-Marrone served as the New York
City Department of Parks and Recreation Park Warden, appeared as a Citi-
zen Panelist for a WNYC-TV show, co-hosted a Brooklyn  Community  Access
Television Program, served as Chairwoman of the Nominating Committee for
the  Boy  Scouts  of  America  local  District  Committee, and served as
Co-Chair of the Veterans Appreciation Breakfast Committee; and

  WHEREAS, Today, Frances T. Vella-Marrone has the distinction of  being
the  longest  serving  President of the Dyker Heights Civic Association,
elected 21 times; and
  WHEREAS,  Despite her busy professional life, Frances T. Vella-Marrone
has been called upon to contribute her time  and  talents  to  countless
civic  and charitable endeavors and has always given of herself unstint-
ingly; and
  WHEREAS, Frances T. Vella-Marrone is President of  the  Dyker  Heights
Military  Postage  Fund,  member of the Lutheran Medical Center Institu-
tional Review Board, member of Community Board Ten (CB10), Chairwoman of
the CB10's Police and Public Safety Committee, past Chairwoman of CB10's
Environmental Committee, member of the Cathedral Club, member of the  68
Precinct Council, member of UNICO, Bay Ridge Community Council Delegate,
and  past  President  of the Bay Ridge Business and Professional Women's
Club; and
  WHEREAS, Frances T. Vella-Marrone has been the recipient  of  numerous
awards,  some of which include: Bay Ridge Community Council Civic Award,
Good Scout Award from the Brooklyn Council Boy Scouts  of  America,  Jim
Ryan  Award, J. Daniel Mahoney Award, Paul Adams Award, City of New York
Parks and Recreation Partner of the Month, Kings County District  Attor-
ney  Italian  Heritage and Culture Month Civic Award, A.M.I.C.O Woman of
the Year Award, Kings County District Attorney's  Office  "Extraordinary
Woman"  Award,  Kiwanian Community Service Award, Civic Leadership Award
from Reaching-Out Community Services, Home Reporter News  Top  Women  in
Business  Award, and Bay Ridge Breakfast for Scouting Community Achieve-
ment Award; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  who  have  distinguished  themselves  in their profession and have
faithfully served the  needs  of  their  community  with  diligence  and
compassionate commitment to improving the quality and dignity of life in
the  community  are  brought to our attention, 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 Frances T. Vella-Marrone upon the occasion of her designation as
the recipient of the IBG Community Leadership Award by the Italian Board
of Guardians on May 29, 2014; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Frances T. Vella-Marrone.

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