Resolution J469-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 17-23, 2013, as New York State Recreation and Park Society Education Week in New York State

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March 17-23, 2013, as New York State Recreation and Park Socie-
ty Education Week in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
weeks that are set aside to increase awareness of issues that affect the
lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo to proclaim March 17-23, 2013, as New
York State Recreation and Park Society Education Week in  the  State  of
New York; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) is the
principal organization promoting quality recreation  and  park  opportu-
nities for citizens of New York State through education, training, tech-
nical  assistance and support of local, county, state and federal recre-
ation and park providers;  therefore,  in  an  effort  to  maintain  the
optimal  individualized  and organized forms of recreation and the crea-
tive use of leisure time that are vital to the happy lives  of  all  New
Yorkers,  NYSRPS  promotes an annual conference with the sole purpose to
revitalize the park and recreation professionals; and
  WHEREAS, Park, leisure time and  recreation  programs  throughout  the
State of New York encompass a multitude of activities that can result in
personal  accomplishment,  self-satisfaction  and  family  unity for all
citizens, regardless of their background, ability or age; all New  York-
ers  should  recognize the positive benefits that recreation and leisure
services bring forth for the good of our communities; and
  WHEREAS, Intrinsic to the outcomes of professional recreation, leisure
time and park services include: attracting  tourists;  attracting  busi-
nesses;  attracting  retirees;  enhancing  real  estate values; reducing
taxes;  stimulating  equipment  sales;  reducing  environmental  stress;
community regeneration; cultural and historical preservation; facilitat-
ing  healthy lifestyles; alleviating deviant behavior among youth; rais-
ing levels  of  educational  attainment;  and  alleviating  unemployment
distress; and
  WHEREAS, The landscape of our culture has changed and thereby the ways
in which individuals choose to spend their 'free time' has as well; baby
boomers  are  aging, living longer, healthier lives due to better educa-
tion and medical breakthroughs; and
  WHEREAS, Baby boomers are seeking to stay fit to avoid the  unbearable
expense of short and long term care; younger adults are engaging in more
vigorous activities, by the advent of technology; and
  WHEREAS,  Young  people  are  learning  life skills building character
qualities that last a lifetime; in addition, they become aware of how to
be a team player, motivate others, set goals,  suffer  setbacks  and  to
achieve  dreams; there are active options available to fight the current
epidemic of obesity and other societal ills which will  directly  affect
generation Z; and
  WHEREAS,  March  is  traditionally the month in which NYSRPS holds its
Annual Conference as a measure to foster education and a renewal of  the
park, recreation and leisure service professionals in New York State; it
is  worth noting that New York State is a leader in the forefront under-
standing the health and wealth of our  nation  is  inherently  dependent
upon  the  community  partners  that  make these healthy living programs
happen for the betterment of all; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 17-23, 2013, as

New York State Recreation and Park Society Education Week 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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