Resolution J5098-2013

Honoring Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire upon the occasion of his designation as 2014 Grand Marshall of the Rosedale Civic Association Memorial Day Parade

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  • May 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 20, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 14, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Jacques  M. Leandre, Esquire upon the
occasion of his designation as 2014 Grand Marshall of the Rosedale Civic
Association Memorial Day Parade

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
tribute  to those distinguished citizens who devote their time and ener-
gies to the service of their community and profession, participating  in
civic  affairs  and  enhancing the character and quality of life for all
citizens; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire upon the occasion of his designation as 2014
Grand Marshall of the Rosedale Civic Association  Memorial  Day  Parade;
and
  WHEREAS,  Jacques  M.  Leandre,  Esquire  is  the  son  of parents who
migrated to the United States from Haiti in the  early  1970s;  watching
his  mother  and  father  take  principal  positions with their union to
fight, and sometimes strike, for workplace fairness gave him a  profound
appreciation  for  working  families  who  labor  hard  and long just to
subsist; and
  WHEREAS, These experiences molded Jacques M. Leandre,  Esquire  as  he
matriculated  through  Morehouse  College  in Atlanta, Georgia, where he
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance, and later earning  a  Juris
Doctor degree from the CUNY School of Law at Queens College; and
  WHEREAS,  As a law student, Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire sacrificed his
winter recess breaks to work  for  the  Greater  Miami  Legal  Services'
Haitian Asylum Project, and the Center for Constitutional Rights Illegal
Redistricting Project in Greenwood, Mississippi; while interning for the
Greater  Miami  Legal  Services, he assisted Haitian immigrants overcome
the disparate policies that unfairly targeted  Haitian  asylum  seekers;
and
  WHEREAS,  Upon graduating from law school in 1997, Jacques M. Leandre,
Esquire began his legal career in the criminal law field  with  the  New
York City Department of Correction; in his capacity as a Legal Coordina-
tor,  he  assisted  adult  and adolescent detainees with legal research,
trial preparation, post-conviction appeals, and  Habeas  Corpus  filing;
and
  WHEREAS,  In 1999, Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire shifted his practice to
civil law, and accepted employment at MFY Legal Services where he  coor-
dinated  the New Starts Initiative project, whose primary purpose was to
assist low-income women  with  legal  issues  while  transitioning  from
welfare  to  self-sufficiency; thereafter, he was recruited by Travelers
Insurance Company to lead its Trial Litigation department; and
  WHEREAS, Recently, Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire opened his own practice
with a primary focus  on  employment  discrimination,  personal  injury,
foreclosure prevention and wills and estates; and
  WHEREAS,  Even  in light of his demanding professional career, Jacques
M.  Leandre, Esquire remains committed to his community  and  serves  on
the Board of several civic organizations; and
  WHEREAS, In 2012, Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire was the recipient of the
Citizen  of  the  Year  Award by The Nu Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc. for his work with  the  Rosedale  Jets  Youth  Football
organization; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  entire  period  of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement,  Jacques  M.  Leandre,  Esquire  has
stood constant in dignity, good grace and humor; and

  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual  for  the  benefit  of  others which Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire has
displayed throughout his life; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their profession  and  community,
and  have shown a long and sustained commitment to excellence, certainly
have earned the recognition and applause of all citizens of  this  great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire upon the occasion of  his  designation
as  2014  Grand  Marshall of the Rosedale Civic Association Memorial Day
Parade; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jacques M. Leandre, Esquire.

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