Resolution J5099-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 15, 2014, Latino AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

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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  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim October 15, 2014, Latino AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New
York, in conjunction with the observance of National Latino AIDS  Aware-
ness Day

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
days  that  are set aside to increase awareness of serious public health
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, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 15, 2014,  Latino  AIDS
Awareness  Day  in the State of New York, in conjunction with the obser-
vance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day; and
  WHEREAS, The last day of Hispanic Heritage Month,  October  15th,  has
been designated as National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD); and
  WHEREAS,  In  2003,  NLAAD was established by the Latino Commission on
AIDS and the Hispanic Federation, in response to the impact of  HIV  and
AIDS  on  Hispanic/Latino communities nationwide, including the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and
  WHEREAS, NLAAD is a national community mobilization and social market-
ing campaign that unites the Hispanic/Latino  community  in  efforts  to
raise HIV awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention and education,
as well as other critical health issues such as Viral Hepatitis, Sexual-
ly Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  NLAAD is a capacity building opportunity that
aims to improve the ability  of  community  based  organizations,  faith
based  congregations,  and local health departments to provide HIV test-
ing, prevention and education services through collaboration  and  part-
nership opportunities; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  its inception, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day has
demonstrated to be an extremely successful  day;  NLAAD  has  solidified
support  from  450  partners  who  together,  organized 350 events in 45
states across the United States, Puerto  Rico,  and  the  U.S.    Virgin
Islands; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, through a partnership with OraSure Technologies,
5,000  HIV  testing  kits  were  donated  to HIV certified testing sites
throughout the United States, and NLAAD efforts  were  covered  by  more
than 4,000 media outlets; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious public health issue, and more  must  be  done  to  increase
activity at the local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 15, 2014, Lati-
no AIDS Awareness Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with  the
observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day; 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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