Resolution J5888-2013

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of New York Relay



  • Jun 17, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 12, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the 25th Anniversary of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense 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 those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate the 25th Anniversary of New York Relay; and
  WHEREAS,  Established in 1989, New York Relay service provides service
to facilitate communications between thousands of New York's deaf,  hard
of hearing, speech disabled and hearing disabled citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  New York Relay was the second statewide relay service estab-
lished in the country that provides real time translation service  using
specially  trained Communications Assistants between callers using TTY's
and hearing callers using standard telephones 24 hours a day, 7  days  a
week without charge to callers; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York's  regulated telecommunications carriers and their
customers have funded the service during the past 25 years in  order  to
provide  this  valuable  service in New York and affording deaf, hard of
hearing, and speech disabled callers equal access  to  the  telecommuni-
cations network; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  Relay  has facilitated millions of calls over the
past 25 years and has grown to provide  increasingly  advanced  services
such as 711 dialing access to relay services, including speech to speech
service for speech disabled individuals, Voice Carry-Over service, Hear-
ing Carry-Over service, and Captioned Telephone service; and
  WHEREAS,  The New York Relay Service Advisory Board, composed of indi-
viduals from the deaf, hard of hearing community, the telecommunications
industry, the New York Department of Public Service, the Targeted Acces-
sibility Fund and the New York State Telecommunications Association  has
provided  leadership  and guidance for New York Relay during the past 25
years; and
  WHEREAS, New York Auxiliary Relay service has  provided  outreach  and
education and assisted thousands of New Yorkers with training on the use
of New York Relay service; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  Relay  was  originally provided from the New York
Relay center in Clifton Park, New York, under contract  with  AT&T  from
1989  until 1997 and has been provided since 1997 in Syracuse, New York,
under contract with Sprint Communications; and
  WHEREAS, The efforts of hundreds of specially  trained  Communications
Assistants  have  enriched  the  lives of millions of New Yorkers though
their dedication to providing high quality, discrete assistance  to  the
personal communications of users; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown  a
long  and  sustained  commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 25th Anniversary of New York Relay; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the New York Relay Service Center, Syracuse, New York.


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