Resolution J638-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as Russian American History Month in the State of New York



  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 28, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 2013 as Russian American History Month in  the  State  of
New York

WHEREAS,  The history and participation of people of Russian heritage in
the American experience will be greatly enhanced and appreciated through
the observation of April 2013 as Russian American History Month  in  the
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Individuals  of  Russian  heritage such as Ivan Turchaninov,
Union Army Brigadier General; Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the  helicopter
and  the  multi-engine  airplane;  Vladimir Zworykin, a Russian-American
inventor, engineer, and  pioneer  of  television  technology;  composers
Sergei  Rachmaninoff  and  Igor Stravinsky; Yul Bryner and Kirk Douglas,
Hollywood legends; Serge Brin, co-founder and head of the Google  Corpo-
ration;  Irving Berlin, author of the song "God Bless America," and many
others have made important contributions to the United  States  and  the
world; and
  WHEREAS,  The  recognition  of  such  significant  contributions  will
enhance the opportunities for Russian American youth to  take  pride  in
their forebears and to identify with them as role models; and
  WHEREAS,  Colored by shadows of the Cold War, Americans sometimes hold
perceptions of Russian Americans which obscure the fact that  there  has
never  been  a  war between Russia and the United States; in in fact our
nations were allies during World War II; and
  WHEREAS, Better knowledge of the role  of  Russian  Americans  in  the
history of the United States and of relations between Russia and America
can lead to more productive opportunities for all; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013  as  Russian
American  History Month in the State of New York and to urge that during
this month there be active efforts to  examine  the  subject  in  public
schools,  colleges,  universities  and  other venues and that events and
activities supporting interest and attention to Russian American history
and how Russian Americans have retained their  cultural  identity  while
contributing    significantly  to  the  enrichment of New York State and
America be encouraged; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York  and  to Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to
the United States; The Honorable Igor L. Golubovsky, Consul  General  of
the  Russian Federation in New York; His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan
of Eastern America and New York; Archbishop Justinian, Administrator  of
the  Patriarchal  parishes  in  the  United  States of America; Dr. Olga
Zatsepina, President of the RACH-C, (Russian American Cultural  Heritage
Center) and Chair of the Coalition in Support of Russian American Histo-
ry  Month  and  to  other Members of the Coalition: Dr. Cyril Geacintov,
President of the Russian Nobility Association in America; George  Nikol-
sky,  President  of  the  American-Russian  Aid Association, OTRADA; and
Tatiana Deptola, President of the New Russia Cultural Center.


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