Resolution J697-2013

Commending Cory Nichols on his designation as a State Honoree in the 18th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program

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  • Mar 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending Cory Nichols, of Oceanside, upon the
occasion of his designation as  a  State  Honoree  in  the  18th  Annual
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to act, in accord with
its  long-standing  traditions, honoring the youth of today, and leaders
of tomorrow, whose character and achievements exemplify the  ideals  and
values cherished by this great State and nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Cory  Nichols  has  distinguished  himself as a young man of
superlative ability, establishing a high standard of community  service,
purposefulness  of  life, and sense of responsibility rarely achieved in
youthful years; and
  WHEREAS, Cory Nichols, 12, of Oceanside, New York, and a Seventh Grad-
er at Oceanside Middle School, has  achieved  national  recognition  for
exemplary  volunteer  service by being named a 2013 Prudential Spirit of
Community State Honoree; he was nominated for this  high  honor  by  his
school; and
  WHEREAS, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, created in 1995 by
Prudential  Financial  in  partnership  with the National Association of
Secondary School Principals  (NASSP),  are  designed  to  emphasize  the
importance  our nation places on service to others, and to encourage all
young Americans to contribute to their communities; and
  WHEREAS, As one of only two New York State Honorees, Cory Nichols will
receive a monetary award, an engraved silver medallion, and  a  trip  to
Washington,  D.C.  in early May 2013, where he will join the State Hono-
rees from the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of
national recognition events; and
  WHEREAS, Cory Nichols committed himself to donating $100 worth of food
to a local food pantry each month for an entire year  and,  so  far,  is
greatly  exceeding  his  goal;  Cory knew he had to help feed the hungry
after watching an HBO documentary about the hard times  many  people  on
Long Island, where he lives, were experiencing; and
  WHEREAS,  After  seeing  the  documentary, he realized that people all
around him, people he was sure he went to school  with,  were  suffering
with hunger; after speaking with his parents, Cory decided he would name
his campaign "C the difference: Cory Cares"; and
  WHEREAS,  Cory  Nichols first talked to the director of the local food
pantry about its needs and determined that he could make  a  significant
difference  if he could donate $100 worth of food on a monthly basis; he
and his mother then spoke to a supermarket manager who generously agreed
to give Cory a 10 percent discount; and
  WHEREAS, Cory Nichols then got to work soliciting  monetary  donations
through  social media and emails to family, friends and neighbors; after
he receives a contribution, Cory sends each  donor  a  thank  you  note,
along with a bracelet imprinted with the name of his project; and
  WHEREAS,  Every  month,  he  contacts  the food pantry to find out its
specific needs, carefully peruses grocery store  shelves  for  bargains,
delivers bags of food to the pantry and even stocks the shelves himself;
"It  is so rewarding," he says, "seeing the shelves go from empty to not
so empty"; and
  WHEREAS, In just the first two months of  his  project,  Cory  Nichols
raised  $3,000 for groceries, and is continuing his efforts to help feed
his community's hungry; and
  WHEREAS, The success of the State of New York,  the  strength  of  our
communities, and the vitality of American society depend, in great meas-
ure,  upon  the  dedication of young people such as Cory Nichols who use
their considerable talents and resources to serve others; and

  WHEREAS, This  Legislative  Body  is  moved  to  honor  Cory  Nichols,
commending  him  for  his  outstanding record of volunteer service, peer
leadership, and community service  and  recognizing  the  value  of  his
labors and the promise of his future; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations with
praise and pride to commend Cory Nichols for  his  achievements  and  to
extend  to  him the best wishes of this Legislative Body for a future of
purposeful success and well-being, fully confident of  his  response  to
the  challenges  of  a promising future and appreciative of the model he
represents for all young people of the Empire State; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Cory Nichols.

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