Resolution J756-2013

Commemorating the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Town of Gates, New York, April 1, 2013

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  • Mar 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 12, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 6, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the Bicentennial Anniversary of the
Town of Gates, New York, April 1, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize events of
significance which exemplify the history and development of the State of
New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Each  and  every  city,  town, village and hamlet within its
borders proudly resonates with the rich and noble history of  the  State
of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is also the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
and commemorate  the  anniversary  of  the  founding  of  municipalities
throughout  the  State, noting in turn their contributions to the fabric
and progression of this great Empire State; 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 Bicentennial Anniversary of the Town of Gates, New York;  this
auspicious  occasion will be celebrated on Monday, April 1, 2013, at the
Gates Town Hall; and
  WHEREAS, The founding of the Town of Gates, New York, evolved from  an
early  transaction  of  the  Phelps and Gorham Purchase with the sale of
Town No. 1 in the Short Range of the purchase on November 8, 1790  to  a
group  of investors from Northampton and Springfield, Massachusetts; the
town they purchased became known as Northampton and included present-day
Gates, New York; and
  WHEREAS, In 1808, the residents of Northampton petitioned the New York
State Legislature to create the Town of Gates; it was named in honor  of
General Horatio Gates, the American Revolutionary War officer; and
  WHEREAS,  On  June  10, 1812, the New York Legislature enacted Chapter
122 of the Laws of 1812 to create the Town of Gates, effective April  1,
1813; and
  WHEREAS, The founding of the Town of Gates is inherently linked to the
settlement of western New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  To  celebrate  the  Bicentennial  Anniversary of the Town of
Gates, New York, on April 1, 2013, the Gates Town Board will be in peri-
od costume to acknowledge the birth of Gates by decree and proclamation;
and
  WHEREAS, In addition, on May 27, 2013, there will be  a  Memorial  Day
service  to  honor the five branches of the military and acknowledge the
heroes of Gates' past dating back to the nation's Revolutionary War; and
  WHEREAS, On June 29, 2013, the Town of Gates will hold its Grand Cele-
bration of its  200th  Anniversary;  this  celebration  will  include  a
parade,  food  vendors,  ceremonial annexation of old Rochesterville and
the Town of Greece, and recognition of outstanding citizens, as well  as
music and fireworks; and
  WHEREAS,  In recognition of the rich history and enduring contribution
of the Town of Gates to the heritage of the State of New York, it is the
intent of this Legislative Body to join in commemorating the Bicentenni-
al Anniversary of the Town of Gates so that present  and  future  gener-
ations  may come to appreciate the unique significance which its history
plays in the progression of  our  State  and  Nation's  evolution;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Town of Gates, New York;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Town Supervisor of Gates, New York.

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