Resolution J796-2013

Memorializing the Governor to proclaim April 6, 2013, as Missing Persons Day in the State of New York



  • Mar 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 8, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 6, 2013, as Missing Persons Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this  Legislative  Body  to  create  public
awareness  concerning the devastation occurring as a result of the unex-
plained disappearance of a loved one; and
  WHEREAS, Saturday, April 6, 2013, is the observance of the 35th birth-
day of Suzanne Gloria Lyall, a University at Albany student who has been
missing since 1998; and
  WHEREAS,This year, March 2, 2013, will mark the  15th  Anniversary  of
when Suzanne Gloria Lyall disappeared; and
  WHEREAS,  A  bright,  creative  and talented computer science student,
Suzanne Lyall touched countless lives with her poetry, radiant personal-
ity and cheerful, infectious smile; and
  WHEREAS, The youngest of the three children of Doug  and  Mary  Lyall,
Suzanne Lyall of Ballston Spa, New York, disappeared at the age of 19 in
the prime of her life, while preparing for a brilliant future; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1999, legislation was enacted that required all colleges
to adopt plans for investigation of reports of missing students  and  of
violent  felony  offenses  occurring  on  their  campuses;  and  further
required that such plans include agreements with local  police  agencies
for coordination of these investigations; and further required the Divi-
sion  of  Criminal Justice Services to operate a toll free 24-hour tele-
phone number that members of the public may call to  obtain  information
as  to  resources  available to the public to assist in the location and
recovery of missing persons; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2000,  New  York  State  passed  legislation  known   as
"Suzanne's  Law,"  which  provides  for  increased penalties for certain
crimes committed on school grounds; and
  WHEREAS, The State of New York intends to make April 6, 2013, a day of
recognition of the need to further enhance  efforts  to  locate  missing
persons  in New York, noting the missing persons epidemic in this State,
and the impact this epidemic has on the  families,  people  close  to  a
missing individual, and the community as a whole; and
  WHEREAS,  Several  thousand  people  are labeled "missing" in New York
State, many of whom are 18 years of age or older; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  we  should
attempt to bring comfort to the family members of missing persons in the
State  of  New  York  who  suffer  from  continuous grieving and who are
condemned to carry the burden of uncertainty as a result of not  knowing
the  true  circumstances  of  their  loved one's disappearance or where-
abouts; and
  WHEREAS, This  Legislative  Body  reaffirms  its  ongoing  crusade  by
observing  April  6,  2013,  as  Missing Persons Day in the State of New
York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 6, 2013, as Miss-
ing Persons Day in the State of New York; 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


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