Designates the month of May as elder appreciation month.
Ayes (36): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Montgomery, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat, Sampson
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (1): Montgomery
BILL NUMBER:S1975 REVISED 1/24/13
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to designating the month of May as Elder Appreciation Month
PURPOSE: Designates the month of May as Elder Appreciation Month in celebration of their tireless volunteer work within our communities and years of overall good citizenry
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the Executive Law by adding new section 168-b. Subsection 1 defines the term "month of commemoration" as a calendar month designated by this section, a gubernatorial proclamation, or a joint house resolution.
Subdivision 2 clarifies that the "month of commemoration" is a designation for recognition and special honor and not a holiday.
Subdivision 3 declares that the month May of each year shall be known as "Elder Appreciation Month."
Section 2 provides that this act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law
EXISTING LAW: Currently, there is no statutory mechanism for designating a month of commemoration and there is no month designated as "Elder Appreciation Month."
JUSTIFICATION: Since childhood we have all been taught to respect our elders. We respect them for their honesty, dedication, and tireless efforts to make our communities a better place to live. After spending much of their lives as valuable members of the American work force, it is our elders who relentlessly volunteer their time working in schools, hospitals, senior centers and many other venues within their communities, In fact, nearly half of all Americans age 55 and over volunteered at least once in the past year. Of Americans 75 and older, 43% volunteered in the past year. The next few years are important because the first of the Baby Boom generation begin to turn 60. With 77 million Baby Boomers approaching retirement, it is essential that we acknowledge the profound impact this change will have on our State and our Nation.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2: S.1774 - Passed Senate both years 2010: S.1573 - 3rd Reading 2009: S.1573 - Referred to Finance 2007-8: S.1148 - Passed Senate both years
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 1975 A. 1661 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to designating the month of May as Elder Appreciation Month THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 168-b to read as follows: S 168-B. DESIGNATION OF MONTHS OF COMMEMORATION. 1. A MONTH OF COMMEM- ORATION IS A CALENDAR MONTH SO DESIGNATED BY THIS SECTION OR A CALENDAR MONTH IN ANY ONE YEAR SO DESIGNATED BY A PROCLAMATION OF THE GOVERNOR OR RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY JOINTLY ADOPTED. 2. A MONTH OF COMMEMORATION SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A HOLIDAY OR HALF-HO- LIDAY BUT SHALL BE A MONTH SET ASIDE IN RECOGNITION AND SPECIAL HONOR OF A PERSON, PERSONS, GROUP IDEAL OR GOAL. 3. THE FOLLOWING MONTH SHALL BE A MONTH OF COMMEMORATION IN EACH YEAR: MAY, TO BE KNOWN AS "ELDER APPRECIATION MONTH". S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03870-01-3