New York Senate Regular Session Transcripts

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | Categories:
ACTING PRESIDENT YOUNG: Thank you. Senator Valesky. SENATOR VALESKY: Thank you, Madam President. As Senator Libous indicated, the Senate approved a couple of weeks ago a resolution memorializing Governor Cuomo to proclaim May 8th, today, as Senior Citizens Awareness Day in the State of New York. We do this in conjunction with National Older Americans Month, which we have marked each year for the past number of years -- since 1962, in fact, by a Presidential Proclamation. As part of Senior Citizens Awareness Day here in the state, we have developed a tradition where a number of seniors from around the great State of New York who do so many outstanding things and make very, very important contributions in communities all across our great state, we ask them to come to Albany so that we can salute them for their efforts. And we are joined today in the gallery by a number of our awardees. We had a ceremony in the Blue Room on the second floor of the Capitol earlier today. We singled out two individuals, Madam President, for special recognition. This year we are proud to award Mary Beechey as the Senior Citizen of the Year. Mary is from Chemung County. And also, Margaret Fettes is the winner of the Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen. She lives in Dutchess County. And, Madam President, I ask you to call on Senator O'Mara, who will speak about his constituent, and then Senator Saland, who will speak about his. Thank you. ACTING PRESIDENT YOUNG: Thank you very much, Senator Valesky. Senator O'Mara. SENATOR O'MARA: Thank you, Madam President. It is my distinct privilege today to welcome to this chamber the Senior Citizen of the Year Award recipient, Mary Beechey, who is with us in the gallery here. Welcome to the Senate this afternoon, Mary. Congratulations on your award. Mary has given thousands of hours of volunteer work in the community for Meals on Wheels, transcribing books into Braille for the blind, performing with the Over-the-Counter Players and the Elmiran, volunteering at the Southern Tier Tobacco Council, RSVP of Chemung County, the Free Community Kitchen, the Near Westside Neighborhood, and the Steel Memorial Library, among many other activities. She is an energetic, selfless individual who understands the importance of having fun. She strives to lighten the burdens of others and bring joy to the lives of all. Mary has enriched the lives of many through her love and respect for others and through the wisdom which comes from many years of living life to the fullest. Mary, congratulations. Thank you for all the community work that you do. And to rise above all the many other great senior citizens in our community to win this award this year, a hearty congratulations. (Applause.)
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