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J02389 Summary:

BILL NOJ02389
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORBORRELLO
 
COSPNSRADDABBO, ASHBY, BAILEY, BRESLIN, BRISPORT, BROUK, CANZONERI-FITZPATRICK, CHU, CLEARE, COMRIE, COONEY, FELDER, FERNANDEZ, GALLIVAN, GIANARIS, GONZALEZ, GOUNARDES, GRIFFO, HARCKHAM, HELMING, HINCHEY, HOYLMAN-SIGAL, JACKSON, KAVANAGH, KRUEGER, LANZA, LIU, MANNION, MARTINEZ, MARTINS, MATTERA, MAY, MAYER, MURRAY, MYRIE, OBERACKER, O'MARA, ORTT, PALUMBO, PARKER, PERSAUD, RAMOS, RHOADS, RIVERA, ROLISON, RYAN, SALAZAR, SANDERS, SCARCELLA-SPANTON, SEPULVEDA, SERRANO, SKOUFIS, STAVISKY, STEC, STEWART-COUSINS, TEDISCO, THOMAS, WALCZYK, WEBB, WEBER, WEIK
 
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J02389 Text:

 
Senate Resolution No. 2389
 
BY: Senator BORRELLO
 
        COMMENDING  Johnny Farina upon the occasion of his
        designation as the 2024 Italian American of the Year
        by the New York Conference of Italian American State
        Legislators
 
  WHEREAS, From time to time  this  Legislative  Body  takes  note  of
certain  extraordinary  individuals  it  wishes  to  recognize for their
valued contributions to the success and progress of society and publicly
acknowledge their endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among
us all; and
 
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and  in  full  accord  with  its
long-standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is  justly proud to
commend Johnny Farina upon the occasion of his designation as  the  2024
Italian  American  of  the  Year  by  the New York Conference of Italian
American State Legislators; and
 
  WHEREAS, Part of the rock band Santo &  Johnny,  Johnny  Farina  has
been  touring  Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Australia for over
50 years; the duo has recorded and released 35 albums and 50 singles  in
their career; and
 
  WHEREAS, Covered by more than 200 artists and featured in movies, TV
programs  and  series,  and  commercials,  Santo  & Johnny earned a Gold
Record for their song "Sleep Walk" in 1959;  the  composition  has  been
recently  credited  with  over four million BMI certified airplays since
its release; "Sleep Walk" was recognized again in  1999  with  a  Grammy
Award  for  the  Best Pop Instrumental Performance, as recorded the year
before by The Brian Setzer Orchestra; and
 
  WHEREAS, Seeing great success, Santo &  Johnny  had  a  TV  show  in
Italy;  they  were also inducted into the Italian Music Hall of Fame for
their instrumental version of "The Godfather Theme," which  remained  at
the top of the Italian music charts for 26 weeks in 1973 and also earned
a Gold Record; and
 
  WHEREAS, In 2002, Santo & Johnny were inducted into the Steel Guitar
Hall  of  Fame  in St. Louis, to recognize their outstanding work on the
unique instrument over the years; and
 
  WHEREAS, Johnny Farina has been recognized for his work  as  a  solo
artist by publications such as The Daily News; and
 
  WHEREAS,  As  a testament to his artistic ability, Johnny Farina was
awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 for his  work  on  "Sleep
Walk"  and to acknowledge the song's repeated use in full length feature
films at the Long Island Film Festival; and
 
  WHEREAS, It  is  the  sense  of  this  Legislative  Body  that  when
individuals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our
attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the  citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
 
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Johnny Farina upon the occasion of his designation as  the  2024
Italian  American  of  the  Year  by  the New York Conference of Italian
American State Legislators; and be it further
 
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Johnny Farina.
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