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K00805 Summary:

COSPNSRButtenschon, Weinstein
MLTSPNSRAbbate, Ashby, Aubry, Barnwell, Brabenec, Braunstein, Brown K, Burdick, Byrne, Colton, Cusick, Davila, DeStefano, Dinowitz, Durso, Fahy, Fitzpatrick, Galef, Gallagher, Gandolfo, Giglio JA, Giglio JM, Hawley, Hevesi, Jones, Lupardo, McDonald, McMahon, Mikulin, Montesano, Morinello, O'Donnell, Pheffer Amato, Rajkumar, Ramos, Salka, Simon, Smith, Tague, Thiele, Wallace
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K00805 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 805
BY: M. of A. Zebrowski
        MEMORIALIZING  Governor  Kathy  Hochul to proclaim
        October 2022, as Polish American Heritage  Month  in
        the State of New York
  WHEREAS,  It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and
pay just tribute to the cultural heritage of  the  ethnic  groups  which
comprise  and  contribute to the richness and diversity of the community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and  in  keeping  with  its
time-honored  traditions,  it  is  the sense of this Legislative Body to
memorialize Governor Kathy Hochul to proclaim October  2022,  as  Polish
American Heritage Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Polish  Americans  were  among the first immigrants in the
country with roots tracing back  to  a  1608  immigration  to  Virginia;
today,  there are approximately 9 million Polish-Americans living in the
United States; and
  WHEREAS, New York City is home to the largest Polish  population  in
the  United  States;  Sloan, New York, is comprised of nearly 50 percent
Polish residents; and
  WHEREAS, Polish Americans have  made  significant  contributions  to
American  society  as  war  heroes, doctors, politicians, musicians, and
athletes; and
  WHEREAS, Pulaski, New York, is named after General Casimir  Pulaski,
a  Polish-American war hero of the American Revolution who most famously
led an impromptu charge in the  Battle  of  Brandywine  to  protect  the
retreat  of  George  Washington  and the Continental Army; in October of
1779, he gave the ultimate sacrifice and died in battle; and
  WHEREAS, Polish American and prominent political scientist  Zbigniew
Brzezinski served as a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, as well
as  United  States  National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter;
today, he serves as the Robert E. Osgood Professor of  American  Foreign
Policy  at  Johns  Hopkins University's School of Advanced International
Studies; and
  WHEREAS, Edmund Muskie, a former Governor of Maine, a United  States
Senator,  and  Secretary  of  State,  has  held the highest office among
Polish Americans, and was the only Polish-American to be  nominated  for
Vice President by a major party; and
  WHEREAS,  Another  famed  Polish  American  Revolutionary  War Hero,
Tadeusz Kosciuszko, also died in October; he was the chief  engineer  in
improving  defenses  at West Point, designing fortifications of the West
Point garrison at a time when George Washington claimed West Point to be
the most important military post in America; and
  WHEREAS, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a champion  of  equality,  was  also  a
friend of Thomas Jefferson; although ultimately unfulfilled, he left his
estate to the abolition of slavery, and education of slaves in his will;
  WHEREAS, Polish American Wladimir Krzyzanowski organized a volunteer
unit  of  Polish  and  German  Americans from New York in the Civil War,
officially titled the 58th New York Infantry Regiment, but more commonly
known as the Polish Legion; and
  WHEREAS, Polish American immigrant from Germany, Dr. Marie Elizabeth
Zakrzewska, together with Dr. Elizabeth Bennett,  opened  the  New  York
Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857, the first hospital focusing on
pediatric and women's health; and
  WHEREAS,  Musician  and  Polish American Ray Manzarek was a founding
member of the classic rock  band  The  Doors,  and  John  Rzeznik  is  a
founding  member  and  current  front  man  of the rock band the Goo Goo
Dolls; and
  WHEREAS, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Triple Crown Winner
Carl Yastrzemski,  and  Duke  University  Men's  Basketball  Coach  Mike
Krzyzewski  are  both of Polish decent; in addition, Coach Krzyzewski is
the winningest coach in NCAA Division I Men's  Basketball  history,  and
reached  1,000  wins in January of 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New
York City; and
  WHEREAS, Polish American Heritage Month is a time to  celebrate  the
aspirations  and  values  that  have  been shared with Polish people for
generations, and to recognize the countless contributions  of  Americans
and  New  Yorkers  of  Polish  descent  to every aspect of society; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Kathy  Hochul to proclaim October 2022, as Polish
American Heritage Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to The Honorable Kathy Hochul, Governor of the State of New
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