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Proclamations by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors

WHEREAS, domestic violence affects all New Yorkers, and far too many people suffer abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner; and

WHEREAS, domestic violence victims can be of any age, race, religion, or economic status and the resulting damage is inflicted not only on victims, but their children, families and communities; and

WHEREAS, Fulton County’s commitment to ending domestic violence is exemplified by the work of county agencies and their employees that are assisting victims and their families; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors recognizes the outstanding work of the region’s dedicated not-for-profit organizations that serve victims and their communities; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims October 2020 to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Fulton County and encourages all county residents to participate in community awareness events during “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors joins with all citizens to support victims of domestic violence and to support the work of victim advocates, public and private entities and many others who have worked tirelessly to bring hope to the millions of individuals, families and communities harmed by crime.

 

 

WHEREAS, behavioral health is an essential part of health and overall wellness; and

WHEREAS, prevention of mental disorders and substance use disorders works, its treatment is effective, and people recover; and

WHEREAS, preventing and overcoming mental and substance use disorders is essential to achieving healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally; and

WHEREAS, it is important to encourage relatives and friends of people with mental and substance use disorders to recognize the signs of a problem and guide those in need to appropriate treatment and recovery support services; and

WHEREAS, an estimated 8.5 million American adults suffer from mental health disorders, a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders, including people in our own community; and

WHEREAS, to help more people achieve and sustain long-term recovery, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Rob Constantine Recovery Community and Outreach Center invite all residents of Fulton County to participate in National Recovery Month; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors, hereby proclaims the month of September 2020 as “National Recovery Month” in Fulton County.

 

 

WHEREAS, on August 26, 1920 the Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, changing the face of those entitled to vote forever; and

WHEREAS, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:

 “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.  Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation”;

and

WHEREAS, upon the enactment of the 19th Amendment, more than eight (8) million women across the United States voted in elections for the first time; and

WHEREAS, August 26, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, protecting and guaranteeing every woman’s constitutional right to vote; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby recognizes the momentous achievement of suffrage pioneers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth and many others in pursuing and achieving voting rights.

 

 

WHEREAS, police forces and other first responder agencies across the nation play a vital role in safeguarding the health and welfare of its citizens; and

WHEREAS, local communities rely on the dedicated work of police officers who often put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives of others; and

WHEREAS, the men and women of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Gloversville Police Department, Johnstown Police Department, New York State Police and other local agencies have a longstanding tradition of providing selfless service and countless acts of heroism when called upon; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its strong support for the important role of police across the United States upholding law and order and protecting their fellow citizens in times of need; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board expresses its gratitude to those law enforcement officers serving within the boundaries of Fulton County for their dedication and ongoing service.

 

 

WHEREAS, in 1984, President Ronald Regan proclaimed the first full week of May as “National Correctional Officers Week”; and WHEREAS, Correctional Officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the numerous inmates in our Nation’s prisons and jails; and

WHEREAS, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Officers have displayed professionalism, dedication and courage in the performance of their demanding roles; and WHEREAS, in 2020 our Corrections Officers continue to play a vital role during the stressful environment of the COVID-19 pandemic; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby acknowledges the difficult job Corrections Officers perform in their daily interaction with inmates at the Fulton County Correctional Facility; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its appreciation to Fulton County Corrections Officers during “National Correctional Officers Week”.

 

 

WHEREAS, Dante Bouchard passed the 2,000 point milestone for his High School basketball career during a Foothills Council basketball game on February 18, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Dante victoriously finished the game with a game-high 29 points pushing his career total to 2,014 at that point; and

WHEREAS, Dante was named to the “News Channel 13 Rensselaer Honda Boys High School Basketball All-star Team”; and

WHEREAS, his accomplishments cap-off a stellar career with Gloversville High School Dragons; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby recognizes the accomplishments of Dante as an exceptional basketball player and role model in the school community; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board joins with the citizens of Gloversville, fans and well-wishers to congratulate Mr. Bouchard for a very fine and memorable season.

 

 

WHEREAS, 2020 marks the 50-year anniversary of the establishment of the Wells Nursing Home; and

WHEREAS, Wells Nursing Home has a commitment to the community to provide quality short and long term care nursing needs; and

WHEREAS, Wells Nursing Home provides a home-like atmosphere striving to meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of residents; and

WHEREAS, the Wells campus has evolved into a modern multi-disciplined skilled nursing facility, including a 100-bed skilled nursing home, Adult Day Health program and Outpatient Rehab services; and

WHEREAS, Wells Nursing Home provides 150 community jobs in the heart of Fulton County; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That in recognition of Wells Nursing Home’s 50 years of service in support and care of community residents, the Board of Supervisors hereby congratulates Wells Nursing Home, its administration, staff and residents.

Chairman Greene recognized that Wells Nursing Home is a good community partner and does a great job. 

Mr. VanSlyke thanked the Fulton County Board of Supervisors for the Proclamation.  He further explained that the Wells Nursing Home appreciated all the support over the years and that they will continue to provide excellent services and take a lot of pride in their facility.

Chairman Greene asked Steve Santa Maria, Civil Defense Director/Fire Coordinator, Johnstown Fire Chief Bruce Heberer and Deputy Fire Coordinator Ralph Palcovic to come forward to receive Proclamations of Commendation for a recent hazmat incident.

Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board, read the Proclamations of Recognition on behalf of the Board for the recent hazmat incident at a local business: 

 

WHEREAS, on January 11, 2020, the Johnstown Fire Department and other first responders were called to a reported anhydrous ammonia leak at a local business; and

WHEREAS, such an event was a dangerous situation requiring immediate attention; and

WHEREAS, the Johnstown Fire Department arrived promptly on scene, assessed the situation with company employees and determined the cause to be a mechanical failure; and

WHEREAS, the Johnstown Fire Chief, as incident commander, requested that the Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Counties Regional Hazardous Material Response Team be activated and deployed to the scene; and

WHEREAS, multiple contributing agencies cooperated to evacuate employees and cordon off the area to a safe perimeter; and

WHEREAS, the Hazardous Material Technicians from the Hazmat Team and Johnstown Fire personnel conducted a Level A entry to further isolate and secure the leak; and

WHEREAS, the complex event was handled professionally and expeditiously to prevent the incident from expanding to a more severe problem; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby commends the cooperation of the following agencies for a job well done:

Johnstown Fire Department                                                 Johnstown Fire EMS

F-M-S Hazardous Material Response Team                         Fulton County EMS

Fulton County Emergency Management Office                    City of Gloversville Fire Department

City of Amsterdam Fire Department                                    Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department

Montgomery County Emergency Management                     Montgomery County Sheriff

Greater Amsterdam Vol. Ambulance Corps (GAVAC)         New York State Police

Mr. Stead asked Mr. SantaMaria to provide a brief summary regarding the hazmat incident.  Mr. SantaMaria explained that it was a dangerous situation with an anhydrous ammonia leak.  He praised the strong leadership needed to quell the situation and thanked Chief Heberer for his actions on that day.  He also thanked Deputy Fire Coordinator Ralph Palcovic for his expertise with the situation.   He noted that Mr. Palcovic worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab for 36 years in its fire department, resulting in a wealth of knowledge.   Mr. SantaMaria explained that many people from many agencies came together to combat this incident on that day.   He further advised that the City of Johnstown should be proud, and the County should be proud also of their teams.  Mr. SantaMaria explained that he had additional copies of the Proclamation for other agencies that helped with the clean up on that day and would distribute them.

 

 

WHEREAS, domestic violence affects all New Yorkers, and far too many people suffer abuse at the hands of a spouse or partner; and

WHEREAS, domestic violence victims can be of any age, race, religion, or economic status and the resulting damage is inflicted not only on victims, but their children, families and communities; and

WHEREAS, Fulton County’s commitment to ending domestic violence is exemplified by the work of county agencies and their employees that are assisting victims and their families; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors recognizes the outstanding work of the region’s dedicated not-for-profit organizations that serve victims and their communities; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims October 2019 to be “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in Fulton County and encourages all county residents to participate in community awareness events during “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors joins with all citizens to support victims of domestic violence and to support the work of victim advocates, public and private entities and many others who have worked tirelessly to bring hope to the millions of individuals, families and communities harmed by crime.

 

 

RECOGNIZING THE RPEA ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

WHEREAS, 2019 marks the 50 year anniversary of the incorporation of the Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA); and

WHEREAS, RPEA is the only organization whose sole purpose is to protect and promote the benefits of retired public employees; and

WHEREAS, RPEA has a record of advocacy success throughout its years, including: enacting a permanent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA); protecting health insurance benefits available to retirees; protecting the assets of the Retirement Fund from being diverted for budget balancing or other purposes; and most recently, defeating the 2017 ballot proposal to convene a constitutional convention; and

WHEREAS, there are 470,000 state and local retirees and beneficiaries in the New York State Retirement System; and

WHEREAS, 80% of those retirees still reside in New York State, including 2218 in Fulton County; and

WHEREAS, those retirees are responsible for $12 billion in economic activity statewide, thereby creating 73,000 jobs; and

WHEREAS public sector retirees help create the strong social fabric of communities, and also pay $2 billion in real property taxes,

NOW, in recognition of RPEA’s 50 years of service in support of retired public employees, the Board of Supervisors hereby recognizes the Retired Public Employees Association for its successful service to its members.