In Memorium: A Resolution of Appreciation for

Senator Ronald Stafford

June 29, 1935 - June 24, 2005

The Honorable Ronald B. Stafford, 69, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, distinguished humanitarian, gracious servant of the people and loyal friend to all, who embodied compassion and humility through objective reason and acceptance.

 

 

Whereas

Mr. Stafford helped craft and create important legislation including, but not limited to:

NYS's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), a landmark program that opened college doors for thousands of New Yorkers who would otherwise have been unable to afford a higher education;

A Stafford-sponsored bill in 1988 that mandated restrictions in emissions produced by smokestack industries in Midwestern states, leading in the fight against acid rain in the Adirondacks.

A Stafford-sponsored bill in 2000 that penalized New York State companies that sold federally-authorized pollution allowance credits to Midwest Polluters;

"Toxic Torts Bill," legislation hailed at the time as the most significant victim's rights measure in NYS history in which he waged a five-year battle against the insurance and drug industries — and members of his own Republican Senate majority — to win a victory in 1986 that gave people exposed to toxic chemicals expanded legal protection;

Through emergency legislation and program relief, Mr. Stafford and the governor extended tax deadlines, established a herd replacement program for farm animals, accelerated unemployment benefit payments and shipped in emergency housing and building supplies to aid the thousands who were left homeless or without power, when a freak ice storm wreaked havoc across Clinton, Franklin and Essex Counties in January, 1998, toppling trees, power lines, collapsing roofs and farm buildings and knocking out power to thousands of residents in bitter cold temperatures; and

Whereas

Mr. Stafford found solace in helping others fight cancer, through his own strife of battling two primary cancers in his lifetime. He emotionally abetted those in need by finding the appropriate treatment center, giving steadfast encouragement and he readily assisted families battling cancer and therefore was presented with the prestigious Gilda Spirit of Hope Award; and

Whereas

Mr. Stafford dedicated his entire life and career to helping others. Through law, legislation, business savvy and simple will of heart, Mr. Stafford enriched the lives of all whom he touched. His professional life spanned over 40 years of private and public service, encompassing a distinguished legal career, a 37-year tenure with the New York State Legislature and, a successful business ventures. He was a trusted advisor to five New York state governors, endorsed from all major political parties, protector of the Adirondacks, a scrupulous advocate of our legal system and a trusted businessman; and

Whereas

Mr. Stafford's influence, tenure, and reach allowed him to obtain financial aid for hospitals and other health care facilities, education, local schools and colleges, municipal water and sewer projects, parks and road improvements, tourism enhancement programs, small business development, farmers, and the Lake Placid Olympic Games;

Therefore, Be it Resolved

...that the Adirondack Area Network hereby adopts this Resolution of Appreciation for Ronald B. Stafford, a true friend of the Adirondack Area Network and a beloved gentleman.

presented by the

Adirondack Area Network Board of Directors

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Dr. David C. Bonner

President and Treasurer of the Board of

Adirondack Area Network

Mr. Dennis Curtin

Secretary of the Board of

Adirondack Area Network

Dr. Jim Flosdorf

Board Member of

Adirondack Area Network

Dr. David Goldenberg

Board Member of

Adirondack Area Network

Ms. Kim Healy

Board Member of

Adirondack Area Network

Dr. Henry Pohl

Board Member of

Adirondack Area Network

Dr. Jackie Ford

Vice President for finance and administration of

Adirondack Area Network