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K00988 Text:

 
Senate Resolution No. 2759
 
BY: Senator PALUMBO
 
        COMMEMORATING  the  100th  Anniversary  of Cornell
        University's Long Island Horticultural Research  and
        Extension Center
 
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this  Legislative  Body  that  the
continuing welfare of the citizens of the State of New York  is  greatly
enriched   and   reliably   served   by   the  purposeful  endeavors  of
organizations and individuals who are  committed  to  the  research  and
understanding  of  our  natural  environment  and the enhancement of the
appreciation of the distinctive features of our surroundings, and to the
economic well-being of the areas in which they exist; and
 
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern  and  in  full  accord  with  its
long-standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is  justly proud to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Cornell  University's  Long  Island
Horticultural Research and Extension Center; and
 
  WHEREAS, The Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center
(LIHREC)  is  a  68-acre  facility  dedicated  to serve the research and
extension needs of the  horticulture  industries  of  Long  Island;  the
facility    features    agricultural    fields   and   research   plots,
state-of-the-art greenhouses, a nursery and container  production  area,
as  well  as  a  plant  tissue  culture  facility in support of research
projects ranging from grape and vegetable production, to ornamentals and
floriculture; and
 
  WHEREAS, Established in 1922 as the Long Island  Vegetable  Research
Farm,  this  pioneering research facility continues to serve the diverse
agricultural community on Long Island; and
 
  WHEREAS, Located on the tip of Long Island in the heart  of  Suffolk
County, New York State's green industry, the LIHREC is the only research
center  in  the  United  States  with  scientists  and professionals who
represent each of the commodity interests; and
 
  WHEREAS, Stakeholders of the green industry  are  within  a  50-mile
radius  of  the  center,  allowing  for  daily  staff  interactions with
stakeholders for diagnosis, consultation, training, and tours; and
 
  WHEREAS,  Unique  growing  conditions   on   Long   Island   provide
exceptional  opportunities  for  this  region;  ideal  for  farming, the
climate is the only area in New York State  with  USDA  Plant  Hardiness
Zone  7,  and strong underground aquifers provide plenty of fresh water;
and
 
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, the reputation of Suffolk County's agriculture
is literally rooted in its characteristic white, sandy soils  which  are
the result of thousands of years of glacial deposition made of particles
brought from as far away as northern Canada; and
 
  WHEREAS,  The  confluence of events that occurred during the glacial
period, a convergence of water,  ice,  sun  and  rock,  created  a  soil
completely   unique  with  excellent  drainage,  moderate  water-holding
 
capacity, and modest fertility; no other place can duplicate  the  soils
of  eastern  Long  Island;  they are among the finest in the world and a
precious  natural  resource,  providing  unmatched   opportunities   for
farmers, growers and researchers; and
 
  WHEREAS,  The  success of the Long Island Horticultural Research and
Extension Center  is  in  direct  correlation  to  the  efforts  of  its
Director,  Mark  Bridgen,  as  well  as  its  dedicated  scientists  and
researchers, whose involvement is, and always has been, characterized by
an impressive commitment, an unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising
standard of excellence in all endeavors on behalf  of  the  organization
and the community it serves; and
 
  WHEREAS,  This  auspicious occasion presents an opportunity for this
Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute  to  Cornell  University's
Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center; and
 
  WHEREAS,  It is incumbent upon all citizens to recognize and applaud
the efforts of organizations such as Long Island Horticultural  Research
and  Extension Center which work tirelessly on behalf of researching and
protecting our natural surroundings  for  the  benefit  of  present  and
future generations of New Yorkers; now, therefore, be it
 
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Cornell  University's  Long  Island
Horticultural Research and Extension Center; and be it further
 
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted  to  Mark  Bridgen,  Director,  Long  Island   Horticultural
Research and Extension Center, Cornell University.
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