Senate Resolution No. 1663


        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        August  2019,  as  Indian-American Heritage Month in
        the State of New York

  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, in  keeping  with
its  time-honored  traditions, to recognize and pay tribute to those who
foster ethnic pride and enhance the profile of cultural diversity  which
strengthens the fabric of the communities of New York State; and

  WHEREAS,  The  citizens  of  this  great  Empire  State are proud to
recognize and commemorate Indian-American Heritage Month, an  observance
which  celebrates  the  contributions  of  Indian-Americans  to New York
State's unique heritage; and

  WHEREAS, This  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to  memorialize
Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to proclaim August 2019, as Indian-American
Heritage Month in the State of New York; and

  WHEREAS, The Immigration and Nationality Act, enacted  on  June  30,
1968,  abolished  the  national  origins quota system which was American
immigration policy since the  1920s,  replacing  it  with  a  preference
system which focused on immigrants' skills and family relationships with
citizens or United States residents; and

  WHEREAS,  This  1965 Act marked a radical break from the immigration
policies of the past and significantly increased Indian  immigration  to
the  United States from fewer than 15,000 prior to the Act, to more than
200,000 by 1980; and

  WHEREAS, Today, immigration from India is currently at  its  highest
level in history; there are approximately three million Indian-Americans
residing  in  the United States with a growth rate of nearly 70 percent;

  WHEREAS, Indian-Americans  greatly  contribute  to  the  leadership,
wisdom and vitality of our great State and Nation, and have attained one
of  the  highest  educational  levels of all ethnic groups in the United
States; an astounding 71 percent have a bachelor's  degree  compared  to
the 28 percent national average; and

  WHEREAS,  Our Nation is blessed with many citizens of Indian descent
who are distinguished by their excellence and their contributions to all
fields of endeavor; some of these esteemed residents include: 2014  Miss
America  and  2013  Miss New York, Nina Davuluri; Comedian, Aziz Ansari;
Musician, Norah Jones; Governor of Louisiana,  Bobby  Jindal;  Microsoft
CEO,  Satya  Nadella; the first female Governor of South Carolina, Nikki
Haley; the first Indian-American elected to Congress, Dalip Singh Saund;
and the first Indian-American woman elected to be a county legislator in
the State of New York, Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul; and

  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  there  are  nearly  35,000   Indian-American
doctors  practicing  in the United States including Doctor Sanjay Gupta,
renowned Neurosurgeon and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery  at  Emory

University  School  of  Medicine  and Associate Chief of Neurosurgery at
Grady Memorial Hospital; and

  WHEREAS,  It  is  the practice of this Legislative Body to recognize
those important months which remind us of the rich and diverse  heritage
of our great State and Nation; and

  WHEREAS,  It  is  duly  fitting  that  all New Yorkers join in these
important celebrations of one of our State's most  vibrant  communities;
this  much  anticipated  observance and its accompanying activities will
foster greater appreciation for Indian culture and serve to promote  the
spirit of cooperation that is characteristic of all citizens of New York
State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  August  2019,  as
Indian-American  Heritage  Month  in  the  State  of New York; and be it

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.