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File #: Res 0318-2002    Version: * Name: Planting of "Freedom Trees" for those who died in WTC 9/11
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Parks and Recreation
On agenda: 6/5/2002
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the City of New York to invoke the spirit of the historic "Liberty Trees" by planting "Freedom Trees" in neighborhoods throughout the City to honor the memories of the men and women who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Sponsors: James Sanders, Jr., Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., James F. Gennaro, Alan J. Gerson, Eric N. Gioia, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy L. Boyland, Gale A. Brewer, Yvette D. Clarke, James E. Davis, Bill De Blasio, Erik Martin Dilan, Simcha Felder, Robert Jackson, Melinda R. Katz, John C. Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael E. McMahon, Hiram Monserrate, Michael C. Nelson, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Helen Sears, Jose M. Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Albert Vann, Christine C. Quinn, David I. Weprin, Dennis P. Gallagher, Martin J. Golden, Andrew J. Lanza, James S. Oddo, Larry B. Seabrook
Council Member Sponsors: 36
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Transcript, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10/23/02
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
10/23/2002*James Sanders, Jr. City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/16/2002*James Sanders, Jr. Committee on Parks and Recreation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/16/2002*James Sanders, Jr. Committee on Parks and Recreation Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/5/2002*James Sanders, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/5/2002*James Sanders, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 318 Title Resolution calling upon the City of New York to invoke the spirit of the historic "Liberty Trees" by planting "Freedom Trees" in neighborhoods throughout the City to honor the memories of the men and women who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Body By Council Members Sanders, Addabbo, Gennaro, Gerson, Gioia, Comrie, Baez, Barron, Boyland, Brewer, Clarke, Davis, DeBlasio, Dilan, Felder, Jackson, Katz, Liu, Martinez, McMahon, Monserrate, Nelson, Recchia, Reyna, Rivera, Sears, Serrano, Stewart, Vann, Quinn, Weprin, Gallagher, Golden, Lanza and Oddo; also Council Members and Seabrook Whereas, During the 1760's American patriots came together beneath "Liberty Trees" to unite in support of independence and freedom; and Whereas, "Liberty Trees" such as the large elm tree that existed at the corner of Essex Street and Orange Street in Boston, Massachusetts and the tulip poplar that once stood on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland were important patriotic symbols in American History; and Whereas, "Liberty Trees" were planted throughout the 13 colonies before and during the War for Independence as symbols of American Colonial solidarity; and Whereas, Hundreds of New Yorkers from every borough were among the almost 3,000 victims killed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center; and Whereas, Currently there are many impassioned discussions being held to identify and agree upon ways of honoring the victims who gave their lives during that terrorist attack; and Whereas, The planting of these "Freedom Trees" would neither serve as a substitute for, nor justify reducing the size or scope of, a memorial at the World Trade Center site for those who lost their lives their in the September 11 attacks; and Whereas, The planting of "Freedom Trees" in the American patriotic tradition, to honor these fallen heroes, in their own communities, would serve as living grassroots memorials to their legacy; and Whereas, The planting of these "Freedom Trees" would symbolize the solidarity of all New Yorkers against terrorism and for the causes of freedom and liberty; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the City of New York to invoke the spirit of the historic "Liberty Trees" by planting "Freedom Trees" in neighborhoods throughout the City to honor the memories of the men and women who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. FN/dd LS# 454