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PRESS RELEASE - Downing Joins Colleagues in Commemorating Public Service Recognition Week
May 10, 2007

State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield), co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Service, has joined more than 50 of his legislative colleagues this week in sponsoring a Resolution honoring the work of public employees and commemorating the week of May 7-13, 2007, which is nationally recognized as “Public Service Recognition Week.”

 

“Public service employees in all levels of government perform fundamental roles in our society,” remarks Downing.  “Where would we be without public works professionals, police and firefighters, teachers, librarians, environmental specialists, social service professionals - the list goes on and on.  This week I am proud to honor those men and women who apply their energy, talent and passion to improving the quality of life in Massachusetts for all its citizens.”

 

Public Service Recognition Week, celebrated the first Monday through Sunday in May since 1985, is a time set aside each year to honor the men and women who serve America as federal, state and local government employees. This event is organized by the Public Employees Roundtable at the Council for Excellence in Government. 

 

TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION:

 

RESOLUTION HONORING THE WORK OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND COMMEMORATING PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK, MAY 7–13, 2007

 

WHEREAS, PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE TO GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMONWEALTH IS SERVED BY LOYAL EMPLOYEES IN MANY ESSENTIAL AREAS INCLUDING EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION, HUMAN SERVICES AND THE ENVIRONMENT; AND,

 

WHEREAS, PUBLIC EMPLOYEES DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MASSACHUSETTS CITIZENS AS THEY PERFORM THEIR DUTIES AS PUBLIC SERVANTS AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS; AND,

 

WHEREAS, PUBLIC EMPLOYEES PROVIDE SERVICES WITH PROFESSIONALISM, SKILL AND DEDICATION THAT HAVE HELPED THE COMMONWEALTH DEVELOP A REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND EXCELLENCE AND ARE ON DUTY EVERY DAY, READY TO RENDER ASSISTANCE TO THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS IN CRITICAL TIMES OF NEED; AND,

 

WHEREAS, PUBLIC SERVICE DEMANDS EXCELLENCE, DIVERSITY AND PERSEVERANCE IN PROVIDING HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT ACTIVITIES TO ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S CITIZENS; AND,

 

WHEREAS, PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EVENT THAT PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES WHO CONTRIBUTE SO SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS; AND NOW THEREFORE BE IT,

 

RESOLVED, THAT THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL COURT HEREBY RECOGNIZES THE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AT ALL LEVELS — FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL  AND URGES ALL RESIDENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH TO OBSERVE MAY 7–13, 2007, AS PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK; AND BE IT FURTHER

 

RESOLVED, THAT A COPIES OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE SENATE TO THE COUNCIL FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT.

SPONSORED BY: Sen. Richard T. Moore, Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, Sen. Robert A. O'Leary, Sen. Susan C. Tucker, Sen. Pamela P. Resor, Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, Sen. Edward M. Augustus, Jr., Sen. Bruce E. Tarr, Sen. Michael W. Morrissey, Sen. Michael R. Knapik, Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, Sen. Karen E. Spilka, Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and Rep. John V. Fernandes, Rep. Robert L. Rice, Jr., Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Rep. John J. Binienda, Rep. Susan Williams Gifford, Rep. Stephen R. Canessa, Rep. Byron Rushing, Rep. Charles A. Murphy, Rep. Demetrius J. Atsalis, Rep. Anne M. Gobi, Rep. Peter V. Kocot, Rep. Stephen P. Leduc, Rep. Michael F. Rush, Rep. Alice K. Wolf, Rep. Robert M. Koczera, Rep. Paul K. Frost, Rep. Elizabeth A. Poirier, Rep. John P. Fresolo, Rep. Carl Sciortino, Rep. Pam Richardson, Rep. Steve D'Amico, Rep. William Lantigua, Rep. Rosemary Sandlin, Rep. Willie Mae Allen, Rep. Steve D'Amico, Rep. Elizabeth A. Malia, Rep. Barbara A. L'Italien, Rep. Karyn E. Polito, Rep. Joyce A. Spiliotis, Rep. Christine Canavan, Rep. Geraldine M. Creedon, Rep. Lida E. Harkins, Rep. Denise Provost, Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Rep. Cory Atkins, Rep. Jay R. Kaufman, Rep. William Brownsberger, Rep. Jennifer M. Callahan 

 

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