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K00904 Summary:

COSPNSRGlick, O'Donnell
MLTSPNSRClark, Lunsford, Meeks
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K00904 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 904
BY: M. of A. Bronson
        MOURNING  the  death of Tim O Mains, distinguished
        educator,  LGBTQ+  advocate,  and  first  openly-gay
        elected official in New York State
  WHEREAS, There are certain outstanding members of our community who,
through  their selfless commitment and dedication, have served to better
the quality of life in our community and have had a measurable  positive
impact  on  the  lives  of  its  residents;  Tim  O  Mains  was one such
individual; and
  WHEREAS, It is with  profound  sorrow  and  deep  regret  that  this
Legislative  Body  records  the  passing  of  Tim  O  Mains,  noting the
significance of his purposeful life and accomplishments; and
  WHEREAS, Tim O Mains, of Rochester, New York, died on  December  30,
2021, at the age of 73; and
  WHEREAS,  Tim  O  Mains  worked  as  a  teacher, counselor and staff
developer in the Greece Central  School  District  from  1971  to  2002,
before  becoming  a  principal  in  the  Rochester  City School District
(RCSD);  he  rose  to  the  position  of  Director  of  Internal  School
Operations for the RCSD in 2012; and
  WHEREAS,  Tim O Mains distinguished himself in his profession and by
his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to  the  welfare  of
his community through his positions in education and public office; and
  WHEREAS,  A true trailblazer and icon in the LGBTQ+ community, Tim O
Mains made history when he was elected to the Rochester City Council  in
1985, as the first openly-gay elected official in the State of New York;
  WHEREAS,  In  this  capacity,  he broke significant barriers for the
LGBTQ+ community with his genuine visibility which broadened  acceptance
for  others;  he  was  a renowned and vocal advocate for gay rights long
before his initial forays into politics and  was  incredibly  passionate
about helping those impacted by AIDS and HIV; and
  WHEREAS, Tim O Mains stood up for those who were voiceless, shunned,
and marginalized; his political agenda largely aimed to make Rochester a
better  place  by  offering  improved housing, fair law enforcement, and
economic development for good jobs; and
  WHEREAS, With a steadfast and unwavering devotion to his  community,
Tim  O  Mains  possessed  a  passion  for service and an eye for detail,
working tirelessly to enrich the lives of his students and the residents
of Rochester; and
  WHEREAS, After graduating from Ben Davis High School in Indiana, Tim
O Mains received a bachelor's degree in Sociology and World History;  he
went  on  to  earn a Master's degree in Counselor Education, a Master of
Science in Educational Administration, Master's in Education  degree  in
Organizational  Leadership  and was working on his Doctorate Educational
Policy and Leadership; and
  WHEREAS,  Tim  O  Mains  is  survived  by  his spouse, David Phillip
Gardner; his brother,  Steve  Mains  (Cindy  Savage);  a  sister,  Roxie
McNelly  (Jim);  nephews,  Brooks  (Jordan) Canavesi, Phillip (Jennifer)
McNelly and Derrick (Sara) McNelly; nieces, Ursula Mains,  Sonya  Savage
and  Lacey  York  (Brendan);  great-nephews, Caden and Cruz Canavesi and
Colin York; and great-nieces, Lyla Canavesi, Elizabeth York, and  Autumn
and Lily McNelly; and
  WHEREAS,  A  kind  man  of  true  courage  and bravery, Tim O Mains'
infinite selflessness and benevolence will shine on through his family's
vivid and happy memories; his insight and strength will forever serve as
a beacon of love, light and hope to the countless lives he touched; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a  sense  of
compassion,  Tim  O  Mains leaves behind a legacy which will long endure
the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory  to  all  who
were  privileged to have known and loved such an amazing man; he will be
deeply missed and truly merits the grateful tribute of this  Legislative
Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Tim O Mains, and to express its  sincere  condolences
to his family; and be it further
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the spouse of Tim O Mains.
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