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New York State Official Proclamations

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The most significant of non-legal, yet official forms of recognition issued by the Governor, Proclamations call attention to a particular subject at the request of the public. They designate a period of time (day, week, or month) for focusing and raising awareness of a specific cause.


Proclamations are of interest to a considerable sector of the population and are produced for events of either regional or statewide significance and issued in conjunction with programs sponsored by organizations, schools and other institutions. Proclamations are sometimes initiated by an individual or local group identifying a cause which impacts the region and warrants a call to action.


They are also initiated through the legislative process by a member of the State Assembly or Senate, who may introduce a formal resolution in their respective house. A resolution is a document of support containing facts and information on a subject and, with its adoption, is forwarded to the Governor for consideration of an official statewide Proclamation.


The Governor's determination and ultimate action is based on merit, appropriateness, and a review of each subject.


Further information on obtaining a Proclamation is available by contacting Executive Chamber Operations/Proclamations at (518) 474-6499 or by writing to the Governor at:


The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, New York 12224
(Attention: Proclamations)