in New York State (April 2016)
The main objective of “Russian-American History Month” is to provide learning opportunities for the general public , especially students in schools and universities, that will draw attention to the history of Russian Americans and the productive role they have played and continue to play, in the history of the United States.
In 2012, representatives of a coalition in support of the month prepared to go to Albany to request the NYS Senate to pass a resolution asking for the establishment of “Russian American History Month.” The resolution passed without objection and events and activities were organized throughout the state.
In 2013 A delegation of the 50 member “Coalition in Support of Russian American History Month,” again led by its chairman Dr. Olga Zatsepina, traveled to Albany, capitol of New York State, to witness the submission of a Senate resolution of great importance to the Russian American community.
Directing himself to the broad smiles and moist eyes of the delegation, Senator Adriano Espaillat, whose district includes a large number of Russian Americans, rose to deliver a warm and eloquent speech commending the Russian American community for its many accomplishments and significant contributions to his State and his Nation and offered the resolution for approval which again passed without objection.
In a commendable spirit of bi-partisanship, Democrat Espaillat from Manhattan was joined as co-sponsor by Republican Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, and Senators Golden and Bonacic, both of whom also co-sponsored the resolution last year, and Senator Simcha Felder of Brooklyn who joined the co-sponsors this year. Among the members of the coalition was the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, Father Alexander G, who was invited by the speaker to give the invocation and blessed the work of the Senate.