New York State Legislative Resolution, sponsored by Senator Vincent Leibell:

Honoring Heinchon Dairy upon the occasion of its 80th Anniversary.

Whereas, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor families who embody all of the positive qualities necessary to farm the land successfully, with dedication, hard work and devotion, for over 80 years: and

Whereas, The agricultural industry is part of the foundation upon which our distinct American heritage is built, and throughout our country's history, the farmer's harvest and yield have provided for the sustenance of our people: and

Whereas, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Heinchon Dairy, the oldest and longest surviving business in Pawling, New York, upon the occasion of it 80th Anniversary; and

Whereas, Heinchon Dairy has been producing dairy products, from milk to yogurt, to kosher milk to ice cream, in Pawling for 80 years; the family-owned dairy has survived through the years by diversifying the company and managing through the difficult times together; and

Whereas, Heinchon Dairy was founded by Daniel Patrick Heinchon in 1923 in a small building at Green Mountain Farms which is now where Lakeside Park is located; and

Whereas, Daniel Patrick Heinchon kept the milk cold in the stream that runs where Dutchess Auto Body is now located and delivered the milk door to door, on foot and with a horse; and

Whereas, In 1926, Daniel Patrick Heinchon purchased property on East Main Street to use as a pasture for the animals and to build Heinchon Dairy, which is still located there; the farm rented additional property on Route 22 in Pawling, which it later bought, when it expanded; and

Whereas, For a long time, Heinchon Dairy was the only dairy that had its own cows, processed the milk and delivered it to the customer's doorstep, but the market changed as urban expansion began to compete with the farms in Dutchess County; and

Whereas, in 1984, Heinchon Dairy diversified and opened Heinchon's Ice Cream Parlor in the old farmhouse on Route 22 and three years later, it stopped processing its own milk and became a distributor for Marcus Dairy in Danbury, Connecticut; and

Whereas, The proud traditions of Heinchon Dairy continue to change and expand with the times, and the farm is poised for success for many years to come; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to honor Heinchon Dairy upon the occasion of its 80th Anniversary; and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to Heinchon Dairy.