Issues: Arts and Culture


As students head back to school, State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing $100,000 in special funding she has secured to help support music and band programs in districts throughout Central and Northern New York.

“For many students, the arts are a big part of the learning experience; helping them to develop their talents, grow and acquire the skills necessary for success,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will not only help schools across our region enhance the quality of their music and band programs, but also will increase learning opportunities for students.”

September 3, 2015

Senator Sue Serino Tours Hopewell Depot

Senator Sue Serino Tours Hopewell Depot

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R—Hyde Park) toured the Hopewell Depot, formerly a major Dutchess County Railroad hub, on Saturday, August 29, 2015 to learn about the “heyday of railroading.”  From May-October, the depot is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm when tourists can enjoy all the historic museum park has to offer.

August 31, 2015

Senator Bonacic Visits the Otisville Country Fair

Senator Bonacic was pleased to have joined friends and family this past Saturday at the Otisville Country Fair. The Fair, in its 27th year, is a four-day event in the Village of Otisville that has something for everyone, including, live entertainment, hay rides, historical exhibits, children’s rides, delicious food, craft vendors  and much more. Many local civic organizations are on hand as well, serving food to the public and providing volunteer services to the attendees.

August 25, 2015

Congressman Higgins, Senator Ortt & Mayor Pappas Honor Life and Service of Robert J. Clark

Former Alderman’s Military Service Spanned Four Decades

Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Robert Ortt and City of North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas remembered the life and service of Robert “Bob” Clark, former Alderman and longtime member of the United States Armed Forces during a special ceremony at Veterans’ Park. 

“Bob Clark’s life service represents an extraordinary commitment to his community and country,” said Congressman Higgins.  “It is our honor to see that his service and that of a devoted military family be forever remembered.”

August 14, 2015

Construction Grants Awarded To 51st SD Libraries

ONEONTA, 08/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that community libraries throughout the 51st senatorial district have been awarded a total of $388,930 in public library construction grant funds. 

"Our libraries are community hubs, hosting countless activities that enrich lives young and old," Seward said. “Libraries are also some of the most historic landmarks we have and they are often in need of costly technological and accessibility upgrades that must be accomplished while still maintaining their traditional character.”

August 10, 2015

ArtsWestchester Meeting

(White Plains - August 5th) Senator Stewart-Cousins with (middle) Board of Regents member Judith Johnson and (left) Janet Langsam of ArtsWestchester at the gallery in White Plains, following a meeting to discuss the importance of the arts as part of every child's education. 

August 7, 2015

Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

July 31, 2015

Ortt Meets Fairgoers at Orleans County 4-H Fair

Senator Ortt stopped by the Orleans County 4-H Fair Thursday evening to met up with fairgoers. The fair is a long-standing tradition that celebrates food, agriculture and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. 

July 30, 2015

Senator Jesse Hamilton Hosts “Summer at the Subway” in Brownsville

Continuing Senator Hamilton’s commitment to bring resources out into the community. 

(Brooklyn, NY – July 29, 2015) – Senator Jesse Hamilton hosted Summer at the Subway yesterday at Sutter Ave. and East 98th Street, continuing Senator Hamilton’s commitment to bringing the services and resources of the office out into the community. Senator Hamilton was joined by his constituent services team and the event featured performances from the Q City Soundz Stage Band, the Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team, and poets from the Green Earth Poets Café.

July 29, 2015

Ortt Presents $15,000 Check to Carrousel Factory Museum

NORTH TONAWANDA – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today delivered a $15,000 check to the Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier. Senator Ortt secured the funding for the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda to help support the educational, cultural, and recreational programming that the roughly 15,000 visitors experience every year. 

In addition to today’s check presentation, Senator Ortt, North Tonawanda Mayor Pappas and the city’s clerk-treasurer Dan Quinn teamed up to sponsor the Free Wednesday event where admission is free for museum visitors until 4 p.m.

July 29, 2015

Senator Gianaris Supports Long Island City BID Expansion

(Long Island City, NY) – Senator Michael Gianaris released the following statement in support of the Long Island City Partnership proposed Business Improvement District (BID) Expansion.

“I am proud to support the LIC BID’s proposed expansion to Hunter’s Point. Since 2005, the LIC BID has done exceptional work, enhancing our neighborhood and improving opportunities for local business and cultural institutions. I am proud to support the BID’s expansion so that it can bring the benefits of the improved services it provides to Vernon Boulevard as well.”


July 29, 2015


NEW YORK—State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding today’s Lower Manhattan Development Corporation meeting:

July 23, 2015

Senator Jesse Hamilton Hosts Movies Under the Stars, My Parks and Me in Sunset Park

(Brooklyn, NY – July 18, 2015)  More than 500 Sunset Park residents turned out for Movies Under the Stars & My Parks and Me in Sunset Park yesterday. The event was hosted by Senator Jesse Hamilton, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz, NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca, and 51st Assembly District Leader Arelis Martinez, as well as community group co-sponsors the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) and Haitian Centers Council, and supporting partners, Criterion Pictures, Academy of Medical and Public Health Services, the Mayor’s Office - Immigrant Affairs, Urban Park Rangers, NYC Parks & Recreation, NYPD, and DJ English.

July 17, 2015

Great American Weekend 2015

 Senator Bonacic and his wife Pat stopped by Great American Weekend in Goshen this past Sunday to visit vendors and check out the exhibits that were set up. While it may have rained on Saturday, the weather on Sunday was spectacular. The Annual Great American Weekend is held every Fourth of July weekend in Goshen, and draws thousands of visitors. In addition to the hundreds of vendors that are set up downtown, the Goshen Historic Tracks holds a full four days of racing.

July 6, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Funding for Local Libraries

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is announcing grants for more than two dozen public libraries throughout the 59thState Senate District, which covers all of Wyoming County and portions of Erie, Livingston and Monroe counties.  In all, 26 libraries will share a total of $39,000.  

July 1, 2015

Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Set to Expand into Cattaraugus County

Expansion of the byway will promote economic development and community pride


ALBANY – The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB), which currently runs through the Towns of Aurora, Boston, Colden, Concord, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Springville, will soon be expanding into Cattaraugus County. Another 37 miles of roadway will be added to the existing byway corridor, bring added attention to northern Cattaraugus County’s resources, thus increasing community pride and boosting the local economy by promoting cultural, historic, and recreational tourism.


June 18, 2015

Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Announce Passage of Bill Extending Authorization of Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Commission Was At Risk of Deauthorization by End of 2015 – Bill Provides Two-Year Extension 

Commission Vital to Progress on Buffalo’s East Side, Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Urge Governor to Swiftly Sign Into Law 

June 18, 2015
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