Issues: Arts and Culture

State Senator James Sanders Jr. Holds Successful Salute to Gospel Concert Event

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) held a hugely successful  “Salute to Gospel” concert before a packed house of more than 400 people at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on February 27. The guests enjoyed a complimentary before the two-hour event, which boasted a variety of entertainment that included singers, dancers and a gospel comedian.  

March 2, 2015
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Dominican American Cultural Club Flag Raising

(Yonkers - February 27th) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrated joined the Dominican American Cultural Club celebrating the Dominican Independence Day with a flag raising at Yonkers City Hall.

March 2, 2015
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New York Daily News Highlights Senator Hamilton's Black History Month Message

Reviewing celebrations in honor Black History Month, the New York Daily News highlighted Senator Hamilton's message on recognizing the many contributions of African-Americans:

February 18, 2015
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Colgate’s Center for Art and Culture receives $750,000 in state regional development funding

JANUARY 30, 2015

Colgate University is poised to prove that regional development can have an international reach.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, through his Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, has awarded $750,000 to Colgate, supporting the university’s efforts to relocate the Picker Gallery of Art and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology from campus to the new Center for Art and Culture in the Village of Hamilton.

February 12, 2015
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Senator Serrano & Congressman Serrano to Sponsor Annual Black History Month Celebration

Join Senator José M. Serrano and Congressman José E. Serrano for their Annual Black History Month Celebration! This year's celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 24, from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, located on 1040 Grand Concourse, between E. 165th & E.

February 24, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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HSS Shivaji Shakha 24-Hour Surya Namaskar "Sun Salutation" Yogathon

(White Plains - January 31st) Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the conclusion of a Yogathon which took place at the YWCA Dance Studio Hall in White Plains. This special event was hosted for the community by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Westchester Chapter as part of the nationwide effort to create awareness about yoga and its advantages.

February 1, 2015
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Winter 2014-2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2014-2015 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!

January 8, 2015
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the 38th Annual Three Kings Day Parade in East Harlem

Pictured: Senator José M. Serrano, along with Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

January 6, 2015
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says with the arrival of the New Year, a number of new laws will be taking effect in New York State.  These include:

December 23, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Second Sunnyside pedestrian plaza officially opens

Senator Gianaris joined Sunnyside Shines and local leaders to celebrate the opening of Lowery Plaza in Sunnyside, the neighborhood's second recently opened public plaza where residents can take a moment and enjoy their surroundings. Check out what Senator Gianaris had at the ribbon cutting ceremony in the Queens Courier. 

December 17, 2014
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National Endowment for the Arts

CNY Arts is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $40,000 contract from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Art Works grant program. The funds will be used to support implementation of ENGAGE CNY, CNY Arts’ ten-year cultural plan to boost the livability and economic vitality of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

December 15, 2014
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Senator Serrano Participates in Annual Production of Handel's Messiah

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined The Bronx Opera and other elected officials for a presentation of Handel's Messiah at Bronx Community College. Senator Serrano served as one of the presenters for this annual holiday event and read a passage to the jam-packed audience. The Senator was joined by Congressman José E. Serrano, Council Member Andy King, Council Member Andrew Cohen and members of the community for the Bronx holiday tradition. Senator Serrano is a long-time supporter of the arts and serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation.

December 15, 2014
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Senator Serrano Participates in the 11th Annual East Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony

(East Harlem, NY)- Senator Serrano joined The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, East Harlem community residents, and his colleagues for the 11th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting ceremony. The tree lighting took place in Franklin Plaza on East 106th Street and Third Avenue. This year's theme is "El Barrio United Through Adversity: Remembering our loss, celebrating our fortitude" and the ceremony was dedicated to all those affected by the East Harlem explosion that occurred in March.

December 12, 2014
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Front & Center: The Campaign for Geva

Earlier today, I joined officials from Geva Theatre to announce its newest fundraising efforts, Front & Center the Campaign for Geva. This $10 million Capital Campaign will help renovate and remodel the historic Geva Theatre building in Downtown Rochester. We're fortunate to have an artistic organization of Geva's caliber in our community, this campaign will help ensure it is here for years to come. For more information on this capital campaign visit, www.gevatheatre.org.

Click here for more photos from this announcement.

November 20, 2014
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Senator Serrano Serves as Keynote Speaker for the New York Botanical Garden's Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano served as the keynote speaker for the New York Botanical Garden's (NYBG) Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration. The NYBG's celebration included an array of presentations and workshops that highlighted Puerto Rican culture for school groups. Senator Serrano had the distinct honor of providing the keynote address for the celebration.

"It was an honor to serve as keynote speaker for the NYBG's Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration," said Senator Serrano. "Local students were treated to a cultural feast of all that Puerto Rico has to offer - from the history of the island, to the arts and culture,folklore, food, dance and music. I am so proud of my Puerto Rican culture and how it's part of the wonderful and diverse mosaic we call New York City!"

November 19, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

Annual Awards Luncheon honors Bronx Hispanic Leaders who embody the Spirit of Service in their Communities

 BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda (D-Bronx), Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx) and Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), honored distinguished Hispanic members of the 34th Senate District Saturday. The award presentation took place at Klein’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration luncheon, which was attended by more than 200 community members and residents.

October 12, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

Annual Awards Luncheon honors Bronx Hispanic Leaders who embody the

Spirit of Service in their Communities

                                   

October 12, 2014
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At the opening of "Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past & Present" exhibit at Time and Valleys Museum, Grahamsville

Senator Bonacic attended the opening of a new temporary exhibit called “Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past & Present” which opened at the Time and Valleys Museum in Grahamsville on Thursday, October 9, 2014.  The exhibit includes photos, videos and a collection of artifacts that illustrates how important the lakes and rivers were to the families living in the area, but also how it was a draw for people from NYC for its recreational activities.

October 10, 2014
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