Issues: Arts and Culture

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


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


Klein honors community leaders for outstanding contributions to The Bronx and beyond

BRONX, NY - In celebration of more than 350 years of Jewish contributions to American history, society and culture, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Bronx civic leaders and hundreds of community members, hosted Jewish American Heritage Month celebrations across The Bronx this Sunday.  At the celebrations, held the at the Riverdale YM-YWHA and Bronx House in Pelham Parkway, Senator Klein honored important leaders in the community who are making a difference.

June 1, 2015

Senator Serrano Joins the Broadway Mall Association for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of their Public Art Installation

(Upper West Side, NY) - Senator Serrano joined the Broadway Mall Association for a ribbon cutting ceremony of a new public art installation along Broadway from W. 70th Street to W. 168th Street. The installation showcases sculptures from American artist Don Gummer.

May 15, 2015

Seward Delivers $300k To Boost Tourism, Local Economy

COOPERSTOWN, 04/20/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2015-2016 state budget includes, at his insistence, $300,000 to assist The Glimmerglass Festival with a significant multi-year renovation project in Cooperstown. 

April 20, 2015


Squadron, Keynote Speaker Schumer Highlight Community Engagement

Community Members Participated in 14 Discussion Groups on District and Statewide Issues

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his seventh annual 26th District Community Convention on Sunday afternoon, bringing together over 350 community members to make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them.

April 16, 2015

Rochester Lyric Opera Announces New Home

The Rochester Lyric Opera announced today that they will be tranforming the former First Church of Christ, Scientist into its new home for performances. Lyric Hall, as it will be called, will seat 900 people in its main hall and will have a smaller, 150 person cabaret-style theater in the rear. This venue will also feature other performances, including the Rochester International Jazz Festival later this year. Congratulations, I can't wait to see the finished product!

April 8, 2015

2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015

More Movie Productions for WNY

A California movie crew brought the bright lights of Hollywood to East Aurora recently, realizing what residents here already know; despite the snow and the cold, Western New York is a warm and friendly place.

March 26, 2015

Senator Montgomery Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Senate Resolution No. 986

WHEREAS, On March 7, 1965, 600 civil rights demonstrators marched 54 miles from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama; and

WHEREAS, The demonstrators organized to promote black voter registration and challenge the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson, who had been killed by an Alabama state trooper three weeks earlier while trying to protect his mother at a civil rights demonstration; and

WHEREAS, For 100 years after Emancipation laws, intimidation tactics, and violence prevented African-Americans from going to the polls; and

WHEREAS, In the city of Selma, African-Americans comprised more than half the population yet were only 2% of the registered voters; and

March 17, 2015
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