Issues: Arts and Culture

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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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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Westchester County DSS "Heart Gallery" Opening Reception

(White Plains - October 8th) The Heart Gallery opened in White Plains at the public library to promote foster care opportunities in Westchester County. Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Member David Buchwald joined Westchester County Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire and Braveheart members including Darryl McDaniels of the rap group Run DMC, who was adopted.

October 10, 2014
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What are you thankful for this year?

To celebrate Thanksgiving Day this year, Senator Dilan is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for children in grades K – 6. The theme of the Thanksgiving Day celebration is: “What are you thankful for?”

Participating schools can submit their students original poem, one-page essay, or artwork expressing what they are thankful for electronically, preferably in jpeg or pdf format, here.

All submissions will be published online, and students will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation.

Please submit your essay, poetry or art work for inclusion in the Thanksgiving Day Showcase by November 24, 2014.

October 9, 2014
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New Rochelle Honorary Renaming of Library Green in Honor of Ruby Dee

(New Rochelle - October 2nd) Senator Stewart-Cousins was in New Rochelle for the dedication of the Ruby Dee Park. The Library Green was renamed for the actress and civil rights activist who called New Rochelle home and raised her family here along with her actor and activist husband, Ossie Davis. Her grandson, Muta'Ali and her daughter Nora Davis Day, were on hand as were so many who wanted to participate in this important event.

October 4, 2014
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Yonkers Puerto Rican/Hispanic Parade

(Yonkers - September 28th) Senator Stewart-Cousins continued the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by walking the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Parade, and meetnig and greeting her Yonkers constituents from Lincoln Park on South Broadway to Getty Square. This year's theme "Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor"--"United for a Better Future"--showcases the various and significant contributions Puerto Ricans/Hispanics have made locally in the City of Yonkers as well as nationally.

September 29, 2014
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White Plains Hispanic Day Festival

(White Plains - September 21st) Senator Stewart-Cousins celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month at the White Plains Hispanic Day Festival. Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th, a time to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions that descendants from Mexico, Spano, the Caribbean, Central and South America have made to our country.The month-long celebration includes the Independence Days for countries including Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Columbus Day or Dia De La Raza, falls on October 12th.

September 23, 2014
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Fairview Public Library Receives $16,000 Grant

MARGARETVILLE, 09/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $32,000 in state grants to assist  nine area libraries, including $16,000 to support capital improvements at the Fairview Public Library.   

“Our libraries are hubs for countless activities and are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to partner with all of the libraries in my district and with the Fairview Public Library, in particular, to advance a major improvement project that will help provide universal access.”

September 19, 2014
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Serrano Helps Launch the "Broadway Morey Boogie" Outdoor Art Exhibit

(Upper West Side)- Senator Serrano kicked off the "Broadway Morey Boogie" outdoor art exhibit on the Upper West Side on September 17th. Senator Serrano was joined at the ribbon cutting ceremony by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and other community leaders.

September 16, 2014
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Yonkers Mexican & Central American Festival

(Yonkers - September 14th) Senator Stewart-Cousins joined in on the celebration of Mexican Independence Day (Grito de Dolores) at the annual Yonkers Mexican & Central American Festival.

 

September 15, 2014
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Serrano Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Newly Renovated Plaza in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

(Upper East Side)- Senator Serrano celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated four block plaza in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Senator Serrano joined other elected officials, community leaders and museum executives for the introduction of the new $65 Million plaza in front of the museum on Fifth Avenue. Some of the newest additions to plaza include two fountains, new trees, additional seating and new lighting.

September 8, 2014
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ArtsWestchester Jazzfest 2014

A big fan of jazz music, Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the annual Jazzfest on Sunday, September 7th in White Plains, to greet constituents and see some of her favorite local musicians play. Hosted by ArtsWestchester, Jazzfest is "a six-day celebration of jazz in downtown White Plains, culminating in an outdoor jazz concert with delicious food from area restaurants". For more information about Jazzfest, please visit www.ArtsWestchester.org

September 8, 2014
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New Rochelle Street Fair

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the annual New Rochelle Street Fair & Music Festival on Sunday, September 7th, which featured over 100 vendors, a classic car show, music at the Memorial Plaza, rides, games, crafts, facepainting and more! Also at the Fair were Councilman Jared Rice, New Rochelle Public Library Director Thomas Geoffino, Councilman Ivar Hyden, and Mayor Noam Bramson, pictured here with the Senator. While at the Fair, the Senator was interviewed by WFAS Radio's Bob Marrone, and caught up with Sam the Newspaper Man.

September 8, 2014
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