Issues: Arts and Culture

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) This week, the Heart Gallery opened in White Plains at the public library, promoting foster care opportunities in Westchester County. I joined with Westchester County Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire and Braveheart members including Darryl McDaniels of the rap group Run DMC.

The Bravehearts were all in the Foster Care system and now work with Family Ties helping other foster kids who age out the system and are in need of direction. McDaniels found out when he was 35 years old that he also had been a foster child and then adopted by his foster parents. Here's a link to learn more.

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. The Senator was interviewed by WVOX Radio and LoHud.com about the woman she looked up to as a role model and mentor.

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 17, 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 9, 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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Warwick Historical Society's Annual Tent Party - August 23, 2014

The Warwick Historical Society's Annual Tent Party was held on Saturday, August 23, 2014.  This event brings awareness to Warwick's rich history.  Here is the Senator with Lou and Cathy Heimbach, and (seated on left), Sheila Warner.

August 25, 2014
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The Annual Tent Party hosted by the Warwick Historical Society - August 23, 2014.

The Warwick Historical Society hosted its annual Tent Party on August 23, 2014.  This event brings awareness to Warwick's rich history. Here is the Senator with Susan and Darrell Supak.

 

August 25, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #29: The New York State Fair is Great Every Year

The state’s biggest music and entertainment festival, trade show and agriculture exhibit is happening right now and it’s all in one place – the Great New York State Fair.

The state fair is the capstone to what is always a great county fair season.  It is a celebration of all things New York. It is a showcase for one of the state’s most important industries, agriculture, which has a $5.7 billion annual economic impact. It serves as an introduction to many of our citizens’ diverse backgrounds and cultural traditions. And it’s a platform for our best and brightest young people to show off their talents, whether it’s on a stage or in a barn.

August 21, 2014
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Yonkers African American Heritage Committee Flag Raising Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins proudly celebrating her African American Heritage at the Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, August 15th. In honor of this event, she presented a resolution to the Yonkers African American Heritage Committee, the organization responsible for organizing this annual celebration.

August 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony - Bethel Woods, August 11, 2014

The Sullivan Renaissance Awards were announced at Bethel Woods on August 11, 2014.  

August 12, 2014
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Sullivan Renaissance Award Presentations at Bethel Woods, August 11, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 The Sullivan Renaissance Award winners that were announced at the Bethel Woods Center last night.  These awards are funded by the Gerry Foundation, and provides communities in Sullivan County with seed money for beautification projects

August 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At the Sullivan Renaissance Pre-Awards Ceremony

The Sullivan Renaissance Pre-Awards Ceremony Cocktail Party reception was held at the Market Shed at Bethel Woods Center last night.  These awards are funded by the Gerry Foundation, and provides communities in Sullivan County  with seed money for beautification projects.  The top winners were the  Phillipsport Community Center ($25,000 grant); the Village of Jeffersonville ($10,000 grant); and the Rock Hill Fire Department and the Rock Hill Business and Community Association ($5,000).  With Alan and Sandra Gerry.

August 12, 2014
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WestCOP 4th Annual Culture Fest

The Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP) hosted its 4th Annual Culture Fest on Sunday, August 10th, at Gardella Park in White Plains.

August 12, 2014
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