Issues: Arts and Culture

Geva Theatre Announces Agreement with Woodbury Place

I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and representatives from Geva Theatre this morning to announce Geva's agreement with Woodbury Place. Formerly Merkel Donohue warehouse, this building will be re-purposed to house actors and actresses performing at Geva Theatre. Located just steps away from Geva Theatre in the Washington Square neighborhood, this project enhance the revitalization of Downtown Rochester. 

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July 22, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Receives the "Most Coordinated Boat" Award at the Adirondack Challenge

Leader Stewart-Cousins accepting the "Most Coordinated Boat" award from Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday, July 20th following the Adirondack Challenge, with Senator Gianaris and Senate Democratic Conference staffers. As she accepted the award, the Leader said, "We are all ambassadors for Upstate." The Adirondack Challenge highlights the summer tourism opportunities in the region, including outdoor activities such as rafting and fly fishing. The event, held in Indian Lake this year, attracted elected officials, tourism industry leaders and summer enthusiasts to Upstate New York.

July 22, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Klein/Nolan Legislation Protecting Existing School Playground Space Passes State Senate and Assembly

ALBANY, NY – Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) celebrated passage of legislation that would protect existing school playground space in New York City from the long term displacement caused by ongoing construction or temporary classrooms. Sponsored by Senator Klein and Assemblywoman Nolan, this legislation (S. 2255/A.

June 19, 2014
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Senator Valesky Celebrates Juneteenth

Senator David Valesky joined Congressman Dan Maffei, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Syracuse City Common Councilors, and area residents for a Juneteenth Flag Raising at City Hall on Friday, June 13.

June 13, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Remembers the Award-Winning Actress and Civil Rights Icon Ruby Dee

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, America lost Ruby Dee, an award-winning actress and icon of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Senator Kevin Parker. “Ruby Dee died at the age of 91, after a life spent as a star of stage and screen, and as a civil rights activist with her husband the late Ossie Davis, with whom she shared the duty of Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at the 1963 March on Washington.”

June 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic With Actor Tony Danza, and Energy Counsel, Emma Maceko for Italian-American Day in the Capitol

Senator John Bonacic with actor Tony Danza and Emma Maceko, Assistant Energy Counsel, for Italian-American Day in the New York State Senate. Tony  Danza  was selected to be the 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree as part of the celebration which recognizes the contributions of Italian-Americans.

June 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic with Actor, Tony Danza; and Emma Maceko, Assistant Energy Counsel, at Italian-American Day in Albany

Senator Bonacic with actor Tony Danza; and Emma Maceko, Assistant Energy Counsel, for Italian-American Day in the New York State Senate.  Tony  Danza  was selected to be the 2014 Italian-A

June 10, 2014
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Senator Klein, Pelham Chamber of Commerce and Pelham Junior League Champion Wolfs Lane Park Capital Improvements

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Pelham Village Trustee, Susan Mutti, Pelham Chamber of Commerce President, Sandy Waibel and Pelham Junior League President, Nancy Hawkins at the Chamber of Commerce Street Fair on Saturday to champion the continued effort to improve Wolfs Lane Park. Last year, Senator Klein announced a $646,271 capital grant he secured for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.

June 9, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends the Hoboken Film Festival at Middletown's Paramount Theatre

Senator Bonacic attended Middletown’s Paramount Theatre for the Hoboken International Film Festival (HIFF).  Here is the Senator with Kenneth Del Vecchio, the founder of HIFF, a member of the Film Festival Jury, and the producer of one of the films of the festival.  This festival is one of the ten biggest film events in the world. 

 

June 2, 2014
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Senator Bonacic With Randall Enos, Youth Services Consultant for the Ramapo Catskill Library Services

Senator Bonacic attended the Annual Legislative Brunch of the Sullivan Public Library Alliance at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello. 

May 27, 2014
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Senator Bonacic With Randall Enos, Youth Services Consultant for the Ramapo Catskill Library Services

Senator Bonacic attended the Annual Legislative Brunch of the Sullivan Public Library Alliance at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello on Thursday, May 22, 2014. 

May 27, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Annual Legislative Brunch of the Sullivan Public Library Alliance

Senator Bonacic attended the Annual Legislative Brunch of the Sullivan County Library at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  

May 27, 2014
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State Senate Passes New York Comprehensive Information System Act

Sen. DeFrancisco Bill, Co-Sponsored by Sen. Griffo, Would Improve Statewide Access to Information

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, announced that his bill (S2314) passed the New York State Senate today.

Under this legislation, the New York State Library would be authorized to coordinate the purchase of electronic databases and other information resources for state agencies, library systems and other governmental entities.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Serrano Celebrates Bronx Culture during Bronx Week 2014

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano celebrated the culture and heritage of his home borough while attending Bronx Week events. Bronx Week is an annual week-long commemoration of everything the Bronx has to offer organized by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. and various local organizations. 

Serrano participated in the Arts and Culture reception at the Bronx County Court House. The reception was a showcase of the vivacious arts scene in the Bronx. The reception included the VIP opening of Daniel Hauben's "Bronx Works" exhibit. Hauben is a local Bronx artist.

May 15, 2014
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Senator Klein Honors NIDC Director of Housing and Community Development & Community Leader, Hazel Miura, at 17th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration

ALBANY, NY – Senator Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) honored Hazel Miura, Director of Housing and Community Development at the Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation at the 17th

May 14, 2014
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SQUADRON PUSHES TO STOP RESELLING OF CHARITY TIXS FOR ABOVE FACE VALUE

State Senator Daniel Squadron pushed to prevent the reselling of tickets to charitable events for profit. Squadron raised the issue during a debate on S7012, which would extend New York’s ticket reselling law.

May 7, 2014
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SQUADRON PUSHES TO STOP RESELLING OF CHARITY TIXS FOR ABOVE FACE VALUE

Squadron: Those who profit from charitable events when NYC is in need, ‘Yeah that's a trifling friend indeed’

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron pushed to prevent the reselling of tickets to charitable events for profit. Squadron raised the issue during a debate on S7012, which would extend New York’s ticket reselling law. Squadron, along with 22 other senators, voted against the bill.

May 7, 2014
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Senator Bonacic with SUNY Delhi President, Dr. Candace Vancko at Catskill Mountain Film Festival Reception

Senator Bonacic with SUNY Delhi President, Dr. Candace Vancko at Catskill Mountain Film Festival Reception

May 7, 2014
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