Issues: Historical Preservation

Senator Klein, Assemblyman Crespo and Bronx Community Leaders Call for Official Recognition of African Slave Burial Ground at Drake Park

BRONX, NY– Standing in front of the south side of Joseph Rodman Drake Park in Hunts Point, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), local elected officials and Bronx community leaders called for official recognition of an African Slave Burial Ground discovered last year. Evidence of the Burial Ground site was discovered last year by a group of students at P.S. 48, led by Teacher-Historian, Philip Panaritis at the south side of Drake Park.

January 24, 2014
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Senator Serrano Applauds Decision of Landmarks Preservation Commission to Grant Landmark Status to interior of Bronx General Post Office

(Bronx, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano applauds the recent decision of The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant landmark status to the interior of the Bronx General Post Office (GPO), located on the beautiful and historic Grand Concourse (near E. 149th Street).

December 18, 2013
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Seward Lends Hand To Phoenicia Library

PHOENICIA, 12/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a $20,000 state grant to assist with reconstruction and expansion of the Phoenicia 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 the Phoenicia Library and the many area donors to help rebuild and expand this indispensable local resource.” 

December 6, 2013
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Senator Klein Lights Riverdale Menorah on Fifth Night of Chanukah

RIVERDALE, NY - Joined by Rabbi Levi Y. Shamtov, Executive Director of Chabad Lubavitc, along with community and faith Leaders of Riverdale, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) lit the Menorah at the bell tower monument on Henry Hudson Parkway in Riverdale on the fifth night of Chanukah.

Senator Klein said: “Chanukah is a celebration of the resilience of the Jewish people. It's always a joy to spend time during Chanukah with family and friends like Rabbi Shamtov. I was honored to light the Riverdale Menorah on the fifth night, and I hope everyone throughout New York enjoys a happy and healthy Chanukah."

December 3, 2013
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World War II veterans honored by Senator O'Brien

FAIRPORT, N.Y. -- Two local veterans of the Second World War who were inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame earlier this year were recognized by Senator O'Brien at the Perinton Memorial VFW Post 8495, the home of "Freedom Hill."

Bob Nolan of the Army and Lyle Dupra of the Naval Armed Guard and Navy were recognized for their service.  Dupra is also a veteran of the Korean conflict, while Nolan later had a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

November 25, 2013
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Rebuilding the Bronx After Superstorm Sandy: Klein Announces $3 million in FEMA Funding Flowing to Bronx Institutions

BRONX, NY– Following the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Senator Klein announced that nearly $3 million in FEMA funding has already flowed to service organizations and cultural institutions in the Bronx. Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature approved federal emergency funds allocated for Sandy relief. Throughout this process, Senator Klein worked to ensure that eligible organizations in his district received these funds to rebuild.

November 14, 2013
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Senator Serrano stands with Upper West Siders to Preserve The Apthorp

(New York, NY) - State Senator José M. Serrano joined Council Member Gale Brewer and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal at City Hall to provide testimony to prevent the addition of rooftop penthouses to The Apthorp, affectionately deemed the "Buckingham Palace of the Upper West Side." Senator Serrano spoke before the New York City Council's Landmark Preservation Commission, urging the committee to consider the historical and architectural integrity of the building, which occupies the full block between Broadway and West End Avenue and between West 78th and West 79th Streets.

November 12, 2013
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Fight to Save Historic St. Ann's Church Continues; “Save St. Ann’s” Video Dedicated to Lifelong Parishioner

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The fight to save the historic St. Ann's Church continued today with a heartfelt tribute to a Western New Yorker who recently died after spending his entire life – all 93 years – as a parishioner of St. Ann's Church. Even in his final days, John Rynn, a Buffalo resident, remained committed to the effort to preserve St. Ann's and protect it from demolition.

Mr. Rynn was featured in a Buffalostyle video produced to help save the threatened church on Buffalo's East Side. Now, with his recent passing, producers of the video have decided to dedicate the film to Rynn’s memory.

November 1, 2013
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Kasson Place Apartments Opens

Senator David J. Valesky joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of Kasson Place Apartments on James Street in Syracuse. This project is great for the community and is another project that used Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

October 28, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Reminds New Yorkers that September 20, 2013 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Senator Stavisky Reminds New Yorkers that September 20, 2013 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day 

September 18, 2013
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Senator Serrano Stands with Upper West Siders to Call for the Expansion of the West End-Collegiate Historic District

(City Hall) – State Senator José M. Serrano joined Senator Brad Hoylman and concerned citizens at City Hall to provide testimony in support of the proposed West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension.

September 15, 2013
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Seward Helps Historic Hyde Hall Face The Future

COOPERSTOWN, 09/06/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with restoration and preservation at Hyde Hall in Cooperstown. 

September 6, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Recognizes Onondaga Historical Association's 150th Anniversary

Yesterday, Senator Valesky presented a resolution commemorating the Onondaga Historical Association's 150th anniversary to Greg Tripoli, the Association's executive director. The OHA is a great resource for the community and Senator Valesky was pleased to acknowledge its efforts.

September 6, 2013
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Senator O'Brien reflects on 50th anniversary of March on Washington, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joins millions of Americans in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the delivery of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Dr. King's speech still captivates us today through his courage and hopeful vision for a better future for the next generations. However, the struggle for equality among many sectors of the population continues,” said Senator O’Brien.

August 28, 2013
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After Push from Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes, State Finally Releases Long-Awaited Historic Preservation Funds for Corpus Christi Church

State expected to deliver funds just in time for this weekend’s Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival.

Founded in 1898, Corpus Christi Church is located in the heart of East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia. 

Kennedy: In Polish, Dożynki means a celebration of harvest, but this year’s Dożynki Festival will be a celebration of the state’s long-awaited release of historic preservation funds for Corpus Christi.

August 15, 2013
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Standing Together for the Palisades: U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, Senators Klein, Espaillat and Assemblyman Dinowitz Join NY and NJ Environmental Groups in Call for LG Electronics to Lower Planned Height of Building Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Following the recent decision by Bergen County Superior Court to uphold LG Electronics’ plan to construct a 143 foot building headquarters by the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, State Senator Jeff Klein, U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz joined representatives from the coalition group, Protect the Palisades, in calling for LG Electronics to lower the height of their planned construction.

A variance in the zoning law along the Palisades authorized LG Electronics to build above the 35 foot maximum height restriction. If constructed, the LG Electronics headquarters would pierce above the Palisades’ treeline, scarring an iconic landscape and setting a precedent for similar development.

August 15, 2013
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O'Brien praises America's Purple Heart recipients

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien issued the following statement today, on the occasion of the 231st anniversary of the creation of the Purple Heart award by George Washington while he was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army:

“Today, on Purple Heart Day, we honor America’s bravest military servicemen and women, both past and present.

The Purple Heart is America’s oldest military decoration, established by General George Washington in 1782 to recognize exceptional examples of heroism and sacrifice among members of our armed services.

August 7, 2013
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Senator Stavisky, Congresswoman Meng, Councilwoman Koslowitz Speak Out to Save Community Garden

Elmhurst, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) gathered at the Elmhurst Community Garden today to call for a delay of the property sale so that community members have an opportunity to conserve or relocate the garden, which is located on private property.

July 26, 2013
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Sen. Klein and Assemblyman Dinowitz Call on Governor Christie to Halt Construction of New Palisades Skyscraper

RIVERDALE, NY- This week, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) co-authored a letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, urging him to intervene on behalf of New Jersey and New York residents in the planned construction of a new 143 foot building for LG Electronics Corporation in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, by the Palisades.

In sending the letter to Governor Christie, Klein and Dinowitz join a chorus of New York and New Jersey lawmakers and residents who believe that the office tower will disrupt the natural beauty of Palisades. Over the long term, elected officials and community groups are also concerned that the tower’s construction will set a dangerous precedent for major construction near the parkland.

July 4, 2013
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