Issues: Historical Preservation

"New York Remembers" Exhibitions Commemorate Tenth Anniversary Of September 11th

ONEONTA, 09/09/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today reminded New Yorkers that thirty “New York Remembers” exhibitions are now open statewide marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

“A decade has passed since the cowardly 9/11 attacks on America changed our lives forever,” said Senator Seward.  “Each and every community across our state felt the impact of that horrific day and in the days following the attacks, leaned on one another for support and compassion. I applaud Governor Cuomo for involving locations statewide in this tenth anniversary memorial – we shall never forget.”

September 9, 2011
July 9, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Statement from Senator Gianaris on the 75th Anniversary of the RFK Bridge

“New York City is known for its ability to unify diverse communities from around the world, and no landmark better symbolizes that unique characteristic than the RFK Bridge. This iconic structure allows New Yorkers from all over the city to easily connect with one another and learn about the distinguished aspects of their respective cultures.”


July 11, 2011


The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011


Land Banks are a Long-Term Solution to Problem of Vacant Properties

Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the unanimous passage of legislation (S663A) he sponsored in the State Senate that would allow for the creation of land banks in New York State. 

June 20, 2011

Serrano and Community Volunteer at Franz Sigel Park for "It's My Park Day"

Senator Serrano and his family joined members of the South Bronx community to clean Franz Sigel Park for "It’s My Park Day," sponsored by Friends of Franz Sigel and Joyce Kilmer Parks. For the fourth consecutive year, volunteers, local residents and community leaders teamed up to maintain the well-being of parks across New York City.

May 21, 2011

Senator Perkins Receives Historic District Council's Friends in High Places Award

(left to right: Senator Perkins, HDC President Leo Blackma, Landmark West Executive Director Kate Wood)

Senator Bill Perkins was presented with the Historic District Council's Friends in High Places Award Thursday evening May 12th. Taking place in the lovely flower-filled garden of the Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights, the moving ceremony was only marred by particularly cool weather. However, the kind remarks made by HDC board member Kate Wood, who directs Landmark West, one of the most active preservation groups in Senator Perkins' district, could not have been warmer (remarks seen below).


May 19, 2011

Senator Martins Attends Wild West Benefit For the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve

On May 7, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Sands Point Preserve Wild West fundraiser at the Hempstead House to benefit the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. The honorees included Helen Keller National Center Executive Director Joseph McNulty as well as George "Butch" Starkie, mayor of the Village of Farmingdale and owner of Starkie Brothers Garden Center.

The mission of the Friends of the Sands Point Preserve is the preservation and protection of the magnificent structures and grounds of the Sands Point Preserve, to promote the Guggenheim Estate as a living museum focused on the preserve's rich history, natural habitats and the architectural features that enhance educational and cultural experiences for all who visit.

May 11, 2011

Senator Klein Commemorates New York Botanical Gardens' 120th Anniversary

Senator Klein commemorated New York Botanical Gardens 120th Anniversary with a resolution adopted by the New York State Senate declaring April 28th New York Botanical Garden Day. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new azalea garden.

May 3, 2011

Seward Preserves the Future of History Day

COOPERSTOWN, 04/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to continue the state’s participation in National History Day.  The announcement coincided with the statewide judging of student projects in Cooperstown.

"Students in our schools need to know more about history -- state, national and world,” said Senator Seward.  “State participation in National History Day promotes academic achievement, intellectual growth and offers the personal reward of knowing more about our past.  The program also shines a light on the New York State Historical Society, a true Otsego County gem.”  

May 2, 2011

Seward, Butler Win Battle - Save Herkimer Home

ALBANY, 03/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport ) today announced that the General Herkimer Home historic site will open this year beginning with the rescheduled Sugaring Off Celebration on Sunday, April 17th.

“When it looked like the Herkimer Home would be closed and artifacts shipped out I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure $100,000 in an agreed upon state budget bill to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning.”

March 24, 2011

IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

The Independent Democratic Conference today called for the full reinstatement of an economic development program that would create more than $460 million in private investment and more than 1,600 good-paying jobs in Upstate New York.

March 16, 2011

IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

March 16, 2011


On Sunday March 13, 2011, Senator Klein paid tribute to City Island by hosting its Annual "Women's Herstory Month" Celebration and commemorating "The Anne Hutchinson Year," in honor of this Bronx/American historic figure in recognition of her 420th Birthday Anniversary (1591-1643).

March 14, 2011

Senator Serrano applauds the confirmation of Rose Harvey as Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

(Albany, NY)-Senator José M. Serrano commended Governor Cuomo’s nomination of Rose H. Harvey as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Today,the nomination was approved unanimously by the New York State Senate.

Prior to her nomination, Ms. Harvey was a Senior Fellow at the Jonathan Rose Companies, where she served as an advisor and conducted research on parks issues, and where she launched a non-profit organization designed to fund and develop parks in urban neighborhoods. Ms. Harvey also worked with the Trust for Public Land

for 27 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and National Director of Urban Programs.

March 8, 2011

Serranos Honor Local Leaders in Celebration of Black History Month

For Immediate Release:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Contact: Damaris Olivo |(212) 828-5829 |

Bronx, NY -- State Senator José M. Serrano and Congressman José E. Serrano today honored outstanding local leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month.

February 25, 2011

Senator Martins Makes Resolution Recognizing Aristedes de Sousa Mendes and the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center

Senator Jack M. Martins made a resolution on the Senate Floor recognizing Aristedes de Sousa Mendes, who is credited with saving an estimated 30,000 lives in 1940 from Nazi atrocities, as well as the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center.

February 11, 2011

Senator Martins Speaks at Program Dedication Ceremony For Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center

State Senator Jack Martins offered comments and program insight at a dedication program at the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center this past Sunday, Feb. 6. The program, “These are My People,” discussed the selfless acts of Aristedes de Sousa Mendes during World War II. Mendes spearheaded a visa operation which resulted in the saving of 30,000 refugees from Nazi oppression during the invasion of France during World War II.

The event featured Senator Martins, Portugese Ambassador Jao Maria Cabral, Congressman Steve Israel, Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper, Yad Vashem Director of the Righteous Dr. Mordechai Paldiel and Luis Pires of Luso-Americano Newspaper.

February 9, 2011

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR SERRANO Re: Fight to Keep Parks Open Pays Off as Park Attendance Goes Up by One Million

"After a year of struggling to keep New York State Parks open, I am pleased to hear that The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced today that park attendance went up by one million visits in 2010. This number not only reflects the enduring popularity of our State Parks but showcases the importance of keeping them open for all New Yorkers who are turning to affordable and convenient destinations for recreation.

January 11, 2011
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