Issues: Landmarks

Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

July 31, 2015


Squadron Marks 250th Anniversary of Stamp Act Congress

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron was joined by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), a Revolutionary re-enactor, Park Rangers, community members and visitors to make a special presentation marking the 250th Anniversary of the Stamp Act Congress at Federal Hall. They also announced this weekend's Independence Day activities at Federal Hall National Memorial. 

July 2, 2015

Progress Ahead for Former J.N. Adam Developmental Center

Recently-passed legislation directs the state to produce a report on the best uses for the property


ALBANY – The long-vacant J.N. Adam site could soon see progress toward development following action by the state Legislature.


June 24, 2015
June 23, 2015

Just Ahead - Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway

ALBANY, 06/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.  Senator Seward’s bill (S.5687) adds portions of New York State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System.

June 23, 2015

Griffo, fire officials praise Senate’s passage of bill that provides more cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters

ALBANY – The New York State Senate last week passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo that would expand benefit coverage for volunteer firefighters who are diagnosed with various forms of cancer linked to their duties.

The overexposure to smoke that volunteer firefighters experience every time they battle flames makes it more likely that they will develop lung cancer. The exposure to smoke and toxic fumes also creates greater risk that a firefighter will develop cancer in other parts of their body, like their esophagus, stomach, blood, intestines and brain.

June 22, 2015

Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Announce Passage of Bill Extending Authorization of Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Commission Was At Risk of Deauthorization by End of 2015 – Bill Provides Two-Year Extension 

Commission Vital to Progress on Buffalo’s East Side, Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Urge Governor to Swiftly Sign Into Law 

June 18, 2015

Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park Rededication Ceremony

(Dobbs Ferry - June 13th) Dobbs Ferry has done a terrific job of revitalizing its Hudson riverfront. On June 13th, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the official dedication following several years of work. The Senator supported the village's request for $2.3 million of state funding that helped make the project a reality. The park is a wonderful example of a public/private partnership as well, given that Westchester County added $2 million and a local couple, Arch and Marie McKellar, also contributed one million dollars. There is improved access to the majestic Hudson with a boat launch for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Children and families will enjoy playgrounds and picnic areas.

June 15, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Funding for Letchworth & Knox Farm State Parks

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that Letchworth State Park and Knox Farm State Park will both receive funding for various revitalization and rehabilitation work.  The    projects are part of a package totaling nearly $72 million for improvements in 60 parks and historic sites across the state.

April 22, 2015


Momentum for Adams-Squadron-Lentol Bill to Stop Bridge Trespassing Increases After RFK Bridge Incident 

NEW YORK – In response to yet another trespassing incident on a New York City bridge -- the RFK Triborough Bridge was breached by climbers on Wednesday, March 25 -- Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblymember Joseph Lentol announced key support of Bronx, Manhattan and Queens elected officials for their state legislation to raise trespassing penalties on critical infrastructure. Congressmembers Crowley, Maloney and Rangel; Bronx Borough President Diaz Jr.; State Senators Gianaris and Serrano; Assemblymembers Rodriguez, Simon and Simotas; and Councilmember Constantinides all represent the RFK Triborough Bridge or Brooklyn Bridge, and have now co-sponsored or endorsed the bill.

April 6, 2015

Hudson Valley contributes more sites to State and National Register of Historic Places

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding two sites in the 40th Senate District to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The properties to be added include the Waccabuc Historic District in Lewisboro and the Murphy Grist Mill in Beekman. State Senator Terrence Murphy noted that being listed in the State and National Register is a boost for property owners to revitalize their buildings, as it makes them eligible for various public preservation programs and services such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

March 25, 2015
February 24, 2015

State Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Black History Month Celebration

 In honor of the countless contributions that African-Americans have made to our country, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, the Montefiore Health System, Health First and the Claremont Community Center will host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

February 7, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Winter 2014-2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2014-2015 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

January 8, 2015

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

Seward Grant Will Help Preserve Sherburne's History

SHERBURNE, 07/26/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined in the grand opening of the Sherburne Historic Park Society’s new museum building and announced a $50,000 state grant he secured to help with construction costs.

“The Town of Sherburne is a picture perfect example of upstate New York life with a rich history and traditions all its own,” said Senator Seward.  “This new museum will serve as a testament to Sherburne’s past while adding to the quality of life for residents and offering tourists another reason to visit Sherburne - a plus for our local businesses.” 

July 27, 2014

Re-Lighting of High Falls

Last night, I joined Mayor Lovely Warren and the Rochester community to re-light High Falls in Downtown Rochester. I was pleased to secure funding to help pay for this project, which is not only re-lighting High Falls, but also improve and upgrade the adjacent Genesee Riverway Trail. The Falls will be lit 7 days a week with colored lighting Wednesdays through Sundays, and white lighting Mondays and Tuesdays. Be sure to come see this wonderful Rochester landmark at its finest!

To see more photos from this event, visit my Facebook page here.

July 24, 2014

Governor Signs Bill Naming Highway For Fallen Ulster County Soldier

ONEONTA, 07/03/14 – A portion of New York State Highway 44/55 in Ulster County will be renamed in honor of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II under legislation signed into law today.  The legislation (S.7824) was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and pays tribute to the young soldier killed on April 28th in Afghanistan.   

July 3, 2014

Keeper's House Groundbreaking Ceremony

On June 27th, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct in Dobbs Ferry to break ground on the restoration of the Keeper's House. From 1857 on, this landmark structure was home to the superintendent for this stretch of the underground waterway that ran into New York City. The Keeper's House will become a visitor and education center for those who walk along the trailway.

June 27, 2014

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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