Issues: Landmarks

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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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 5, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS ST. ALOYSIUS 100TH ANNIVERSARY MASS

Senator Jack M. Martins attended the 100th anniverary mass at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck. Ground was broken at St. Aloysius in 1913. The senator was honored to have spent some time with Bishop Murphy while at the mass. Congratulations to the St. Aloysius Church family.

June 24, 2013
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Senator O'Brien highlights state's increased focus on tourism

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood alongside representatives of several tourism-related organizations and businesses, along with local elected officials, to tout the 55th Senate District’s growth as a tourism destination. He also highlighted state programs, newly introduced in this year’s budget, that seek to specifically promote, market and develop upstate tourism.

“As vibrant and exciting as the tourism industry is in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region, we have only begun to unlock our full potential,” Senator O’Brien said. “These new initiatives, which will work in concert with our existing tourism groups and businesses, will be tremendous catalysts for growing our region’s tourism economy.”

May 24, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Release: STATE SENATOR TOBY STAVISKY, CONGRESSWOMAN GRACE MENG, AND ASSEMBLYMAN MICHAEL SIMANOWITZ INSTALL FRIENDS OF THE POMONOK LIBRARY BOARD

Congresswoman Grace Meng, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz

 swear-in the officers of the Friends of Pomonok Library

February 20, 2013
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First Phase of Redevelopment of Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo Announced

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) today announced the first phase of redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex, a National Historic Landmark in Buffalo. The state support for the redevelopment of the 19th century complex will leverage private investment and create over 500 construction jobs and up to 90 permanent full-time jobs.

January 25, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SEN. GALLIVAN ON 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.

January 10, 2013
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BUFFALO BILLION INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan - Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee

December 4, 2012
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Funding the Arts in Westchester

Senator Stewart-Cousins secured a $100,000 capital grant from New York State to renovate the ArtsWestchester headquarters in White Plains. The national historic landmark in downtown White Plains was buit in 1928, and is owned by ArtsWestchester. The grant allowed the organization to upgrade the perimeter heating units and install of new roofing, sprinklers, energy efficient lighting and smoke detectors.

November 8, 2012
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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Senators Gallivan and Grisanti, Assemblyman Gabryszak Announce Legislation to Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority

Reform Would Save Thruway Authority Millions Annually, Help Prevent Toll Hike

Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R - Elma), joined with Senator Mark Grisanti (R - Buffalo) and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D - Cheektowaga) this afternoon at Canalside, the historical terminus of the Erie Canal, on Buffalo’s waterfront to announce formal legislation to sever the New York State canal system from the New York State Thruway Authority.

The announcement comes as the Thruway Authority is considering a plan to raise tolls on three-axle vehicles by 45 percent.

September 5, 2012
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Senator Betty Little Receives Fort Ticonderoga’s “Outstanding Citizen” Award

(Ticonderoga, NY) New York State Senator Betty Little recently received Fort Ticonderoga’s “Outstanding Citizen” Award at the Fort’s annual Midsummer Gala on August 4. The award was presented to Senator Little by Peter S. Paine, Jr., Chairman of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. Senator Little was honored for her support to Fort Ticonderoga and overall advocacy for cultural affairs and tourism in the region and state.

August 13, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND GETS FOUR LOCAL BILLS SIGNED

Senator Stephen Saland (R,I,C - Poughkeepsie) announced today that four local bills have been signed into law. Three of the bills relate to local library districts, while the fourth seeks to address the needs of areas located within the Hudson Valley Greenway. Each piece of legislation was brought to the attention of the Senator at the request of the respective localities.

July 26, 2012
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SENATOR VALESKY ENCOURAGES VISITS TO CNY MUSEUMS DURING NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM WEEK

More than a dozen museums in Central New York will participate in the first ever New York State Museum Week May 31 to June 6, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), announced. New York State is celebrating the diversity and richness of its museums by inviting residents and visitors alike to discover the fascinating worlds of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more during the inaugural celebration.

May 31, 2012
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