Issues: Arts and Culture

Lights, Camera, Action!

The Queens Gazette reports that Kaufman Astoria Studio's plans to construct a new outdoor movie studio lot in Astoria have been approved, making New York City an attractive destination for film and television clients.

May 14, 2012

Senator Kennedy, Library Officials Announce State Grants for Buffalo & Erie County Libraries

Buffalo Central Library Receives One of the Largest Grant Awards in the State

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a member of the Senate Committee on Libraries, announced a significant state investment in local libraries Thursday at the Downtown Central Library. Joined by library officials and fellow state lawmakers, Senator Kennedy announced the state has directed $617,970 in construction and improvement grants to the Downtown Central Library, as part of the overall award of $740,000 to a total of four libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

May 11, 2012

Senator Martins Supports Elmont Memorial PTSA Art Show Fundraiser

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont this past Friday evening supporting the Elmont Memorial High School PTSA Art Show Fundraiser. The art show showcased different styles and genres of art along with some special pieces from painted by students. Elmont residents bid on the pieces as an auctioneer called out bids throughout the evening. Senator Martins was successful in his bid for a 9-11 American Flag piece as well as a commemorative photo of Yankee Great Phil Rizzuto and singer Frank Sinatra. Pictured with Senator Martins diplaying the 9-11 American Flag piece are: Dutch Broadway School PTA President Marie Saintvil, Sharon Woitko, Petula Howell, Elmont Memorial PTSA President Barbara Reynolds, Theodora Ridley, Clara Camal, Sheila Shell, Charlie Shell and Tanya Bonner.

May 9, 2012


Seeks Monuments, Markers of Region’s Contributions to ‘War that Saved the Republic’

State Senator Patty Ritchie, with the help of three noted local historians, is drafting community members to help record the region’s contributions to America’s Civil War, part of a statewide effort to remember New York’s role in the “War that Saved the Republic,” which was fought 150 years ago.

May 9, 2012


Proceeds Benefit the American Red Cross of CNY, the CNY Arts Center.

May 7, 2012

Senator Montgomery Greets Hip-Hop Culture Pioneer

Senator Montgomery welcomes  Video Music Box creator Ralph McDaniels to the State Capitol.

May 2, 2012

Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012

Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012

State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012

Fuhgeddabout L.A.! New York's a booming mecca for TV and film these days

An editorial by the New York Daily News talks about the growing TV and film production business in New York City that has resulted from New York state's film tax credit. Senator Gianaris is a supporter of the film tax credit and helped bring it to fruition.

Think you’re in Hollywood? Think again.


These are just some of the stars filming on soundstages and streets not very far from where you live.


TV and film production is booming in New York City, prompting local studios large and small to increase their space to keep up with the demand.


April 2, 2012

Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012

Senator Martins Seeks Photographers for Spring Exhibit


Senator Jack M. Martins is seeking photography enthusiasts who live in the Seventh Senate District to submit photos for a spring photography exhibit. The theme is “Capture Your Community in Full Bloom.”

With spring here, it’s time to celebrate all the beauty our communities have to offer. Please submit a photograph that captures what you find beautiful about your community in the spring.

Photos will be displayed on an online photo gallery. Some of the photographs will be printed and displayed in both Senator Martins’ District Office in Garden City Park as well as his office in Albany. In addition, a photo exhibit will be held to recognize the photographs (details to follow).

March 30, 2012

Greek Community Celebrates 191 Years Of Freedom

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the 74th annual Greek Independence Day Parade. Senator Gianaris attended the event and was happy to see colleagues and community members participate in the celebration.

On March 25, the Greek Independence Day Parade was held along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The theme of the 74th annual parade was “Solidarity with Greece”.


The parade was organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York who has dedicated its resources in promoting support and solidarity for Greece, which has suffered through an economic crisis.


March 30, 2012

Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012

Queens Celebrates Greek Independence

The Queens Gazette reports on the 10th annual Queens celebration of Greek Independence Day. Senator Gianaris and other elected officials attended the event, representing the proud Greek community of Queens.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall presided at the 10th annual Queens celebration of Greek Independence Day on March 16 at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria.


Held one week before the 191st anniversary of Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821, the evening’s event honored the civic achievements of four members of the Greek-American community.


Accompanying Marshall were state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and City Comptroller John Liu.

March 26, 2012
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