Issues: Arts and Culture

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
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Senator Martins Attends Westbury Amateur Baseball Association Opening Day Ceremonies

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the opening day festivities for the Westbury Amateur Baseball Association. Senator Martins even had the opportunity to throw out the first ball along with Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Town Councilman Robert Troiano.

"You know spring is here when it's time to play baseball. I wish all of the players, parents and coaches and great year. Be safe and show good sportsmanship," said Senator Martins.

April 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Long Island Conservatory

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Long Island Conservatory in Albertson where he met with President Min Sum Kim and Executive Director Patricia Schust.

The conservatory offers music programs as well as other programs such as an Intel science research program. The conservatory's mission is to "create a music-based-program of education and performance that will empower our community learners in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Every student will be motivated and challenged to take part, learn, grow, and accomplish academic, social, and vocational goals."

While Senator Martins visited the conservatory, he met 19-year-old gifted pianist Vessilin Ninov, who began playing when he was 4 and has been a student at the conservatory.

April 18, 2011
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Tartan Day 2011 Celebration

On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend a celebration at the Main Street Armory in honor of Tartan Day. More than 500 people attend this year's event which featured live Scottish music throughout the day with eight bands performing. A special congratulations to Andrew McKay, who was presented the Rochester Scot of Year award.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Peralta Announces $50K for Library Materials

EAST ELMHURST, NY - New York Senator Jose Peralta has procured a $50,000 State Legislative Grant for library materials in Queens. He made the announcement at Queens Library at East Elmhurst along with Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante, applauded by enthusiastic eighth and fifth grade students from nearby P.S. 127.

April 11, 2011
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Senator Rivera presents Celia Cruz Winning Choir with Senate Resolution Honoring their Hard Work and Excellence

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) presented the Celia Cruz High School Choir with a Senate Resolution honoring them for being named the Best Choir in New York City as part of the Sing! for Wildlife competition. This was the first Senate Resolution Senator Rivera introduced and passed through the State Senate.

Senator Rivera spoke to the students congratulated the students on being an example of the great accomplishments, both artistic and educational, that can come from a commitment to arts education.

April 7, 2011
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Sen. Farley Enjoys Nolan Elementary Chorus Performance

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) listened to the performance by the Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus from Dorothy Nolan Elementary School, Saratoga Springs City School District, when they came to the Empire State Plaza Concourse in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association’s "Music In Our Schools Month" on March 31st. The chorus performed under the direction of Deborah Craig and Mary Rocco.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes Fonda-Fultonville Select Chorus

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting members of the Fonda-Fultonville High School Select Chorus when they performed on March 31st at the Empire State Plaza Concourse in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association’s "Music In Our Schools Month." The chorus performed under the direction of Lisa Vosburgh.

April 6, 2011
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Sen. Farley Enjoys VanAntwerp Chamber Strings Performance

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of listening to music performed by VanAntwerp Middle School’s chorus and chamber strings on March 24th when the students performed in Albany as part of Music In Our Schools Month, sponsored by the New York State School Music Association and Music Educators’ National Conference. This is the 39th annual year for Music in Our Schools Month and performances were held throughout the month of March at the South Concourse of the Empire Plaza. Pictured are Senator Farley (left) with the VanAntwerp Middle School chamber strings and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (right).

March 25, 2011
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Senator Farley Salutes VanAntwerp Chorus

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of listening to music performed by VanAntwerp Middle School’s chorus and chamber strings on March 24th when the students performed in Albany as part of Music In Our Schools Month, sponsored by the New York State School Music Association and Music Educators’ National Conference. This is the 39th annual year for Music in Our Schools Month and performances were held throughout the month of March at the South Concourse of the Empire Plaza. Pictured are Senator Farley (left) with the VanAntwerp Middle School chorus and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (right).

March 25, 2011
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Sen. Farley Salutes Northville High School Music

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of listening to music performed by Northville Central School’s high school band under the direction of Jennifer Henzler on March 24th when the students performed in Albany as part of Music In Our Schools Month, sponsored by the New York State School Music Association and Music Educators’ National Conference. This is the 39th annual year for Music in Our Schools Month and performances were held throughout the month of March at the South Concourse of the Empire Plaza.

March 25, 2011
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Senator Rivera Introduces Resolution Congratulating Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Show Choir

On March 1, 2011, Senator Gustavo Rivera introduced a legislative resolution numbered S. 675, congratulating the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Show Choir upon the occasion of being named the “Best Choir in New York City” at the Bronx Zoo’s inaugural SING! for Wildlife competition on December 30, 2010. Senator Rivera spoke in support of his resolution on the floor of the Senate.

Click here to view video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V9eDoLDwMc

 

Below is a copy of Senator Rivera’s floor statement in support of the Resolution Congratulating Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music Show Choir:

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO CITY ISLAND BY HOSTING ITS ANNUAL "WOMEN'S HERSTORY MONTH" CELEBRATION

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
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Senator Martins Meets With Youth From the Haitian Community

Senator Jack M. Martins recently held a town hall meeting with leaders from the Haitian community. He had the opportunity to meet with the youth who actively participated and asked questions. Students shared with Senator Martins what they were studying and even taught him a little French Creole.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Haitian Community in Town Hall Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martinswas hosted by hundreds of Haitian community members from Westbury, New Cassel, Elmont, North Valley Stream and South Floral Park in a "Town Hall" style meeting. The forum was an introduction for Senator Martins to the Haitian community as their new Senator of the 7th Senate District. Residents asked questions to Senator Martins in a free flowing discussion moderated by community members associated with the Salvation Army. The forum was moderated by Captain Joseph Lubin of Elmont. Joseph's son, Junior Lubin, escorted the Senator during the visit and introduced him to community members.

March 14, 2011
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Rally To Save Our Senior Centers

 

Rally To Save Our Senior Centers

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley and several elected officials representing parts of Southeast Queens will rally with residents to stop the proposed closures of many Senior Centers in the community. The rally will demonstrate the communities resolve to fight against severe budget cuts that will negatively impact seniors. The Senior Centers that would face closure include Rochdale Village Senior Center, Brooks Senior Center, Howard Beach Senior Center, Forest Hills Community House Senior Center, and JSPOA Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center.

March 18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Rededication of the YWCA Community Art Gallery to JEANNETTE “RUBY” NOTTAGE

In recognition of National Women’s History Month,NYS Senator VELMANETTE MONTGOMERYMartha Kamber, Executive Director of the YWCA of Brooklynand Lynn Nottagecordially invite you to a reception to celebrate thenewly renovated YWCA of Brooklynand the rededication of theYWCA Community Art Gallery to

JEANNETTE “RUBY” NOTTAGEFriday, March 25, 20116:00 pm - 8:00 pm

at the“NEW” YWCA Community Art GallerySecond FloorYWCA of Brooklyn30 Third AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11217

March 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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March 18, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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