Issues: Arts and Culture

Senator Serrano Supports Arts Education at the NYSATA Exhibit

For the third consecutive year, Senator Serrano served as the Honorary Chairman at the New York State Art Teacher Association (NYSATA) Legislative Student Art Exhibit on Wednesday, March 14th in the Well of the Capitol Building in Albany. This event showcased students’ art work and invited teachers, parents, and schoolchildren from across the state to share their support for arts education.

March 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES 2012-13 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”

The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.

The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.

March 13, 2012
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Olean Community Theater Ovation Awards

Senator Catharine Young congratulated two Olean Community Theater Ovation Award winners at the organization’s 33rd Season Cocktail Reception on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Gus Napoleon, left, received the award for individual performance, and Bethany, right, accepted the corporate award on behalf of WPIG, which won for its promotion and support of the Olean Community Theater. Ovation Awards are a special recognition of thanks for long-time support.

March 2, 2012
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Former Mayor Dinkins honored at Black History event

Times Ledger reports

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) honored former Mayor David Dinkins with a Lifetime Achievement Award at his second Black History Month celebration.

The city’s first black mayor received multiple standing ovations at the senator’s event, held at the Langston Hughes Library, at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, last Thursday. As the main honoree and the keynote speaker, Dinkins told the more than 100 attendees about the struggles he faced growing up in segregated America and the black leaders before and since his time.

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March 1, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Community Awards Ceremony for Black History Month

Senator Gianaris was proud to speak at Councilmember Van Bramer's Community Awards Ceremony for Black History Month at the Jacob Riis Center.

February 28, 2012
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Olean Theatre Workshop Celebrates 20 Years

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - 57th District) presented Lesley Patrone (left) and Nick Patrone (right) with a special Proclamation honoring the Olean Theatre Workshop during the organization’s 20th anniversary celebration on Friday, January 20. Since opening in 1992, the Olean Theatre Workshop has served as a classroom for more than 1,600 students who want to learn theater. Throughout its 20 years, Olean Theatre Workshop presented over 125 productions, and young people continue to line up for the area’s longest-running theater education program. The theater also offers community poetry readings, films and ensemble plays.

February 27, 2012
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2/18/2012: 41st Annual NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus

(Albany, New York) On Saturday February 18th, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) had the opportunity to address and meet with youth who came to Albany to be part of the Annual Youth Summit at the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Caucus. Close to 50% of the youth traveled from Queens, and the event has become increasingly popular over the years. Senator Huntley has made it a priority to attend this Summit and speak with youth on a myriad of issues such as education, bullying, and youth employment. “We must empower our youth and provide them with resources and confidence to fulfill their goals and achieve their dreams,” said Senator Huntley.

February 18, 2012
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Public Hearing: To discuss the funding of public libraries in New York State

Senate Select Committee on LibrariesChair: Senator Hugh T. FarleyPublic Meeting: To discuss the funding of public libraries in New York StatePlace: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact: Robin Jest (518) 455-2181ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 5, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Lincoln Center on stage at Senate Tourism Committee Meeting

Lincoln Center President Reynold Levy was the featured speaker at a recent New York State Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee meeting in Albany.

February 14, 2012
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Hizzoner Honors ‘Gossip Girl’

The Queens Tribune editorial covers Mayor Bloomberg's celebration of Gossip Girl's 100th episode, where he proclaimed January 26, 2012 as "Gossip Girl" Day in honor of the success of the show and the positive impact of the film industry on the local economy.

Did you hear the one about the mayor?

 

In a star-studded press conference at Long Island City icon Silvercup Studios, Mayor Mike Bloomberg proclaimed Thursday, Jan. 26, as “Gossip Girl” Day in honor of the show’s 100th episode, while highlighting the success of the film and TV industry in the City and its impact on the local economy.

 

February 13, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth O. Little, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, February 13, 2012 Room 309 LOB

February 13, 12:00 PM - 12:36 PM
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Senator Seward Joins Senator Farley On Library Committee

ALBANY, 01/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he was named to a newly created Senate Select Committee on Libraries.  This 19-member bipartisan body was established on January 10th through passage of a senate resolution.

“Our libraries play a vital role in our communities,” Seward said.  “As a long-time advocate for libraries, I look forward to furthering my role in promoting their benefits and assisting them in addressing their needs.”

The select committee is authorized to conduct meetings, conferences and public hearings to gather information and to make recommendations on library related legislative proposals.

January 19, 2012
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January 19, 2012
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Queens Mosque Bombings

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: January 3, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

On a day celebrating a new year, four bombings occurred in Southeast Queens causing extensive property damage to one home, but fortunately no lives were lost.  The arson attacks were committed by using Molotov cocktails on the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center, a bodega on Hillside Avenue and two homes; all of which took place within miles of each other in Jamaica, Queens.

January 3, 2012
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