Issues: Arts and Culture


Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, worked together since last year to secure funding for the much-needed renovations to the dog run and are pleased to finally announce the renewed run is open and ready for use.

October 6, 2011
October 29, 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM
October 15, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Senator DeFrancisco Attends Grand Opening of La Casita Cultural Center in Syracuse

Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the opening of La Casita Cultural Center, located in the The Lincoln Building on Otisco Street in Syracuse.  The center is the only Latino cultural center in the region.  It is a project of Syracuse University.  A grand opening celebration was held on September 28th. 

September 29, 2011

Renovated LIC dog run opening soon

The Queens Chronicle wrote about the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Boulevard, which Senator Gianaris along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC implemented.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard dog run in Long Island City have begun.

The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the site.

“I look forward to seeing western Queens residents and their pets taking advantage of all this new dog run will offer,” said Gianaris (D-Astoria).

September 22, 2011

Senator Gianaris attends LIC's Chocolate Factory season opening reception

Senator Gianaris stands with Marcus Hagenbarth, President of the Board of Trustees of Chocolate Factory; Sheila Lewandowski, Executive Director of Chocolate Factory; and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer to kick off the Chocolate Factory's new season at the theater's opening reception.

September 22, 2011

Please Be Seated!

The Queens Gazette wrote about the installment of new benches along Steinway Street, for which Senator Gianaris attended the ribboncutting event and thanked the Steinway Astoria Partnership for continuing to improve the experiences of shoppers and visitors through these eco-friendly additions.

Members of the Steinway Astoria Partnership, elected officials and local community leaders attended a ribboncutting celebrating the new benches now lining Steinway Street.


September 22, 2011

Glimmerglass Festival Set To Expand

COOPERSTOWN, 09/17/11 – The Glimmerglass Festival hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking with State Senator James L. Seward on the planned future site of the company’s new rehearsal hall Saturday morning at 4152 U.S Highway 20 in Warren, New York.

“I very much recognize that not only is Glimmerglass a cultural icon, it is a big part of our economic region,” said Senator Seward. “People come here from all over the world to visit the opera. While they are here, they stay in our hotels and bed & breakfasts, dine in our restaurants and frequent our shops.”

September 19, 2011
September 16, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
September 15, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Download artwork submission form for Sen. Kennedy's Open House

Click on the PDF attachment below to download a form to submit artwork to be displayed at Senator Kennedy's Open House. Submission forms can be sent to the Senator's office at 2239 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14220. Please mail a photo of your artwork with the submission form. You can also confirm a submission to the art show online by clicking here.

September 8, 2011

Senator Kennedy Open House -- Information on Art Show Submissions

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, invites his constituents to come join him at his district office for an open house on September 29, 2011. The open house, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, learn about services available through the office and meet the Senator. As a supplement to the open house and to promote local cultural groups, Senator Kennedy is inviting local artists to submit artwork to his office for display during the open house. It will be an opportunity for local artists to connect with an audience that might otherwise not be introduced to their artwork.

September 7, 2011
September 2, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Seward Trumpets Musical Milestone

COOPERSTOWN, 08/25/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) recently presented a special legislative resolution from the state senate to the Cooperstown Community Band commemorating its 150th anniversary season.

The Cooperstown Community Band got its start in 1862 during the Civil War when 13 men left Cooperstown to serve as Doubleday’s Band in New York 66th Regiment.   Today, the band is made up of approximately 45 volunteer musicians from communities throughout Otsego County and neighboring counties ranging in age from 9 to 89.


August 25, 2011

8/20/2011: 5th Annual Family and Friends Day

News from New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: August 11, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

 **PRESS ADVISORY** 5th Annual Family & Friends Day Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) will hold her 5th Annual Family and Friends Day at Roy Wilkins Park and everyone is invited to enjoy a day of games, rides, music, and food. Numerous city and state agencies, health care providers and other vendors will provide useful information and assist on various issues.

August 20, 2011

Senator Serrano Encourages City to Implement Arts Education Blueprint

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded the Panel for Education Policy's Arts Education Advisory Committee for developing a blueprint consisting of goals and recommendations to enhance arts education in New York City schools, and encouraged the City to carry out its implementation. 

In 2009 Senator Serrano sponsored legislation (S6106), which passed the Senate, to create an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements. Despite the fact that the legislation did not pass the Assembly, in March, 2010, under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the City's Arts Education Advisory Committee was created. 

August 11, 2011
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