Issues: Arts and Culture

Senator Serrano Celebrates the Bronx's 100th Anniversary at "Boogie on the Boulevard"

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano celebrated the Bronx's 100th anniversary on the Grand Concourse with "Boogie on the Boulevard," a celebration on the Grand Concourse.  The center lanes were closed to cars and open to festivities that included music, activities and programs hosted by art/cultural, civic, health organizations and artists. 

August 3, 2014

Stavisky Honors Gujarati Samaj of New York on their 40th Anniversary

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) honored the President and Board of Directors of the Gujarati Samaj of New York on their 40th anniversary for their nearly half century of service to the community.

August 1, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie visited the St. Lawrence County Fair this week, attending the event’s “Band Day.”

During the awards portion of the day, Senator Ritchie presented Carlton Peck, also known as “Mr. Band,” with an official Senate Proclamation commemorating the 50th edition of band awards. 

July 31, 2014

Westchester County Italian Heritage Celebration

During the summer, Westchester County hosts various cultural heritage celebrations at parks throughout the county to give residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the different foods, music, and traditions that each culture bring to Westchester. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined in on the celebration of the Italian heritage on Sunday, July 27th which was held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, NY, spending time getting to know her constituents including members of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, pictured here with the Senator. 

July 29, 2014

Seward Grant Will Help Preserve Sherburne's History

SHERBURNE, 07/26/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined in the grand opening of the Sherburne Historic Park Society’s new museum building and announced a $50,000 state grant he secured to help with construction costs.

“The Town of Sherburne is a picture perfect example of upstate New York life with a rich history and traditions all its own,” said Senator Seward.  “This new museum will serve as a testament to Sherburne’s past while adding to the quality of life for residents and offering tourists another reason to visit Sherburne - a plus for our local businesses.” 

July 27, 2014

Senator Serrano Celebrates the Annual Bronx Dominican Day Parade

(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano marched in the annual Bronx Dominican Day Parade, which took place along the Grand Concourse, south from East Tremont Avenue to East 167th Street  in the Bronx. The parade, which is widely attended by thousands of people across all nationalities,  honors and celebrates the history and culture of the Dominican people. 

July 27, 2014

Senator Klein's Summertime Symphonies 2014

Please join me for my annual Summertime Symphonies and Outdoor Movie Nights! They are free of cost and open to all.

July 26, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Oswego County artist, Vivian Golding, whose computer- generated still life “Sprig of Flowers” had been on display in the Senator’s Oswego office since last fall.

July 25, 2014

Geva Theatre Announces Agreement with Woodbury Place

I was pleased to join my colleagues in government and representatives from Geva Theatre this morning to announce Geva's agreement with Woodbury Place. Formerly Merkel Donohue warehouse, this building will be re-purposed to house actors and actresses performing at Geva Theatre. Located just steps away from Geva Theatre in the Washington Square neighborhood, this project enhance the revitalization of Downtown Rochester. 

To see more photos from this event, click here

July 22, 2014

Leader Stewart-Cousins Receives the "Most Coordinated Boat" Award at the Adirondack Challenge

Leader Stewart-Cousins accepting the "Most Coordinated Boat" award from Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday, July 20th following the Adirondack Challenge, with Senator Gianaris and Senate Democratic Conference staffers. As she accepted the award, the Leader said, "We are all ambassadors for Upstate." The Adirondack Challenge highlights the summer tourism opportunities in the region, including outdoor activities such as rafting and fly fishing. The event, held in Indian Lake this year, attracted elected officials, tourism industry leaders and summer enthusiasts to Upstate New York.

July 22, 2014

Celebrate Greenburgh!

Senator Stewart-Cousins with constituents and other elected officials celebrating the Town of Greenburgh on Saturday, July 19th.

July 20, 2014

Senator Serrano Marches in the Annual NYC Pride Parade

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano participated in the annual New York City Pride Parade. The annual parade takes place along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and is part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. LGBT Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which was a tipping point in the LGBT rights movement. 

June 29, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Senator Serrano Celebrates "Roosevelt Island Day"

(Roosevelt, Island, NY)- Senator Serrano joined the Roosevelt Island community in celebration of "Roosevelt Island Day." Roosevelt Island Day occurs annually and is an action packed day of activities for the entire community. 

June 21, 2014

Klein/Nolan Legislation Protecting Existing School Playground Space Passes State Senate and Assembly

ALBANY, NY – Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) celebrated passage of legislation that would protect existing school playground space in New York City from the long term displacement caused by ongoing construction or temporary classrooms. Sponsored by Senator Klein and Assemblywoman Nolan, this legislation (S. 2255/A.

June 19, 2014

Senator Valesky Celebrates Juneteenth

Senator David Valesky joined Congressman Dan Maffei, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Syracuse City Common Councilors, and area residents for a Juneteenth Flag Raising at City Hall on Friday, June 13.

June 13, 2014

Senator Kevin Parker Remembers the Award-Winning Actress and Civil Rights Icon Ruby Dee

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, America lost Ruby Dee, an award-winning actress and icon of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Senator Kevin Parker. “Ruby Dee died at the age of 91, after a life spent as a star of stage and screen, and as a civil rights activist with her husband the late Ossie Davis, with whom she shared the duty of Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at the 1963 March on Washington.”

June 12, 2014

Senator Bonacic With Actor Tony Danza, and Energy Counsel, Emma Maceko for Italian-American Day in the Capitol

Senator John Bonacic with actor Tony Danza and Emma Maceko, Assistant Energy Counsel, for Italian-American Day in the New York State Senate. Tony  Danza  was selected to be the 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree as part of the celebration which recognizes the contributions of Italian-Americans.

June 11, 2014

Senator Bonacic with Actor, Tony Danza; and Emma Maceko, Assistant Energy Counsel, at Italian-American Day in Albany

Senator Bonacic with actor Tony Danza; and Emma Maceko, Assistant Energy Counsel, for Italian-American Day in the New York State Senate.  Tony  Danza  was selected to be the 2014 Italian-A

June 10, 2014

Senator Klein, Pelham Chamber of Commerce and Pelham Junior League Champion Wolfs Lane Park Capital Improvements

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Pelham Village Trustee, Susan Mutti, Pelham Chamber of Commerce President, Sandy Waibel and Pelham Junior League President, Nancy Hawkins at the Chamber of Commerce Street Fair on Saturday to champion the continued effort to improve Wolfs Lane Park. Last year, Senator Klein announced a $646,271 capital grant he secured for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.

June 9, 2014
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