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Gotham Gazette

by José M. Serrano

July 6, 2009

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July 6, 2009
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August 15, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Serrano Marches in the 52nd Annual Puerto Rican Parade

Senator Serrano made his annual trek up Fifth Avenue during the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which was held on Sunday, June 14. The parade, which attracts more than one million people, celebrate the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people.

“I am never more proud of my Puerto Rican heritage than I am on this day,” said the Senator, who joined his father, Congressman José E. Serrano, on the parade route. “Today we come together as one community, united in our strength, our priniciples and the extraordinary contributions we have made to this city.”

June 17, 2009
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Sen. Foley and Assemblyman Phil Ramos Celebrate the Puerot Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood

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June 8, 2009
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Sen. Foley Joins Parade Goers at the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood

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June 8, 2009
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Sen. Foley and Constituents During the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood

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June 8, 2009
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Sen. Foley Takes a Moment Away from Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade to Greet Local Residents

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June 8, 2009
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Sen. Foley and Constituents Celebrate the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood

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June 8, 2009
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Sen. Foley with Constituents at the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood

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June 8, 2009
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Sen. Foley with Dignitaries before Kicking-Off the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade

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June 8, 2009
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Celebrating our Diversity: Sen. Foley Marches in the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood

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June 8, 2009
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Serrano Bill to Strengthen Gun Control in NY State Parks Passes Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee

June 4, 2009

Albany, NY – Senator José M. Serrano moved quickly to ensure safety at state parks, in the wake of a reckless pro-gun provision that moved through Congress last month.

The provision, tucked into a bill on credit card rules, allows park visitors to carry concealed weapons in national parks unless otherwise prohibited by state law.

June 4, 2009
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting- June 4, 2009

Serrano Bill to Strengthen Gun Control in NY State Parks Passes Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee. Presentations from members from the NYS Tourism Advisory Council and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports in the New York State Assembly.

June 4, 2009
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Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting

As part of his commitment to a more engaging committee process, Senator Serrano will be welcoming the New York State Tourism Advisory Council to this week's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee meeting. The Tourism Advisory Council includes a number of the State's private sector leaders within the tourism industry. The Council will be on hand to explain their efforts and to discuss the State's tourism outlook for the next few months.

June 4, 9:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Senator Valesky Announces Funding Available for Farmers’ Markets Capital Improvement Grants

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that $150,000 in matching grants will be available for capital improvements to New York State farmers’ markets. The $150,000 fund was earmarked in this year’s Enacted Budget as part of the Grow New York program. The purpose of the fund is to construct permanent infrastructure to help increase access to New York-grown and produced food. More than 30 farmers’ markets are located in Central New York. 

June 3, 2009
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New York's State Senate approves Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Published in the Syracuse-Post Standard

Thursday, May 28, 2009

 By Greg MunnoA long-anticipated program that would help make it viable to restore historic buildings took a big step toward becoming reality on Wednesday.

The state Senate passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, a bill that Upstate leaders have been pushing for years.

"This is a game changer," said Robert Simpson, president of the Metropolitan Development Association, which has advocated for the credit for five years.

June 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky talks about the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

The New York State Senate passed landmark economic development legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky which would stimulate the Upstate economy and revitalize its communities through rehabilitation of historic properties.

The bill, S2960, would provide tax credits for redevelopment of qualified residential and commercial properties with the intention of creating an economic stimulus in distressed communities.

May 28, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is Critical Component of Upstate Revitalization

It is not hard to describe the economic trend for Upstate New York over the last few decades.  We have all watched as our main streets emptied out, our factories left town and our children moved away.   These losses only increased the strains on our communities, pushing property taxes up on the businesses and families who have stayed.  

May 27, 2009
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Landmark Economic Development Legislation Sponsored By Senator Valesky Passes State Senate; Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is unprecedented redevelopment incentive for Upstate New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed landmark economic development legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which would stimulate the Upstate economy and revitalize its communities through rehabilitation of historic properties.

May 27, 2009
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