Issues: Arts and Culture

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
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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
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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
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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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Senator Serrano Celebrates the 56th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade

(New York, NY)- Senator Serrano and his father Congressman José E. Serrano proudly marched with other elected officials, community leaders, union members and thousands of other joyful revelers at this year's National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Around 10,000 individuals lined up to march up Fifth Avenue beginning at 44th street and ending on 79th.

June 8, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends the Hoboken Film Festival at Middletown's Paramount Theatre

Senator Bonacic attended Middletown’s Paramount Theatre for the Hoboken International Film Festival (HIFF).  Here is the Senator with Kenneth Del Vecchio, the founder of HIFF, a member of the Film Festival Jury, and the producer of one of the films of the festival.  This festival is one of the ten biggest film events in the world. 

 

June 2, 2014
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Senator Bonacic With Randall Enos, Youth Services Consultant for the Ramapo Catskill Library Services

Senator Bonacic attended the Annual Legislative Brunch of the Sullivan Public Library Alliance at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello. 

May 27, 2014
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Senator Bonacic With Randall Enos, Youth Services Consultant for the Ramapo Catskill Library Services

Senator Bonacic attended the Annual Legislative Brunch of the Sullivan Public Library Alliance at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello on Thursday, May 22, 2014. 

May 27, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Annual Legislative Brunch of the Sullivan Public Library Alliance

Senator Bonacic attended the Annual Legislative Brunch of the Sullivan County Library at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  

May 27, 2014
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State Senate Passes New York Comprehensive Information System Act

Sen. DeFrancisco Bill, Co-Sponsored by Sen. Griffo, Would Improve Statewide Access to Information

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, announced that his bill (S2314) passed the New York State Senate today.

Under this legislation, the New York State Library would be authorized to coordinate the purchase of electronic databases and other information resources for state agencies, library systems and other governmental entities.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Serrano Celebrates Bronx Culture during Bronx Week 2014

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano celebrated the culture and heritage of his home borough while attending Bronx Week events. Bronx Week is an annual week-long commemoration of everything the Bronx has to offer organized by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. and various local organizations. 

Serrano participated in the Arts and Culture reception at the Bronx County Court House. The reception was a showcase of the vivacious arts scene in the Bronx. The reception included the VIP opening of Daniel Hauben's "Bronx Works" exhibit. Hauben is a local Bronx artist.

May 15, 2014
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Senator Klein Honors NIDC Director of Housing and Community Development & Community Leader, Hazel Miura, at 17th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration

ALBANY, NY – Senator Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) honored Hazel Miura, Director of Housing and Community Development at the Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation at the 17th

May 14, 2014
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SQUADRON PUSHES TO STOP RESELLING OF CHARITY TIXS FOR ABOVE FACE VALUE

State Senator Daniel Squadron pushed to prevent the reselling of tickets to charitable events for profit. Squadron raised the issue during a debate on S7012, which would extend New York’s ticket reselling law.

May 7, 2014
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SQUADRON PUSHES TO STOP RESELLING OF CHARITY TIXS FOR ABOVE FACE VALUE

Squadron: Those who profit from charitable events when NYC is in need, ‘Yeah that's a trifling friend indeed’

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron pushed to prevent the reselling of tickets to charitable events for profit. Squadron raised the issue during a debate on S7012, which would extend New York’s ticket reselling law. Squadron, along with 22 other senators, voted against the bill.

May 7, 2014
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Senator Bonacic with SUNY Delhi President, Dr. Candace Vancko at Catskill Mountain Film Festival Reception

Senator Bonacic with SUNY Delhi President, Dr. Candace Vancko at Catskill Mountain Film Festival Reception

May 7, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Catskill Mountain Film Festival Reception at SUNY Delhi

Senator Bonacic at the Catskill Mountain Film Festival Reception held at SUNY Delhi with Chairperson, Jessica Vecchione

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Sea of Japan/East Sea Co-Naming Bill

Albany, NY— Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) today announced that the State Senate passed S.6599-D, a bill that would require new textbooks purchased in New York State that reference the Sea of Japan to note that it is also called the East Sea. Passage of this initiative is the culmination of over two years of partnership with Korean community advocates and Queens legislator Senator Stavisky, who led the lobbying and education effort for the bill within the State Senate.

May 7, 2014
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Senate Approves Bill Dubbing Herkimer Diamond Official State Mineral

ALBANY, 04/29/14 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3051) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.

April 29, 2014
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Senator Serrano Celebrates Grand Reopening Of Tavern on the Green

(Central Park, NY)- Senator Serrano helped ring in a new chapter in one of New York City's beloved landmarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the renovated Tavern on the Green. Serrano joined NYC Parks' First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh, NYC Department of Design and Construction Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Central Park Conservancy President Douglas Blonsky, Restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama, as well as Executive Chef Katy Sparks in the unveiling of the restored Tavern on the Green.

April 24, 2014
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