Issues: Arts and Culture

Senator Klein, Assemblyman Crespo and Bronx Community Leaders Call for Official Recognition of African Slave Burial Ground at Drake Park

BRONX, NY– Standing in front of the south side of Joseph Rodman Drake Park in Hunts Point, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), local elected officials and Bronx community leaders called for official recognition of an African Slave Burial Ground discovered last year. Evidence of the Burial Ground site was discovered last year by a group of students at P.S. 48, led by Teacher-Historian, Philip Panaritis at the south side of Drake Park.

January 24, 2014
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Senator Klein, Assemblyman Sepulveda Host First Annual Three Kings Event

BRONX, NY - Senator Klein, Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda (D-Bronx) and District Leader Julia Rodriguez pose with children and the Three Kings, following the gift-giving portion of the celebration.

January 13, 2014
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White Plains "Three Kings Day" (Dia de Reyes) Celebration

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the annual Three Kings Day Celebration hosted by El Centro Hispano at St. Bernards Church in White Plains. The Senator is pictured here with Isabel Villar, Judith Aucar, Patricia Lanza and volunteers.

January 7, 2014
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Senator Serrano Celebrates the 37th Annual Three Kings Day Parade

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano joined El Museo del Barrio, colleagues in government and the community in celebrating the 37th Annual Three Kings Day festivities in East Harlem. The annual celebration culminates in a parade in the streets of El Barrio, bringing together local residents, families, school groups and community organizations from all over New York City.

January 6, 2014
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Haitian Resources Center First Annual Gala

Senator Stewart-Cousins recognized the Haitian Resource Center with a proclamation at their First Annual Gala on Friday, December 13th at the Thomas H. Slater Center in White Plains, NY. Just established in March this year, the mission of the Haitian Resource Center is to provide services to the growing and underserved Haitian population in Westchester County" including enrichment programs for children and referrals for immigration and citizenship services among others.

December 15, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins The Orchestra of the Bronx for their Annual Production of Handel's Messiah

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano joined The Orchestra of the Bronx at Bronx Community College for a presentation of Handel's Messiah. Serrano, who is a long-time advocate for the arts, served as one of the orators for this annual holiday event. The event is widely-attended and has become a holiday tradition for the Bronx community. The Orchestra of the Bronx (The Bronx Opera Chorus and soloists), conducted by Michael Spearman, presented the words in Handel's timeless musical settings.

December 13, 2013
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Seward Lends Hand To Phoenicia Library

PHOENICIA, 12/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a $20,000 state grant to assist with reconstruction and expansion of the Phoenicia Library. 

“Our libraries are hubs for countless activities and are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with the Phoenicia Library and the many area donors to help rebuild and expand this indispensable local resource.” 

December 6, 2013
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Senator Klein Lights Riverdale Menorah on Fifth Night of Chanukah

RIVERDALE, NY - Joined by Rabbi Levi Y. Shamtov, Executive Director of Chabad Lubavitc, along with community and faith Leaders of Riverdale, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) lit the Menorah at the bell tower monument on Henry Hudson Parkway in Riverdale on the fifth night of Chanukah.

Senator Klein said: “Chanukah is a celebration of the resilience of the Jewish people. It's always a joy to spend time during Chanukah with family and friends like Rabbi Shamtov. I was honored to light the Riverdale Menorah on the fifth night, and I hope everyone throughout New York enjoys a happy and healthy Chanukah."

December 3, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honored By Tanglaw Filipino-American Society

Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) was honored on November 23, 2013, by the Tanglaw Filipino-American Society for his support and dedication to the Filipino-American community on Long Island.                                                       

November 26, 2013
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SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

With decorations up and festive music dominating the airwaves, it’s no secret, the holiday season is in full swing.  The same goes for the gift giving season.  According to the National Retail Federation, the average American shopper will spend $737 this Christmas.  That translates to a total of $602 billion spent nationwide during the 2013 holiday shopping season. 

One of the best ways to find unique and meaningful gifts for your loved ones is by shopping local.  When you shop from independent retailers, you support your neighbors and the local economy. It’s estimated that for every dollar spent at a locally-owned business, 45 cents is reinvested locally. 

From fresh food and drink to handmade crafts, the offerings in our region for local gifts are endless.  One of my favorite options?  Artwork that captures the beauty of Central and Northern New York. 

In an effort to highlight local talent, I have worked with local arts organizations to feature nearly two dozen artists through my “Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program.  Artists selected for this program have their artwork displayed at my district office locations in Oswego, Watertown and Ogdensburg. 

November 25, 2013
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SLPC EMPLOYEE FEATURED IN RITCHIE’S LOCAL ARTISTS PROGRAM

Nearly Two Dozen Showcased So Far Through  Initiative Highlighting Local Talent

 

An employee of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, a renowned historical landmark artist and  a budding watercolor painter are the new featured artists for the “Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program, an initiative organized to highlight local talent from Central and Northern New York.

CLICK HERE TO SEE EXAMPLES OF FEATURED ARTISTS' WORK

Nearly two dozen artists have been featured through the program, which showcases local artists from the region with free public displays of artwork in the Senator’s district office locations in Oswego, Watertown and Ogdensburg. 

“From painters to photographers, our region is home to so many individuals with a broad range of talents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I’m so pleased to be able to celebrate their creativity and draw attention to those who are creating works of art right here in our backyard.” 

November 22, 2013
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Rebuilding the Bronx After Superstorm Sandy: Klein Announces $3 million in FEMA Funding Flowing to Bronx Institutions

BRONX, NY– Following the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Senator Klein announced that nearly $3 million in FEMA funding has already flowed to service organizations and cultural institutions in the Bronx. Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature approved federal emergency funds allocated for Sandy relief. Throughout this process, Senator Klein worked to ensure that eligible organizations in his district received these funds to rebuild.

November 14, 2013
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Senator Klein, City Island Civic Association Announce Filing of Lawsuit Against Proposed New City Island Bridge

CITY ISLAND, NY – Standing at the foot of the historic, 112-year old City Island bridge, Senator Klein, community leaders, and local business owners announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the Department of Transportation as part of their effort to halt construction on the bridge's controversial new replacement.

November 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT GALA

Senator Jack M. Martins was honored to have attended the 2013 International Gold Coast Film Festival opening night gala at The Space at Westbury, the newly oepened theater in downtown Westbury. The honorees were Susie Essman, Paul Sorvino and The Mindel Family as well as Samar Hospitality.

The Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

October 25, 2013
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Stavisky, Kim and Koo Kick Off First Korean Restaurant Week in Flushing

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing,) Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing,) and Councilmember Peter Koo (D-Flushing) kicked off Flushing’s first Korean Restaurant Week by sampling Korean fare at Shinjung Galbi.

October 24, 2013
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Senator Zeldin Hosts Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Last week, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Senator Lee M. Zeldin celebrated the accomplishments of several local Hispanic leaders and recognized them for the invaluable roles they play in our community.

The lively event featured performances by Traditiones De Me Tierra, a Traditional Ecuadorian Native Folk Dance Group, and the Central Islip High School Concert Choir. The Keynote Address was given by Briarcliffe Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Hubert Benitez, who was honored along with several others for the diverse ways in which they contribute to the community.

October 21, 2013
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SENATOR CARLUCCI SECURES GRANT FOR NEW CITY LIBRARY UPGRADES

New City, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D, Rockland/Westchester) visited the New City Library to receive a commendation for his efforts in securing $25,000 in New York State Bullet Aid to upgrade the library’s audio and visual equipment in their meeting room.

October 15, 2013
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Ferry Festa 2013

No other event gets local Dobbs Ferry businesses together than the annual Ferry Festa, this year, on Saturday, October 5th from 1:00PM to 8:00PM at the downtown area of Dobbs Ferry. The purpose of this event is to get together as a community and celebrate with fun, food, music and dancing, while experiencing and taking advangate of what downtown Dobbs Ferry has to offer.

October 7, 2013
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October 2013 Newsletter – Hispanic Heritage Month

Please click the file below to view Hispanic Heritage Month newsletter. 

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Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2, 2013
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North Creek Mosaic Project Complete -- A Beautiful Work of Art

I had the incredible honor and good fortune of setting the last piece to complete the North Creek Mosaic Project.  Over 500 volunteers, including local residents, seasonal guests, students and artists, had a hand in creating this masterpiece, a more than 180-foot mural depicting recreation and wildlife in the Adirondacks.  The mosaic comprises tens of thousands of broken bits of glass, tiles, seashells and stained glass, much of which was donated.

October 1, 2013
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