Issues: Arts and Culture

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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White Plains Columbus Day Festival 2013

The City of White Plains kicked off their Italian Heritage and Culture Month with a 4th Annual Columbus Day Festival on September 28th and 29th which Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was delighted to partake in. This family-friendly festival had games, live music from top Italian-American performers around the area, and other traditional amusements, arts and crafts vendor and authentic ethnic Italian food for all to enjoy.

 

October 1, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends the 40th Annual CNY Arts' On My Own Time Event

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco attended the 40th Annual On My Own Time event at the Everson Museum of Art on September 20, 2013. The event featured the work of local artists partnered with Central New York businesses, educational institutions, government and non-profit organizations.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with Catherine Gerard, CNY Arts Board President, and Stephen Butler, Executive Director of CNY Arts.  

September 26, 2013
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Festival Hispano de White Plains 2013

On Sunday, September 22nd, Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by the White Plains Hispanic Day Festival, to join in on the celebration of Hispanic heritage through music, folkloric dancing, sports activities, arts & crafts, and ethnic foods.

September 25, 2013
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Ardsley Day Festival 2013

The annual Ardsley Day Festival is an event that many residents look forward to as it celebrates the community and showcases what the Village of Ardsley has to offer, bringing together local businesses, community organizations and volunteers to offer a wide variety of FREE attractions and activities for all ages. This year, Ardsley Day was held on Sunday, September 22nd, from 12:00PM to 5:00PM which Senator Stewart-Cousins was able to experience, stopping by each table to meet the loca

September 25, 2013
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Southern Westchester Food & Wine Festival 2013

Senator Stewart-Cousins stopped by various vendor tables with Carolyn Stevens, Executive Director of Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce--this one is the League of Women Voters--at Scardale's FIRST food and wine festival on Sunday, September 22nd. Located at Scarsdale Village, this special event brought the community together through food and wine tasting, presented by local celebrity chefs, restaurants, bakeries and catering companies, while generating awareness and raising funds to fight hunger, obesity and malnutrition.

September 24, 2013
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RiverArts 50th Anniversary Party

To continue to show her appreciation and support for the local arts, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the RiverArts 50th Anniversary Party on September 22nd, a fundraiser to celebrate five decades of artistic inspiration and education throughout the Rivertowns held at the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society.

September 24, 2013
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Senator Klein hosts First Annual Clam Chowder Festival on City Island

CITY ISLAND, NY - Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) hosted the first annual City Island Clam Chowder Festival during the annual City Island Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Fall Fair this Sunday by Hawkins Park. Fair goers had an opportunity to try samples of sixteen different chowders from fourteen participating restaurants, having the opportunity to vote for their favorite.

Three awards were given. The Lobster House won the People’s Choice Chowder, Sammy’s won for the best Manhattan Clam Chowder and the Sea Shore won for the best New England Clam Chowder. Senator Klein, Assemblyman Benedetto, Food Network Star and City Island Native Michael Proietti and City Island Current Fleet Captain Chris Cullen judged the competition.

September 23, 2013
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Tourism Welcomes the Fall

O'Brien, tourism agency leaders tout efforts to maintain momentum from summer's record-breaking success

September 23, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS LONGTIME LIBRARY VOLUNTEER

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited the Pulaski Public Library, where she presented longtime library volunteer Edith Marie Switzer Cox with a proclamation for her service to the community.

Edith is 93 years old and has volunteered at the Pulaski Public Library for 50 years; working behind the scenes two days every week to help the library become an educational and cultural center.  

September 13, 2013
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ArtsWestchester Jazzfest 2013

ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains and the White Plains BID hosted Jazzfest 2013, a three-day jazz celebration in downtown White Plains. A strong advocate for the arts, Senator Stewart-Cousins joined local officials and residents on day two of the festival. She is pictured here on-stage with White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, ArtsWestchester President Janet Langsam, and former Yankees player now jazz musician Bernie Williams.

September 10, 2013
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Seward Helps Historic Hyde Hall Face The Future

COOPERSTOWN, 09/06/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with restoration and preservation at Hyde Hall in Cooperstown. 

September 6, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Recognizes Onondaga Historical Association's 150th Anniversary

Yesterday, Senator Valesky presented a resolution commemorating the Onondaga Historical Association's 150th anniversary to Greg Tripoli, the Association's executive director. The OHA is a great resource for the community and Senator Valesky was pleased to acknowledge its efforts.

September 6, 2013
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After Push from Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes, State Finally Releases Long-Awaited Historic Preservation Funds for Corpus Christi Church

State expected to deliver funds just in time for this weekend’s Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival.

Founded in 1898, Corpus Christi Church is located in the heart of East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia. 

Kennedy: In Polish, Dożynki means a celebration of harvest, but this year’s Dożynki Festival will be a celebration of the state’s long-awaited release of historic preservation funds for Corpus Christi.

August 15, 2013
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Standing Together for the Palisades: U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, Senators Klein, Espaillat and Assemblyman Dinowitz Join NY and NJ Environmental Groups in Call for LG Electronics to Lower Planned Height of Building Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Following the recent decision by Bergen County Superior Court to uphold LG Electronics’ plan to construct a 143 foot building headquarters by the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, State Senator Jeff Klein, U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz joined representatives from the coalition group, Protect the Palisades, in calling for LG Electronics to lower the height of their planned construction.

A variance in the zoning law along the Palisades authorized LG Electronics to build above the 35 foot maximum height restriction. If constructed, the LG Electronics headquarters would pierce above the Palisades’ treeline, scarring an iconic landscape and setting a precedent for similar development.

August 15, 2013
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EXCLUSIVE: Money-losing Queens Latino festival is canceled for first time in 15 years

As reported by the Daily News:

An annual celebration of Latino culture in Queens was abruptly canceled for the first time in 15 years amid more mystery than a Borges novel.

The troubles started a year ago when long-time sponsor Chase pulled its support for the money-losing festival — though the bank did not say why.

Then, after two years of fiscal setbacks, the Queens Theater, which hosts the festival, declined to renew the contract for Claudia Norman, who had organized it for 15 years.

For full article, click here.

August 15, 2013
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Funding Announced For Cortland Repertory Theatre

CORTLAND, 08/13/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide assist with the “Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown” project. 

August 13, 2013
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Senator O'Brien discusses development of wine tourism industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien was today joined by representatives of local wineries and tourism organizations to call for increased state efforts to support the growing wine and wine tourism industries in the Finger Lakes region. The Senator noted that these industries provide essential jobs and economic growth for upstate New York.

“The wine tourism industry has an enormous impact on our state economy, providing almost $4 billion a year and bringing approximately 5 million visitors a year to our communities,” Senator O’Brien said. “State government must continue its efforts to expand this industry and help these innovative companies do what they do best, grow and put New Yorkers back to work.”

July 31, 2013
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