Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth Little, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Room 309 LOB

April 24, 9:00 AM - 9:16 AM
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SAYS UPSTATE FILM TAX CREDIT WILL BE INCLUDED IN FINAL ENACTED STATE BUDGET

Measure Seen As Potential Boost To Upstate Economy

New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that after weeks of negotiating, the final enacted state budget will include a provision to boost the film production industry in upstate New York.

Currently, New York State provides a tax incentive for up to 30 percent of certain production costs, but Gallivan has long argued that upstate and its unique cities need something more to attract significant studio interest.

March 26, 2013
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Parkside Summer Arts Program

Parkside Community Association

The Parkside Summer Arts Camp is accepting registrations for children ages 5-11. Two sessions are offered, July 8 – 26 and July 29 – August 16. The program runs from 9am – 3pm Monday through Friday at St Mary’s School For the Deaf, 2253 Main Street in Buffalo. New this year, the Camp will offer early drop off and late pick up options for those parents that need to be at work by 9am.

The cost of attending one three week session is $100 per child if the child qualifies for free/reduced school lunch or $225 per child for all other children.

March 20, 2013
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Senator Kathleen Marchione calls for enactment of the "Casino Gaming Transparency Act"

Picture from our press conference in Saratoga Springs this morning in support of the "Casino Gaming Transparency Act."

March 11, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein Announces Release of $646,271 Grant for Village of Pelham Wolfs Lane Park

PELHAM, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Village of Pelham Mayor Ed Hotchkiss, Deputy Mayor Geoff Lewis and Pelham Trustees, Suzie Marciona, Adam Kagan and Paul McGoldrich in announcing the release of $646,271 in capitol grant funds for improvements to Wolfs Lane Park.

 

Senator Klein deemed the grant a “boost for the Village of Pelham and for the community at large. I believe that this funding will allow the park to better serve the residents – particularly the children - of Pelham. Parks bring communities together and the investment in Wolfs Lane Park improvements now will give Pelham a place of beauty, recreation and community building for many years to come.”

 

March 11, 2013
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Senator Grisanti speaks in favor of legalizing mixed martial arts in New York State

Senator Grisanti-(R,I-60) is the co-sponsor of S.2755 which would allow professional Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) events to be held within New York State. On Wednesday, Senator Grisanti voted yes, and the bill passed the Senate by a margin of 47 to 15.

MMA is legal in 47 states and has a huge following based on attendance and pay per view sales alone.

The success of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the premier MMA League, has brought economic benefits to cities around the country and the globe.

An exhibition in Toronto last spring set a record of $11 million in ticket sales alone with over 50,000 tickets sold. The total impact from weigh-in on Friday until the end of events on Sunday was $35 million.

March 8, 2013
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Senate Approves Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State.

March 6, 2013
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Senate Approves Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

 The New York State Senate today passed legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in New York State. The bill (S.2755), sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), would allow single discipline martial arts organizations to hold professional competitions in New York State and gives the state Athletic Commission the jurisdiction to regulate professional mixed martial arts promotions, participants, bouts and exhibitions.

March 6, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN ABOUT LIONSGATE’S DECISION NOT TO FILM “DRAFT DAY” IN WESTERN NEW YORK

“The news today that Cleveland was selected over western New York as the filming location for “Draft Day” – a film about the Buffalo Bills and set in and around western New York – is just the latest example of why New York State needs to expand and reform its film production tax credit program to make Upstate and western New York more attractive to the entertainment industry. We have desirable locations throughout the area, we have near universal support from within the community, but we are lacking an incentive program that can compete with neighboring states. Western New York didn’t lose a movie today, we lost jobs; a failure to act after  this latest development would be inexcusable."

March 5, 2013
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Senator Marchione Addresses Pro-Second Amendment Rally in Albany

Senator Kathleen Marchione was invited to address the pro-Second Amendment rally that was held on February 28, 2013 in Albany.  Senator Marchione addressed a record capacity crowd, thanked them for standing strong with her in support of preserving Constitutional freedoms and announced her new legislation, the "Second Amendment Protection Act," (Senate Bill S.3948) which would repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the NY SAFE Act.

March 5, 2013
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March 4, 2013
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Penn Dixie Site - March 2013 Programs

PENN DIXIE PALEONTOLOGICAL

& OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER

February 28, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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O'Brien receives committee assignments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sen. O’Brien received his committee assignments today, including the position of ranking Democratic member of the Banks Committee.

O’Brien will also serve on Insurance; Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business; Health; Codes; Cultural Affairs, Tourism and Parks and Recreation; and Local Government.

January 29, 2013
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Little reappointed chair of Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee

          State Senator Betty Little has been reappointed chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee for the 2013-14 legislative session, a position she has held the past two years.

January 25, 2013
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SENATOR DAVID VALESKY NAMED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky, Deputy Leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, was named Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. 

January 25, 2013
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Last Day To Vote ~ Let's Show Our Support for Watkins Glen as 'America's Coolest Small Town 2013' ~ Vote Now!

Dear Finger Lakes supporters:

Last year at this time, many of you might remember that I asked for your help in making one of our great Finger Lakes towns, Hammondsport, Budget Travel magazine’s “America's Coolest Small Town 2012.”

Thanks to your response and the response of thousands of others across our region, Hammondsport was victorious last year and has greatly enjoyed and benefitted from its one-year reign as America’s Coolest Small Town.  It was a great honor for the Hammondsport community, and it was a great opportunity to keep national and worldwide attention focused on the Finger Lakes region.

Now we have the chance to express our pride once again.  This year, we have another opportunity to keep the Finger Lakes region on the map!

January 23, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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