"As Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, I am extremely troubled by Governor Paterson's most recent financial plan for the State. New York must grow out of this recession, and the Governor's proposed cuts to the New York State Council on the Arts, an agency that helps cultivate tourism and culture in our communities, is not a step in the right direction.
"The recent report by the Inspector General alleging misdeeds within the administration of the New York State Theatre Institute has brought to light issues that are very troubling. "As Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation, I have seen, first-hand, the positive role the Arts play in New York's communities, and as a strong Arts supporter, I find these serious allegations extremely disturbing.
State Senator José Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Jonathan Bing (D-Manhattan) today applauded the Department of Education and Panel for Education Policy for implementing their legislation to establish an Arts Advisory Committee for New York City public schools. The Serrano/Bing bill (S. 6105/A. 9134) which passed the State Senate in 2009, creates an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements.
Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Chair: Senator José M. Serrano and Senate Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chair: Senator Bill Perkins Public Hearing: African Burial Ground Place: 171 E. 121st Street, Elmendorf Reformed Church, New York, New York Time: 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Contact: Greg Meyer (518) 455-2795 Media Contact: Damaris Olivo (212) 828-5829 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Elmendorf Reformed Church
171 East 121st Street
(Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)