Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.


December 6, 2013

Domestic Violence Women’s Rights and Criminal Justice Advocates to Hold Press Conference about Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act in Albany on June 5th


Over 100 advocates from across the state will join in Albany on Wednesday, June 5th to lobby legislators to enact the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (A.4314-B and S.3337-B), which would establish more compassionate sentencing for survivors convicted of crimes directly related to the abuse they suffered.


June 4, 2013

William DuBose

William DuBose is the former Commissioner of the Veterans Service Agency and the Mount Vernon Auxiliary Police.Commissioner William DuBose was born on February 11, 1946 in Darlington, South Carolina. He earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Friendship Junior College and a Bachelors Degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.Commissioner DuBose was a member of the Army and a Vietnam veteran. As a longtime resident of Mount Vernon, New York, Commissioner DuBose acted as the City’s liaison between veterans, their dependents and the United States Department of  Veterans Affairs.

May 20, 2013