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January 19, 2012

Queens Mosque Bombings

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: January 3, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | | (518) 455-3531


On a day celebrating a new year, four bombings occurred in Southeast Queens causing extensive property damage to one home, but fortunately no lives were lost.  The arson attacks were committed by using Molotov cocktails on the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center, a bodega on Hillside Avenue and two homes; all of which took place within miles of each other in Jamaica, Queens.

January 3, 2012


"There has been much to celebrate in western Queens this holiday season, and I have enjoyed participating in all the wonderful traditions commemorated here. As we gather with friends and family during this festive time, I am proud of all that we have accomplished this year and look forward to continuing that work in the new year. I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday and hope that all are able to make merry this time of year.

To those celebrating today, Merry Christmas!"




December 27, 2011

Senator Squadron, Speaker Silver Push for Progress on PAC, Local Reps to Serve on Board

LOWER MANHATTAN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Sheldon Silver released the following statement:

“It is imperative that the Lower Manhattan Performing Arts Center be built and that we take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that it becomes a reality.


In order for the interests of Lower Manhattan residents to be protected and represented, we ask that local residents be appointed to the board overseeing the PAC.


This project was promised to our community and we remain fully committed to seeing that it is built, that it receives the LMDC funding it was promised, and that our Downtown community is represented through every stage of the process.”


December 19, 2011

Senator Serrano Reads from Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts!

Senator Serrano participated in the  annual reading of George Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Music was performed by The Orchestra of The Bronx with The Bronx Opera Chorus and Soloists.

“It’s always a pleasure to serve as a reader for Handel’s Messiah,” said Senator Serrano. “The Bronx is so rich in Arts and culture and the Bronx Opera shines a spotlight on all the talent this great borough has to offer. Handel's Messiah is such an uplifting musical work of art that showcases the transformative and inspirational affect that the art and culture bring to our community."

December 11, 2011

Annual Astoria Toy Drive

The Queens Gazette reported on the Annual Astoria Toy Drive where more than 200 children showed up to meet Santa Claus in addition to enjoying other festivities like karaoke, a magician and delicious cheeseburgers. Senator Gianaris attended this annual event to participate in the holiday festivities. 

The 114th Precinct and 114th Community Council held its annual Christmas party and toy giveaway on December 3 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria. More than 200 neighborhood children came to meet Santa Claus at the joyous event that also featured karaoke, a magician and McDonald’s cheeseburgers.

December 8, 2011

Astoria\LIC Kiwanis Hosts Holiday Auction Extravaganza

The Queens Gazette wrote about the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Club holiday auction that sought to raise funds for charity. Senator Gianaris auctioned off his tie in order to provide scholarships for college hopefuls.

An annual local tradition, The Astoria\LIC Kiwanis Club holiday auction was attended by more than 125 members and guests who came to bid on a host of items for charity on December 5 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge.


“It’s one of the greatest events of the year,” said state Senator Mike Gianaris who had the privilege of auctioning off his own tie to help raise money to provide scholarships for graduating high school students who are going to college.


December 8, 2011

Second Annual Skillman Avenue Holiday Lights

The Queens Gazette wrote about the Second Annual Skillman Avenue tree lighting. Senator Gianaris attended this great event to kick start the holiday season in the community.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was joined on December 1 by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Queen of Angels Father Brian Dowd and more than 200 community members to mark the beginning of the Second Annual Skillman Avenue Lights. The festive snowflakes are now hanging from lampposts from 43rd to 53rd Streets, which is an expansion of four additional blocks from last year.

Click here to read the full article.

December 8, 2011

Giving Thanks

The Queens Gazette wrote about the 22nd GHOA's Thanksgiving Meal giveaway which was held at the organization’s headquarters, 23-49 31st St. this year. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, volunteered to distribute meals to the elderly, the poor, the homeless and the lonesome in our community.

While millions of Americans spent their Thanksgiving holiday in the warm surroundings of home with family and friends, an equal number, including many throughout the city, experienced just the opposite.

December 1, 2011

Sunnyside icon honored by Chamber of Commerce

Community activist Luke Adams was awarded the newly created award, "Luke Adams Sunnysider of the Year" by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, Sunnyside Post reported. Senator Gianaris was pleased to have been able to be part of the roasters that celebrated Adams' long-time devotion to the betterment of Queens.

Long-time community activist Luke Adams was honored Monday night with a newly created award titled: the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce “Luke Adams Sunnysider of the Year.”

The award ceremony was held at Dazies Restaurant, where Adams was praised in the award for his “vision, compassion, ferocity and trustworthiness.” Given Adams’ devotion to Queens, the “Luke Adams” award was created for him and will be presented to worthy recipients on annual basis

November 22, 2011
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