Issues: Authorities and Commissions

Bring Back the W Train, Astoria Pol Says

DNA Info reports that Senator Gianaris has called on the MTA to restore the W train and QM22 express bus to service.

After massive subway and bus service cuts two years ago, Western Queens residents have been forced to deal with fewer transit options, making their commutes to work longer and more inconvenient, state Sen. Michael Gianaris says.

 

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“Recent transit cuts have been a burden on western Queens residents, who rely heavily on mass transit to get to and from work every day,” Gianaris said.

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July 27, 2012
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Senator Dilan Praises Proposed Transit Service Restorations as Part of MTA $29 Million Investment

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) today praised the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to restore transit services to North Brooklyn that were cut as part of the MTA’s 2009-2010 cost saving actions.“The North Brooklyn communities of Greenpoint and Williamsburg lost some vital transit services as part of the 2010 reductions. Today, not only are some of these services returning, but are being expanded to meet growing demand. I commend MTA Chairman Lhota for making a little go a long way and responding to the needs of our growing Brooklyn communities,” said Senator Dilan, ranker Senate Transportation Committee.

July 20, 2012
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Senator Gianaris attends the Smart Power NY Coalition press conference at City Hall

Senator Gianaris speaking at the Smart Power NY Coalition press conference at City Hall welcoming three new members: City Council Speaker Chris Quinn, Mt. Sinai Hospital Queens and NY League of Conservation Voters.

July 13, 2012
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Kennedy, Local Officials Announce DEC Efforts to Address Air Quality at Peace Bridge

Department of Environmental Conservation Agrees To Monitor Air Near Peace Bridge – Put Conservation Officers in Place To Enforce Truck Idling Regulation

BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, joined several of his colleagues in government to announce that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has agreed to institute various measures to address air quality near the Peace Bridge. 

July 6, 2012
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State Rep: Unblock Sunscreen Ban In Schools

NY1 did a story on Senator Gianaris' sunscreen in school bill. 

Watch the video here.

July 2, 2012
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Little known policy bans sunscreen in schools

Senator Gianaris appeared on Channel 7's segment on sunscreen in schools and talked about his bill that would make it easier for children to use sunscreen while in school.

Watch the video here.

July 2, 2012
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Sen. Michael Gianaris' bill would change New York's restrictive policy that lets students apply sunscreen

New York Daily News wrote about Senator Gianaris' proposed legislation, which would reverse the New York State Department of Eduaction's ban on students bringing sunscreen to school.

State officials are looking to change regulations that give New York school kids a sunburn.

Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) said New York has the same restrictive sunscreen policy that led two Washington state sisters to be hospitalized last week with severe sunburns — and he’s proposed legislation to change it.

Gianaris said his bill would rewrite state Education Department guidelines that prevent students from applying sunscreen unless they have a note from their doctor. Instead, Gianaris’ bill would permit sunscreen application with a note from a parent.

 

July 2, 2012
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SKELOS TAPS GALLIVAN AS NEW CHAIR OF COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE

Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator  

ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.

July 2, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Speaks on S.7517 Regarding Queens Parkland

Watch this YouTube video of Senator Gianaris speaking on the Senate floor about S7517, regarding Hallet's Point land. The Senate GOP tried to keep Gianaris from sponsoring this bill, despite his work on the issue and the fact that it's in his district.

June 25, 2012
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Sen. Gianaris on End of Session and Start of Campaigning

Capital Tonight posted Senator Gianaris' radio interview, where he discusses how Senate Democrats will prepare to regain control of the Senate chamber.

Listen to the interview here.

June 25, 2012
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Gianaris Remains 12th S.D. Senator, Maloney Hailed

Queens Gazette posted an article reporting that Senator Gianaris will continue to represent Dutch Kills and the 12th senate district.

June 25, 2012
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Voter Empowerment Act Introduced

An article by the Queens Gazette talks about the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act, which aims to optimize the voter registration process in New York.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law joined with good government and advocacy groups on June 7 to announce the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act of New York, a nonpartisan initiative to increase voter participation as the 2012 election season commences. This legislation would amend the election law to update, streamline and make more efficient the voter registration process in New York.

 

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June 25, 2012
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Senator Gianaris on RNN's Richard French Live Discussing Stop & Frisk Policy

Check out Senator Gianaris' interview on RNN's Richard French Live discussing how his bill to increase penalties for the imposition of quotas by the police department would also reduce the number of stop and frisks.

June 25, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Joins Amneal Pharmaceuticals in Announcing Plans to Expand Yaphank Facility

Yaphank, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined Empire State Development (ESD) Commissioner Ken Adams, and Amneal Pharmaceuticals’ CEO Chintu Patel this past Friday, June 15, 2012, to announce Amneal’s plans to expand their facility located in Yaphank.

Amneal was awarded $3 million through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative in 2011 to assist the company in their expansion which will bring critical high-tech jobs to Suffolk County. Amneal is one of Long Island’s largest pharmaceutical companies and the proposed expansion will help strengthen the region’s position as a leader in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research.

June 21, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Honors Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. on Italian-American Day

Here is a Youtube video of Senator Gianaris speaking on the Senate floor honoring one of New York City's great leaders, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr.

June 12, 2012
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Protect Pedestrians, Drivers At Astoria Intersection

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about malfunctioning lights at a busy intersection in Astoria, which Senator Gianaris has urged the Department of Transportation to fix in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. are working to increase safety at a busy intersection in Astoria. Following the recurring failure of all four traffic lights at the 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard intersection, the three elected officials sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting an immediate investigation into the functionality of the lights as well as remediation of all problem areas.

 

June 11, 2012
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WINNERS AND LOSERS, MAY 25, 2012

City and State reported that Senator Gianaris' video at this year's LCA show was funny and well received by those in attendance.

Word on the street is the Democratic Senator from Queens got the most laughs at this year’s LCA show, with a bit making fun of the Senate Dems’ failed bid at an independent redistricting process this year. It’s not always easy to make fun of yourself, especially on an issue that wasn’t very funny to Gianaris when the gerrymandered district lines were being passed in the Senate during the Big Ugly. (Who can forget Gianaris telling Republican Sen. Mike Nozzolio to take his map and “shove it?”)

 

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June 4, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Blasts Thruway Authority's Plan To Hike Tolls On Truckers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.

June 1, 2012
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New York Could Add 1 Million Voters in 2013

According to a report by New America Media, new legislation that would modernize New York state's voter registration system could add one million voters to the rolls. Senator Gianaris is the co-sponsor of the legislation.

An estimated one million potential voters could be added to New York state’s rolls should forthcoming legislation be enacted, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. State Sen. Michael Gianaris, the co-sponsor of legislation that would modernize New York’s voter registration system, said his bill “will make it easier for people to vote.” He said he plans to introduce the bill by early June at the latest and, if adopted, it would take effect in 2013.

 

May 29, 2012
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