Issues: Community Reinvestment

November 5, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Senator Martins Attends Shelter Rock Library Re-Dedication Ceremony

On Sunday, October 30, the Shelter Rock Public Library, located at 165 Searingtown Road in Albertson, held a rededication ceremony to celebrate the library’s recent renovation. The renovation includes new lighting, carpeting, furniture and comfortable seating areas, plus more modern, handicapped-accessible restrooms, a handicapped-accessible story hour room, and automatic doors. Additional computers are available for public use.

October 31, 2011
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Grand post office spared

The Queens Campaigner wrote on the recent saving of the Grand Station Post Office from the risk of being closed down. As the United States Postal Service veers on the danger of going postal, concerned residents voiced their need for this valuable community resource. Senator Gianaris and other elected officials played a critical part in responding to these concerns, and will continue to as four other post offices' state is still up in the air

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Postal Service said that while Astoria’s Grand station has been saved from the chopping block, four other post offices in Queens are still up for study.

October 27, 2011
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

The Queens Gazette wrote on elected officials' success in saving the Grand Station Post Office from closing. Senator Gianaris was proud to have been able to keep this valuable service open so that all community members, old and new, could continue to benefit from their local post office.

The Grand Station Post Office has been saved.

October 27, 2011
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Maloney backs bringing university for engineering to Roosevelt Island

Times Ledger wrote on the recent proposition to expand an applied sciences campus to Roosevelt Island. Senator Gianaris advocated for the project, while stating that Roosevelt Island provides the resources like easy transportation for students, while at the same time the project will bring forth a new side of the thriving Western Queens community.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), other Queens elected officials and Long Island City business groups threw their support Monday behind Roosevelt Island becoming the new site for an applied sciences and engineering university in the city.

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October 27, 2011
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ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH REBUILDING BRINGS JOY

Queens Gazette wrote about the agreement that was reached to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

The announcement of the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church near the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, which was destroyed on 9/11 was greeted warmly by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/The Bronx), state Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. (D–Astoria.

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October 19, 2011
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e-Jackhammers! New City Website Helps Cut Down on Road Work

New York Observer wrote about the recent launching of an online initiative to clear up congestion on the streets due to construction. It is called Street Works Manual, and Senator Gianaris supports the way in which this project will assist in better cooperation between construction companies to reduce the number of inconveniences due to construction.

October 18, 2011
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DOT Hopes to Make Road Construction Smoother

CarrollGardensPatch wrote about a new digital program called Street Works Manual which aims to lower the impact of construction on our roads through better coordination between utility and private construction companies. Senator Gianaris was present at the announcement of this project along with Major Bloomberg and other elected officials, in hopes of reducing traffic and giving resurfacing project a longer lifespan.  

Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new digital program that hopes to reduce the impact of construction on city roads by better coordinating utility and private construction company work.

October 18, 2011
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Greek-American Politicians Applaud St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Rebuilding Deal

The New York Daily News wrote about Greek American politicians' efforts to rebuild lower Mahattan's St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was demolished in the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks. Senator Gianaris is taking part in these efforts to provide a place of religious freedom for Greek Americans and New Yorkers alike.

Gov. Cuomo today announced that he, Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and St. Nicholas Parish and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, "signed the agreement that permits the rebuilding of the Church with a nondenominational bereavement center at the east end of Liberty Park, at 130 Liberty Street."

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October 18, 2011
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Dogs have their day at Vernon Boulevard run

Times Ledger wrote on the positive impact of the recently improved Vernon Blvd. dog run, as dogs took advantage of the wider space and new features. Senator Gianaris was present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mere weeks after announcing the dog run on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City would be renovated, local legislators and their four-legged constituents cut the ribbon on the expanded park last Thursday.

“It’s a beautiful day for people but it’s an even more beautiful day for the dogs of this neighborhood today,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).

Read the full article here.

October 18, 2011
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Paws and Pols Unite! Dog Run Opened in Long Island City. Ribbon Cutting 10/6/2011

OurLic News provided many great photos from the renovated Vernon Blvd. Dog Run ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on October 6.

Thanks to NYS, NYC, Queens West Development Corporation, and others, this dog friendly community now has a large and well designed dog run at the corner of Vernon Blvd and 48th Ave. The space replaces the dog run on 2nd Avenue that was taken by the city for the new high school and construction of affordable housing.

Some have estimated that over 1,000 dogs live in Long Island City.

On October 6th, the red ribbon was cut at an appropriate ceremony led by NYS Senator Michael Gianaris. As the OurLIC Video NEWS reveals, all elected officials representing Long Island City are true pet lovers.

October 18, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS APPLAUDS INSTALLATION OF FREE WI-FI IN ASTORIA PARK

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is pleased to welcome the installation of free Wi-Fi in Astoria Park, one of five New York City park locations offering free wireless service, provided by AT&T and the City of New York. The addition of this new digital network will allow western Queens residents to enjoy the outdoors while browsing the Internet without extra charges to their cell phone or cable bills.

October 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Port Washington North on Dedication of Bay Walk

Senator Jack M. Martins was in the Village of Port Washington North on Sunday, October 9 to congratulate the village on the dedication of Bay Walk Park, Port North Pier and Bay Walk Outdoor Nautical Art Museum. Senator Martins was honored to join in the celebrating the project coming to fruition. The Bay Walk Nautical Art Museum offers a unique way for residents to enjoy the artwork of local artists. The Bay Walk Park and Port North Pier adds to the beauty of the village and, together with the museum, represents years of planning and determination in beautifiying the area.

October 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks at Plandome Heights Civic Association Meeting

Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Plandome Heights Civic Association. Senator Martins is working with the association in trying to move along a project that addresses traffic calming on Plandome Road as part of the Safe Routes to School program, which is designed to help to implementing transporation projects that improve safety. A grant, announced in 2008 to to be administered to the Town of North Hempstead, has yet to be dispersed because of lack of the proper paperwork. However, after Senator Martins took office at the beginning of this year, he looked into what steps need to be taken to move the grant forward.

October 12, 2011
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Advantage Tenant Information Handout

Click on the link below to view full "Advantage Tenant Infromation Handout" from "Legal Aid Society".

File: 
Advantage Tenant Handout (English).pdf

October 6, 2011
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GIANARIS, NOLAN AND VAN BRAMER HOLD RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY TO OPEN RENOVATED VERNON BLVD DOG RUN

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, worked together since last year to secure funding for the much-needed renovations to the dog run and are pleased to finally announce the renewed run is open and ready for use.

October 6, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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Reimagine Parkside Avenue: Senator Adams spreads the word about the Parkside Redesign Project competition

Neighbors and business owners are coming together to hold a contest for the best plan to redesign Parkside Avenue between Flatbush and Ocean Avenues.  The grand prize will be awarded to the best comprehensive plan to improve the block, judged by a panel of neighbors, merchants and local elected officials.  Honorary mentions will also be awarded for the best entry by anyone under the age of 12, the best entry by anyone under the age of 18, and the best entry that could be implemented for less than $50,000.

Senator Adams recently spent some time distributing flyers about the competition at the Parkside Avenue stop of the Q Train.

September 28, 2011
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