Issues: Community Reinvestment

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

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


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

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

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

Advantage Tenant Information Handout

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

Advantage Tenant Handout (English).pdf

October 6, 2011


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
September 29, 2011

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

Renovated LIC dog run opening soon

The Queens Chronicle wrote about the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Boulevard, which Senator Gianaris along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC implemented.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard dog run in Long Island City have begun.

The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the site.

“I look forward to seeing western Queens residents and their pets taking advantage of all this new dog run will offer,” said Gianaris (D-Astoria).

September 22, 2011

Seward Applauds National Grid's Emergency Economic Development Proposal

COBLESKILL, 09/21/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials with National Grid in announcing economic development aid for upstate communities hit hardest by recent storms.

“Our small businesses and farmers, many who have lost everything in the wake of Irene and Lee, are working diligently to rebuild.  Small towns and villages are also faced with a monumental task of repairing damaged infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “With budgets already stretched to the max, financial assistance is needed to help make people whole and I am pleased National Grid is stepping up to help energize the rebuilding effort.”

September 21, 2011

Senator Martins Attends Pride in Port Parade

On Saturday, Senator Jack M. Martins attended the Pride in Port parade, which ran along Main Street from Belleview Avenue to Schreiber High School. The parade was part of Pride in Port, which also featured the Hall of Fame Breakfast, the senior luncheon, Family Fun Day, the football game between Schreiber High School and Uniondale and the community dinner dance.

At the Hall of Fame Breakfast, six deserving individuals were inducted into the Schreiber Athletics Hall of Fame. They are: Carole Dunnels Miller, Margaret Garofalo Tomic, Joseph Marra, Elizabeth Nicholson Delan, Michael Ragusa and Lawrence Zaccherio.

September 20, 2011

Senator Martins Attends Williston Park Street Fair

On Sunday, September 18, Senator Jack M. Martins was among those who enjoyed the Williston Park Street Fair. The fair is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Willistons and features numerous vendors, representing Williston Park's vibrant business district. Community members also spent the Sunday afternoon on Willis Avenue to enjoy the warm, late summer day.

September 19, 2011

Groundbreaking for New Parkside Playground

State Senator Eric Adams recently joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, Jannie Johnson of the Parkside Avenue Block Association and members of the Flatbush community to break ground on the Parkside Playground.The nearly $3 million project includes the installation of new basketball courts and brand new play equipment. The project has been made possible by a generous allocation of $2.45 million from Council Member Mathieu Eugene and $517,000 from Mayor Bloomberg.


September 19, 2011

CWC Grants Will Help Rebuild Main Streets

ONEONTA, 09/13/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commended the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) for approving a special grant program for small businesses devastated by recent storms and flooding.

“As I toured communities ravaged by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee and met with business owners who have lost their livelihoods, each indicated the desire to rebuild but many lacked the means,” said Senator Seward.  “One of my first calls was to the Catskill Watershed Corporation seeking their assistance and I am pleased to learn of their swift and generous response.”

September 13, 2011

Mildred Johnson Estates Phase II Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, September 9th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, the Mildred Johnson Estates Phase II ribbon cutting ceremony. The event celebrated the new construction of 21 3-bedroom, single family homes on formerly vacant lots owned by the City of Rochester. Phase II is modeled on the success of Mildred Johnson Estates Phase I, which included 23 single family homes and was completed in 2008. All of the 21 new homes will be affordable to families earning 50% or less of the area median income. Together, Phase I and Phase II represent a 10 million dollar investment in the neighborhood.


September 9, 2011

Seward Appeals To Governor For Additional Disaster Relief

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called on Governor Cuomo to support legislation for New York State to cover local expenses to repair public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene.

“At a time when local government officials are already working on the thinnest of margins, adding the repair costs associated with Hurricane Irene could be devastating for many small, rural municipalities,” said Senator Seward.  “The state’s emergency response to Hurricane Irene has been professional and swift, now long-term financial assistance is needed to help communities rebuild.”

August 29, 2011

Closing New York City’s East River Greenway Gap

by Steven Higashide

A concept rendering of a potential new East River esplanade and greenway.

In recent decades, New York City has done much to open up its waterfront with new parks and piers. A key part of that has been the Hudson River Greenway, a bicycle and pedestrian path along the river that has become a major transportation and recreational asset on Manhattan’s West Side. The East Side equivalent hasn’t been as successful, in part because of long interruptions, including a 22-block gap between 38th and 60th Streets. Recently passed state legislation creates the possibility for a land-swap deal between NYC and the United Nations that would change that.

August 24, 2011
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