Senator Patrick M. Gallivan and members of the Senate Republican Conference today continued their strong focus on job creation and economic growth by announcing that the Senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan.
The Senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.
The Queens Tribune wrote an article about the new CUNY law school facility located in Long Island City, which Senator Gianaris believes is a tremendous addition to the emerging neighborhood.
In just another example of the continued rebirth of Long Island City, the nearly 30-year-old CUNY School of Law will open in its new, state-of-the-art building in Court Square in June.
The move, which was announced in 2009, gives the school an additional 70,000-square-feet of space and puts it in a central location, steps away from numerous MTA subway and bus lines, the Long Island Rail Road and the New York State Supreme Court building.
“This is excellent news for Syracuse and Onondaga County. The creation of the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation will give us another tool in our arsenal to revitalize our neighborhoods, increase the tax base and spur economic development with the ultimate goal of strengthening the Central New York economy.
The Queens Gazette reports that Kaufman Astoria Studio's plans to construct a new outdoor movie studio lot in Astoria have been approved, making New York City an attractive destination for film and television clients.
On Thursday evening, I had the privilege to attend the Greece Chamber of Commerce Civic Awards Banquet. This dinner honored business professionals and outstanding individuals in the Greece Community. Congratulations to all the award winners! For more information on the Greece Chamber, visit their website at www.greecechamber.org.
Senator Will Utilize Panel of 24 Local Agriculture Professionals to Help Direct Agriculture Policy
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced the formation of his Agriculture Advisory Board today, comprised of 24 local residents from across the four counties that makeup the 59th State Senate District.
Mastic Beach, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be announcing the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project, a combined effort of elected officials and community leaders to find solutions to the most pressing issues facing the Tri-Hamlet Community, this Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the William Floyd High School Library in Mastic Beach. There are countless treasures throughout the Tri-Hamlet area, but there are also many challenges. A result of numerous planning meetings and one public forum, the "Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project" was created to help face these challenges and enhance the quality of life in the Tri-Hamlet Community for generations to come.
The Times Ledger talks about JetBlue's move to a new office located in Long Island City's Brewster Building. Senator Gianaris joined other elected officials at the ribbon-cutting of the new corporate office.
Two long-awaited changes came to Queens Plaza last week as the recently completed park near 29th Street was named “Dutch Kills Green” and airline company JetBlue opened its new Long Island City office a few blocks away.
“What a terrific day in the ongoing renaissance in the Queensboro Plaza area,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said.
The Queens Gazette wrote an article covering the Astoria Civic Association's annual gala dinner for the Judge Charles J. Vallone Scholarship. Many distinguished guests were in attendance, including Senator Gianaris.
The Astoria Civic Association (ACA) held its annual gala dinner to raise funds for the Judge Charles J. Vallone Scholarship. The association honored philanthropists John and Margo Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and president of MCV Advertising respectively. Also honored was Astoria resident and business leader Santino DiFiore. More than 300 guests were in attendance including state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. at Riccardo’s By the Bridge Catering Hall in Astoria.
Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.
“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”
An editorial by the New York Daily News talks about the growing TV and film production business in New York City that has resulted from New York state's film tax credit. Senator Gianaris is a supporter of the film tax credit and helped bring it to fruition.
Think you’re in Hollywood? Think again.
These are just some of the stars filming on soundstages and streets not very far from where you live.
TV and film production is booming in New York City, prompting local studios large and small to increase their space to keep up with the demand.
The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades.