Issues: Constituents Corner

Coalition forms to support Astoria energy plant’s bid to repower

The New York Daily News reports that community leaders and residents are pushing to have an Astoria power plant replace old polluting equipment with newer cleaner technology.

A coalition of community leaders and residents is pushing the state to support an Astoria power plant in its quest to replace its decades-old, dirty generators with newer, cleaner ones.

 

Smart Power NY was created to support NRG’s bid for a power purchasing contract, which will enable the company to fund its $1.5 billion repowering project.

 

NRG plans to submit a proposal to the state by May 30.

 

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who has bemoaned the high asthma rates in the area, said this is a “win-win.”

May 9, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Newest Eagle Scout From New Hyde Park

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended an Eagle Court of Honor to congratulate Neil Daniel Duggan of Boy Scout Troop 298 of New Hyde Park for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a scout can achieve. Senator Martins presented Neil Daniel Duggan with the resolution that was passed on the floor of the Senate on April 19.,

May 9, 2012
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Senator Gianaris discusses the Department of Education's unfortunate decision to close Bryant and Long Island City HIgh Schools

Senator Gianaris discussing the DOE's unfortunate decision to close Bryant and LIC High Schools at the Community Education Council District 30's legislative breakfast.

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC NAMED “LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR 2011”

New York Association for Pupil Transportation Honors State Senator

May 7, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at a press conference supporting the construction of a new studio in Queens.

Senator Gianaris speaking at Senator Schumer's press conference calling on the National Parks Services to allow Kaufman Astoria Studios to build a new outdoor studio.

May 7, 2012
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Senator Gianaris discusses what is being done to alleviate Newtown Creek's pollution problem

Senator Gianaris on a New York City water taxi traveling up Newtown Creek while getting briefed by the Newtown Creek Alliance on what's being done to alleviate the creek's pollution problem.

May 4, 2012
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ELECTEDS, IPN RESIDENTS: COURT DECISION MAY JEOPARDIZE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NYC TENANTS

Tenants to Seek Permission to Appeal Decision That Makes Rent Regulation Optional for J-51 Landlords

 NEW YORK –State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Margaret Chin, and other elected officials joined Independence Plaza North (IPN) residents outside their building today to highlight the dangerous impact of a court decision that may jeopardize tens of thousands of tenants living in buildings that receive J-51 benefits.

May 3, 2012
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Legislative Update with Senator Dilan

Senator Dilan is joined by Assemblyman Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.

May 3, 2012
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Volunteers plant 100 trees in LIC

The Queens Chronicle wrote about volunteers coming together to plant 100 trees at Queensbridge Park as part of the 5th annual "One Thing That's Green" event.

On Saturday morning (Earth Day) nearly 500 volunteers gathered at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City to plant 100 trees. Volunteers were of all ages dressed in jeans or workout clothes. There were piles of shovels, gardening gloves and wheelbarrows set up at each of the color-coded stations.

JetBlue Airways teamed with New York Restoration Project, the nonprofit that has partnered with the city to plant a million trees throughout the city by 2017, to put on the fifth annual One Thing That’s Green event.

 

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May 2, 2012
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Qns. bridge shops sue city after multiple crashes

The New York Post reports on a lawsuit filed against the city by two store front owners who claim that faulty traffic planning has resulted in multiple incidents of cars plowing into their storefronts.

Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp.

Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011.

“It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash!

May 2, 2012
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NYS Senator John Bonacic - NYS Unified Court Officers Receive Medals of Valor

NYS Senator John Bonacic addresses the NYS Court of Appeals on 2012 Law Day celebrating the heroism of Robert Kowal, Michele Lynch, Michael Mathisen & Scott Truex of Middletown City Court.

May 2, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Helen's Walk

On Sunday, April 29, Senator Jack M. Martins participated in Helen's Walk to benefit the Helen Keller National Center. The walk takes place in scenic Sands Point, ending at the Helen Keller National Center. "I was glad to participate in Helen's Walk once again. It's a fantastic event for an organization that does amazing work," he said.

May 2, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC PRESENTS NEW YORK STATE SENATE RESOLUTION TO FOUR HEROES

Albany, NY – State Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope),  today presented Court Officers; Sergeant Robert Kowal, Michael Mathisen, Scott Truex and Michele Lynch of the Middletown City Court with a Senate Resolution honoring their courage and bravery by preventing a gunman who entered the Middletown City Court from going on a killing spree on February 8, 2012.

May 1, 2012
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GENDA SPONSOR SQUADRON: ASSEMBLY PASSAGE SHOULD BE WAKE UP CALL FOR SENATE GOP

ALBANY -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), released the following statement after the Assembly passed the legislation for the fifth time:

"The Assembly's passage of GENDA -- for the fifth time -- should be a wake up call for the Senate Republican leadership. 

"It is simply unacceptable that it's still legal in New York for a person to lose their job or be evicted from their home simply because of their gender identity. Sixteen other states and DC, in addition to New York City and other localities around the state, already have protections in place similar to GENDA; yet New York State remains behind the curve. 

"It's time for the Senate, and for New York, to stand up for what's right and ensure that all New Yorkers are treated with the fairness and dignity they deserve. Let's get this done."

May 1, 2012
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April 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Westbury Library for 'Meet Your Elected Officials'

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury Library for its “Meet Your Elected Officials” program. Residents were able to ask Senator Martins questions and relay their concerns. He also gave the community an update on the current legislative session.

“I want to thank library director Cathleen Towey, board of trustees president Eric Dobrin and the rest fo the board for inviting me,” said Senator Martins. “This provides me the opportunity to listen to the concerns of the residents as well as update them on our efforts in Albany.”

April 27, 2012
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MEDIA ADVISORY: BONACIC TO PRESENT LIBERTY MEDALS TO MIDDLETOWN CITY COURT OFFICERS

Middletown, N.Y. – (4/27/12) Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope) will present Sergeant  Robert Kowal, Court officer Michael Mathisen, Court Officer Scott Truex and Court Officer Michelle Lynch of the Middletown City Court with Liberty Medals honoring their courage on February 28, 2012 when a gunman entered the Middletown City Court.

April 25, 2012
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