Issues: Constituents Corner

Join Me for the Fourth Annual 25th Senate District Community Convention!

Please join me on Sunday, April 22nd for the Fourth Annual 25th Senate District Community Convention!

I'm pleased to announce that MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota will join us to keynote the plenary. He'll share his thoughts on NYC's transit system and how riders can engage to make it work better today and help plan for its future.

I hope you'll join us to make your voice heard on all of the legislative and community priorities that shape our district and our state. A full list of discussion topics is included below.

March 27, 2012
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Bill Introduced By Senator Martins to Rename Roslyn Viaduct Passes Senate

A bill sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins to rename the Roslyn Viaduct in honor of William Cullen Bryant has passed the Senate. The inspiration for the bill (S.6240) comes from the community's strong commitment to preserve its history.

Mr. Bryant, a prominent poet and civic leader in the 19th Century, is one of Roslyn’s most famous residents, having served as editor of the New York Evening Post for half a century. Mr. Bryant purchased a country house in Roslyn in 1843, which remained in his family until the 1970s.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Congratulates Swimming Champion Aaron Buissereth

State Senator Jack Martins congratulated Sewanaka Central High School District Swimming Champion Aaron Buissereth on his sensational victories in county meets throughout this swimming season this past week. Buissereth qualified for the Nassau County Championships and has posted some outstanding wins capturing 1st place six times in the 200 freestyle and winning the Metros Silver Championship for the 100 meter breastroke. Aaron is a member of the class of 2014 at Elmont Memorial High School where he is a high achieving student and involved in volunteer activities. "It was a great honor talking to Aaron and hearing about his outstanding acheivement. He trains hard and is an outstanding student.

March 27, 2012
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Taking On Police Tactic, Critics Hit Racial Divide

An article by The New York Times talks about the stop-and-frisk police tactic, which has garnered significant criticism from minority lawmakers and citizens. Senator Gianaris introduced legislation with Assemblymember Camara that would make it illegal for police departments to impose quotas for a certain number of stops officers make.

ALBANY — Black and Latino lawmakers, fed up over the frequency with which New York City police officers are stopping and frisking minority men, are battling what they say is a racial divide as they push legislation to rein in the practice.

 

March 26, 2012
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Queens Celebrates Greek Independence

The Queens Gazette reports on the 10th annual Queens celebration of Greek Independence Day. Senator Gianaris and other elected officials attended the event, representing the proud Greek community of Queens.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall presided at the 10th annual Queens celebration of Greek Independence Day on March 16 at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria.

 

Held one week before the 191st anniversary of Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821, the evening’s event honored the civic achievements of four members of the Greek-American community.

 

Accompanying Marshall were state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and City Comptroller John Liu.

March 26, 2012
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Senator Gianaris celebrates the 2012 Greek Independence Day

Senator Gianaris marching up Fifth Avenue during the 2012 Greek Independence Day Parade.

 

March 24, 2012
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SQUADRON TO CITY: MISSING BUSHWICK INLET PARK MONEY MUST BE SPENT NOW

Squadron, Colleagues Urge City to Honor Commitment, Fully Fund North Brooklyn Park

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the City to honor its pledge to North Brooklyn and use the budget process to fully fund Bushwick Inlet Park, in testimony at the City Council Parks and Recreation Committee's preliminary budget hearing.

North Brooklyn has long been starved for open, green space. As part of the 2005 rezoning of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront, the City committed $309 million to develop 28 acres of parkland along the East River.

March 22, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Attends LIberty Middle School's 7th and 8th Grade Band and Jazz Ensemble's Annual Concert

Senator John Bonacic attended the Liberty Middle School’s 7th and 8th Grade Band and Jazz Ensemble’s Annual Concert on the Concourse in Albany this week. Pictured: Senator Bonacic, Liberty Middle School Jazz and Band Director, Gary E. Siegel and Liberty Middle School students and parents.

March 21, 2012
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SQUADRON JOINS ADVOCATES TO PUSH FOR STRONGER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW

Urges Senate Action on His Domestic Violence Bill That Has Won Assembly Support

Legislation Dedicated to NYPD Officer Killed by Serial Abuser Would Give DAs New Tool to Better Protect Domestic Violence Victims

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined advocates and leaders to push for his legislation that would increase penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders, as the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Legislative Awareness Day brought hundreds of advocates to the Capitol. Last week, the Senate Republican Majority shelved the legislation, which passed the Assembly in 2011, by referring it to the Rules Committee and effectively preventing future debate or a vote. 

The legislation -  S.1510/A.1986 (Golden-Squadron/Rosenthal) - would provide district attorneys with the tools to crack down on recurring violence and abuse by establishing the felony-level crime of “aggravated domestic violence” for abusers who commit two or more offenses within five years.  It is dedicated to fallen NYPD Office Alain Schaberger, who was killed last March in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn responding to a domestic violence call. Officer Schaberger was thrown over a staircase railing by a serial domestic violence abuser who had a 12-year history of offenses.

March 21, 2012
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Monthly Column: New York is one step closer to on-time budget for second year in a row

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

New York State is one step closer to having a budget passed on schedule for a second year in a row, after the State Senate and State Assembly passed separate one-house budget resolutions last week.

Last year, I partnered with Governor Cuomo and the State Assembly to pass a State Budget which reduced spending for the first time in 15 years.  It is imperative that the State Legislature continue to make good on the progress from last year.

March 21, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with the Federated Sportsman'​s Club of Ulster County

Senator John Bonacic met with the Federated Sportsmen’s Club of Ulster County at the 2012 Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day at the State Capitol today. The Sportsmen were in Albany to express their concerns to Senator Bonacic.

March 20, 2012
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State Lawmakers, Government Watchdog Discuss Albany All-Nighter

NY1 posted a video that features Senator Gianaris and his discussion of the "Albany All-Nighter."

Watch the video here

March 19, 2012
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Grading the Redistricting Amendment

Politicker wrote an editorial about Professor Gerry Benjamin, expert on the mechanisms of government, and the C- grade he gave to the new Redistricting Amendment.

Professor Gerry Benjamin, an expert on the mechanisms of government at State University of New York at New Paltz, was asked by Citizens’ Committee for an Effective Constitution to take a look at Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature’s much-touted redistricting amendment and grade it point-by-point against what a truly independent amendment would look like.

 

Unsurprisingly, he found it wanting. He gave the amendment a ‘C-’ overall on an ‘A’ through ‘F’ scale.

 

March 19, 2012
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Gianaris Shove It

This video captures Senator Gianaris' closing remarks during Senate session, in which the agreed-upon redistricting maps were under dispute. 

Watch the video here

March 19, 2012
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'Shove it': Senate Dems grapple with a redistricting plan they can't do anything about

An editorial posted by Capital discusses the debate between Senate Republicans and Senate Democrates over the agreed-upon redistricting lines, which Senate Democrats have strongly criticized.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a redistricting deal that his fellow Democrats in the minority of the State Senate have been criticizing as "unfair," "unconstitutional" and the "worst" in the state's history.

 

But what led them to walk out of the Senate chambers last night, ostensibly, was a Republican move to change the agreed-upon time allowed to debate the bill from four hours to two.

 

Until the walkout, the debate had been substantive, if escalatingly hostile.

 

March 19, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC INVITES NOMINEES FOR “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community 

March 19, 2012
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Senator Gianaris Explains Vote Against S.2601

This video shows Senator Gianaris voting against a bill that does not allow residents from power plant-heavy areas, such as western Queens, to become trustees of the New York Power Authorities Board of Trustees.

Watch the video here.

March 19, 2012
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Wearin’ O’ The Green

The Queens Gazette posted an article about the 13th St. Pat's For All Parade in Sunnyside and Woodside, which several elected officials attented, including Senator Gianaris.

The 13th St. Pat’s For All Parade in Sunnyside and Woodside, shortened by seven to eight blocks for the second consecutive year, was held on Sunday, March 4, a day of cool temperatures and overcast skies. Skillman Avenue between 47th and 56th Streets had to be cleared of parked vehicles well before the parade was scheduled to begin. Many car owners appeared to be unaware that the parade was being held and a number of vehicles were towed to the police pound in College Point between 9 a.m. and noon.

 

March 19, 2012
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Bill would stiffen sex offender penalties

Queens Courier reports on a new bill introduced by Senator Gianaris that would strengthen penalties for repeat sex offenders.

In an effort to keep the public safe from sexual abuse, the New York State Senate has passed a bill increasing the penalty for repeat offenders.

 

The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Senator Michael Gianaris which excludes time spent in prison from the 10-year period during which the actions of a repeat sex offender are deemed “persistent sexual abuse.”

 

Under the current law, criminals who commit certain sex crimes on multiple occasions can count time they are incarcerated towards the decade-long period in which they are subject to harsher penalties.

 

March 19, 2012
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Senator John Bonacic Meets with Student of the Year

(March14, 2012) Senator John Bonacic presented New York Association of Continuing Education’s Student of the Year Award Recipient, Delwin Reyes, of Middletown with a New York State Senate Resolution congratulating his accomplishments.  

March 16, 2012
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