Issues: Agencies

Proposed redistricting lines target Queens Democrats

An editorial by the New York Daily News discusses the Senate Republicans' redistricting proposal and how they have purposely targeted districts in Queens as a means to disrupt the Democratic county.

Queens has emerged as a key locale in the redistricting war between Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature.

 

Under the proposed lines released last week, four Queens lawmakers would be merged into two districts and a powerful Democrat would be gerrymandered out of his district.

 

Another Democrat saw his district oddly reconfigured to include more Republican-leaning neighborhoods.

 

February 13, 2012
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New western Queens districts create faux state Senate fight

An editorial by the Queens Campaigner talks about the Senate Republicans' newly drawn district maps, which Senate Democrats' say have been manipulated in order to set Democrats against each other.

The new proposed state Senate district lines would set Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) against Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), but the longtime friends say they have no plans to duke it out at the polls.

“This actually makes it very amusing,” Peralta said.

Both senators characterized the new districts, drawn by Senate Republicans, as politically inspired. In the past, Gianaris’ district, the 12th District, encompassed most of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside with a thin tentacle extending down to take in parts of Maspeth and Ridgewood.

February 13, 2012
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LIC HS Drops From Transformation To Turnaround Status

The Queens Gazette investigates the Department of Education's classification of Long Island City High School, along with many others, as a "Turnaround" school, which would require the school to close and rehire 50% of the staff before reopening. Senator Gianaris believes that negotions need to continue in order to avoid hurting students as the city tries to improve schools.

February 13, 2012
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Drawing New District Lines Starts Albany Brawl

An article written by The Queens Gazette highlights some of the key issues concerning the Senate Republicans' redistricting proposal.

Assembly Democrats and state senate Republicans issued their new district maps for this year’s congressional and state legislative elections and they’re everything most reformers expected—self-serving exercises tailored to get most incumbents re-elected and keep the Assembly under Democratic control and enhance the Republicans’ chances of capturing the senate again.

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February 13, 2012
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Don’t play Senate’s game

Times Union wrote an editorial that criticizes the Senate Republicans' redistricting proposal, saying that New Yorkers should not tolerate such an unfair process and should focus their attention on the Senate Republicans' broken promise to bring about fair and independent redistricting reform.

New Yorkers shouldn’t go along with a rigged redistricting process. They should demand that lawmakers honor their word to make it fair and independent.

 

Arguing about the boundaries of a new state Senate district and the finer points of redistricting theory, like whether the city of Albany has more in common with Troy than Westerlo, is missing the point: We should not be having this discussion at all.

 

February 13, 2012
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Redistricting heads to court

YNN wrote an article about the lawsuit filed by Senate Democrats against the Senate Republicans' proposed district maps, which Senator Gianaris believes are partisan and intolerable.

The contentious redistricting process is moving to the courts. Senate Democrats filed suit Tuesday against legislative boundaries drawn by Senate Republicans they say don't follow the law. In particular, the Democrats take aim a proposed new Senate district carved out of the Albany area.

“Thank God we have a court process that passes judgment on these things because we're confident it's going to be overturned. It's ridiculous,” said State Senator Mike Gianaris.

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February 13, 2012
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Redistricting plan spurs lawsuit

The Ithaca Journal reports that New York Senate Democrats have filed a lawsuit over the Senate Republicans' plan to add a 63rd Senate seat, calling their proposal unconstitutional.

Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Tuesday over Senate Republicans' decision to add an additional seat in the chamber, claiming the move is unconstitutional.

The 53-page lawsuit claims that the creation of the 63rd Senate District through the Hudson Valley is unconstitutional, saying it was created clearly for political purposes. The district would run from Montgomery County near Albany to Kingston, Ulster County.

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February 13, 2012
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Gianaris: Pairing lines with amendment is ‘surrender’

Capital Confidential wrote an editorial about a potential deal by Senate Republicans that would delay redistricting reform until the next census in 2022 in exchange for allowing the Republicans to carry out their current redistricting proposal and help them gain an extra state Senate seat. Senator Gianaris criticizes the deal for not providing a solution to the current redistricting problems.

In something of a preemptive strike, Sen. Mike Gianaris blasted the idea of redistricting reform based mostly on a constitutional amendment that, while improving on the set of draft maps released last week, would leave redistricting in the hands of legislators until 2022.

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February 13, 2012
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ADDABBO BILL TO PREVENT UNWARRANTED HARASSMENT BY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CLEARS SENATE

Queens, NY, February 6, 2012 --  NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) today announced that his legislation (S.1242)  to protect New York residents from unfounded harassment by government agencies has been approved by the full New York State Senate.   

February 6, 2012
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Senator Dilan Stands with TWU Local 100

Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan, ranker on the Senate Transportation Committee, stands in support of TWU Local 100 who are seeking a fair contract for transit workers as part of ongoing negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

 

 

January 26, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Explains the Budget Process And Why Your Voice Matters

On this edition of the television program, Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains the state budget process and responds to several of your important questions.

January 24, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Long Island City High School

Senator Gianaris speaking at Long Island City High School about the Department of Education's plans for restructuring

January 24, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Governor's Proposed 2012-2013 Budget on Your Voice in Albany

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal on the television program, Your Voice.  The Senator also answers some of your specific questions and addresses upcoming legislative budget hearings.  You can let your voice be heard in Albany by watching this week's edition of Your Voice with Senator John DeFrancisco.

January 19, 2012
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Governor Cuomo's 2012 Executive Budget and Reform Plan Outlines Vision to Continue Building a New New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.

January 17, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Outlines Plan to Continue Building a New New York by Growing the Economy, Reinventing State Government, and Advancing New York as a Progressive Leader

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today delivered his 2012 State of the State Address in which he outlined a comprehensive agenda that builds on the success of last year. The Governor launched a new economic development blueprint that invests billions of dollars in key public-private sector partnerships and rebuilding infrastructure to create thousands of new jobs across the state, proposed a reinvention of how government operates in order to get results for the people while protecting taxpayer dollars, and detailed a series of actions to strengthen New York's legacy as the progressive capital of the nation.

January 4, 2012
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January 4, 2012
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NY Lawmakers Want Passenger Advocate At Airports

CBS 2 did a story on the Sunday press conference Senator Gianaris and Senator Schumer held at JFK Airport.

Watch the video here.

December 15, 2011
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TSA Passenger Advocates Sought By New York Lawmakers

Associated Press wrote about Senator Gianaris' and Senator Schumer's are call for an investigation of the alleged strip-searching incidents by TSA agents at JFK Airport. They are also calling for a designated Passenger Advocate at all airports.Huffington Post picked up on the story:

Two New York lawmakers have called for a passenger advocate at airports to immediately act on complaints by passengers over security screenings.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens want the Transportation Security Administration to create the position at all airports.

December 12, 2011
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SCHUMER AND GIANARIS URGE TSA TO DESIGNATE AN ON-DUTY PASSENGER ADVOCATE AT AIRPORTS TO HEAR PASSENGER CONCERNS AS THEY OCCUR; CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO RECENT CASES OF INAPPROPRIATE SEARCHING AT KENNEDY AIRPORT

 TSA ‘Passenger Advocate’ at Airports Will Assist Travelers With Concerns Over Inappropriate Screening Processes, Immediately and On-Site

Schumer, Gianaris Request Investigation of Security Checkpoint Procedures at Kennedy Airport Following Recent Cases of Alleged Inappropriate Searching of Three Elderly Women

Schumer, Gianaris: Enhanced Screening Programs at Airports are Making the Skies Safer, But We Must Strike the Right Balance Between Security and Protecting Vulnerable Passengers

December 11, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaking at Schumer-Gianaris press conference at JFK Airport.

Senator Gianaris joined Senator Schumer to request the TSA conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation into what actually occurred during the three alleged strip-searching incidents.

December 11, 2011
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