Issues: Government Operations

Senator Gianaris Gets GSA To Improve Homeland Security

Procedures for Transporting U.S. License Plates Strengthened After Inquiry from Senator 

Queens, NY – Due to Senator Michael Gianaris’ concern for Americans’ safety following a serious mishandling of official United States Government license plates, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has revised and strengthened its procedures for transporting federal license plates. 

The procedure will require official government license plates to be hand-delivered after Senator Gianaris discovered a mishap where more than 30 license plates were mailed to a wrong location in Astoria rather than their intended destination of Montrose, New York. 

July 28, 2011
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Senators DeFrancisco, Gianaris to debate redistricting on Wednesday

‎Syracuse Post-Standard wrote about the joint-interview/debate Senator Gianaris and Senator DeFrancisco will participate in this afternoon on The Jim Reith Show.

Syracuse -- Two New York Senators are scheduled to talk about legislative redistricting Wednesday on The Jim Reith Show on WSYR radio.

Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, has been critical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to create an independent commission to redraw state and congressional political boundaries, questioning whether such a commission could be independent of political influences.

July 27, 2011
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August 9, 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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August 4, 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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August 3, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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August 2, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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July 28, 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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A debate in Syracuse

Senator Gianaris has challenged Senator DeFrancisco to a debate on redistricting to take place live on WSYR's The Jim Reith Show. Senator Gianaris is hoping for an open, honest debate on the issue. Capitol Confidential wrote about the challenge:

This should be lively: it looks like Democratic Sen. Mike Gianaris of Queens and Syracuse Republican John DeFrancisco will debate redistricting with Syracuse talk show host Jim Reith on Newsradio 570 in the near future.

Here is the interchange of letters today, triggered by Gianaris’s interview last night on Reith’s radio show, which prompted DeFrancisco to call in.

Read the full post here.

July 25, 2011
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Independence is key in state redistricting

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorialized the importance of creating an independent redistricting commisssion so that district lines will be redrawn in a nonpartisan fashion.

For what it's worth, the New York Legislature's traveling committee on redistricting was in Rochester this week to gather public input on redrawing boundary lines for state legislative and congressional districts.

Though the four-member panel is bipartisan, includes two citizens, and is said to be committed to transparency, it was hard to take seriously. Its members, after all, were doing work that should be done by a panel independent of the legislative process.

July 25, 2011
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Otselic Valley School Name Change Official

ALBANY, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation formally changing the name of Georgetown-South Otselic School District to the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic has been signed into law.

“This legislation formalizes the legal name of the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic and comes at the request of the school,” said Senator Seward.  “The change will allow the district to employ the commonly used  name when filing reports, applying for grants or entering into contracts.”

July 21, 2011
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Governor Cuomo signs law to change presidential primary date

Albany, N.Y., July 19—Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to move New York’s presidential primary election day from the first Tuesday in February to Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

July 19, 2011
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Trees are coming to Sunnyside/Woodside

Sunnyside Post wrote about Senator Gianaris' continued work to get more trees planted in Sunnyside and Woodside. It is expected that hundreds of trees will be planted in the area within the next two years, thanks to the help of local leaders.

Hundreds of trees will be planted in Sunnyside and Woodside within the next two years, according to the neighborhood’s political leaders.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris, who wrote a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in April insisting that more trees be planted on the south side of Queens Blvd, said that the first wave of tree planting is likely to begin in October.

July 18, 2011
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Public Hearing: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, 13th Floor, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (212) 618-1100

A video archive of this event will be available at http://www.latfor.state.ny.us

August 18, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and ReapportionmentChairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: Westchester County Board of Legislator’s Committee Room, 800 Michaelian Office Bldg., 8th Floor, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (212) 618-1100

A video archive of this event will be available at http://www.latfor.state.ny.us

August 10, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistricting

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (212) 618-1100

A video archive of this event will be available at http://www.latfor.state.ny.us

August 4, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and ReapportionmentChairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M.Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (212) 618-1100

A video archive of this event will be available at http://www.latfor.state.ny.us

July 19, 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting

New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEnenyPublic Hearing: Congressional and state legislative redistrictingPlace: City Hall Council Chambers, Room 302-A, 30 Church Street, Rochester, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research & Reapportionment (212) 618-1100

A video archive of this event will be available at http://www.latfor.state.ny.us

July 20, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Census gives NY office miles and miles of data

Queens Chronicle wrote about how census offices in several other states will be closed, making New York's office responsible for collecting and organizing even more data.

How many infants live in Puerto Rico? Workers at the New York regional office of the U.S. Census Bureau will soon be responsible for keeping tabs on the island and many more states, according to the bureau.

July 11, 2011
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