Issues: Community Development

Gianaris Blasts Possible GOP Plan to Increase State Senate Size

An editorial by Politicker NY reports on Senator Gianaris' reaction to the unconstitutional attempt by the Senate GOP to add a 63rd Senate seat. Gianaris believes this is a despicable power grab to keep their part in the majority

State Senator Mike Gianaris, who heads the Senate Democrats electoral efforts, was sharply critical of a plan Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos floated yesterday, saying there’s a “good chance” the total number of New York State Senators will increase from 62 to 63 for the decennial process of redrawing district lines.

Senator Gianaris said that the “desperate” Republican conference was “brazenly violating the constitution.”

January 18, 2012
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Legislature prepares for session with elections looming

The Ithaca Journal wrote an article that highlights the Senate Republicans rejection of the formation of an independent redistricting task force, which was proposed by Senate Democrats. Senator Gianaris believes that redistricting reform is an urgent matter and that Senate Republicans have abandoned their promise to fix it.

Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have spent recent months touting their legislative accomplishments in 2011: an on-time budget, a 2 percent property tax cap, a revamped income tax code and a sense of renewed collegiality in a Capitol long known for its partisanship.

That doesn't mean, however, that there isn't plenty on the table for 2012.

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January 18, 2012
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Gianaris Announces Legislation Expanding Good Samaritan Laws

An article written by the Queens Gazette looks into the new legislation proposed by Senator Gianaris, which would expand on current New York Good Samaritan laws in order to protect local businesses and non-profits from being held liable for damages or injuries that could occur while helping a victim.

Continuing his fight to ensure safety in the neighborhood, state Senator Michael Gianaris announced he has introduced new legislation expanding New York’s Good Samaritan laws.

 The legislation would protect local businesses and non-profits offering themselves as safe havens from being held liable for damages or injuries that may have occurred while helping a victim.

January 18, 2012
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Ambitious residential and commercial project proposed for Astoria waterfront

The New York Daily News wrote an article about a new development proposal that would bring significant change to Astoria’s waterfront.

An isolated swath of Astoria that has largely been ignored by developers and businesses could soon undergo a major facelift under a proposal to erect seven waterfront residential towers and a supermarket.

The Lincoln Equities Group wants to create a project dubbed Hallets Point, with roughly 2,300 units of housing and a waterfront park along the East River near the Astoria Houses.

The public review process is expected to begin next year, city officials said.

January 18, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS PRAISING SLA DENIAL OF LIC STRIP CLUB APPLICATION

“I am thrilled the State Liquor Authority stood with the Long Island City community today when it voted against the Gypsy Rose liquor license application. This neighborhood is no place for a sex-based business, and today’s vote brings us one step closer to ensuring the wholesome, family-friendly environment in which an increasing number of people live and work. It is clear the SLA takes community input to heart and I commend the board for today’s decision.”

January 18, 2012
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ASTORIA LEADERS FIGHT TO PROTECT RATEPAYERS

Queens, NY – Continuing their efforts to protect energy ratepayers, Senator Michael Gianaris and Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr. are pushing a federal judge to reject the proposed settlement for an illegal price-fixing case involving Morgan Stanley and two western Queens power plants that caused ratepayers to lose nearly $300 million in two years.

January 17, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

"Today, we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and are reminded of the power of perseverance and the importance of helping others. As a representative of one of the most diverse communities in the world, I am humbled by the ability of different peoples to live side-by-side and create a respectful, loving environment in which our children can grow up understanding the inherent nature of dignity for all. None of this would be possible without the sacrifices made by Martin Luther King, Jr. We are forever indebted to him."

January 16, 2012
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Elected Officials Seek Construction Funding For P.S. 2, P.S. 11

The Queens Gazette wrote an article drawing attention to a School Construction Authority (SCA) budget ammendment proposal, which reduces construction funding for schools in desperate need of assistance. Senator Michael Gianaris, along with parents and other elected officials, urges the SCA to include these schools back in the capital plan in order to ensure that the needs of the children are satisfied. 

While supporting needs throughout District 30, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and state Senator Michael Gianaris spoke in support of two especially beleaguered schools: P.S. 2, Jackson Heights and P.S. 11, Long Island City.

January 13, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at a rally opposing the granting of a liquor license to the Gypsy Rose gentlemen's club

Senator Gianaris speaking at a rally opposing the granting of a liquor license to the Gypsy Rose strip club in LIC, a flourishing, family-oriented neighborhood where a strip club does not belong.

January 13, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 11:30 AM, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Room 308 LOB

January 18, 11:30 AM - 11:42 AM
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Senator Gianaris discusses MTA issues at a Sunnyside town hall

Senator Gianaris speaking at a Sunnyside town hall, hosted by Councilmember Van Bramer, focusing on MTA issues affecting the neighborhood.

January 12, 2012
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Senator Gianaris co-hosts a CUNY Citizenship Now! event

Senator Gianaris speaking at the CUNY Citizenship Now! event he co-hosted with Assemblymember Nolan and Councilmember Van Bramer.

January 9, 2012
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Senator Gianaris tours City Harvest's new facility in Long Island City

Senator Gianaris speaks with David Levy, VP of Distribution, in the facility's giant fridge.

December 20, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO LAUNCHES STATEWIDE HOLIDAY GIVING DRIVE TO BENEFIT FAMILIES IN FLOOD AFFECTED COMMUNITIES

Encourages All New Yorkers to Make Donations, Including Toys, Household Supplies, and Financial Contributions; Toy Industry Association Pledges 250 Toys

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a statewide holiday giving drive to benefit families in flood affected communities. The giving drive is part of the Governor's "NYGives" campaign, a statewide effort to encourage charitable giving and generosity throughout the holiday season. "NYGives" connects businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and those seeking to give with organizations that directly serve New Yorkers most in need. The campaign will continue through the end of 2011.

December 15, 2011
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Senator Gianaris presents at the HANAC holiday party

Senator Gianaris presenting certificates to two members of HANAC at the group's holiday party at Riccardo's.

December 15, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris speaks on The Governor David Paterson Show

Senator Gianaris speaks with former Governor Paterson on his radio show, The Governor David Paterson Show, which was broadcasting live from Rockefeller Center to raise money for City Harvest.

December 15, 2011
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Senator Gianaris with members of DOG LIC

Senator Gianaris with Perrin Salat, Tiffani Minatel and Stephanie Rodousakis of DOG LIC at a recent holiday party.

December 14, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris attends Community Board 2's District Service Cabinet Meeting and Holiday Breakfast.

Senator Gianaris speaking with attendees of Community Board 2's District Service Cabinet Meeting and Holiday Breakfast.

December 14, 2011
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