Issues: Community Development

MID-HUDSON REGION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OUTLINES 5-YEAR PLAN FOR GROWTH

Written by Larry Hertz, Poughkeepsie Journal

The mid-Hudson Valley has the location, skilled workers and natural resources to fuel future economic growth, but business and political leaders have some work to do to maximize its potential.

Those were some of the findings and observations contained in the Mid-Hudson Region Economic Development Council's five-year plan. The 88-page report, released Monday, will be used as a guide for state agencies that provide funding for economic development here, said council Co-Chairman Dennis Murray, president of Marist College.

November 16, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR STORM VICTIMS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE

Additional Housing, Business and Infrastructure funds available following tour by Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by his Cabinet, announced additional resources for storm victims following a tour by the Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force of the areas affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

"This summer, our state suffered from two natural disasters that devastated communities across New York," Governor Cuomo said. "I recently deployed the Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force to assess the most pressing concerns on the ground and report back so we can coordinate on providing additional resources where they are most needed." 

November 16, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS ENCOURAGES WESTERN QUEENS RESIDENTS TO APPLY FOR HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Queens, NY – As winter approaches, Senator Gianaris reminds western Queens residents of a federal program offering low income households assistance to pay their energy bills. The program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), particularly helps those households with the lowest incomes paying a high proportion of household income for energy.

“During these difficult economic times, energy costs are an increasing burden for all New Yorkers, particularly for those in need,” Senator Gianaris said. “Programs like LIHEAP are vital to many members of our community who struggle to keep warm during the cold winter months. I strongly encourage all who are eligible to see how this program can help their families.”

October 28, 2011
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Astoria post office spared closure

The Queens Chronicle wrote on elected officials' success in allowing for the Grand Station post office in Astoria to remain open. Senator Gianaris, after hearing many concerned residents' reactions to the proposed closing of the post office, joined forces with Congresswoman Maloney, Assemblywoman Simotas, and Councilman Vallone to keep this important service open for all residents.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and a representative of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Wednesday that the Grand Station post office in Astoria will not be closed.

October 27, 2011
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AT&T Announces Launch Of Free Wi-Fi Service In City Parks

The Queens Gazette reported on AT&T's expansion of free access to their Wi-Fi service in several new parks in New York, including Astoria Park. Senator Gianaris is thrilled that many Western Queens resident will be able to have such access from Astoria Park, as we continue to stay connected in this digital age.

October 27, 2011
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Maloney Presses For Roosevelt Island Science Campus

Senator Gianaris attended a press conference to promote the expansion of an applied science campus to Roosevelt Island with Congresswoman Maloney and David Brause. The Queens Gazette wrote on some of the reasons for the Senator's support, such as in addition to the promotion of higher education, the general further development of the Western Queens community.

October 27, 2011
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Senator Peralta Sponsors Mortgage Forum

Help For Queens Homeowners Struggling In the Mortgage Crisis

With alarmingly high rates of seriously delinquent mortgages in Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, State Senator Jose Peralta, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and local non-profit agencies hosted a forum to help homeowners in the face of the ongoing mortgage crisis.

The attorney general’s office and community-based organizations working on foreclosure prevention provided counsel and hands-on assistance Saturday to homeowners at the event, sponsored by Senator Peralta at the Queens Museum of Art.

October 25, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks at a press conference announcing the new "Street Works."

The press conference was held by Mayor Bloomberg and NYC DOT. The new plan willstreamline street construction projects throughout NYC.

October 18, 2011
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Greek-American Politicians Applaud St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Rebuilding Deal

The New York Daily News wrote about Greek American politicians' efforts to rebuild lower Mahattan's St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was demolished in the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks. Senator Gianaris is taking part in these efforts to provide a place of religious freedom for Greek Americans and New Yorkers alike.

Gov. Cuomo today announced that he, Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and St. Nicholas Parish and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, "signed the agreement that permits the rebuilding of the Church with a nondenominational bereavement center at the east end of Liberty Park, at 130 Liberty Street."

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October 18, 2011
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opens Renovated Dog Run

The Queens Gazette wrote about the reopening of the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Blvd. Senator Gianaris had worked on securing enough funds to create such renovations, with other elected officials, DOG LIC, and Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC).

October 13, 2011
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P.S./I.S. #48 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

News Ffrom New York State

Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2011

Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS ADVISORY*

P.S. /I.S #48 RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

(Jamaica, NY) The William Wordsworth School-P.S. /I.S. #48 moved into a new building last month. The five story structure boasts a state of the art auditorium, library, science resource room, art studio, science labs, gymnasium and a fully equipped cafeteria/kitchen. Presently, the building services grades Pre-K-5 and is inclusive of District 75.

October 14, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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Advantage Tenant Information Handout

Click on the link below to view full "Advantage Tenant Infromation Handout" from "Legal Aid Society".

File: 
Advantage Tenant Handout (English).pdf

October 6, 2011
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9/21/2011: Senate Committee on State-Native American Relations

Chair: Senator George D. Maziarz

Public Hearing: To discuss economic development issues and potential  partnerships between the Native American Nations and Tribes with New York State

Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, LOB, 2nd Floor, Albany New York

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024

September 26, 2011
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Renovated LIC dog run opening soon

The Queens Chronicle wrote about the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Boulevard, which Senator Gianaris along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC implemented.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard dog run in Long Island City have begun.

The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the site.

“I look forward to seeing western Queens residents and their pets taking advantage of all this new dog run will offer,” said Gianaris (D-Astoria).

September 22, 2011
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Annex The Mills at High Falls Ribbon Cutting

On Monday, September 19th, Senator Robach spoke at, and took part in, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Annex The Mills at High Falls. Construction on the project started in April 2010, and was completed in July. The total cost of the project was $7.5 million. The buildings, located on State Street in downtown Rochester are anticipated to be fully occupied by the end of this year. For more information on Annex The Mills at High Falls, visit the Urban League of Rochester Economic Development Corporation website at http://www.ulr.org/econDev.php.

September 21, 2011
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Press Conference: Gianaris, Nolan and Van Bramer to Hold Press Conference Announcing Construction on Vernon Blvd Dog Run

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a press conference announcing the start of construction on the Vernon Boulevard dog run on Tuesday, September 20 at 2 pm. The elected officials have been working with Queens West Development Corporation, New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, to renovate and greatly enhance the dog run. The press conference will be held across the street from the dog run, on the west side of Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue.

September 20, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Mildred Johnson Estates Phase II Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, September 9th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, the Mildred Johnson Estates Phase II ribbon cutting ceremony. The event celebrated the new construction of 21 3-bedroom, single family homes on formerly vacant lots owned by the City of Rochester. Phase II is modeled on the success of Mildred Johnson Estates Phase I, which included 23 single family homes and was completed in 2008. All of the 21 new homes will be affordable to families earning 50% or less of the area median income. Together, Phase I and Phase II represent a 10 million dollar investment in the neighborhood.

 

September 9, 2011
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GIANARIS LAUDS FILM/TV PROGRAM JOBS

Queens Gazette wrote about the thousands of jobs the film industry, aided by the film tax credit which was championed  by Senator Gianaris, has brought to New York. 

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) had high praise and satisfaction for a program he supported which has created many jobs in his district and elsewhere in New York state.

Gianaris pointed out that the New York State Film Production Credit, which rewards companies that produce films and TV shows in the state with a tax credit, also creates jobs. Gianaris was a lead supporter when the legislation was created and later expanded.

September 7, 2011
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