Issues: New York City

Fresh Direct Ponders Move

The Queens Gazette wrote an article that talks about New York City's push to keep the online grocer Fresh Direct from making a move to New Jersey. Senator Gianaris believes that it is crucial to remain welcoming to local businesses, like Fresh Direct, in order to keep jobs in our neighborhood.

Fresh Direct, an online grocer that delivers to residences and offices in the New York City metropolitan area and one of the largest employers in Long Island City and Queens as a whole, has become a prize in a bidding war between New York City and New Jersey. The business, which bowed in New York City in 2002, is rapidly expanding and expects to outgrow its Long Island City facility in a few years.

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January 20, 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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Sen. Espaillat Congratulates Mayor Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for Reaching Agreement on Kingsbridge Armory

Senator Espaillat pledges to work closely with the mayor and borough president to bring well-paying jobs to the Bronx

January 12, 2012
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A Start to Fulfilling the Dream of Donna Fountain

NYS Senator Eric Adams, a coalition of leaders from the Hasidic, African-American and Asian community, and other elected leaders responded to the Christmas Day death of Ms. Donna Fountain by announcing the donation of $25,000 toward a scholarship fund for Ms. Fountain's son.

Ms. Fountain was killed by a hit and run driver as she was returning home to spend the holiday with her son. A list of Ms. Fountain's dreams was discovered at the scene of the accident, one of which was to ensure that her son graduates from college. In memory of her dedication and commitment to a better life for her son, elected officials and community leaders from the Hasidic, African-American, and Asian community are uniting to financially help fulfill this dream.

January 1, 2012
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Taxi Legislation Agreement

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: December 23, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Huntley Announces Agreement on New York City Taxi Legislation

Agreement Ensures Taxicab and Livery System is Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

December 23, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON SELECTION OF CORNELL UNIVERSITY FOR APPLIED SCIENCES CAMPUS ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND

"I welcome the selection of Cornell University to create a state-of-the-art Applied Sciences Campus on Roosevelt Island. This facility will create thousands of new jobs and its location will advance western Queens' growing reputation as a hub of job growth, technology and entrepreneurship. As we continue to face difficult financial times, it is initiatives like this one that incentivize new businesses to establish themselves here and fuel economic development."

 

December 19, 2011
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Senator Eric Adams issued "Clergy Crisis Response Jackets" to the "The God Squad" 67th Precinct Clergy Council

Today, Senator Eric Adams issued "Clergy Crisis Response Jackets" to the members of Brooklyn's 67th Precinct Clergy Council, nicknamed "The God Squad"  The membership is comprised of local pastors and ministers who participate in activities that assist the community, advise on community concerns and support the personnel of the 67th Precinct.  The 67th Precinct Clergy Council Crisis Team’s new initiative will dispatch 10-man teams in high crime areas to visit victims’ families, provide prayer and spiritual counsel, and help improve interactions between the community and law enforcement.   This initiative will facilitate a beneficial working relationship between clergy, law enforcement and community.

 

December 13, 2011
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City Reopens Door to Ease Overcrowding at P.S. 116

By Jill Colvin

DOWNTOWN — The Department of Education has cautiously reopened the door to a plan that could alleviate overcrowding at a Kips Bay school.

P.S. 116, on East 33rd Street between Second and Third avenues, is currently at 120 percent capacity, according to advocates. To ease the strain, parents and elected officials want the city to start kindergarten classes for nearby P.S. 281, which isn't scheduled to open until 2013, this fall so that some P.S. 116 students can go to school there.

December 1, 2011
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DOE Rejects Plan that Could Ease P.S. 116 Overcrowding

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — Parents and teachers are angry at the Department of Education for rejecting a plan to help ease overcrowding at a Kips Bay school and vowed to continue the fight despite the setback.

P.S. 116, on East 33rd Street between Second and Third avenues, is currently at 120 percent capacity, advocates said. To keep that number from rising, parents and teachers proposed starting kindergarten classes for P.S. 281, a new school currently under construction, before its building at East 35th Street and First Avenue is ready.

December 1, 2011
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Announcement from NYS Senator Eric Adams...Project Safe Surrender

PROJECT SAFE SURRENDER

Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3

Time- 9am to 3pm

November 29, 2011
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Van Vicker Foundation Leadership Empowerment Conference

 

Senator Eric Adams was one of the keynote speakers at the 1st Annual Van Vicker Foundation Leadership Empowerment Conference.  He expounded on the the topic "Identifying Potentials and Developing Confidence", giving inspiring and motivating words of encouragement to all who attended.

 

November 29, 2011
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Senator Adams Interview on NY1 regarding Police Oversight

On Thursday, November 10, Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Richard Aborn of the Citizens Crime Commission and Len Levitt, a police reporter who writes for the website NYPD Confidential, discussed whether the New York City Police Department needs more oversight with Inside City Hall's host, Errol Louis.

Click here to view the discussion.

 

 

 

November 14, 2011
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Press Conference and Tolerance Walk against Hate Crimes in Brooklyn

On Sunday, November 13, State Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel held a press conference and led a tolerance walk to denounce the anti-Semitic hate crime that occurred in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.  

November 14, 2011
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Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Councilmember Letitia James and Councilmember Jumaane Williams call on Mayor Bloomberg to appoint Commission to Investigate Systemic Corruption in the NYPD

On Tuesday, November 3, Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Councilmember Letitia James and Councilmember Jumaane Williams call on Mayor Bloomberg to appoint an independent commission to investigate systemic corruption in the NYPD.

Senator Adams' statement:

November 4, 2011
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Senator Krueger's Albany Update Fall 2011: Your Housing Rights

Dear Neighbor,

With the growing shortage of affordable housing—for both renters and homeowners—there has never been a more important time to understand your rights and how current housing laws apply to you. There is not enough space to address all the pertinent facts, rights, and obligations so this newsletter covers the issues which come up most often in my District Office. You should be aware, however, that there are exceptions to many of the regulations and programs outlined here.

File: 
Fall 2011 Housing Rights Newsletter.pdf

November 4, 2011
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ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH REBUILDING BRINGS JOY

Queens Gazette wrote about the agreement that was reached to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

The announcement of the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church near the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, which was destroyed on 9/11 was greeted warmly by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/The Bronx), state Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. (D–Astoria.

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October 19, 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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NYC Land Deal With UN Would Close Waterfront Gap, Mayor Says

By Henry Goldman and Katie Spencer

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- New York City moved a step closer to completing an 18-year-old plan for a waterfront esplanade around Manhattan after the United Nations Development Corp. agreed to pay $73 million for land to build offices, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The transaction would provide cash to fill a one-mile gap between East 38th and 60th Streets, allowing runners, bicyclists and walkers to use a waterside pathway from the Hudson River in Washington Heights south to the Battery, and then north along the East River past Wall Street to 125th Street. Currently cyclists and pedestrians have to leave the path and use First Avenue and other streets on that midtown stretch.

October 17, 2011
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