Issues: New York City

Senator Gianaris speaks at UCCA's 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.

The ceremony took place in McManus Park.

September 9, 2011
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Bedbugs found in Astoria school

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris'  Bed Bug Notification Bill, passed last year, a measure to prevent incidents such as the one that occurred at P.S. 70.

Bedbugs have infested PS 70, an elementary school in Astoria, according to reports published last week, which said the school has the worst bedbug problem in the city.

The Department of Education discovered the infestation last December, including evidence the bugs were breeding, but never told anyone at the school about it.

For the first time, the DOE has admitted the problem came from within the school itself. In the past, the department has claimed bedbugs were brought into schools by students.

Residents and area politicians are incensed with the agency’s oversight.

September 8, 2011
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Astoria leaders fuming over bedbug find

Queens Times Ledger wrote about Senator Gianaris' demand that DOE investigation the bed bug incident at P.S. 70.

Elected officials from Astoria were furious after the news broke that PS 70 on 42nd Street had the worst bedbug problems in the city and did not inform administrators or students.

“This type of negligence puts students and teachers at risk, and prevents families from taking necessary steps to protect their children,” state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said in a statement.

September 8, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits the "New York Remembers" Exhibit at the MOST

Senator John DeFrancisco attended the unveiling of the "New York Remembers" exhibit at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse.  On display is a battalion chief car from the FDNY headquarters at Metrotech in Brooklyn.  Several FDNY battalion chiefs were lost on 9/11.

September 8, 2011
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Pols remember 9/11: SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS

Queens Courier asked Senator Gianaris about his memories of September 11th:

Where were you when you heard that planes had struck the World Trade Center?

September 11th was an Election Day for municipal offices. I was campaigning with Peter Vallone Jr., who was a candidate for the City Council that day. After the attacks, we went to the rooftop of our polling place and saw the Towers burning with our own eyes. It is an experience I will never forget.

What was your initial reaction to the attack?

September 7, 2011
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Senator Gianaris visits downed tree in Sunnyside following Hurricane Irene.

The mayor did a good job handling the storm but the Parks Department needs to take care of the rest of the downed trees in New York City.

 

 

August 30, 2011
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Senator Gianaris visits Newcomers High School Evacuation Center.

Senator Gianaris joined Mayor Bloomberg to visit Newcomers High School Evacuation Center in Long Island City in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

August 29, 2011
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Klein Secures, Delivers, Supplies In Preparation for Hurricane Irene

In preparation for Hurricane Irene, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), secured and today delivered much needed supplies to vulnerable communities and organizations throughout his district.

The supplies, which included sandbags to help hold back potential flood waters, as well as sleeping bags and water, were donated by Bronx and Westchester businesses.

August 27, 2011
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Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin Call on DOT to Improve Safety on Delancey Street

New York, NY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council Member Margaret Chin called on the Department of Transportation to address the serious safety concerns on the Delancey Street corridor. 

In a letter to DOT (also below), Senator Squadron and Council Member Chin highlighted the fatal accident on Delancey and Chrystie Streets last week as the latest reminder of the need to immediately improve safety conditions on the thoroughfare.

Senator Squadron said, “Each tragedy is a clarion call that we need more safety improvements now. Last year’s Department of Transportation improvements were a welcome step – but Delancey remains one of the most dangerous streets in this city.  I will continue to work with the community, DOT, NYPD, and my colleagues in government to make these dangerous intersections -- and all of our streets -- safe for bikers, pedestrians and all types of users”

August 24, 2011
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Statement From Senator Krueger Urging the Army Corps to Deny Permit For Proposed Marine Transfer Station on East 91st St

For Immediate Release | August 20, 2011

"From the inception, I have expressed serious concern regarding the plan to build a marine transfer station on East 91st St. This proposed location must finally be taken off the table, and I hope that the Army Corps of Engineers will help us do just that by denying the permit needed to expand the dock on which the station must be built.

"My long-standing opposition to a marine transfer station at East 91st Street is based on many factors. Individually, any number of the problems with this location provide enough reason to kill this proposal, but collectively they make this decision a no-brainer.

August 24, 2011
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Upper East Siders To Rally (Again) Against 91st Street Trash Station

By Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — Upper East Siders will be raising their voices once again against the proposed garbage transfer station on the East River at 91st Street.

East Side elected officials, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney, state Sen. Liz Krueger, Assemblyman Micah Kellner and City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin will lead Saturday's 10:30 a.m. rally on the corner of 92nd Street and York Avenue.

They're hoping to remind residents to register their opposition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before its public comment period for the permit for the Department of Sanitation's application for the trash facility ends on Aug. 24.

August 24, 2011
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Closing New York City’s East River Greenway Gap

by Steven Higashide

A concept rendering of a potential new East River esplanade and greenway.

In recent decades, New York City has done much to open up its waterfront with new parks and piers. A key part of that has been the Hudson River Greenway, a bicycle and pedestrian path along the river that has become a major transportation and recreational asset on Manhattan’s West Side. The East Side equivalent hasn’t been as successful, in part because of long interruptions, including a 22-block gap between 38th and 60th Streets. Recently passed state legislation creates the possibility for a land-swap deal between NYC and the United Nations that would change that.

August 24, 2011
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NYC’s TV boom

NY Post editorialized on the state's film tax credit, which creates thousands of jobs for New Yorkers and helps boost our economy.

Hollywood it ain’t, but New York now has 23 prime-time TV shows filming inside the city -- a record for the Big Apple.

And it’s not just cop dramas: Even shows set in other cities are taping here, including HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (Atlantic City) and CBS’ “The Good Wife” (Chicago).

The trick?

Producers have been pouring in since the state first offered a 30 percent tax credit to TV and film studios in 2004.

It’s a welcome twist in a city where high taxes have been driving residents and businesses away for decades.

August 24, 2011
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Queens pols challenge census

Queens Times Ledger wrote about our challenge of the census numbers. 

Astoria and Jackson Heights officials praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s formal challenge to the results of the 2010 U.S. census filed last week, which singled out what he called a severe undercount in two of the borough’s fastest-growing neighborhoods.

The lawmakers said that while the challenge could not bring back the two congressional seats the state will lose, it could bring needed federal money to the state if successful.

“If the consequences were not so serious, the census numbers for Astoria would be laughable,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).

August 18, 2011
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Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation Signed Into Law

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' bed bug legislation that was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.State

August 15, 2011
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Governor Signs Senator Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation

QUEENS, NY--Senator Michael Gianaris’ Bed Bug Notification Bill for New York City Public Schools was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Senator Gianaris wrote and first introduced the legislation in 2007, when he was a member of the Assembly. The legislation requires that the Parent Teacher Association and all parents of potentially affected New York City school children receive notification from school health officials upon detection of bed bugs in their child's school. The notification includes informational brochures that enable parents to take preventative steps and make more informed decisions regarding the health and safety of their children and families.

August 5, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks at press conference celebrating the one-year anniversary of the NYC restaurant grading system.

The press conference was held by NYC Department of Health and Mayor Bloomberg at Sparks Deli in Long Island City.

August 1, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat, Environmental Activists Demonstrate Against Dumping of Untreated Sewage into Hudson River and Call for Better Notification System to Protect the Public

State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) called for an end to the disturbing practice of dumping untreated sewage waste, even in extenuating circumstances. Sen. Espaillat, joined by environmental activists following a major accident at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant and the ensuing dumping of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the Hudson River, also called for better notification systems to alert the public in emergency cases where the quality of New York waterways has been compromised.

July 27, 2011
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Residents Dream of Green Future for Derelict Murray Hill Pier

By Mary Johnson

 

MURRAY HILL — A decaying pier that stretches along the East River betwen 38th and 41st streets could soon be transformed to house a meandering bike path, community gardens, an urban farm, play areas and art.

The proposal was one the ideas that emerged from a day-long brainstorming session hosted by the Municipal Art Society.

The conference, at NYU Langone Medical Center Tuesday, brought together members of Community Board 6, residents, architects and elected officials to discuss hopes for the 34,000-square-foot pier, previously operated by Con Edison.

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July 27, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Pushes For More Education Efforts Due To Increased Number Of Bed Bug Cases

Number of confirmed cases tripled this year in NYC public schools 

Queens, NY – The number of bed bug cases in New York City public schools drastically increased during the 2010-2011 academic year as compared to the prior year. According to the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), around 3,590 cases of bedbugs were reported this year, which is over three times more than last year’s 1,019 cases. Senator Gianaris stresses that school teachers and administrators need to be more vigilant in notifying parents of measures they can take to combat bed bugs in order to keep the epidemic from spreading. 

July 26, 2011
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