Issues: New York City

An Esplanade on the East River

New York Times Editorial 

For years now, New York City has been eager to fill a 22-block gap along the East River in the greenway that encircles most of Manhattan along the water’s edge. And for years, the United Nations has been considering ways to increase its office space in the city.

There is now a potential solution to both problems. The plan, strongly promoted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, would involve an agreement to provide land for a new United Nations tower and generate money for the city to build an esplanade from 38th to 60th streets.

October 17, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON AGREEMENT TO REBUILD ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

“For more than a decade, Greek-Americans have been without our place of worship in one of the most significant locations in this country. This long-awaited deal reminds the world of New York’s emphasis on religious freedom and the value of reconstruction as we continue to remember all we lost on September 11th. I look forward to celebrating the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas with my fellow Greek-Americans and all New Yorkers. I thank the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority for their hard work to bring about today’s agreement.”

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October 14, 2011
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Wall Street’s Winter: Grim news for NYC’s budget

Last Updated: 10:20 AM, October 7, 2011Posted: 9:45 PM, October 6, 2011By: Nicole Gelinas

Tick-tock. Thanks to Washington’s support for big banks, New York City has been a cocoon of prosperity compared to the rest of the nation over the last three years.

But banks can’t stay on the dole forever -- and the city’s done nothing in the 37 months since Lehman Bros. collapsed to prepare for a leaner Wall Street.

Without endless financial-industry profits, New York can’t afford to make good on the promises it’s made to workers and pick up the trash and keep criminals off streets.

October 14, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS APPLAUDS INSTALLATION OF FREE WI-FI IN ASTORIA PARK

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is pleased to welcome the installation of free Wi-Fi in Astoria Park, one of five New York City park locations offering free wireless service, provided by AT&T and the City of New York. The addition of this new digital network will allow western Queens residents to enjoy the outdoors while browsing the Internet without extra charges to their cell phone or cable bills.

October 13, 2011
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Community Board 17 Announces their Civilian Observation Patrol Program

On Monday, October 3, 2011, elected officials, officers from the 67th police precinct, clergy, community residents and neighboring safety patrol groups joined Community Board 17 at their headquarters to announce the launching of their Civilian Observation Patrol program.  Dedicated residents will be enlisted to observe their neighborhoods and report incidents that require police attention.  Deputy Chief of Staff Sheila Wimberly attended on behalf of Senator Adams.

 

October 11, 2011
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DOT Adds Parking, Reduces Meter Time On Queens Boulevard

NY1 video of the press conference Senator Gianaris participated in announcing the changed parking regulations on Queens Boulevard. Senator Gianaris is pleased these regulations are changing to better reflect the needs of the community, which will allow Sunnyside to continue to flourish.

Watch the video here.

September 29, 2011
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Senator Adams statement regarding NYPD Commissioner Kelly's internal order to modify the department's marijuana arrest practices...

" NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's plan to modify NYC's current marijuana arrest policy is definitely a step in the right direction. A way to strengthen the new policy would be to seal the records of young people who were arrested under the former policy. "

September 26, 2011
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Smokers at record lows in New York City

Queens Courier wrote about the decrease in New York City smokers over the last ten years and included Senator Gianaris' comments.

More New Yorkers than ever have put out their last cigarette.

The number of New York City smokers has reached all-time lows, officials recently announced. In the past decade nearly half a million New Yorkers have put out their cigarettes, with 100,000 smokers quitting between 2009 and 2010. Smoking is down 35 percent throughout the city over the past eight years.

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable, premature death in New York City and the nation today and we’re proud that a record number of New Yorkers are saving their own lives by quitting,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

September 22, 2011
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Residents Make Last Stand at Final Public Forum on East River Greenway

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — The final public forum to debate the proposed East River Greenway project drew a hefty crowd of more than 300 people on Tuesday night with residents still divided over the best fate for the project.

Most of those present testified in favor of the deal, which could bring to life a project that has been decades in the making: filling in the gaping hole in the East River esplanade from East 38th to 60th streets.

September 21, 2011
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Solemnity Rules At Blvd’s Co-naming

Queens Tribune wrote about the renaming of the "Boulevard of Bravery" at 65th Street and Queens Boulevard. Senator Gianaris spoke at the event. 

Bagpipes and beating drums brought 65th Street and Queens Boulevard in Woodside to a solemn silence on Sept. 9. The “Boulevard of Death” turned silent.

Honoring the firefighters of Rescue 4 who lost their lives in the line of duty and on Sept. 11, 2001, local elected officials and community members gathered with the families of the fallen to enshrine the bustling thoroughfare as “The Boulevard of Bravery.”

Although the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks rehashed the devastation caused that day, some elected officials paused to ensure that the memory of each first responder will live on.

September 15, 2011
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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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