Issues: New York City

Pols decry plan to close Ladder 128

Queens Times Ledger asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the closure of Ladder 128 in Long Island City.


State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said that given the population boom and the increased number of high-rise condominiums being built in Long Island City, closing the firehouse would be “a horrible mistake.” He said when Long Island City previously lost Engine 261 in Long Island City, which closed in 2003, response times lengthened.

“The last thing we need is to lose a ladder company,” Gianaris said.

The senator also said he would work to make sure the city reverses its decision, and if anything the area needs more fire services.

May 26, 2011

Lawmakers Vehemently Oppose Fire Company Closings

Queens Gazette asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the fire company closures announced by Mayor Bloomberg. In Gianaris' district, Ladder 128 is scheduled to be closed.

The release last week of the city’s long awaited list of fire company closings has Queens lawmakers fuming, vowing to keep open as many of the targeted units as possible.

The list, released by FDNY officials on May 18, includes four Queens fire companies in neighborhoods scattered across the borough:

•Ladder 128, 33-51 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside

•Engine 306, 40-18 214th Pl., Bayside

•Engine 294, 101-20 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill

May 25, 2011


Demands Mayor Keep Ladder 128 Open

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is fighting against the closure of Ladder 128, a fire company located in Long Island City, Queens at 33-51 Greenpoint Avenue. This fire company recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary and serves the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and Greenpoint.

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that he is planning on closing 20 fire companies across New York City. Ladder 128 is one of four fire companies in Queens marked for closure.

May 23, 2011

Local district faces firehouse closing

Sunnyside Post asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the possible closure of Ladder 128.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to close as many as 20 firehouses – including one in Long Island City—has drawn the scorn of many of this district’s politicians.

Ladder Company 128, which serves Sunnyside, Woodside, LIC, Blissville and Greenpoint, is among those firehouses that face the chopping block.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris said that “the closure of ladder company 128 would increase response times and would have a detrimental effect on the safety of people in western queens.” Gianaris added that the closure made little sense at a time when the area is expanding and developers are building more high-rise buildings.

May 23, 2011

GOP shocker for city electric rates

New York Post wrote an article about the legislation that Senate Republicans passed that expands giveaways for electric-generating companies. We should be standing up for ratepayers not huge corporations.

ALBANY -- Last-minute legislation to head off a threatened 12-percent rate hike for New York City electricity customers was in danger last night as Senate Republicans unexpectedly passed a different measure that could cost the city nearly $2 billion.

Outraged lawmakers and city officials accused the Senate GOP of seeking a massive give-away for electric-generating companies that already are receiving city tax breaks on their property taxes.

May 17, 2011

15 Buildings Cited in City Crackdown on Illegal Hotels

By am NY

With the power of a new state law behind him, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cracking down on the city's illegal hotels.

The Office of Special Enforcement has shuttered or given citations to 15 of the illegal inns, defined as any residence with a "transient occupant" whose stay is less than 30 days. Under the previous law, a majority of the building's occupants had to be transient for the building to be illegal.

"Owners of illegal hotels put profits above safety, allowing renters to stay in extremely dangerous conditions and it’s disgraceful," Bloomberg said.

All of the buildings busted so far under the new law, which went effect on May, are in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

May 16, 2011

Senate Passes Bill Giving Tenants FREE Meeting Space in Public Housing

May 2, 2011

Standing up for the rights of tenants to organize, the New York State Senate passed legislation to eliminate the financial burden to tenants who want to conduct meetings in public housing, announced Senator Velmanette Montgomery, a sponsor of the bill. 

The legislation (S.3114)  bans the imposition of a fee currently placed on tenants wishing to hold a group meeting. Under the bill, tenants would have access to a location owned by the authority which has been set aside as an area of common use for all tenants, including any community or social room.

May 3, 2011

El Senador Estatal Rev. Rubén Díaz Felicita las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos


2 de Mayo de 2011



El Senador Estatal Rev. Rubén Díaz Felicita las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos

El Senador Estatal Rev. Rubén Díaz (D-Bronx) publicó la siguiente declaración:

“Al igual que todos los estadounidenses que vieron y oyeron al Presidente Barack Obama anunciar la muerte del terrorista más buscado del mundo, Osama Bin Laden, siento un gran sentido de patriotismo.

May 2, 2011

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Salutes US Armed Forces

May 2, 2011

For Immediate Release


New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Salutes US Armed Forces

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement:

“Like all Americans who watched President Obama announce the death of Osama Bin Laden, I feel a great sense of patriotism.

May 2, 2011

Senate Republicans’ Plan to Toll East River Bridges

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 27, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

Statement from Senator Shirley L. Huntley onSenate Republicans’ Plan to Toll East River Bridges

April 27, 2011

4/23/2011: Home Rescue Fair

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 28, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release*

Getting The Facts About Foreclosure

(D-Jamaica) On Tuesday, April 19th at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Saturday, April 23rd at York College.  Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Councilman Ruben Wills, and Councilman Leroy Comrie, Jr., in cooperation with the Connect Queens Campaign and many other sponsors held meetings and workshops discussing and helping educate residents about foreclosure prevention and preserving homeownership.

April 23, 2011

NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins The Parents Of Slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko To Announce The Second Annual Bridging The Gap Basketball Scholarship Tournament In Memory Of Detective Timoshenko’s Life, Which Was Taken In The Line Of Duty In July 2007.

On Friday, April 8, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams joined the parents of slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko to announce the second annual Bridging the Gap Basketball Scholarship Tournament in memory of slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko.  The tournament, was hosted by the Student Government Association in collaboration with the 71st Precinct Detectives Unit.  The money raised will benefit the Detective Russel Timoshenko Scholarship Fund for tuition assistance to Medgar Evers College students.

April 19, 2011

Letter Regarding Freedom Of Information Act request

April 19, 2011

Records Access OfficerNYC Department of Education52 Chambers Street, Room 308New York, New York 10007

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a follow up to my initial Freedom Of Information Act request that I sent to the Department of Education by email on Friday, April 15, 2011.

I am in receipt of a one-page letter dated January 3, 2011 which was the initial offer to Cathie Black by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  I also received a follow-up email note yesterday from Mr. Storelli-Castro summarizing the information. While his response is interesting, it is not a substitute for documents.

April 19, 2011

Senator Reverend Díaz to Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Don’t Fluff Off My Request

For Immediate ReleaseApril 15, 2011

Senator Reverend Díaz to Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Don’t Fluff Off My Request”

April 18, 2011

4/12/2011: Paying tribute to the Life and Accomplisments of Thomas White, Jr.

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 29th, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release* Commemorating the Life of Thomas White, Jr.

April 15, 2011

Pols demand change after copycat crashes

Queens Chronicle on the Queensborough Bridge rally.

Politicians and community members gathered at the base of the Queensboro Bridge on Friday to demand traffic changes after two people were killed in almost identical yet separate accidents.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said the accidents were too similar to be coincidental. “DOT needs to step up and stop saying they had nothing to do with it,” Gianaris said.

Read the full article here.

April 14, 2011

Call For Investigation In Qns Plaza Crashes

Queens Tribune wrote about the press conference Senator Gianaris held in response to the crashes at Queensborough Bridge.

In the wake of two similar disastrous car accidents on the Queens side of the Queensboro Bridge, local officials are asking the city to change the traffic pattern that they say has caused two accidents that killed two and destroyed a business - twice.

In the span of two weeks, two Volkswagen Jettas crashed into a store on Queens Plaza South and Crescent Street. Both cars collided with the store after jumping the curb exiting the Queens-bound outer roadway of the Queensboro Bridge. Both accidents occurred at about 4 a.m., when the normally-congested bridge is nearly empty. Tragically, both drivers each lost an arm.

April 14, 2011

Gov. Cuomo plans legislative move to block power companies from raising electrcity rates 12 percent

The Post wrote an article about Governor Cuomo's proposed legislation to give permanent property tax cuts to power companies,  removing the option for the rate hikes that FERC passed, which are scheduled to start May 28. The Governor's bill is extremely similar to the bill that I have written on the issue.

ALBANY -- Gov. Cuomo is racing to the rescue of heavily burdened New York City electricity customers who face a massive and unexpected 12 percent rate hike next month, The Post has learned.

April 14, 2011
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