Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, along with local businesses and residents, held a rally demanding that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) investigate the layout and design of the street grid around Queens Plaza.
In the last 10 days two major accidents have occurred in this area.
In both incidents, vehicles failed to acknowledge and negotiate the sharp turn at the end of the Long Island City side of the Queensboro Bridge as they exited, causing them to jump the curb and crash. This horrific oversight resulted in not only serious injuries to the vehicles’ drivers and passengers, but also in the fatality of a pedestrian and considerable damage to local businesses.
Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a press conference with community leaders at base of the Queensborough Plaza to demand that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYDOT) investigate the layout and design of the street grid around Queen Plaza. In the past 10 days two major accidents with one resulting in a fatality have occurred in this area. These officials and community leaders will also demand the NYCDOT strengthen traffic safety on the bridge and at the ramp to avoid any future accidents and tragedies.
Pull permit for Long Island City asphalt plant, Queens politician demands
By Lisa L. Colangelo
New York Daily New Staff Writer
Local leaders are calling on the state to revoke permits it issued to a new asphalt plant poised to open in Long Island City.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris and others said the community was never properly notified that Green Asphalt Co. LLC was applying for permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation to operate the plant on Railroad Ave.
"Not only is this plant ill-conceived based on its merits and location, but the process through which it came to fruition was utterly flawed," Gianaris (D-Astoria) wrote in a letter fired off to DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens on Friday.
El presupuesto que el Gobernador del Estado de Nueva York Andrew Cuomo ha sometido para este año traerá consecuencias fatales para nuestra comunidad.
Aunque logramos restituir el dinero para mantener abierto los centros de ancianos y la amenaza de cerrar 105 centros de personas mayores de edad ya no es real, por otro lado en el presupuesto el Gobernador Cuomo pide un corte de 2.8 billones de dolares en los beneficios de medicaid.
The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:
Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.
Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.
In the face of some of the most significant and potentially damaging government budget cuts in recent memory, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 pm at its headquarters in the Queensbridge Houses at 10-25 41st Avenue in Long Island City.
The following proposed cuts will be the main topic for discussion:
Senior Services: Cuts to Title XX funds in the Governor's Executive Budget would force the NYC Department for the Aging to close 105 senior centers. The loss of $24 million in these funds would be devastating, and affect over 8,000 seniors in New York City.
In a stunning security lapse, the federal General Services Administration mistakenly shipped nearly three dozen license plates marked "U.S. Government -- For Official Use Only" to a humble Queens accountant, The Post has learned......
Unsure of what to do with the plates, he handed them over to state Sen. Michael Gianaris, whose district office is in the same building.
But, Gianaris said, the GSA didn't appear overly concerned.
"The reaction we got was that this was business as usual," he said.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) today announced that the controversial road work slated for Monitor Street in Greenpoint has been postponed “indefinitely” by city officials.During a recent town hall meeting hosted by Senator Dilan, New York City Councilmember Stephen Levin (D-33) and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn), Monitor Street residents raised concerns with regard to the potential loss or damage to property as part of the reconstruction project.“I am thankful that the city has listened to the concerns of the people of Monitor Street,” said Senator Dilan.
It is my pleasure to provide you with a copy of the 2011 New York City Parking Calendar.Please keep the calendar handy and refer to it whenever you have questions about where and whenyou may legally park your car on holidays and days of religious observance throughout the year.Knowing the parking rules may save you the headache and expense of receiving a ticket or having yourvehicle towed.I hope you will find this calendar useful throughout 2011.As always, if I or my staff can be of any assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.
“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics. “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from. They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB. “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.”
The urbancanvas Design Competition is an innovative contest to develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City. The designs will be used for these different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property.
To vote for your favorite design and learn more about the urbancanvas project please visit: nyc.gov/urbancanvas.