Issues: Recreation and Tourism

Stony Brook, Rockefeller among tech campus rejects

Times Ledger wrote about the potential building of an applied sciences or engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, after the proposal rejection of Stony Brook and Rockefeller. Senator Gianaris feels the multiple benefits of an added campus in Roosevelt Island will be a wonderful addition to Long Island City.

Two entities have been rejected in their bids to build an applied sciences or engineering campus somewhere in the city because they did not meet the criteria for the city’s competition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week. Roosevelt Island is one of the possible sites.

December 8, 2011
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Second Annual Skillman Avenue Holiday Lights

The Queens Gazette wrote about the Second Annual Skillman Avenue tree lighting. Senator Gianaris attended this great event to kick start the holiday season in the community.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was joined on December 1 by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Queen of Angels Father Brian Dowd and more than 200 community members to mark the beginning of the Second Annual Skillman Avenue Lights. The festive snowflakes are now hanging from lampposts from 43rd to 53rd Streets, which is an expansion of four additional blocks from last year.

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December 8, 2011
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Giving Thanks

The Queens Gazette wrote about the 22nd GHOA's Thanksgiving Meal giveaway which was held at the organization’s headquarters, 23-49 31st St. this year. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, volunteered to distribute meals to the elderly, the poor, the homeless and the lonesome in our community.

While millions of Americans spent their Thanksgiving holiday in the warm surroundings of home with family and friends, an equal number, including many throughout the city, experienced just the opposite.

December 1, 2011
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New hotels in Queens sign of tourism boom: Mayor

Times Ledger wrote on Mayor Bloomberg's praise for the tourist boom, stating the increase in hotels in Long Island City as one of the pimrary reasons for such an improvement. Senator Gianaris is proud of Long Island City's many hotels and its achievement in establishing itself as a tourist hot spot.

Surrounded by a spectacular rooftop view of Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the increase in hotels in Long Island City and elsewhere in the five boroughs during a visit to Z NYC at 11th Street and 43rd Avenue, saying the tourism industry has earned the city $31 billion.

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“It’s a great sign that Long Island City is desirable to come to,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said.

November 22, 2011
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Schumer, Squadron Announce Funding Secured for Pier 42 Redevelopment, Completion of East River Waterfront Park

SENATORS LAUNCHED EFFORT TO COMPLETE PARK ALMOST ONE-YEAR AGO TODAY

In November of Last year, Schumer and Squadron Began Major Push for LMDC to Invest Portion of Remaining Federal Dollars to Complete East River Waterfront Park and Create ‘Continuous Green Ribbon’ Around Lower Manhattan

Approvals in Place to Jump-Start First Phase of Project; Abandoned Shed on Pier 42 Would be Removed to Create Public Space

Schumer, Squadron: This is the Final Link Connecting East Side and West Side Parks That Will Unleash Untold Potential for Lower Manhattan

November 18, 2011
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RITCHIE, GRIFFO APPLAUD GOVERNOR ON A.P.A. APPOINTMENT

First St. Lawrence County Resident Named to Panel

State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph A. Griffo today applauded Gov. Cuomo’s selection of the first-ever St. Lawrence County resident to serve on the board of the agency that oversees the sprawling Adirondacks.

November 9, 2011
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NIAGARA GAZETTE: Grisanti supports Robert Moses Parkway removal efforts

NIAGARA FALLS - Members of the city’s tourism advisory board will get some help with their concerns about the Robert Moses Parkway from the Republican state senator representing Niagara Falls.Following a meeting Monday at City Hall, state Sen.

November 9, 2011
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Spooktacular Good Time

The Queens Gazette wrote about the19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, was there to celebrate Halloween with over 500 children, friends and parents.

Taking a break from the age-old custom of going doorto door trick or treating on Halloween night, more than 500 youngsters, parents and friends attended the 19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Central Lounge owner Nick Neocleous, a member of the UCCA board, provided the venue.

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November 3, 2011
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AT&T Announces Launch Of Free Wi-Fi Service In City Parks

The Queens Gazette reported on AT&T's expansion of free access to their Wi-Fi service in several new parks in New York, including Astoria Park. Senator Gianaris is thrilled that many Western Queens resident will be able to have such access from Astoria Park, as we continue to stay connected in this digital age.

October 27, 2011
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Dogs have their day at Vernon Boulevard run

Times Ledger wrote on the positive impact of the recently improved Vernon Blvd. dog run, as dogs took advantage of the wider space and new features. Senator Gianaris was present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mere weeks after announcing the dog run on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City would be renovated, local legislators and their four-legged constituents cut the ribbon on the expanded park last Thursday.

“It’s a beautiful day for people but it’s an even more beautiful day for the dogs of this neighborhood today,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).

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October 18, 2011
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Paws and Pols Unite! Dog Run Opened in Long Island City. Ribbon Cutting 10/6/2011

OurLic News provided many great photos from the renovated Vernon Blvd. Dog Run ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on October 6.

Thanks to NYS, NYC, Queens West Development Corporation, and others, this dog friendly community now has a large and well designed dog run at the corner of Vernon Blvd and 48th Ave. The space replaces the dog run on 2nd Avenue that was taken by the city for the new high school and construction of affordable housing.

Some have estimated that over 1,000 dogs live in Long Island City.

On October 6th, the red ribbon was cut at an appropriate ceremony led by NYS Senator Michael Gianaris. As the OurLIC Video NEWS reveals, all elected officials representing Long Island City are true pet lovers.

October 18, 2011
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