Issues: Recreation and Tourism

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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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opens Renovated Dog Run

The Queens Gazette wrote about the reopening of the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Blvd. Senator Gianaris had worked on securing enough funds to create such renovations, with other elected officials, DOG LIC, and Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC).

October 13, 2011
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Long Island City dog run groomed

Queens Courier wrote about Long Island City's improved Vernon Blvd. Dog Run. Hailed as "the Rolls Royce of dog parks," this renovated run will benefit the pet-loving community of western Queens.

A place to meet and socialize is important for members from all Queens communities – even four-legged ones. That is why elected officials and community leaders transformed a once “ruff” looking dog run into one that canines will agree is through the “roof.”

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October 11, 2011
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Refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run Opens In Long Island City

NY1 did a story on the newly renovated the Vernon Blvd. Dog Run in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris spoke and participated in its ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday.

Click here to watch the full video.

October 11, 2011
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BORDER CAUCUS IDENTIFIES ISSUES

The newly formed “International Border Caucus,” co-chaired by State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph Griffo and Ontario Senator Robert Runciman, discussed problems posed by delays at Northern New York’s border crossings for both Americans and Canadians.

“I am very pleased that our first organizational meeting of this international legislative group identified the problems everyday citizens and business people from both sides of the border are having when they visit each other’s countries,” Senator Ritchie said. “That’s the number one complaint I hear from the people I represent.”

October 7, 2011
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Senator Gianaris announces opening of renovated Vernon Blvd Dog Run in Long Island City.

Senator Gianaris at the the podium, surrounded by (from left to right) Tiffani Minatel of DOG LIC, QWDC President Paul Januszewski, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, and State Parks Commissioner Rachel Gordon.

October 6, 2011
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GIANARIS, NOLAN AND VAN BRAMER HOLD RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY TO OPEN RENOVATED VERNON BLVD DOG RUN

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, worked together since last year to secure funding for the much-needed renovations to the dog run and are pleased to finally announce the renewed run is open and ready for use.

October 6, 2011
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Gianaris To Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of Renovated Vernon Blvd Dog Run with Nolan and Van Bramer

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the renovated Vernon Boulevard dog run on Thursday, October 6 at 11 am. The elected officials worked with Queens West Development Corporation, New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, to secure funding for the much-needed renovations. The press conference will be held at the dog run on Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue.

October 6, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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Long Island City Dog Run gets second lease on life

Yournabe.com reported on the recent renovations on the Vernon Blvd. Dog Run in Long Island City.

A dog run off Vernon Boulevard that has for some time been a green-and-brown fenced-off lot will more than double in size and sport numerous amenities after construction finishes.

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The updated run will also include drinking fountains for both dogs and people, new lighting, new covered trash cans, railings which will protect the existing trees from dogs and shade structures, Gianaris’ office said.

September 29, 2011
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Improvements To Vernon Blvd. Dog Run Announced

 The Queens Gazette wrote about the recently renovated Vernon Blvd. Dog Run, partly implemented by Senator Gianaris. He hopes its long-awaited improvements will benefit Long Island City residents -- and their pets.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Sept. 20 that long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City have begun. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the park.

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September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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Carmans River Watershed Protection Act, Will Add 1,000 Acres to Central Pine Barrens Area.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, co sponsors of the legislation to protect the Carmans River watershed and add approximately 1,000 acres of land to the Central Pine Barrens area, said today that their legislation has been signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The measure had unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly.

September 26, 2011
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THE BUFFALO NEWS: Governor OKs tightrope walk over Niagara Falls

By TOM PRECIOUS

The Flying Wallenda who wants to cheat death with a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will get his wish, at least with the blessing of New York state.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation today permitting Nik Wallenda’s bid to walk 1,800 feet across the falls on a two-inch wide steel cable.

Officials on the Canadian side of the falls have yet to signal their final word on the matter.

September 26, 2011
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9/21/2011: Senate Committee on State-Native American Relations

Chair: Senator George D. Maziarz

Public Hearing: To discuss economic development issues and potential  partnerships between the Native American Nations and Tribes with New York State

Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, LOB, 2nd Floor, Albany New York

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024

September 26, 2011
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Bill allowing Nik Wallenda high wire walk over Niagara Falls signed into law


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation (A.8206-a/S.4844-a) that would allow Nik Wallenda to perform a high wire walk between the United States and Canada over Niagara Falls. The measure was approved by the State Legislature in June 2011 and, according to the law, Wallenda will have one year from today to perform the walk. The remaining hurdle is for Wallenda to obtain approvals from Canadian officials.

September 23, 2011
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Statement: From Wallenda and WNY Legislators in Response to Bill Signing

Wallenda says this will be a dream come true

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation (A.8206-a/S.4844-a) that would allow Nik Wallenda to perform a high wire walk between the United States and Canada over Niagara Falls. The measure was approved by the State Legislature in June 2011 and, according to the law, Wallenda will have one year from today to perform the walk. The remaining hurdle is for Wallenda to obtain approvals from Canadian officials.

September 23, 2011
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Renovated LIC dog run opening soon

The Queens Chronicle wrote about the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Boulevard, which Senator Gianaris along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC implemented.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard dog run in Long Island City have begun.

The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the site.

“I look forward to seeing western Queens residents and their pets taking advantage of all this new dog run will offer,” said Gianaris (D-Astoria).

September 22, 2011
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Senator Gianaris attends LIC's Chocolate Factory season opening reception

Senator Gianaris stands with Marcus Hagenbarth, President of the Board of Trustees of Chocolate Factory; Sheila Lewandowski, Executive Director of Chocolate Factory; and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer to kick off the Chocolate Factory's new season at the theater's opening reception.

September 22, 2011
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