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Event offers new look at Kaufman Studios

Senator Gianaris was on hand as Kaufman Astoria Studios provided New Yorkers with a chance to experience the film industry firsthand at the "New York on Location" event. Read all about it in the Times Ledger

October 10, 2014
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Residents get DOT to make 5th St. safer

Senator Gianaris joined public officials and Long Island City residents to celebrate traffic safety improvements at 5th Street in LIC. Check out this story in the Queens Chronicle for more details. 

October 10, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Applauds $25 Million Federal TIGER Grant for Vision Zero in NYC

(Astoria, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris is thrilled the United States Department of Transportation granted New York City’s request for a $25 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant to help make Vision Zero a reality. Included among the beneficiary schools of the funding are local schools PS 199 in Long Island City and PS 239 in Ridgewood. Senator Gianaris, an early and avid supporter of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero agenda, wrote a letter of support for the grant application in April and looks forward to new traffic safety improvements coming to Queens, particularly in school zones. 

“This TIGER grant money is great news for all of us who believe in Vision Zero,” said Senator Gianaris. “I have worked with DOT on countless traffic safety initiatives and am encouraged to see the Federal Government recognize the worthiness of our cause. This grant money will immediately go towards implementing desperately needed traffic safety measures, including at schools in Long Island City, Ridgewood and Woodhaven.”

October 10, 2014
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Sunnyside due for slow zones as funds ramp up for projects

Senator Gianaris spoke with the Times Ledger about upcoming slow zones in western Queens as we continue working towards Vision Zero and making our streets safer. Check out the article here

October 10, 2014
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New Bill Aims To Reduce Train Noise Near City Schools

Senator Gianaris joined Congressman Joe Crowley, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, parents and students at PS 85 to continue to fight for peaceful classrooms free from noise caused by passing trains. Check out this CBS News report for more details. 

October 10, 2014
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Weekend bus service along Vernon Boulevard likely to become permanent

In the LIC Post, Senator Gianaris discusses his work to permanently increase Q103 service in western Queens. Read more to find out why permanent service increases could be coming soon. 

October 10, 2014
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Bicyclists come to Sunnyside to support bike-friendly businesses

Senator Gianaris attended the kickoff of Queens' first Bike-Friendly Business District in Sunnyside, and the Sunnyside Post has the details. Click here to read how Senator Gianaris is working to make western Queens bike-friendly. 

October 10, 2014
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NY1 Report on Q103 Bus Service

Senator Gianaris spoke to NY1 about his ongoing efforts to permanently increase Q103 bus service between Astoria and Long Island City. 

View the report here

October 10, 2014
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New York Times Coverage of the Queens Library Scandal

The New York Times took an in-depth look at the Queens Library scandal and Senator Gianaris' work towards reform. Chek out the full article here

 

October 10, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Possible Citibike Deal

Senator Michael Gianaris released the following statement regarding a possible deal to revive and expand Citibike.

"As news of a possible deal to revive and expand Citibike inches closer to becoming a reality, I renew my commitment to fighting for the inclusion of our neighborhoods in this innovative program. As a result of our hard work since bike share's debut, the DOT promised to include Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside in the next phases of expansion. I will work to ensure that those promises are kept no matter the details of any coming deal. Western Queens remains home to some of the most bike friendly neighborhoods in the city, and some of the most underserved by mass transit, making our community perfect for Citibike," said Senator Gianaris.

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Announces DOT Traffic Safety Improvements Coming to Broadway

“It is good to see DOT continue to make good on its pledge to get serious about improving street safety in Queens,” said State Sen. Michael Gianaris. “For years it seemed our pleas for safer streets would fall on deaf ears, but Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero has brought results to the streets of western Queens,” Gianaris added.

Get the full story at the Sunnyside Post

August 15, 2014
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Gianaris, Simotas, DA Brown Crack Down On Persistent Sexual Abusers

Senator Gianaris joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown to celebrate passage through both the Senate and Assembly of their bill getting tough on persistent sexual abusers.

August 15, 2014
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Gianaris, Simotas, Constantinides Celebrate Ramadan

“I take special pride in participating in the annual Iftar Ramadan dinner in Astoria. Along with Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Councilman Costa Constantinides, I believe that the diversity of our neighborhood is something to be celebrated, and this event is a great example of what our community has to offer,” said Gianaris. “I thank the Queens Muslim community for allowing me to be a part of this special night and I look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of our community.”

August 15, 2014
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NYC Parks Cuts Ribbon on Queensbridge Seawall Park

Senator Gianaris was thrilled to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the much-anticipated Queensbridge Seawall Park. 

Read the whole story at the Broadway World

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Hails Astoria Bus Improvements

Senator Michael Gianaris celebrated recent improvements in our transit system, saying, "The extension of the Q19 and the streamlining of the Q102 are welcome improvements for western Queens residents. Western Queens was hit hard by the drastic MTA service cuts of 2010, and I've fought since then to get the MTA to see that our growing community needs more public transit options, not less. I'm glad to see we are regaining some service we never should have lost, but even happier to see the MTA taking steps to keep up with our fast-growing neighborhoods."

August 15, 2014
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Celebrating Our Independence

Senator Michael Gianaris was proud to take part in this year's Central Astoria Local Development Coalition's annual Independence Celebration in Astoria Park. 

Read all about it in the Western Queens Gazette. 

August 15, 2014
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Senator Michael Gianaris Inducts Queensbridge Resident Into Veteran's Hall of Fame

Senator Michael Gianaris honored World War II veteran, Queensbridge resident and community fixture John D. Smith Sr. as an inductee into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame, which is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities. Senator Gianaris presented Mr. Smith with a commemorative plaque at the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement house in Queensbridge Houses.

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Works Toward Permanent Q103 Expansion

Senator Gianaris spoke with NY1 about permanently expanding Q103 bus service in western Queens. Watch the interview here. 

August 15, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Governor Cuomo Signing Queens Library Reform Into Law

Senator Michael Gianaris released the following statement in light of Governor Cuomo signing the Gianaris/Aubry Queens Library Reform Bill (S.6893-B) into law.

June 26, 2014
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Gianaris/Aubry Library Reform Bill Passes Senate With Overwhelming Support

(Albany, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris hailed the Senate passage of the Gianaris/Aubry Queens Library Reform Bill (S.6893-B), which will now move to the desk of Governor Cuomo, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

“I am thrilled the Senate so overwhelmingly passed my bill and look forward to it becoming law so we can end the abuses that plagued our library system,” said Senator Gianaris. “Once enacted, my bill will rein in the excesses revealed in recent reports and provide a long-term blueprint for an efficient, transparent and accountable library system of which every Queens resident can be proud. I am thankful for  the way just about everyone in Queens came together to fight for these much-needed reforms, which says a lot about our borough’s desire for transparency and accountability when it comes to public funds.”

June 20, 2014
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