Michael Gianaris's Blog entries

Statement from Senator Gianaris on Celebration of Labor Day 2011

"The efforts of our country's working men and women have contributed much to our society and will ultimately lead to the financial turnaround we need. It is important that, as we celebrate Labor Day, we plan for a brighter future by creating jobs and more opportunities for work."

September 4, 2011
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Senator Gianaris interview on The Perez Notes

Senator Gianaris was interviewed by Roberto Perez for his online radio show, The Perez Notes.

Read excerpts of the interview and listen to the full interview here.

July 25, 2011
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Statement from Senator Gianaris on the Implemenation of the Marriage Equality Act

New York's Marriage Equality Act, which was passed on Friday, June 24, went into effect on Sunday, July 24.

Senator Gianaris said, "Today New York took its rightful place in the history books and set the tone for the rest of the nation. Congratulations to all the newlyweds!"

July 24, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Interview on Inside City Hall

Senator Gianaris was on NY1's Inside City Hall with Errol Louis to discuss the need for an independent redistricting commission.

Click here to watch the interview.

July 20, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR GIANARIS ON PASSAGE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY ACT IN NEW YORK STATE

"Today, New York reclaimed its mantle as the nation's human rights leader. I am proud to be one of the 'yes' votes that made marriage equality a reality in our state. May our example set the tone for the rest of the country so that all Americans can enjoy the same rights and privileges."

 

 

June 24, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Interview on WCNY's "The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter."

Senator Gianaris was on WCNY's "The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter" on Monday, May 23 to discuss the major issues being taken up in Albany before the end of this legislative session, including same-sex marriage, a property tax cap, and rent regulations.

Click here to listen to the interview audio. Senator Gianaris was on the show for the first 20 minutes.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Reacts to Latest Accident on Queensboro Bridge

Early this morning there was another accident at the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge on the Queens side of the bridge close to Crescent Street. This is the same location that two previous accidents resulted in fatalities.

In the latest accident two individuals were transported to the hospital with injuries.

After the previous accidents Senator Gianaris hosted a community rally calling for the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to implement immediate traffic calming and safety measures. Senator Gianaris also wrote a letter to the NYCDOT demanding action.

May 14, 2011
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Senator Gianaris sends letter to the MTA requesting reinstatement of Queens express bus

Senator Gianaris sent this letter to MTA Chairman Jay Walder requesting that the Q22 express bus, servicing Astoria and Manhattan, be reinstated following the restoration of express buses in other boroughs.

File: 
4.26.11 Q22 bus.pdf

April 26, 2011
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Bloomberg Rails Against Government’s Attempted ‘Power’ Play

Here is the video of my interview with Marcia Kramer on the increased electricity rates that will affect all New Yorkers.

April 4, 2011
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Statement from Senator Gianaris on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro was a true pioneer for our nation, for our state and for my neighborhood. First as western Queens' representative in Washington and then as a national icon, her courage paved the way for so many of today’s leaders.

Geraldine Ferraro dedicated her life to serving her community. Her life reflected the hard work and family values that define Queens, and her belief in herself and the ability of women to contribute to society at the highest levels served as the best kind of example for younger generations.

March 29, 2011
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Senator Gianaris on "WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom"

In the wake of the recent budget agreement, the inaccurate census numbers remain a primary concern. I was on WCNY's "The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter" to talk about the severe discrepancy in these numbers. I am calling for an investigation into how so many areas, including western Queens, were so greatly undercounted.

Click here to listen to the interview.

March 28, 2011
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Gianaris Stands Up For Senior Centers In Queens

Statement From Senator Michael Gianaris Regarding State’s Restoration Of  Money To Keep Senior Centers Open.

I am glad we were able to restore this crucial money for our senior centers. For so many seniors these centers serve as a crucial lifeline to the outside world. Our seniors have done so much for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to enjoy their golden years with respect and dignity.

 The State Budget announced on March 27, 2011 has restored State human services funding which will help keep senior centers open.

 

 

March 28, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Blasts Census Numbers

Statement regarding the release of the 2010 Census numbers. The numbers show a net gain of just 1,300 people in Queens and a population loss in Astoria.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Gianaris on WAMC's Capitol Connection

I was on WAMC's Capitol Connection, hosted by Alan Chartock, to discuss the need to bring real reform to Albany. You can listen to the interview here.

March 22, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Annonces Compromise to Increase Dog Access in Gantry Plaza State Park

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and I were proud to annouce we worked out a compromise with the New York State Department of Parks to allow dogs in Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens.

March 9, 2011
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Gianaris Stands Up For Senior Centers In Queens

Statement From Senator Michael Gianaris Regarding The Proposal To Close Over 100 Senior Centers In New York City

For so many seniors these centers serve as a crucial lifeline to the outside world. While we are forced to cut costs during this difficult economic time, we must make the hard decisions in a way that minimizes the impact on the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Our seniors have done so much for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to enjoy their golden years with respect and dignity.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Introduces MTA Security Act In The Senate

I have introduced my MTA Security Act (S1968), an important proposal that would protect subway and bus riders. The legislation would grant the State Director of Homeland Security oversight of the security measures utilized by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at its facilities. The State Department of Homeland Security would examine the security measures being used by the MTA and issue findings and recommendations regarding necessary enhancements. The Director would then be empowered to require the implementation of the recommendations.

March 1, 2011
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NEW YORKERS JOIN SENATOR GIANARIS URGING LEGISLATORS TO KEEP THEIR PROMISE AND REFORM ALBANY

Voters overwhelmingly support independent redistricting to put an end to political gerrymandering

54 of 62 current State Senators signed “New York Uprising Heroes of Reform” pledge last November

(Albany, NY) Following through on the promise to reform Albany through independent redistricting, I joined with New Yorkers from across the state to film and release a video calling on all 54 senators to keep their word and put an end to partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts.

February 28, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Calls For A Vote On Redistricting Reform Legislation

After Governor Cuomo introduced his own legislation creating an independent commission to redraw district lines, I issued a press release applauding his efforts. Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform legislation hews closely to the legislation I authored and championed first in 2005. As the legislature's leading advocate of redistricting reform, I have introduced my redistricting reform legislation in the Senate.

February 22, 2011
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