Michael Gianaris's News items

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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Steinway Mansion sold for $2.6 million

Following the news that the Steinway Mansion has been sold, Senator Gianaris told the TimesLedger that “the Steinway Mansion is an integral part of our neighborhood’s rich cultural history. Like many of my neighbors in Astoria, I hope that whoever made this purchase has an appreciation for the Steinway Mansion’s importance to the community and bearing that in mind, finds a way to allow public access to the neighborhood landmark.”

Check out the full story in the TimesLedger here

May 19, 2014
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State Liquor Authority KOs booze permit for the Knockdown Center in Maspeth

Senator Gianaris applauded the State Liquor Authority's decision to deny an alcohol permit for the Knockdown Center following months of working with local residents to help voice their concerns over planned shows and concerts. "I am glad the SLA listened to our community and denied this application. The residents of Ridgewood and Maspeth deserve to have their questions answered and their concerns addressed before the Knockdown Center is ever granted a liquor license, and I thank the SLA for preserving the community's quality of life with this decision," said State Senator Michael Gianaris.

Read more in the New York Daily News

May 19, 2014
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Democrats Introduce Ethics Legislation Package

Senator Gianaris joined the Senate Democratic Conference in introducing a comprehensive ethics reform package with the goal of cleaning up Albany. Senator Gianaris, who sponsored a bill regarding campaign finance reform, said “for too long the voices of everyday New Yorkers and the candidates that seek to represent them have been drowned out by campaigns that rely on enormous donations from wealthy donors acting in their own best interests. To preserve the integrity of democracy in New York State campaign contribution limits must be dramatically reduced.”

Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal

May 19, 2014
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MTA to Test Expanded Q103 Service Along Growing Corridor

Check out this NY1 story on Senator Gianaris' work to improve bus service on the Q103 line in Astoria and Long Island City. 

May 19, 2014
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Queens Library Scandal Spurs State Lawmakers to Push for System Reforms

Following recent revelations regarding questionable spending and a lack of effective oversight at the Queens Borough Public Library, Borough President Melinda Katz, Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry today announced they have crafted and introduced legislation to reform the operations of the Library’s Board of Trustees and improve the Library’s overall governance (A.9217/S.6893).

April 7, 2014
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Queens Leaders Push to Find Driver in Fatal Northern Blvd. Hit-and-Run

Senator Gianaris joined transit safety advocates and local leaders to enlist the public's help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver who took the life of Kumar Ragunath and fled the scene. Senator Gianaris also doubled down on his calls to improve traffic safety on Northern Boulevard and bring reckless drivers to justice. 

Read more at DNAinfo

March 26, 2014
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Op-ed: No. 7 Train closures can’t close Long Island City

Each year the residents of western Queens, and Long Island City in particular, wonder anxiously how many weekends the MTA will shut down the No. 7 train. In past years, the MTA did not even provide advance warning, adding insult to injury. All the prior notice in the world, however, cannot ease the pain of the 22 weekend closures we face in 2014.

Western Queens is home to the fastest-growing, most exciting neighborhoods in the five boroughs, and Long Island City continues to set the pace. People from all over flock here to live and raise their families, visit our wonderful cultural attractions, sample our world-class restaurants and enjoy our beautiful green spaces. Long Island City, and all of western Queens, deserves increased mass transit options, not ones that are being slashed.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Gianaris and Mayor De Blasio Celebrate St. Pat's For All Parade in Sunnyside and Woodside

Senator Gianaris was thrilled to see Mayor Bill De Blasio at this year's St. Pat's For All Parade in Sunnyside and Woodside. “One of the great joys of representing Sunnyside/Woodside is watching this grow each year. And I don’t think I have seen a crowd this big before,” said Senator Gianaris. 

Read more about the parade over at the Sunnyside Post

 

March 26, 2014
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Gianaris Celebrates Long Island City HS Victory

State Senator Michael Gianaris, a proud graduate of Long Island City H.S. (LICHS), joined students, teachers and parents in celebrating the reversal of a Department of Education (DOE) colocation plan that would have negatively affected his alma mater. The plan would have co-located a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within LICHS, adding to the problem of classroom overcrowding and sapping resources from current students. This plan followed successive attempts by the DOE to close down the school altogether, plans against which Gianaris also fought tirelessly.

March 26, 2014
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Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios coming in May

Senator Michael Gianaris, a strong supporter of LIC Flea, celebrated the planned backdoor market Astoria Flea & Food that will be coming in May.

“LIC Flea is a very successful part of the Long Island City Community and its expansion to Kaufman Astoria Studios is a welcome addition to our neighborhood,” said Senator Gianaris. “Astoria Flea & Food will bring together the great food and artistic flair that put Astoria on the map and made it a destination for people all over the world. This new weekend attraction will embody the mix of history and modern influence that helps our community grow more vibrant each day.”

March 26, 2014
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Local leaders urge city to change plans to move Woodside students to Astoria

Senator Gianaris stood with parents, students and his fellow elected officials to urge the DOE not to change a plan that would negatively affect the PS 11 community.

“The planned expansion for PS 11 is a giant step in the fight against school overcrowding, but the DOE seems intent on making the worst out of a great situation by ignoring the concerns of students and parents,” said Senator Gianaris. “All of us here today are ready to work together to find a solution without making parents’ lives harder, but the DOE does not seem interested in listening.”

Read more about the situation at PS 11 in the New York Daily News

March 26, 2014
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Gianaris, Constantinides, Nolan Host Black History Celebration

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilmember Costa Constantinides and Assemblymember Cathy Nolan hosted a celebration of Black History Month in collaboration with the Astoria Houses Tenants Association (TA) at Reality House in Astoria. The event celebrated community leaders TA President Claudia Coger, Bishop Mitchell Taylor, TA Vice President Renee Edwards, Pastor Dwayne Jackson, Detective Darryl Johnson, Minor Miracles Vice President Eric Mathews and Minor Miracles Executive Director of Public Programs Aiysha Mayfield.

March 26, 2014
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