“School overcrowding is a crisis directly affecting the lives of teachers, students and parents in western Queens every day and it must be dealt with immediately,” said Senator Gianaris. “Our neighborhoods are growing and more needs to be done to ensure infrastructure keeps pace. I will never stop fighting to provide our kids with the resources they deserve, and I will work to make this education infrastructure bank a reality quickly enough to solve the problems plaguing PS/IS 78 and so many other schools in western Queens.”
“The people of New York are entitled to know where their senators stand on this critical issue right now,” said Senator Michael N. Gianaris of Queens, the deputy minority leader, who led the effort to force a vote on the Senate floor.
Read more about Senator Gianaris and the Senate Democrats making an ethical stand on the Senate floor in The New York Times.
The Daily News looks at Senator Gianaris' fight to reform a law that would prevent public money from reimbursing legal fees to campaign committees and legal defense funds.
“Today is another sad example of common sense reform losing the fight with twisted Albany logic,” said Senator Gianaris.“Only in this backwards ethical culture do some think it is ok that public financing for campaign committees only exists for those accused of crimes. I will continue working to close this loophole and I can only hope my colleagues will come to their senses on this issue.”
“I was proud to take part in the Love Your Block campaign, and I am glad that the love in our community for Astoria Heights Park continues to translate into tangible improvements at this playground,” said Gianaris. “I commend Lynn Kennedy and all the Friends of Astoria Heights Park for their continued efforts on this front and vow to continue working with Councilman Constantinides and Assemblywoman Simotas to preserve, protect and improve public space in our community.”
Head to the Western Queens Gazette for more on how Senator Gianaris is working with the community to improve our park.
“I am thrilled that Sunnysiders will get to enjoy the new and improved Thomas P. Noonan playground ahead of schedule, and just in time for spring. This park is not only a monument to veterans and a Sunnyside hero, but also an escape from city life that provides local children with the open space they desperately need," Senator Gianaris said about the playground ribbon cutting.
Following yet another disastrous 7 train commute, Senator Gianaris said, “The 7 train nightmare for western Queens residents continues. We have been dealing with this for months already and today's new chapter is especially troubling, with riders trapped under the river for an extended period. The status quo on the 7 line is simply unacceptable and I will continue to push the MTA to drastically improve the 7 train's performance on a day to day basis.”
“A fare hike is always hard to stomach but given the terrible subway service in western Queens recently, this one seems to be in particularly bad taste,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said. “This winter the 7 train and the N, Q lines have provided one horror story after another for hardworking New Yorkers just trying to get to the office on time. I can understand if my neighbors are angry about a fare hike on top of abysmal service. I’m angry too.”
“As the first Greek American to hold elected office in New York, I am deeply proud of the many contributions Greek Americans have made to our city and our country,” said Gianaris. “It is an honor to declare March 2015 Greek History Month in the state of New York, and it is truly a pleasure each year to join so many in celebrating Greek heritage in New York as we march up Fifth Avenue.”
Senator Gianaris stated, “There is so much happening throughout western Queens that our need for better methods of traveling between our neighborhoods has never been more pressing. This service expansion represents a hard fought victory, but I will never stop fighting for improved transit service in our community.”
“Each year we come together to celebrate the contributions Greek Americans have made in shaping Queens, and each year it seems like we have even more to celebrate,” said Gianaris. “I am proud of how much our community has done to make New York an even better place to live, and that work is personified in our honorees. I extend my thanks to everyone who joined us for this celebration of Greek heritage in Queens.”
Read the Western Queens Gazette for full coverage on Senator Gianaris' annual celebration of Greek Independence.
“This major funding commitment is welcome news for all who have known Queens Boulevard as the Boulevard of Death for too long,” Senator Gianaris said regarding the funding to make Queens Boulevard safer. “We have worked to solve this problem for years and though I wish improvements would have happened sooner, I’m glad to see that steps are being taken to make this dangerous street safer. I will continue to work with DOT and our community to ensure Queens Boulevard fixes are put in place quickly and effectively as possible.”
Senator Gianaris adressed Community Board 2 on the subject of Sunnyside Yards, reassuring the community that their voices would be heard on the matter.
"I will not support any proposal for Sunnyside Yards that is not supported by our existing community,” Senator Gianaris assured those assembled. “Any talk of thousands of new housing units at Sunnyside Yards should be secondary to meeting our significant existing infrastructure needs. Western Queens is already in need of many more schools, parks and open spaces, and vastly improved mass transit, particularly on the 7 line. As this process unfolds, I look forward to working with the community to ensure our voices are heard loud and clear when it comes to Sunnyside Yards."
Senator Gianaris joined local elected officials, students, parents, and officials from the Queens Library to celebrate the announcement that construction would begin on the long awaited Hunters Point LIbrary in Long Island City.