Michael Gianaris's News items

Park Cleaned Up During ‘Love Your Block’ Campaign

“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. 

April 30, 2015
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Ribbon cut on $2 million playground renovation

“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. 

Read on at the Queens Ledger for more info on this new and improved public space. 

April 30, 2015
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Queens Pol Pushes Law to Challenge Anti-Vaxxers

“I believe in science, and the science is clear that vaccines are the right answer to help our children avoid disease,” said Democrat Michael Gianaris, the bill sponsor.

Read the full story in the New York Daily News for more on Senator Gianaris' work to keep our children safe and educate parents about the benefits of vaccines. 

 

April 30, 2015
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Gianaris renews call to end ‘conversion therapy’

In the wake of President Barack Obama’s recent comments condemning “conversion therapy,” State Sen. Mike Gianaris has renewed his call to ban the practice in New York.

Check out this Sunnyside Post report for more details.

 

April 30, 2015
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Senator Gianaris on 7 Train Troubles

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.”

Check out this CBS News report on the subject. 

 

April 30, 2015
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Queens transit riders brace for fare hikes

“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.”

Click here to read in the TimesLedger how Senator Gianaris is working to improve transit service in western Queens. 

 

April 30, 2015
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New York State proclaims March 2015 ‘Greek History Month’

Check out this story in the Astoria Post for more on how Senator Gianaris declared March 2015 Greek History Month in New York. 

April 30, 2015
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Greek Parade Marks 194 Years of Independence

“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.”

Take a look at this Western Queens Gazette story for more on the city's annual Greek Parade. 

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April 30, 2015
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Everybody’s Happy About the Expanded Q103 Bus Service

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.”

Check out Brownstoner Queens for more on expanded Q103 bus service in Astoria and Long Island City. 

April 30, 2015
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In Celebration Of Greek Independence

“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. 

 

 

April 30, 2015
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City commits $100 million to redesigning Queens Boulevard

“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.”

April 30, 2015
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Gianaris on Sunnyside Yards: Community First

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."

March 4, 2015
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LIC Celebrates New Library at Hunters Point

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. 

For more on what Senator Gianaris had to say about this good news, read this story in the LIC/Astoria Journal.

March 4, 2015
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Pols on ConEd Rate Hikes: Why Now?

Senator Gianaris spoke to AM New York about  proposed ConEd rate hikes, lamenting that as the cost of living in NYC continues to rise, ConEd wants to make it harder to keep the lights on. 

Check out the full story here

March 4, 2015
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Lonely Planet guidebooks call Queens the best travel destination in the United States

Senator Gianaris celebrated the Lonely Planet naming Queens its top travel destination in the United States, touting our borough's cuisine, parks, arts scene and more. 

Check out the Daily News story on Queens as a destination hotspot. 

December 17, 2014
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Restaurant Serving Thanksgiving Meals for NYCHA Tenants With No Gas

Senator Gianaris was part of a collaboration that provided Thanksgiving meals for NYCHA tenants without gas in their apartments.

Check out DNAinfo for more info on this feel good holiday story. 

December 17, 2014
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Greek of the Week Features Senator Michael Gianaris

New Greek TV selected Senator Gianaris as Greek of the Week, and the Senator sat down for an extended interview about his heritage and his work for the community. 

Read the full story at New Greek TV. 

December 17, 2014
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New Bill Gives Veterans Greater Property Tax Relief

As Senator Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas delivered greater property tax relief for veterans, NY1 was on the scene to cover the press conferece. Check out the full NY1 story here. 

December 17, 2014
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Citibike to come to Queens

Head over to the Queens Chronicle for full coverage on Citibike coming to Queens, and for more on Senator Gianaris' work to bring bike share to our community. 

December 17, 2014
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Second Sunnyside pedestrian plaza officially opens

Senator Gianaris joined Sunnyside Shines and local leaders to celebrate the opening of Lowery Plaza in Sunnyside, the neighborhood's second recently opened public plaza where residents can take a moment and enjoy their surroundings. Check out what Senator Gianaris had at the ribbon cutting ceremony in the Queens Courier. 

December 17, 2014
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