Michael Gianaris's News items

MTA hosts 7 train discussion with elected officials

As Senator Gianaris continued to fight for better 7 train service in western Queens, he attended a meeting with the MTA about upcoming 7 train weekend closures. Senator Gianaris discussed the meeting with the LIC/Astoria Journal; read the full story here

March 26, 2014
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Queens pols hold coat drive with nonprofit New York Cares

Senator Gianaris joined Councilman Costa Constantinides, Assemblymembers Aravella Simotas and Mike Dendekker and New York Cares to host a coat drive to help those in need this winter. Read about how the coat drive helped New Yorkers in need stay warm in the Queens Courier

March 26, 2014
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Pols call for Northern Boulevard to be included in mayor’s Vision Zero initiative

Senator Gianaris joined his fellow elected officials, transit safety groups, and local residents to call for Mayor Bill de Blasio to focus his Vision Zero efforts on Northern Boulevard after four pedestrians were injured in an accident at a Woodside bus stop.  “Here we go again,” said Senator Michael Gianaris, who introduced a bill in the Senate, which would charge drivers who continue to drive without a valid license and are in an accident that causes serious injury or death with vehicular assault. “Until we begin taking pedestrian safety seriously, we are going to keep standing at more and more press conferences

March 26, 2014
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Aluminaire House Won't Be Moving to Sunnyside Gardens

Senator Gianaris joined neighborhood residents in celebrating a decision by the Landmarks Preservation Commission keeping the Aluminaire House out of Sunnyside Gardens, saying “today we stand as a united community to express our satisfaction that our voices were heard. I joined my neighbors in opposing the Aluminaire House from the start and testified against it before the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it would be inconsistent with the unique beauty of this part of our neighborhood. Victories like this one cannot be understated as we seek to preserve the character of our neighborhoods as more and more people flock to western Queens.”

March 26, 2014
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Crowded Woodside Middle School to Get 600-Seat Addition

In celebrating an expansion at IS 125 in Woodside, Senator Gianaris said, “I am glad that after years of bringing attention to the overcrowding at IS 125 the School Construction Authority listened to our community and funded a much needed expansion. However, my joy pales in comparison to that of the students who will no longer have to go to class in run-down trailers. As our neighborhood continues to grow, fighting overcrowding and ensuring every child has access to a quality education is of paramount importance. This expansion marks a giant step in the right direction, and I will continue working with Principal Mittler, parents, students, and teachers here to make sure this project is completed as soon as possible.”

January 30, 2014
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Senator Gianaris' Efforts Lead to Nighttime Closure of Deadly Queensboro Lane

After yet another deadly crash on the Queensboro Bridge exit ramp, Senator Michael Gianaris demanded the city act quickly to make the area safer. His efforts produced results immediately, as the Department of Transportation closed the deadly off-ramp at night. 

Though Senator Gianaris hopes DOT will do more in the future to prevent crashes at this site, he was proud to have brought about change so quickly. 

This New York Times story has the details. 

January 30, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Introduces Legislation Cracking Down on Suspended Drivers in Deadly Crashes

Days after a crash involving a truck driver with a suspended license tragically took the life of an 8 year old in Woodside, Senator Michael Gianaris introduced legislation that would make it a felony for drivers who drive with suspended licenses and kill or seriously injure someone in the process. Currently, drivers like the one involved in the recent tragedy can get away with only a misdemeanor. Senator Gianaris also proposed the immediate impoundment of the license plate of a vehicle being operated by someone with a suspended license.

January 30, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Applauds East River Ferry Extension

Senator Gianaris applauded the extension of East River Ferry Service, saying “The extension of East River Ferry service through 2019 is welcome news for western Queens, an area in dire need of better mass transit due to woefully inadequate service on the 7 subway line. Hopefully, this step in the right direction will lead to continued attention to the mass transit needs of the growing community of Long Island City.” 

Check out Brownstoner Queens for more info

January 30, 2014
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Gianaris, Simotas, Elected Leaders Rally for Noise Relief at PS 85Q

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Councilman Peter Vallone and Councilman-elect Costa Constantinides joined community leaders, parents, teachers and students from PS 85Q at a rally to demand the MTA and DOE address noise problems created by passing trains.

January 30, 2014
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Senator Gianaris, Councilman Van Bramer Demand Traffic Safety Improvements at Deadly Queensboro Exit Ramp

“No one else should have to die before the city realizes that this exit ramp is fundamentally unsafe. We stood here two years ago asking for a complete redesign of the off ramp, and instead we got new signs and a couple barriers. The time for half measures is gone. We need a safer exit ramp before another tragedy occurs,” said Senator Gianaris.

December 18, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Hosts PS/IS 78 Student Council Elections

Senator Michael Gianaris joined Principal Louis Pavone and students at PS/IS 78 in Long Island City for Student Council elections, offering advice and sharing his experiences regarding the democratic process. Senator Gianaris attended the elections last year as well, and is excited about making the event an annual tradition.

December 18, 2013
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Electeds: Say No to LIC Co-Location

Senator Michael Gianaris, a proud graduate of Long Island City High School, joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, fellow elected officials, students, parents and teachers to fight a DOE plan that would hurt the school. After attempting to close down the school altogether just last year, the DOE now wants to co-locate a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within LICHS. Senator Gianaris wrote a letter to the DOE opposing the plan earlier this month, and he spoke at LICHS during a public hearing on the plan and at a rally beforehand to give a voice to the community’s opposition to this ill-conceived idea.

December 18, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Brings MTA Mobile Unit to Astoria Houses

State Senator Michael Gianaris made commuting easier for Astoria Houses residents by arranging for a visit from an MTA Mobile Sales Unit. Astoria Houses residents recently contacted Gianaris to explain the challenges they face living far from the subway. “Too often the residents of Astoria Houses are overlooked by the MTA, which is why I set up an event like this,” said Gianaris. “Today the MTA met the community first-hand and made it easier to access public transit.”

October 8, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Speaks at Long Island City Business Women Meeting

Senator Michael Gianaris addressed a meeting of LIC Business Women and took the opportunity to discuss his work fighting for women’s rights in Albany and to help small businesses thrive in western Queens. Women’s issues took center stage this year as Senator Gianaris and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference fought tirelessly to codify Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda.

Check out this Western Queens Gazette story for more. 

October 8, 2013
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More buses rolling in arty Queens neighborhoods

"As western Queens continues to include our city's fastest-growing neighborhoods, we need to make sure public transportation keeps up," Senator Gianaris said.

Improvements on the Q102 and Q103 bus lines. This story in the New York post has the scoop. 

 

October 8, 2013
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Citi Bike Coming to Astoria Under Expansion Plan, Lawmaker Says

Senator Gianaris announced that the Department of Transportation has agreed to include Astoria in future plans for Citibike, the city’s new bike-sharing program. Since Citibike’s debut, Senator Gianaris has worked with DOT to ensure that Astoria and other western Queens neighborhoods will be included in the program. Senator Gianaris, a lifelong Astoria resident who regularly bikes around the neighborhood, is pleased that Citibike is on the horizon for Astoria. 

You can read all about it at DNAinfo. 

August 19, 2013
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Five Queens stations to get ‘next train’ audio announcements

The Daily News wrote about Senator Gianaris' work to bring Real Time Countdown Information to Subway stations in Astoria. In response to years of advocacy by Senator Michael Gianaris, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Transit will implement Real Time Information, an automated system that will announce how long riders have until the next train arrives, in five Astoria stations. Senator Michael Gianaris has advocated for Countdown Clocks in western Queens Subway stations since the fall of 2010. 

August 19, 2013
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WWII hero honored by Mets

Senator Michael Gianaris attended a ceremony at Citi Field on Saturday honoring Luke Gasparre, a World War II veteran and an usher for the Mets. Gasparre lives in Astoria and has been working as an usher for the Mets for 50 years. The Mets organization took the opportunity to salute his service to the team. Gianaris, a lifelong Mets fan and Astoria resident, was proud to help honor his friend and fellow fan.

Check out the Queens Chronicle for more on Luke Gasparre and the Mets.

July 29, 2013
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Queens Residents Fed Up With Apparent Unsafe Dutch Kills Traffic Conditions

Senator Michael Gianaris took Jessica Schneider of CBS News on a tour of Dutch Kills to show why the neighborhoods needs traffic safety improvements now.

Watch the video on CBS Online.

July 29, 2013
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Pol wants CitiBike to come to Astoria

In a letter sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation, Senator Michael Gianaris formally requested that Western Queens be included in future plans for Citibike. Citing the area’s love of cycling and pressing transportation needs, and highlighting recent bike-friendly developments in western Queens, Senator Gianaris called for the DOT to include Astoria and Woodside in the next phase of Citibike expansion.

Check out this TimesLedger article for more on this story. 

July 29, 2013
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