Michael Gianaris's News items

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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Gianaris and Simotas Open New District Offices in Astoria

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and I have moved into new District Offices in the heart of Astoria. We will be hosting an open house later this summer and I invite all of you to join me and check out our new offices.

Read all about the move in the Queens TimesLedger

July 10, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Honors Astoria Resident and WWII Hero

I presented lifelong Astoria resident and World War II hero Robert (Bob) Danke with his official plaque and poster signifying his induction into the New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame. Bob is a true American hero and I was proud to join him and his family to commemorate the services he rendered his country.

Check out this Queens Tribune article for more details on Bob's heroic service.

June 11, 2013
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Woodhaven Shares Astoria's State Senator

Senator Michael Gianaris addressed dozens of attendees at the Woodhaven Residents Block Association Town Hall meeting on Saturday, May 18th. Woodhaven residents offered their opinions on topics ranging from broad  issues such as transportation and public cleanliness to more specific issues like the future of a recently collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue.

For more information, check out this article in the Queens Ledger.

 

June 3, 2013
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Gianaris Honors Sacramone As Woman Of Distinction

Last week I was proud to honor Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center, at the New York Senate 2013 Women of Distinction Ceremony. Check out this Western Queens Gazette article for more details on Taryn's contributions to our community.

May 15, 2013
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Pols Call for Citi Bike Share to Expand to Astoria, Woodside and Sunnyside Read

Check out this story from DNAinfo on my work with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer urging the city's new bike sharing program to include all of western Queens. An active bike share presence would be the perfect way to build on recent developments that have helped make western Queens one of the most bike-friendly areas in the city.
Click here for the full story

April 25, 2013
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DOE Nixes Plan to Cut Gifted Program at Astoria's P.S. 122 After Backlash

I am thrilled that the exemplary academic program at P.S. 122 will be preserved moving forward. P.S. 122 is a gem in our community that should be allowed to continue improving the lives of the children and parents of Astoria for years to come. Rest assured that I will continue to fight to preserve this laudable educational model. For as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke don't fix it.

For more information on this new development for P.S. 122, please check out this article from DNAinfo on the subject.

April 18, 2013
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Celebration Of Greek Independence Day

On Friday March 22nd Senator Mike Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall hosted a celebration of Greek Independence Day at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria. This is the 11th annual Greek Independence Day celebration of its kind. Click here to see what the Queens Gazette wrote about the celebration.

April 10, 2013
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Weekend Bus Service Returns to B24 Line in Queens, Brooklyn

DNAinfo.com wrote about the restoration of the weekend service of the B24, making it easier for Sunnyside commuters to travel around their neighboorhood

The B24 bus will start running on weekends again starting this Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, according to an announcement from Queens state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

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“The restored weekend service on the B24 line is a good start to the new year as Sunnyside commuters will be able to travel more easily throughout their neighborhood,” Gianaris said in a statement.

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January 9, 2013
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B24 weekend bus service begins again Jan. 6

Τhe efforts of Senator Gianaris concerning restoration of the weekend service of B24, which connects Brooklyn and Queens, were finally paid off. As from January 6th, the B24 line will run on Saturdays and Sundays, from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, from 5 am to 12:41 am.

The B24 weekend bus service–which connects Brooklyn and Queens (via Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Sunnyside)–has been restored after more than 2 ½ years of being down

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The restoration of “the B24’s weekend service is a step in the right direction,” Gianaris said. However, “I will continue to push the MTA to reinstate all western Queens mass transit cuts,” he added.

January 9, 2013
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Op-Ed: Western Queens business growth fuels our economy

Michael Gianaris points out the importance of local businesses in the revitalization of the economy and the creation of new jobs, but also expresses his delight of being one of the advocates of initiatives such as state's film tax credit, that boosted the economy of Western Queens.

Western Queens is home to a growing number of large and small businesses that have aided in our neighborhood’s economic recovery. I am proud to be an advocate for job creation in western Queens, whose diversity makes us one of the most welcoming neighborhoods in the country, as well as a hub for economic development

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January 9, 2013
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State to dismantle one of city’s dirtiest former power plants

NY Daily News wrote about the demolishment of the Charles Poletti Power Project, one of the bigeest poluters in New York. The facility started producing electricity in 1977 and was shuttered in 2010, after a law suit and years of opposition

One of the city’s dirtiest former power plants is being razed to the ground, ensuring that it cannot be resurrected to once again pollute the air in northwestern Queens.

The Charles Poletti Power Project, located off 20th Ave. in Astoria, is to be dismantled in early 2013, elected officials said Tuesday.

The facility, which began operation in 1977, was shuttered in 2010 following a lawsuit and years of sustained community opposition.

December 21, 2012
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Winners and Losers, Nov 9, 2012

State Senator Michael Gianaris was named winner in "City and State", on November 9th, 2012.

There was no shortage of victories and losses this week, as voters cast their ballots for scores of candidates across the state and the government continued to grapple with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. From the North Country to Suffolk County, and President Obama on down, the Democrats’ triumphs added up. And though we won’t have a full account of the election’s champs and chumps until all the votes are counted and recounted, here they are: your winners and losers of the week.

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November 16, 2012
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