Michael Gianaris's News items

Queens Officials Ask For A Science, Engineering School Near The Borough

NY1 reported on the proposal to include new applied sciences and engineering campuses for Cornell and Stanford University on Randall's Island. The decision will be made in two weeks time. Senator Gianaris supports these endeavors because it will bring further means of economic development to Queens.

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October 18, 2011
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Roosevelt Island 'perfect location' for high-tech Cornell and Stanford campus

The New York Daily News wrote about the recent press conference promoting the use of Roosevelt Island for an applied sciences and engineering program for Cornell and Stanford University. Along with Congresswoman Maloney, Senator Gianaris extended his support for the project as it would provide economic stimulation to the area.

Building a hi-tech campus on Roosevelt Island would be a major boon for Queens, elected officials and business leaders said Monday, as two top schools threw their support behind the location.

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said the project would help the city "diversify its economy beyond Wall Street and the financial services sector. This type of high-tech initiative is exactly the way we need to go."

October 18, 2011
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Sunnyside and Woodside concerned over sex attacks

The Queens Courier reported on the recent attacks on several Queens women. Senator Gianaris was present at the public conference to alert the community about the recent attackers. The senator's bill requiring the act of groping to be counted as a felony is just one way to attempt to reduce such dangers to our community.

For the past month, women in Sunnyside and Woodside have been looking over their shoulders for a predator on pedals.

With incidents of sexual assault rising across the five boroughs, the neighboring communities are the most recent areas to experience repeated sexual attacks on women.

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October 18, 2011
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e-Jackhammers! New City Website Helps Cut Down on Road Work

New York Observer wrote about the recent launching of an online initiative to clear up congestion on the streets due to construction. It is called Street Works Manual, and Senator Gianaris supports the way in which this project will assist in better cooperation between construction companies to reduce the number of inconveniences due to construction.

October 18, 2011
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Police Investigate String Of Attacks On Queens Women

NY1 reported on the recent attacks on Queens women. Senator Gianaris attended the press conference to speak out against Sunnyside/Woodside sexual predators. He also handed out flyers to raise awareness about these issues and inform people on how to act when they find themselves in such dangerous situations.

Police were searching Monday for a man they said tried to sexually assault a 23-year-old woman in Queens the previous night.

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On Wednesday night, police say a man assaulted a 23-year-old woman in Laurelton.

Police were also looking for another man in a string of attacks around Woodside and Sunnyside.

October 18, 2011
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DOT Hopes to Make Road Construction Smoother

CarrollGardensPatch wrote about a new digital program called Street Works Manual which aims to lower the impact of construction on our roads through better coordination between utility and private construction companies. Senator Gianaris was present at the announcement of this project along with Major Bloomberg and other elected officials, in hopes of reducing traffic and giving resurfacing project a longer lifespan.  

Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new digital program that hopes to reduce the impact of construction on city roads by better coordinating utility and private construction company work.

October 18, 2011
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Greek-American Politicians Applaud St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Rebuilding Deal

The New York Daily News wrote about Greek American politicians' efforts to rebuild lower Mahattan's St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was demolished in the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks. Senator Gianaris is taking part in these efforts to provide a place of religious freedom for Greek Americans and New Yorkers alike.

Gov. Cuomo today announced that he, Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and St. Nicholas Parish and State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, "signed the agreement that permits the rebuilding of the Church with a nondenominational bereavement center at the east end of Liberty Park, at 130 Liberty Street."

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October 18, 2011
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Dogs have their day at Vernon Boulevard run

Times Ledger wrote on the positive impact of the recently improved Vernon Blvd. dog run, as dogs took advantage of the wider space and new features. Senator Gianaris was present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mere weeks after announcing the dog run on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City would be renovated, local legislators and their four-legged constituents cut the ribbon on the expanded park last Thursday.

“It’s a beautiful day for people but it’s an even more beautiful day for the dogs of this neighborhood today,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).

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October 18, 2011
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Paws and Pols Unite! Dog Run Opened in Long Island City. Ribbon Cutting 10/6/2011

OurLic News provided many great photos from the renovated Vernon Blvd. Dog Run ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on October 6.

Thanks to NYS, NYC, Queens West Development Corporation, and others, this dog friendly community now has a large and well designed dog run at the corner of Vernon Blvd and 48th Ave. The space replaces the dog run on 2nd Avenue that was taken by the city for the new high school and construction of affordable housing.

Some have estimated that over 1,000 dogs live in Long Island City.

On October 6th, the red ribbon was cut at an appropriate ceremony led by NYS Senator Michael Gianaris. As the OurLIC Video NEWS reveals, all elected officials representing Long Island City are true pet lovers.

October 18, 2011
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Buehler Remembered

The Queens Gazette wrote about the renaming of 30th Road to Ann Buehler Way, in commemoration of Anna Buehler who died last year at the age of 94. Senator Gianaris attended the renaming to show his appreciation and remembrance for her hard work and dedication to the city.

For more than half a century, Ann Buehler served as a beacon for local youth seeking refuge from the troublesome life of street gangs. Her legacy was honored on October 8, with the renaming of 30th Road as “Ann Buehler Way” at the intersection of 21st Street in front of the Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens in Astoria. Buehler died last year, she was 94-years-old.

October 13, 2011
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N.Y. State ‘Sick But Getting Better’ Gianaris Tells UCCA

The Queens Gazette wrote on Senator Gianaris' thoughts at the UCCA meeting at Augustana Lutheran Church in Astoria Heights on October 6. The senator discussed the state of the state, in relation to its budget and deficit, along with other issues such hasydrofracking, power plant siting, hospital closings in Queens and auto insurance fraud.

October 13, 2011
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opens Renovated Dog Run

The Queens Gazette wrote about the reopening of the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Blvd. Senator Gianaris had worked on securing enough funds to create such renovations, with other elected officials, DOG LIC, and Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC).

October 13, 2011
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Astoria street renamed for leader, activist Ann Buehler

The Queens Courier wrote about the unveiling ceremony for an Astoria street renamed in honor of late activist Ann Buehler. Senator Gianaris attended the ceremony and paid his respects to this long-time community leader.

The honors bestowed upon Ann Buehler throughout her life grew in number on October 8, when the long-time community leader was memorialized with the unveiling of a new street sign bearing her name.

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Members of the Club and the Buehler family were joined at the unveiling by Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas.

October 13, 2011
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Long Island City dog run groomed

Queens Courier wrote about Long Island City's improved Vernon Blvd. Dog Run. Hailed as "the Rolls Royce of dog parks," this renovated run will benefit the pet-loving community of western Queens.

A place to meet and socialize is important for members from all Queens communities – even four-legged ones. That is why elected officials and community leaders transformed a once “ruff” looking dog run into one that canines will agree is through the “roof.”

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October 11, 2011
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Refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run Opens In Long Island City

NY1 did a story on the newly renovated the Vernon Blvd. Dog Run in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris spoke and participated in its ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday.

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October 11, 2011
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Parking in Sunnyside now easier for locals

Queens Chronicle wrote about the lifting of rush-hour parking restrictions - a common sense approach that balances traffic concerns with those of local residents.

Elected officials announced last week that short-term parking is being added and regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists.

In a press conference on Thursday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D- Sunnyside), Rep. Joe Crowley (D- Bronx, Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D- Astoria) and city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan spoke of the need for the changes as a way to help the small businesses of Sunnyside.

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October 6, 2011
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Redistricting raises bias concerns

Albany Times Union wrote about how the Senate GOP is continuing to try to use gerrymandering for their own political advantage. Gerrymandering only serves the GOP's partisan agenda and does not allow voters to be fairly represented.

ALBANY -- When LATFOR, the legislative panel charged with the controversial redistricting process, held its latest hearing Wednesday on Long Island, several witnesses drew attention to the area around Brentwood, which in contrast to wealthier communities in Suffolk County is denser and has a higher proportion of black and Latino residents.

The area is split among four Senate districts -- all occupied by Republicans.

October 6, 2011
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DOT Announces Parking Improvements In Sunnyside

Queens Gazette wrote about the changed parking regulations on Queens Blvd in Sunnyside that Senator Gianaris helped bring about. It is important that city services benefit Sunnyside residents and businesses rather than people simply passing through the area.

The city Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Joe Crowley and state Senator Michael Gianaris announced that short term metered parking is being added and parking regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists, especially the customers of local businesses lining the corridor.

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October 6, 2011
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GIANARIS PRAISES NEW TRAFFIC LAW

Queens Gazette wrote about the effectiveness of the Distracted Driving Bill:

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has praised the effectiveness of a new law, enacted recently, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.

The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense, said Gianaris. But “previously using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense—such as speeding or running another red light,” said Gianaris.

October 5, 2011
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Prison Gerrymandering Debate

State of Poltiics wrote about the prison-based gerrymandering case. Senator Gianaris believes prison-based gerrymandering is illegal and that the GOP is simply trying to manipulate government for its partisan advantage

Right now, a state supreme court is hearing the case of Little vs. LATFOR. It is the Senate Republicans case challenging the law implemented in 2010 by the then-Democratic lead Senate in which prisoners would be counted at their last known address instead of where they are being incarcerated.

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October 4, 2011
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