Michael Gianaris's News items

Noise abatement equipment muffles ear-splitting MTA fan in Hunters Point

NY Daily News reported on the impact of noise-abating equipment in Hunters Point, which was installed in response to the loudness of a local subway tunnel which had caused headaches and sleepless nights among residents. Senator Gianaris along with Assemblywoman Nolan and Councilman Van Bramer, gathered $700,000 to pay for the quipment.

Noise abatement equipment recently placed on a large fan that exhausts fumes from a nearby subway tunnel has muffled its ear-splitting racket, according to state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

November 22, 2011
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Politicians Push For Expansion Of Good Samaritan Law At Queens Anti-Crime Rally

NY1 reported on the Queens anti-crime rally, where elected officials encouraged citizens to come together to reduce crime. In light of recent robberies and an attack on a young girl in Queens, Senator Gianaris spoke on the positive impact of the Good Samaritan law when expanded into businesses.

"We had an incident where someone who was the victim of the crime was seeking to run into a local deli for shelter and the store owner, for whatever reason, was very apprehensive about getting involved and didn't open the door to let the person in,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “What we're trying to do is to change the law to provide the same kind of Good Samaritan protections that individuals have to small businesses."

November 22, 2011
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Future Of Queens Discussed At Astoria Civic Meeting

The Queens Gazette wrote about the "State of Queens Address" at the Astoria Civic Association, where Senator Gianaris and other elected officials discussed a variety of issues and accomplishments in Queens. Senator Gianaris talked specifically about the economy, the importance of the film tax credit and hydrofracking.

A triumvirate of elected officials delivered the “State of Queens Address” at the November 8 meeting of the Astoria Civic Association at Riccardo’s by the bridge.

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Mike Gianaris had the chance to review accomplishments, as well as challenges that Queens has been facing and will continue to face in the near future.

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November 22, 2011
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Gianaris Invites Students To Participate In Thanksgiving Celebration

The Queens Gazette wrote about the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Create Celebration for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This creative contest titled "What Are You Thankful For?" will allow students' imaginative works to be showcased.

State Senator Michael Gianaris is sponsoring the state senate Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for Western Queens elementary schools.

Eligible students are invited to submit a piece of artwork, poem or one-page essay expressing why they are thankful on this Thanksgiving.

The program is called “What Are You Thankful For?” and is offered to students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

November 22, 2011
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The Reboot

The Capitol reported on the support for repowering power plants in order to reduce pollution, and also of the financial issue that still remains at hand. Senator Gianaris calls for an aggressive approach for this initiative in order to reduce more megawattage and also reduce pollution dramatically.

NRG Energy is ready to tear down its power plant in Astoria and build a new one that’s cleaner, more efficient and more productive.

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Many of the plant’s neighbors back the idea, the state’s Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead, and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is citing repowering projects like NRG’s as a source of replacement energy if he succeeds in shutting down the nuclear reactors at Indian Point.

November 15, 2011
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Lawmakers Already Drawing Up Special Session Wish Lists

The Capitol wrote about the pressing issue of independent restricting being on Governnor Cuomo's agenda for the potential Legislature in Albany that will meet to discuss the state budget. Passing independent redistricting is at the top of the list of things we need to take care of.

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the Legislature back to Albany this year to deal with a $350 million budget shortfall, lawmakers say he could also open the door to debating a host of simmering issues – including independent redistricting.

The next legislative session begins in less than two months, but Cuomo told radio host Susan Arbetter yesterday that the budget gap could force his hand: “If this trend continues, we may have to bring back the Legislature.”

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November 15, 2011
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Sen. Gianaris Optimistic After 2011 Elections

Senator Gianaris was on YNN's Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the results of Tuesday's elections. The senator hopes to gain back control of the state senate for the Democrats.

Big wins for Democrats this week have State Senator Mike Gianaris optimistic about next year’s elections. His goal is to help Democrats recapture control of the state senate.

Watch the video here.

November 10, 2011
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Taminent Democratic Club Holds 80th Annual Gala

The Queens Gazette wrote about the Taminent Regular Democratic Club's 80th annual dinner dance. Senator Gianaris was glad to be part of this great annual event that honored many well-deserved individuals for their community service.

The Taminent Regular Democratic Club held its 80th annual dinner dance at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria. The November 5 gala event honored four distinguished individuals who were recognized as the club’s 2011 Guests of Honor for their outstanding community service.

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November 10, 2011
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Queens Gazette: GIANARIS ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS: ‘APPLY FOR LIHEAP’

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' support for LIHEAP, a state-run assitance program to help New Yorkers pay their energy bills.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) issued a reminder yesterday to Western Queens residents to sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, (LIHEAP).

November 9, 2011
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Spooktacular Good Time

The Queens Gazette wrote about the19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, was there to celebrate Halloween with over 500 children, friends and parents.

Taking a break from the age-old custom of going doorto door trick or treating on Halloween night, more than 500 youngsters, parents and friends attended the 19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Central Lounge owner Nick Neocleous, a member of the UCCA board, provided the venue.

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November 3, 2011
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U.S. treasurer extols lending

The Times Ledger wrote about U.S. Treasurer Rios' visit to Astoria to note the impact of the initiatives the Obama administration is taking towards the nation's economic recovery. Senator Gianaris commended the usage of the local bank's federal grant to support the small businesses in Queens.

U.S. Treasurer Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) visited Astoria’s Alma Bank to tout a $19 million grant the bank received from the federal government to lend to small businesses near its locations throughout the city and in New Jersey.

“We’re pleased to see Alma Bank putting that capital to work right here in Queens,” Rios said.

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November 1, 2011
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U.S. treasurer touts small biz Qns. loans

The Queens Chronicle wrote on the recent visit of Treasurer Rosie Rios as she praised an Astoria bank as an example of Obama's initiatives to help small businesses, as part of a larger plan to recover the nation's economy. Senator Gianaris spoke about how the SBL fund could have a major impact on the Queens community that is largely comprised of immigrants, but that the state itself is not strong enough to offer a program as such on its own.

The treasurer of the United States was on hand at an Astoria bank on Monday, touting it as a prime example of an Obama administration initiative to help small business.

November 1, 2011
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Online Program Will Cut Street Paving Disruptions

The Queens Gazette reported on an initiative called Street Works Manual that will reduce the many aggravations resulting from redundant and seemingly endless street construction. Along with Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials, Senator Gianaris announced this online program that will improve coordination among construction companies for more streamlined and efficient performance.

November 1, 2011
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Senator Gianaris discusses Budget Cuts, Tax, Science Campus At Bd. 1

The Queens Gazette wrote on the October Community Board 1 meeting, where questions were raised on how the state deficit will be handled this year. Senator Gianaris, as the keynote speaker, spoke about a range of topics including ways in which we can boost our economy and maintain community members' rights to services they need.

New York state faces a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion next year and after closing a gap of $10 billion, largely through cuts to health care and education, the question raised at the October meeting of Community Board 1 was how the state will handle the deficit this year.

November 1, 2011
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Grand post office spared

The Queens Campaigner wrote on the recent saving of the Grand Station Post Office from the risk of being closed down. As the United States Postal Service veers on the danger of going postal, concerned residents voiced their need for this valuable community resource. Senator Gianaris and other elected officials played a critical part in responding to these concerns, and will continue to as four other post offices' state is still up in the air

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Postal Service said that while Astoria’s Grand station has been saved from the chopping block, four other post offices in Queens are still up for study.

October 27, 2011
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Keep Race, Job Protection Out Of Redistricting, New York State Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll

Quinnipiac University's poll yeilded in results that called the need for a fair and unbiased redistricting process, particualrly not taking into account race or occupation. A majority of New York voters support an independent commission to draw district lines and oppose drawing lines to protect incumbents

Don't draw legislative district lines to create racial or ethnic districts, such as blacks and Hispanics, New York State voters say 72 - 21 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. There is strong agreement among all political groups.

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October 27, 2011
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

The Queens Gazette wrote on elected officials' success in saving the Grand Station Post Office from closing. Senator Gianaris was proud to have been able to keep this valuable service open so that all community members, old and new, could continue to benefit from their local post office.

The Grand Station Post Office has been saved.

October 27, 2011
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Cuomo renews vow to veto district lines drawn by joint legislative commission

NCPR News reported on Governor Cuomo's stance on not supporting district lines drawn by joint legislation commision, because they are not independent and nonpartisan. Senator Gianaris spoke with Karen Dewitt, praises Cuomo's unwavering position on the issue of redistricting and the need for a fairer process.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is stating in no uncertain terms that he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are not independent and nonpartisan. 

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October 27, 2011
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Battles to Shape Maps, and Congress, Go to Courts

The New York Times recently wrote an excellent piece on the the risks of gerrymandering and the rising legislation surrounding redistricting that calls for a more fair process that doesn't take partisan gerrymandering too far or ignore minority voters. Senator Gianaris' strong advocacy for independent redistricting reform is further supported in these arguments.

October 27, 2011
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Astoria post office spared closure

The Queens Chronicle wrote on elected officials' success in allowing for the Grand Station post office in Astoria to remain open. Senator Gianaris, after hearing many concerned residents' reactions to the proposed closing of the post office, joined forces with Congresswoman Maloney, Assemblywoman Simotas, and Councilman Vallone to keep this important service open for all residents.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and a representative of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Wednesday that the Grand Station post office in Astoria will not be closed.

October 27, 2011
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