Michael Gianaris's News items

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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Bank’s Wrist Slapped, Give Refund To Customers

State Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr characterize the punishment of Morgan Stanley for its role in an illegal case associating two Astoria power companies insufficient.

State Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. are burned up over a $4.8 million penalty imposed on investment giant Morgan Stanley because of its participation in an illegal anti-competitive case involving two Astoria power companies.

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The two Astoria Democrats criticized the U.S. Department of Justice for the punishment it imposed on Morgan Stanley for the giant bank’s role involving two Western Queens power-generating companies, KeySpan Energy Corporation and Astoria Generating Company.

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November 14, 2012
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Thank You to Senator Gianaris for Supporting Expanded MTA Bus Service in Western Queens!

Senator Gianaris requests the expansion of Q103 bus line to night and weekend service in Western Queens. This request is justified by the development of an important art community in the area.

 

Have you ever tried to get to Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, the Farmer's Market or even Costco on a weekday after 6:00 pm or on a weekend from Hunter's Point?

 

November 14, 2012
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Simotas, Gianaris Fight For Voters’ Rights

Due to the redistribution of voting polls, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris, are raising their concerns over the efficiency of this initiative. 

 

Continuing their work to promote voters’ rights as this fall’s elections approach, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris are calling on the New York City Board of Elections to review the redistribution of polling sites, which have changed as a result of redistricting this year. Many residents, some of whom have been voting at the same location for decades, will now have to travel significant distances to unfamiliar polling sites in order to vote.

November 14, 2012
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Gianaris Bill aims at boosting Voter Participation

Gianaris-Kavanagh's Bill (Voter Empowerment Act) aims at facilitating the registration process and initiating more participation in the elections. It includes, among others, preregistration of 16- and 17- year olds, online registration of voters and  automatic registration tranfer of New Yorkers who move within the State.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) emerged last week as part of a nonpartisan, statewide group answering Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call to increase voter participation as the 2012 election season draws near.

 

Gianaris and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh have introduced legislation that would amend the state’s election law to streamline and make more efficient the voter registration process in the state.

 

November 14, 2012
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Gantry Park Tosses Dog Owners a Bone With All-Day Access for Pooches

Senator Gianaris helped increase dogs' acces to Gantry State Plaza, which DNAinfo.com wrote about in the story below. Last year, Senator Gianaris helped renovate the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in LIC to ensure our four-legged friends have a pleasant environment to spend time.

LONG ISLAND CITY — It’s barking news for LIC dogs!

Neighborhood pooches and their owners can now enjoy strolling along Pier 1 in Gantry Plaza State Park all day after the state Parks Department quietly revised its policy — a major victory for dog owners.

Previously, dog owners had been able to walk their pets on the pier, a popular area for dog-lovers, only from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

November 14, 2012
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Explainer: What Good Is It to be the Toughest State on Gun Control?

WNYC wrote about the six bills introduced by Senator Gianaris who is spearheading the movement to help reduce gun violence in our city.

A New York State Senator plans to introduce six new pieces of gun control legislation this week, which if passed would make New York the state with the toughest gun laws in the nation. But gun control advocates caution that lax laws in other states would still pose a threat.

 

Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat from Queens, is proposing a series of restrictive measures that go above and beyond the state’s already relatively strong gun laws. Gianaris’s bills would:

 

August 9, 2012
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State Sen. Gianaris plans strictest gun control in nation

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris' package of bills that intend to make New York No. 1 in the nation for strongest gun control laws.

Declaring that he wants New York State to have the toughest gun control laws in the country, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) is introducing a series of bills that he said are based on "criteria established by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence."

 

The state is ranked fourth nationwide by the Brady Center for its regulation of firearms, earning 62 out of a possible 100 points. Only California, with 81 points, New Jersey, with 72, and Massachusetts, with 65, have stricter gun control laws, according to the organization.

 

August 9, 2012
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Pol Aims to Make New York's Gun Laws Toughest in the Country

DNAinfo wrote about the recent gun control package proposed by Senator Gianaris.  This package of bills plans to decrease the amount of gun related crimes in New York and across the country. 

ASTORIA — Amid the latest spike in crime around New York and following the mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, Astoria state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is introducing a series of bills to strengthen the state’s gun control laws, aiming to make New York the toughest state on guns.

 

The number of shootings in the city has increased by 12 percent from the beginning of this year through early July, compared to the same time last year, according to Gianaris.

 

August 9, 2012
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