According to a report by New America Media, new legislation that would modernize New York state's voter registration system could add one million voters to the rolls. Senator Gianaris is the co-sponsor of the legislation.
An estimated one million potential voters could be added to New York state’s rolls should forthcoming legislation be enacted, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. State Sen. Michael Gianaris, the co-sponsor of legislation that would modernize New York’s voter registration system, said his bill “will make it easier for people to vote.” He said he plans to introduce the bill by early June at the latest and, if adopted, it would take effect in 2013.
The Queens Gazette wrote about the State Senate's 15th annual Women of Distinction celebration, where Senator Gianaris honored Sheila Lewandowski.
State Senator Michael Gianaris honored Sheila Lewandowski of Long Island City’s The Chocolate Factory Theater as part of the state senate’s 15th annual Women of Distinction celebration on May 15 in Albany. Lewandowski was recognized for her ongoing dedication to local businesses, community improvement and the development of the arts in Long Island City.
LIC Spot wrote an article that discusses concern from parents over the inappropriate behavior of high schoolers taking place in Long Island City playgrounds. Senator Gianaris and other community leaders are working to solve the issue.
Over the last month or so, I’ve been approached by numerous parents who have been complaining about high school kids at our children’s playgrounds. A lot of them are complaining that these high schoolers have been “behaving belligerently” and have “no respect to our parks”. Many of them are “loud and obnoxious” and constantly using ”racist profanity” in front of children.
The Queens Tribune wrote an article about the new CUNY law school facility located in Long Island City, which Senator Gianaris believes is a tremendous addition to the emerging neighborhood.
In just another example of the continued rebirth of Long Island City, the nearly 30-year-old CUNY School of Law will open in its new, state-of-the-art building in Court Square in June.
The move, which was announced in 2009, gives the school an additional 70,000-square-feet of space and puts it in a central location, steps away from numerous MTA subway and bus lines, the Long Island Rail Road and the New York State Supreme Court building.
YNN's Capital Tonight posted the video of Senator Gianaris' interview with Liz Benjamin.
Senate Democrats are hoping to win back the majority this fall. And they got some good news on that front recently. Last week, Republican Senator Jim Alesi announced he will not seek re-election, leaving his seat up for grabs. And Monday, a new Siena poll found that more than half of voters would like to see the Democrats control the Senate. Senator Mike Gianaris explains how the party hopes to build on this momentum.
The Times Ledger wrote an article about the recent car accidents that have occured on a particular Queensborough Bridge off-ramp, which has prompted Senator Gianaris to appeal to the city Department of Transportation for increased safety measures.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week.
“I think the DOT has not done enough to fix the traffic pattern there,” Gianaris said.
Gianaris said while some of the drivers were allegedly speeding, the DOT must still ensure the ramps are as safe as possible.
The Queens Gazette reports that Kaufman Astoria Studio's plans to construct a new outdoor movie studio lot in Astoria have been approved, making New York City an attractive destination for film and television clients.
DNAinfo.com wrote an article about a Queensboro Bridge off-ramp, which has been called a "death trap," following several auto collisions that have resulted in lawsuits and fatalities.
The dangerous Queensboro Bridge off-ramp at Queens Plaza South near Crescent Street has long been called a “death trap,” and after yet another accident there this month, state senator Michael Gianaris (D-12) wants more to be done to ensure New Yorkers safety.
The latest traffic accident occurred on May 1 - the fourth in a series of wrecks within a little more than a year.
The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference at Bryant High School, where Senator Gianaris met with students to talk about energy, climate change, and environmental policy.
A group of Global Kids Leaders at William Cullen Bryant H.S. in LIC met with state Senator Michael Gianaris on April 23, for a forum to celebrate Earth Day and explore how young people can improve environmental conditions in Queens.
Gianaris imparted strategies to the student leaders on influencing public policy to improve air quality and energy efficiency in Western Queens.
The Queens Chronicle wrote about volunteers coming together to plant 100 trees at Queensbridge Park as part of the 5th annual "One Thing That's Green" event.
On Saturday morning (Earth Day) nearly 500 volunteers gathered at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City to plant 100 trees. Volunteers were of all ages dressed in jeans or workout clothes. There were piles of shovels, gardening gloves and wheelbarrows set up at each of the color-coded stations.
JetBlue Airways teamed with New York Restoration Project, the nonprofit that has partnered with the city to plant a million trees throughout the city by 2017, to put on the fifth annual One Thing That’s Green event.
The Queens Gazette wrote an article about SHAREing and CAREing's second annual Senator George Onorato 5K Run, which Senator Gianaris and other elected officials attended.
SHAREing & CAREing held its second annual Senator George Onorato 5K Run, for adults and children, on April 22, at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park.
This special event was held in honor of the senator in order to help raise funds to aid SHAREing & CAREing’s mission to help provide support and bring public awareness about one of the leading causes of death to women including breast and ovarian cancers.
The New York Post reports on a lawsuit filed against the city by two store front owners who claim that faulty traffic planning has resulted in multiple incidents of cars plowing into their storefronts.
Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp.
Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011.
“It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash!
Times Union reports that Senator Gianaris has been invited to present at the 2012 Legislative Correspondents Association Show.
The Legislative Correspondents Association Show has secured two talented rebuttal presenters for this year’s musical-comedy revue: State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens.
The Times Ledger reports on the rally held outside Long Island City High School, where students, parents, teachers, and elected officials gathered to protest the proposed closure and "turnaround" of the school.
More than a hundred students, teachers and supporters stood out on the steps of Long Island City High School Monday afternoon to protest the proposed closure of the institution.
“This is not something that we want and we’re not going to let it happen without a fight,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), an alumnus of the school.
The New York Daily News talks about the lawsuit challenging the Senate Republicans' proposal to add a 63rd state Senate seat and describes how the addition of a seat is flagrantly biased. Although a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice called the Senate Republicans' proposal "disturbing," he declared there was not enough evidence to prove that the scheme was illegal. Senator Gianaris says that State Democrats maintain the proposal is unconstitutional, which is why they have appealed the judges ruling.
Congratulations to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Braun for boiling everything that’s wrong with New York’s poisonous politics down to the essence.
The Times Ledger talks about JetBlue's move to a new office located in Long Island City's Brewster Building. Senator Gianaris joined other elected officials at the ribbon-cutting of the new corporate office.
Two long-awaited changes came to Queens Plaza last week as the recently completed park near 29th Street was named “Dutch Kills Green” and airline company JetBlue opened its new Long Island City office a few blocks away.
“What a terrific day in the ongoing renaissance in the Queensboro Plaza area,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said.