Michael Gianaris's News items

Court Sq. riders waiting for MTA ‘understanding’

Queens Chronicle asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the delayed opening of the transfer section at the Court Square stop in Long Island City.

A completed escalator would allow passengers to transfer to the E, G and M trains without walking above ground. An elevator, right, would allow the disabled to access the 7 train station easily. Stores located behind the glass escalator enclosure are out of business, below.

 An escalator covered in plastic wrap, benches and an elevator barricaded, lamp posts wrapped with black plastic bags — no, this isn’t the art of Christo and Jeanne Claude, but the work of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

April 28, 2011
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Astorians want Q22 express bus back

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris' efforts to reinstate the Q22 express bus.

Residents and elected officials are pushing to have Q22 express bus service restored in Astoria.

A petition is circulating online, and in a letter dated April 26, addressed to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) demanded the service between Astoria and Manhattan be restored.

April 28, 2011
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Gianaris pushes his clean-air bill

Queens Campaigner wrote about how Senator Gianaris commemorated Earth Day this year.

In celebration of Earth Day last week, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) touted the pro-environment legislation he has recently introduced that would reduce emissions and crack down on polluters.

“It’s been a priority of mine from the first day I was elected to the [state] Assembly,” Gianaris said.

The senator said that since his district is adjacent to the Con Edison Astoria Complex, on 20th Avenue between Shore Boulevard and 31st Street in Astoria and contains the Ravenswood Power Plant in Astoria, air quality has always been a major concern.

April 28, 2011
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Gianaris Honored At Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Queens Gazette wrote about the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the "Honorable Michael Gianaris East Terrace" at the George Douris Tower in Astoria.

On April 20, a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of state Senator Michael Gianaris was held at the George T. Douris Tower, a new affordable housing facility for low-income seniors located at 27-40 Hoyt Avenue South, Astoria. The Tower’s terrace was named the “Honorable Michael Gianaris East Terrace” as a tribute to his work and support for additional affordable housing for senior members of the Astoria community, such as the housing provided by the Douris Tower project.

April 27, 2011
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Gianaris Speaks For Reform

Queens Gazette included a photo and blurb on the Democratic Leadership 21st Century Club's forum on redistricting reform, in which Senator Gianaris was the keynote speaker.

On April 20, state Senator Michael Gianaris was the keynote speaker at the forum on redistricting reform, hosted by the Democratic Leadership 21st Century and Common Cause New York. Gianaris discussed the need for immediate redistricting reform, the affects of the 2010 Census results and the importance of an independent redistricting panel.

Check out the full blurb and photo here.

April 27, 2011
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Gianaris Pledges To Continue Fighting For A Greener New York

The Queens Gazette wrote an article on my participation in Earth Day this year. Senator Gianaris is committed to protecting and conserving our environment.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) celebrated Earth Day on April 22, by continuing his advocacy for stronger environmental laws to better protect and conserve our environment.

Gianaris is a longtime leader in the effort to clean the environment. Recently, he introduced a series of legislative proposals to ensure better environmental policies in New York state.

April 27, 2011
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Gianaris calls for more trees in Sunnyside/Woodside

Sunnyside Post wrote about Senator Gianaris' request for more trees to be planted in Sunnyside and Woodside.

Sunnyside and Woodside might be getting a little more greener.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris has called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to plant additional trees on 48th Ave., 47th Ave., Queens Blvd and 43rd Ave.

“It’s rare to have such long stretches without trees,” Gianaris said Tuesday, as he looked down 48th Ave. from 47th Street. “The city has done a good job in planting trees throughout the city, but I think there have been some parts of Sunnyside (and Woodside) that have been overlooked.”

April 27, 2011
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Chronicle article sparks Census probe demand

Queens Chronicle wrote about the letter Senator Gianaris sent to US Attorney Loretta Lynch regarding the severely inaccurate census numbers. We believe there was fraud in how the numbers were obtained.

After reading “Making Sense of the 2010 Census” in the April 14 edition of the Queens Chronicle, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) has asked the United States Attorney to investigate the Census process.

April 21, 2011
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Schumer $hocking 'gougers'

The Post reported that following the announcement of Governor Cuomo's proposal regarding tax abatements for power companies, Senator Schumer has sent a letter to energy companies around the state asking "why the firms believe their tax breaks are in danger and how much of their windfall would go to stockholders. " I have also written similar legislation to the Governor's bill.

Sen. Chuck Schumer yesterday posed four tough questions to operators of the state's private power generating plants -- as consumers and politicians battle shocking rate increases the companies are planning for this summer.

April 15, 2011
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Pols demand change after copycat crashes

Queens Chronicle on the Queensborough Bridge rally.

Politicians and community members gathered at the base of the Queensboro Bridge on Friday to demand traffic changes after two people were killed in almost identical yet separate accidents.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said the accidents were too similar to be coincidental. “DOT needs to step up and stop saying they had nothing to do with it,” Gianaris said.

Read the full article here.

April 14, 2011
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Community protests Green Asphalt plant

Queens Chronicle wrote about the rally Senator Gianaris participated in against Green Asphalt Company, which is trying to construct a plant without sufficient community notification.

Area leaders and community members gathered last Thursday to ask the Department of Environmental Conservation to rescind a license issued to a green asphalt plant scheduled to open in Long Island City.

Residents say the DEC failed to notify them that Green Asphalt Co. LLC, planned to open at 37-98 Railroad Ave. The state agency said it sent letters, but elected officials and Community Board 2 say they never received them.

April 14, 2011
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Call For Investigation In Qns Plaza Crashes

Queens Tribune wrote about the press conference Senator Gianaris held in response to the crashes at Queensborough Bridge.

In the wake of two similar disastrous car accidents on the Queens side of the Queensboro Bridge, local officials are asking the city to change the traffic pattern that they say has caused two accidents that killed two and destroyed a business - twice.

In the span of two weeks, two Volkswagen Jettas crashed into a store on Queens Plaza South and Crescent Street. Both cars collided with the store after jumping the curb exiting the Queens-bound outer roadway of the Queensboro Bridge. Both accidents occurred at about 4 a.m., when the normally-congested bridge is nearly empty. Tragically, both drivers each lost an arm.

April 14, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo plans legislative move to block power companies from raising electrcity rates 12 percent

The Post wrote an article about Governor Cuomo's proposed legislation to give permanent property tax cuts to power companies,  removing the option for the rate hikes that FERC passed, which are scheduled to start May 28. The Governor's bill is extremely similar to the bill that I have written on the issue.

ALBANY -- Gov. Cuomo is racing to the rescue of heavily burdened New York City electricity customers who face a massive and unexpected 12 percent rate hike next month, The Post has learned.

April 14, 2011
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Senator Gianaris and Community Rally to Protest Placement of Asphalt Plant in Long Island City

The Western Queens Gazette wrote about a rally to protest the placement of a dirty asphalt plant in Long Island City.The rally was hosted by Senator Gianaris along with Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley.

Elected officials and community leaders are asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to rescind a permit it issued to an asphalt plant in Long Island City until a proper Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is issued.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Visited Local Businesses After Two Fatal Car Crashes

The Western Queens Gazette wrote about the Senator's visit to businesses near the site of two fatal car crashes off of the Queensboro Bridge. Senator Gianaris reassured the business owners that he would use all his power to make sure that the Department of Transportation improve safety along this dangerous stretch of road.

On April 7, state Senator Mike Gianaris visited the café that narrowly missed being hit by the cars that exited off the Queensboro Bridge off-ramp in Long Island City. He met with some of the employees of Tozt to assure them of his efforts toward making the area safe and accident free.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Bill Protecting People From Hidden Dangers

The Western Queens Gazette wrote an article about Senator Gianaris' bill regarding the outlawing of concealed vehicular compartments These hidden spaces can be extremely dangerous and can aid drug, gun and human trafficking.

State Senator Michael Gianaris’ (D-Astoria) legislation making it illegal to install or possess a concealed compartment in a vehicle passed through the New York State Senate Codes Committee.

Law enforcement personnel nationwide as well as within New York state have witnessed a surge in the number of hidden compartments found in motor vehicles, which often aid drug and gun trafficking. With the advent of advanced electronics, concealed vehicular compartments have become even more difficult to find.

April 13, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Leads Fight for Traffic Safety Improvements Near Queensboro Bridge

The Western Queens Gazette wrote a front page story about Senator Gianaris' press conference at  the Queensboro Bridge following two major accidents in 10 days at one of the bridge's off-ramps. Senator Gianaris has helped lead the charge to improve safety along this dangerous stretch of road.

April 13, 2011
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Our view: State Senate GOP should keep promise

Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized on redistricting reform and calls on constituents of Senate Republicans to remind them of their promise of reform. Redistricting reform should be passed without delay.

One would suppose that by now we should be used to politicians talking out of both sides of their mouth. Just once it’d be nice to see them actually keep a promise — especially when it’s good for the people.

But alas, redistricting in New York state by independent commission no longer is in the best interest of state Senate Republicans. Ergo, the promise made last year to create an impartial, independent panel on redistricting seems to be kaput.

April 13, 2011
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Koch: It’s ‘retribution day’ for pledge-jumpers

Capitol Confidential blogged about Ed Koch's robocalls to constituents of legislators who have reneged on their pledge for redistricting reform.

NYUprising’s Ed Koch said “retribution day” had arrived for the 42 lawmakers who signed a pledge to support independent redistricting but have subsequently backed off on that promise.

Out of the 138 elected officials or candidates now in office who signed NYUprising’s pledge before the fall elections, 31 senators and 11 Assembly members have changed their mind — “all are Republicans, save for one Democratic Assembly member,” said Koch, himself a Democrat.

April 12, 2011
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A legal way to fix New York

A Times Union editorial calls on Senator Skelos and Senate Republicans to stop stalling on redistricting reform and pass it now.

Nice try, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Real slick argument, trying to stop the more independent redistricting for the Legislature that you and the other Republicans promised during last year’s campaigns. Now you say that it is unconstitutional.

With a state budget in place, there should be nothing to stop the Legislature from making good on those pledges to change how state government works. That begins with changing the way district boundaries are drawn for the 2012 legislative elections.

April 12, 2011
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