Michael Gianaris's News items

After Shootings, Push in Albany for Tougher Gun Laws

New York Times wrote about Senator Gianaris' initatives that aim to improve public safety by enforcing stricter laws that limit gun trafficing and stockpiling of ammunition.

In the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an uptick in gun violence in New York City, lawmakers are planning a new push in Albany to win approval of tighter gun laws in New York State.

 

August 9, 2012
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Senator to introduce new gun laws

New York Now wrote about the recently introduced gun laws that intend to reduce the amount of gun purchases and gun related crimes in New York.

August 9, 2012
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State Sen. Michael Gianaris crafting package of bills to give New York the nation's toughest gun laws

The Daily News wrote about a package of gun control bills that Senator Gianaris is planning on introducing in the Senate in the wake of the recent shootings we have experienced in New York City and across the country.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris points to recent gun violence in New York City, not to mention the Colorado massacre, as he crafts a package of bills to give New York the country’s toughest gun laws.

And that was before a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee.

Gianaris, a top Senate Democrat from Queens, puts at the centerpiece of his legislative program a bill to limit handgun purchases in the Empire State to one per person per month — a move supporters say would help to curtail gun trafficking.

August 8, 2012
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MTA announces partial restoration of Q79 bus

The NY Daily News reports on the MTA's announcement to restore transportation services in the Bronx and Brooklyn, which has lead Senator Gianaris to request the reinstatement of services to Queens as well.

Days after the MTA announced plans to expand service in Brooklyn and the Bronx, eastern Queens got some good news of its own on Thursday.

 

Agency officials said it will partially restore service along the former Q79 bus route by re-routing every other Q36 bus to run along the old Q79 route from Little Neck to Floral Park.

 

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris sent a letter to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota this week requesting that two major transit options in his district be reinstated.

 

July 27, 2012
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Astoria Sen. asks for W train revival

An article by the Queens Chronicle talks about Senator Gianaris' effort to bring the W train and QM22 express bus back to Queens.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) sent a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota on Monday asking for the reinstatement of the W subway line and the QM22 express bus.

 

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“My position is simple, we all sacrificed when the MTA said they had no money, but now they should be restored fairly between all five boroughs,” Gianaris said.

 

The MTA would not comment on whether the restoration of these two lines are being looked into.

 

July 27, 2012
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Smart Power For Astoria

The Queens Gazette wrote about the press conference held by Smart Power NY, a growing coalition that is focused on improving energy generation in the Queens community.

Smart Power NY, a coalition of business, labor and environmental groups along with local and state elected officials, announced that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined the group, which is advocating for access to safe and reliable sources of power, a reduction in carbon emissions, job creation and policies that will help New Yorkers save on their power bills.

 

July 27, 2012
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Bring Back the W Train, Astoria Pol Says

DNA Info reports that Senator Gianaris has called on the MTA to restore the W train and QM22 express bus to service.

After massive subway and bus service cuts two years ago, Western Queens residents have been forced to deal with fewer transit options, making their commutes to work longer and more inconvenient, state Sen. Michael Gianaris says.

 

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“Recent transit cuts have been a burden on western Queens residents, who rely heavily on mass transit to get to and from work every day,” Gianaris said.

Read the full article here.

July 27, 2012
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School Year Ends With Closures

The Queens Gazette wrote about Long Island City's final graduation, where Senator Gianaris was honored to deliver the keynote speech.

State Senator Michael Gianaris was the keynote speaker on June 27 at Long Island City High School’s final graduation. The school will be closed and reopened in the fall as a completely new school following the city Department of Education’s aggressive plan to turn around under-performing schools, which Gianaris, an LIC alumni, opposed.

Read the full article here.

 

July 16, 2012
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State Rep: Unblock Sunscreen Ban In Schools

NY1 did a story on Senator Gianaris' sunscreen in school bill. 

Watch the video here.

July 2, 2012
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Astoria keeps eye on Greece after election

An article by the Queens Campaigner talks about Astoria's Greek-American residents and their concern for Greece's economic future.

Astoria’s Greek-American elected officials said their constituents remain concerned but hopeful about Greece’s economic future after the nation’s New Democracy Party was elected by a narrow margin on a platform of remaining within the European Union.

 

“Hopefully, they’ll get their act together and start getting things moving in the right direction,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).

 

July 2, 2012
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Sen. Michael Gianaris' bill would change New York's restrictive policy that lets students apply sunscreen

New York Daily News wrote about Senator Gianaris' proposed legislation, which would reverse the New York State Department of Eduaction's ban on students bringing sunscreen to school.

State officials are looking to change regulations that give New York school kids a sunburn.

Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) said New York has the same restrictive sunscreen policy that led two Washington state sisters to be hospitalized last week with severe sunburns — and he’s proposed legislation to change it.

Gianaris said his bill would rewrite state Education Department guidelines that prevent students from applying sunscreen unless they have a note from their doctor. Instead, Gianaris’ bill would permit sunscreen application with a note from a parent.

 

July 2, 2012
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Sen. Gianaris on End of Session and Start of Campaigning

Capital Tonight posted Senator Gianaris' radio interview, where he discusses how Senate Democrats will prepare to regain control of the Senate chamber.

Listen to the interview here.

June 25, 2012
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Gazette Honored With Resolution On Eve Of Paper’s Anniversary

The Queens Gazette wrote that Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris presented the newspaper’s Publisher and Owner Tony Barsamian with a Legislative Resolution, honoring the paper's 30th anniversary.

Read the full article here.

June 25, 2012
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Gianaris Remains 12th S.D. Senator, Maloney Hailed

Queens Gazette posted an article reporting that Senator Gianaris will continue to represent Dutch Kills and the 12th senate district.

June 25, 2012
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The Capitol Pressroom for June 20, 2012

Senator Gianaris was interviewed on Susan Arbetter's show, discussing the probability of ending session without a deal on the decriminalization of marijuana and teacher evaluations.

Listen to the audio here.

June 25, 2012
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Voter Empowerment Act Introduced

An article by the Queens Gazette talks about the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act, which aims to optimize the voter registration process in New York.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law joined with good government and advocacy groups on June 7 to announce the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act of New York, a nonpartisan initiative to increase voter participation as the 2012 election season commences. This legislation would amend the election law to update, streamline and make more efficient the voter registration process in New York.

 

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June 25, 2012
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Law could simplify voter registration

The Queens Chronicle wrote an article about the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill, which Senator Gianaris introduced along with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice. Senator Gianaris believes this proposal could save the state and its counties hundreds of thousands of dollars per election.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law introduced the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill on June 7.

 

June 25, 2012
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Protect Pedestrians, Drivers At Astoria Intersection

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about malfunctioning lights at a busy intersection in Astoria, which Senator Gianaris has urged the Department of Transportation to fix in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. are working to increase safety at a busy intersection in Astoria. Following the recurring failure of all four traffic lights at the 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard intersection, the three elected officials sent a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting an immediate investigation into the functionality of the lights as well as remediation of all problem areas.

 

June 11, 2012
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Gianaris to Introduce New York’s Voter Modernization Bill This Week

New America Media did a Question & Answer with Senator Gianaris in advance of his press conference announcing the Voter Empowerment Act of New York.

NAM: What is your national overview of the increasingly heated debate over voter suppression and voting rights at this point in America’s history?

 

June 11, 2012
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Kril Inducted Into Senate Veterans’ Hall Of Fame

The Queens Gazette posted an article about Senator Gianaris honoring Jerry Kril as this year's Veterans' Hall of Fame inductee.

State Senator Michael Gianaris was on hand to honor Astoria’s Jerry Kril in the state senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame 2012 Celebration on May 22 in Albany. Kril was recognized for his outstanding service to the United States Army, First Infantry Division, and for his dedication to the Astoria community, particularly in the area of veterans’ affairs. Kril received an honorable discharge from the army in 1970.

 

“I congratulate Jerry Kril for his decorated service to the United States Army and his ongoing commitment to helping the lives of his fellow veterans,” Gianaris said.

June 4, 2012
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