Michael Gianaris's News items

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Gianaris Honors Zarate

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about Senator Gianaris honoring Sebastian Zarate as this year's Youth of the Year.

State Senator Michael Gianaris honored Sebastian Zarate during a recent trip to Albany as this year’s Youth of the Year for the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens. Gianaris also congratulated Zarate for being recognized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for his sound character and leadership skills as well as his willingness to give back to the community.

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June 4, 2012
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Long Island City experiences new real estate boom

The New York Daily News wrote about the new upsurge in real estate development taking place in Long Island City.

Long Island City is undergoing another real estate boom, buoyed by a new batch of residential towers, hotels and high-profile property deals.

 

Local real estate experts said they believe the momentum — with an influx of waterfront high rises and almost 20 hotels — is due to the once industrial neighborhood’s soaring reputation and an improved economy.

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June 4, 2012
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WINNERS AND LOSERS, MAY 25, 2012

City and State reported that Senator Gianaris' video at this year's LCA show was funny and well received by those in attendance.

Word on the street is the Democratic Senator from Queens got the most laughs at this year’s LCA show, with a bit making fun of the Senate Dems’ failed bid at an independent redistricting process this year. It’s not always easy to make fun of yourself, especially on an issue that wasn’t very funny to Gianaris when the gerrymandered district lines were being passed in the Senate during the Big Ugly. (Who can forget Gianaris telling Republican Sen. Mike Nozzolio to take his map and “shove it?”)

 

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June 4, 2012
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Gianaris seeks to halt feed additive

The Queens Chronicle wrote an article about Senator Gianaris' proposal to ban the chicken feed additive, Roxarsone, which has been linked to several diseases, including cancer.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced Monday he has proposed a ban of Roxarsone (3-Nitro) and other drugs containing arsenic in chicken feed.

 

Roxarsone aids in making the appearance of poultry pinker because it causes the chicken’s blood vessels to grow unnaturally larger. The additive has been linked to several diseases, including cancer.

 

“This is a known cancer-causing agent that has no business being in our system,” Gianaris said.

 

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May 29, 2012
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