Michael Gianaris's posts related to Community Development

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.




“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.



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.




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.



Senator Gianaris with members of Habitat for Humanity and some local kids at Astoria houses

Senator Gianaris spending time with members of Habitat for Humanity ,under the program "Brush with Kindness", for the repainting of the interior of Astoria Houses' community center.

Speaking at a Hunters Point town hall at MoMa PS1 on the two new schools, IS/HS 404 and PS 78/312, opening in our community

Senator Gianaris was one of the hosts of a town hall meeting in Hunters Point, where he discussed ,along with the parents, local electeds and the educational community, about the coming opening of the two new schools IS/HS 404 and PS 78/312  in the community.

Senator Gianaris attended the PS 70 Groundbreaking ceremony

The PS 70 project will benefit students since it will add classes to the existing school building, including art, music and gym classes. Students at PS70 will have what every student deserves, a school that offers them the potential to develop their body and minds.

Speaking at the Central Community Celebration Dinner

Senator Gianaris spoke at the Central Community Celebration Dinner, held by Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, a non profit local organization, aimed at preserving and enhancing the profile of Astoria as a desirable neighborhood to live and work in.

Senator Gianaris Attends Woodhaven Town Hall

(Woodhaven, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris addressed dozens of attendees at the Woodhaven Residents Block Association Town Hall meeting on Saturday. 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. Amplifying these Woodhaven worries is the concern that the most recent bout of redistricting has divided the neighborhood into multiple State Senate districts. Senator Gianaris reassured those present that his advocacy on their behalf would not be diminished by an imperfect redistricting process.

“Woodhaven is a one of a kind neighborhood with its own unique issues and concerns,” said Senator Gianaris. “I will ensure that the needs of Woodhaven residents are represented in the State Legislature as we work to preserve and improve this vibrant community.”


Senator Gianaris Welcomes Citi Bike to Long Island City

(Long Island City, NY) – Senator Michael Gianaris released the following statement on the announcement of Citi Bike coming to Long Island City. The arrival of the program in LIC will bring greater transportation alternatives, especially in an area with stressed mass transit and increasing amounts of commuters.