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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.

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Senator Gianaris speaking at rally to improve service on the 7 train.

Senator Gianaris participated in and spoke at a rally held at the Vernon Blvd stop of the 7 train, calling for improvements to the train's service. Queens residents should not have to deal with the train's pattern of delays, unreliable service and impossible to hear announcements, which occur almost on a daily basis.

LIC Community Calls For Improved 7 Train Service

Queens Gazette wrote about the rally to improve service on the 7 train.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, state Senator Michael Gianaris and state Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, were joined by local businesses, transit advocates and residents at a rally on April 28 to demand that the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) expedite repairs to address the frequent unreliability of No. 7 train service and the long-term MTA infrastructure problems facing the rapidly growing area of Long Island City.

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Senator Gianaris Fights To Rid LIC Of Loud Trains

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is continuing his fight to improve western Queens’ quality of life by requesting that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) immediately cease the idling of Long Island Railroad (LIRR) trains at the Long Island City rail yard in Queens. These trains pollute the air with the excessive amount of fuel they waste while sitting idle and disturb the neighborhood with the loud noises of their running engines.

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Gianaris: ‘Idling Trains Hurt Quality Of Life In LIC’

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' letter to the MTA requesting a "no idle" policy at the Long Island City rail yard.

Continuing his fight to improve the quality of life in Western Queens, state Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to cease immediately the idling of Long Island Railroad trains at the Long Island City rail yard in Queens.

Gianaris charged that the idling trains pollute the air with the excessive amount of fuel they waste while sitting idle and disturb the neighborhood with the loud noise of their running engines.

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Teen wants MTA to revive X-bus to Manhattan

Queens Times Ledger included that Senator Gianaris sent an article to the MTA asking for the Q22 bus to be restored.

A Whitestone teen who attends school in Long Island City is circulating a petition asking the MTA to restore an express bus from Jackson Heights to Astoria and Long Island City to midtown Manhattan that had been cut last year.

“The service needs to be reinstated because people would use it if people knew about it,” said Ali Fadil, 17.

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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.

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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.

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Astoria taxi stand request

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris' request for a taxi stand at 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard.

After receiving numerous complaints from residents and business owners, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) has requested a taxi stand be created in the vicinity of 31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue in Astoria.

Gianaris wrote a letter to Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky this month to inform him of congestion caused in the area due to idling cabs. Gianaris wrote that livery cabs often illegally respond to passengers who hail them, block traffic by double parking along the streets and sit in metered spots for hours without paying.

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LIC annoyed by loud trains

Queens Chronicle wrote about the noisy trains that are disturbing residents in Long Island City.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he and his constituents have had enough of the racket at the Long Island Rail Road yard located at Borden Avenue and 2nd Street in LIC.

Trains idle at the yard and pollute the air. On Saturday, Gianaris announced he had penned a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder, asking him to silence the locomotives.

“It is unacceptable that the MTA wastes expensive fuel while transit fares rise and services are being cut,” Gianaris said.

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