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Senator Gianaris Decries DHS Placement of Sex Offender at Westway Hotel

Following recent reports of a convicted sex offender being housed at the Westway hotel, Senator Michael Gianaris expressed alarm and demanded the Department of Homeless Services do better by the surrounding community.

February 4, 2015
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Future of Sunnyside Yards

(Queens, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement regarding any possible development at Sunnyside Yards.

“Mayor de Blasio is right that western Queens needs more affordable middle class housing so we can maintain the character of our growing neighborhoods,” said Senator Gianaris. “It is critical that the discussion regarding Sunnyside Yards includes the community and focuses on providing the additional infrastructure we desperately need. Any future development must bring with it more and better schools, new parks and open spaces, and vastly improved mass transit, particularly on the 7 line. I look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure our existing community is consulted and protected as this process unfolds.”

February 3, 2015
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Gianaris, Simotas, Constantinides Send Letter in Support of Most Precious Blood School

- Ask Diocese to Reconsider Shutting Down School -

(Astoria, NY) Following the Diocese of Brooklyn’s announcement that the Most Precious Blood School in Astoria would close at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, and Council Member Costa Constantinides wrote a letter to the Diocese to express concern over the immediacy of the impending closure and request that the Diocese explore any and all options to keep the school open.

“The outpouring of support from the community and the fear parents are now experiencing over the planned closure of the Most Precious Blood School demonstrate just how much this institution means to our neighbors,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “I sincerely hope that the Diocese listens to the voices of our community and recommits itself to trying to find a way to keep this beloved school open.”

January 14, 2015
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Senator Gianaris Introduces Legislation Preventing Public Reimbursement to Campaign Committees for Legal Defense

(Albany, NY) Outraged that New York State must use public monies to reimburse a campaign committee for more than $1.5 million in legal defense fees and upwards of $560,000 more to a legal defense fund, Senator Michael Gianaris announced that he will introduce legislation to prevent any such payouts in the future. Senator Gianaris’ legislation will amend Section 19 of the Public Officers Law to prevent state reimbursement to legal defense funds and campaign committees for legal defense in criminal proceedings. Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh will sponsor the bill in the New York State Assembly. 

“It is sadly typical in the upside-down world of Albany that public financing for campaign committees only exists for those accused of crimes,” said Senator Gianaris. “This multi-million dollar payout is a glaring example of the desperate need to reform New York State election law, and we need to close this loophole immediately.”

December 30, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Introduces Legislation Preventing Public Reimbursement to Campaign Committees for Legal Defense

(Albany, NY) Outraged that New York State must use public monies to reimburse a campaign committee for more than $1.5 million in legal defense fees and upwards of $560,000 more to a legal defense fund, Senator Michael Gianaris announced that he will introduce legislation to prevent any such payouts in the future. Senator Gianaris’ legislation will amend Section 19 of the Public Officers Law to prevent state reimbursement to legal defense funds and campaign committees for legal defense in criminal proceedings. Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh will sponsor the bill in the New York State Assembly. 

“It is sadly typical in the upside-down world of Albany that public financing for campaign committees only exists for those accused of crimes,” said Senator Gianaris. “This multi-million dollar payout is a glaring example of the desperate need to reform New York State election law, and we need to close this loophole immediately.”

December 30, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Queens Library Board of Trustees Removal of Thomas Galante

Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement regarding the news that the Queens Library Board of Trustees voted to terminate Thomas Galante as President and CEO of the Queens Library system.

"The Board's removal of Mr. Galante is an important step towards righting the ship of the Queens Library system and moving it towards a brighter future. I am proud to have sponsored the new law that made this progress possible for a treasured institution that temporarily lost its way. I look forward to the day when Queens residents can again be proud of our libraries, and today we are one step closer," said Senator Gianaris.

December 18, 2014
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Lonely Planet guidebooks call Queens the best travel destination in the United States

Senator Gianaris celebrated the Lonely Planet naming Queens its top travel destination in the United States, touting our borough's cuisine, parks, arts scene and more. 

Check out the Daily News story on Queens as a destination hotspot. 

December 17, 2014
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Restaurant Serving Thanksgiving Meals for NYCHA Tenants With No Gas

Senator Gianaris was part of a collaboration that provided Thanksgiving meals for NYCHA tenants without gas in their apartments.

Check out DNAinfo for more info on this feel good holiday story. 

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Joins PS/IS 78 Students for Class Elections in Long Island City

Senator Michael Gianaris joined PS/IS 78 students at their new state-of-the-art school building in Long Island City for the school’s annual class council elections. Senator Gianaris, who has attended PS/IS 78’s school elections for three years running, spoke to a packed auditorium of students about the value of democratic participation, and answered dozens of questions about what he does to improve the lives of western Queens residents.

December 17, 2014
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Greek of the Week Features Senator Michael Gianaris

New Greek TV selected Senator Gianaris as Greek of the Week, and the Senator sat down for an extended interview about his heritage and his work for the community. 

Read the full story at New Greek TV. 

December 17, 2014
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New Bill Gives Veterans Greater Property Tax Relief

As Senator Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas delivered greater property tax relief for veterans, NY1 was on the scene to cover the press conferece. Check out the full NY1 story here. 

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris, Assemblywoman Simotas Secure Increased Property Tax Relief for Veterans

Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas joined community and veteran leaders and Senator Joe Addabbo, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Committee, to announce that their bill to provide increased property tax relief to veterans has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, bringing our veterans property tax exemption into the 21st century by updating a decades-old benefit for those who have served our country. The bill will immediately raise the property tax exemption for veterans from $5,000 to $7,500, remedying the effects of inflation on a policy meant to make life easier for servicemen and women returning home.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Statement on Passing of Luke Adams

Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement regarding the passing of Sunnyside icon Luke Adams.

"Luke Adams was a Sunnyside icon who dedicated his life to making his neighborhood a better place, and he will be deeply missed. May his memory be eternal," said Senator Gianaris.

December 17, 2014
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Citibike to come to Queens

Head over to the Queens Chronicle for full coverage on Citibike coming to Queens, and for more on Senator Gianaris' work to bring bike share to our community. 

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Welcomes Citibike to Western Queens

At a press conference with Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Alta Bike Share officials, and local leaders, Senator Michael Gianaris welcomed the city’s bike sharing program to western Queens. Senator Gianaris is especially proud that in addition to the blue bikes coming soon to Long Island City, Astoria and Sunnyside are included in future plans for expansion. Senator Gianaris has worked for years to bring Citibike to all of western Queens, and Astoria and Sunnyside in particular.

"Today brings welcome news for all of us who have fought so hard for years to bring bike share to western Queens. Areas like Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside and many more throughout the city are crying out for this program and I am thrilled that after so much uncertainty, we can declare that bikes will be here soon. I commend the DOT and Bikeshare Holdings for moving bike share forward and making it easier to get around our city in a fun and healthy way," said Senator Gianaris.

December 17, 2014
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Second Sunnyside pedestrian plaza officially opens

Senator Gianaris joined Sunnyside Shines and local leaders to celebrate the opening of Lowery Plaza in Sunnyside, the neighborhood's second recently opened public plaza where residents can take a moment and enjoy their surroundings. Check out what Senator Gianaris had at the ribbon cutting ceremony in the Queens Courier. 

December 17, 2014
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MTA capital plan would renew 7, N and Q subway platforms

Senator Gianaris spoke to the Times Ledger about the MTA's capital plan and the need for improved train stations in western Queens. Read the full story here. 

December 17, 2014
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Gianaris Earns High Marks On Environmental Scorecard

Senator Gianaris' record on the environment earned him a high score from EPL/Environmental Advocates environmental scorecard. Check out the Western Queens Gazette for more info. 

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Encourages Western Queens Residents to Apply for Hunter’s Point South Affordable Housing

As the affordable housing lottery for Hunter’s Point South opened up for applications, Senator Michael Gianaris encouraged residents of western Queens to apply.

“The addition of 925 permanently affordable housing units in our community is exciting, and I urge all western Queens residents to take advantage of this opportunity and apply. As more and more New Yorkers flock to our neighborhoods to live, work, and raise their families, it is vital that western Queens remains affordable, and the Hunter’s Point South development represents a major step in that direction. I wish all applicants the best of luck in this process,” said Senator Gianaris.

December 17, 2014
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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

December 2, 2014
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