Sheila Lewandowski believes in the ability of all individuals to contribute to the betterment of their local and global communities in ways big and small.
A resident of Long Island City, Ms. Lewandowski is co-founder and executive director of The Chocolate Factory Theater. Through her leadership, the theater has supported over 800 artists and as many as 35,000 visitors since opening its doors in 2004. In addition, Ms. Lewandowski instituted the annual Taste of Long Island City as an economic and community development project, the proceeds of which further the work of The Chocolate Factory’s artists each year.
The Times Ledger wrote an article about the recent car accidents that have occured on a particular Queensborough Bridge off-ramp, which has prompted Senator Gianaris to appeal to the city Department of Transportation for increased safety measures.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week.
“I think the DOT has not done enough to fix the traffic pattern there,” Gianaris said.
Gianaris said while some of the drivers were allegedly speeding, the DOT must still ensure the ramps are as safe as possible.
The Queens Gazette reports that Kaufman Astoria Studio's plans to construct a new outdoor movie studio lot in Astoria have been approved, making New York City an attractive destination for film and television clients.
DNAinfo.com wrote an article about a Queensboro Bridge off-ramp, which has been called a "death trap," following several auto collisions that have resulted in lawsuits and fatalities.
The dangerous Queensboro Bridge off-ramp at Queens Plaza South near Crescent Street has long been called a “death trap,” and after yet another accident there this month, state senator Michael Gianaris (D-12) wants more to be done to ensure New Yorkers safety.
The latest traffic accident occurred on May 1 - the fourth in a series of wrecks within a little more than a year.
The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference at Bryant High School, where Senator Gianaris met with students to talk about energy, climate change, and environmental policy.
A group of Global Kids Leaders at William Cullen Bryant H.S. in LIC met with state Senator Michael Gianaris on April 23, for a forum to celebrate Earth Day and explore how young people can improve environmental conditions in Queens.
Gianaris imparted strategies to the student leaders on influencing public policy to improve air quality and energy efficiency in Western Queens.
The Queens Chronicle wrote about volunteers coming together to plant 100 trees at Queensbridge Park as part of the 5th annual "One Thing That's Green" event.
On Saturday morning (Earth Day) nearly 500 volunteers gathered at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City to plant 100 trees. Volunteers were of all ages dressed in jeans or workout clothes. There were piles of shovels, gardening gloves and wheelbarrows set up at each of the color-coded stations.
JetBlue Airways teamed with New York Restoration Project, the nonprofit that has partnered with the city to plant a million trees throughout the city by 2017, to put on the fifth annual One Thing That’s Green event.
The Queens Gazette wrote an article about SHAREing and CAREing's second annual Senator George Onorato 5K Run, which Senator Gianaris and other elected officials attended.
SHAREing & CAREing held its second annual Senator George Onorato 5K Run, for adults and children, on April 22, at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park.
This special event was held in honor of the senator in order to help raise funds to aid SHAREing & CAREing’s mission to help provide support and bring public awareness about one of the leading causes of death to women including breast and ovarian cancers.
The New York Post reports on a lawsuit filed against the city by two store front owners who claim that faulty traffic planning has resulted in multiple incidents of cars plowing into their storefronts.
Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp.
Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011.
“It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash!
Senator Gianaris speaking at the Sunnyside Community Services Volunteer Recognition Ceremony where he handed out several proclamations for Sunnyside volunteers' ongoing hard work and dedication to the community.