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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON AGREEMENT TO REBUILD ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

“For more than a decade, Greek-Americans have been without our place of worship in one of the most significant locations in this country. This long-awaited deal reminds the world of New York’s emphasis on religious freedom and the value of reconstruction as we continue to remember all we lost on September 11th. I look forward to celebrating the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas with my fellow Greek-Americans and all New Yorkers. I thank the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority for their hard work to bring about today’s agreement.”

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October 14, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS APPLAUDS INSTALLATION OF FREE WI-FI IN ASTORIA PARK

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is pleased to welcome the installation of free Wi-Fi in Astoria Park, one of five New York City park locations offering free wireless service, provided by AT&T and the City of New York. The addition of this new digital network will allow western Queens residents to enjoy the outdoors while browsing the Internet without extra charges to their cell phone or cable bills.

October 13, 2011
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Buehler Remembered

The Queens Gazette wrote about the renaming of 30th Road to Ann Buehler Way, in commemoration of Anna Buehler who died last year at the age of 94. Senator Gianaris attended the renaming to show his appreciation and remembrance for her hard work and dedication to the city.

For more than half a century, Ann Buehler served as a beacon for local youth seeking refuge from the troublesome life of street gangs. Her legacy was honored on October 8, with the renaming of 30th Road as “Ann Buehler Way” at the intersection of 21st Street in front of the Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens in Astoria. Buehler died last year, she was 94-years-old.

October 13, 2011
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N.Y. State ‘Sick But Getting Better’ Gianaris Tells UCCA

The Queens Gazette wrote on Senator Gianaris' thoughts at the UCCA meeting at Augustana Lutheran Church in Astoria Heights on October 6. The senator discussed the state of the state, in relation to its budget and deficit, along with other issues such hasydrofracking, power plant siting, hospital closings in Queens and auto insurance fraud.

October 13, 2011
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opens Renovated Dog Run

The Queens Gazette wrote about the reopening of the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Blvd. Senator Gianaris had worked on securing enough funds to create such renovations, with other elected officials, DOG LIC, and Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC).

October 13, 2011
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Astoria street renamed for leader, activist Ann Buehler

The Queens Courier wrote about the unveiling ceremony for an Astoria street renamed in honor of late activist Ann Buehler. Senator Gianaris attended the ceremony and paid his respects to this long-time community leader.

The honors bestowed upon Ann Buehler throughout her life grew in number on October 8, when the long-time community leader was memorialized with the unveiling of a new street sign bearing her name.

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Members of the Club and the Buehler family were joined at the unveiling by Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas.

October 13, 2011
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Long Island City dog run groomed

Queens Courier wrote about Long Island City's improved Vernon Blvd. Dog Run. Hailed as "the Rolls Royce of dog parks," this renovated run will benefit the pet-loving community of western Queens.

A place to meet and socialize is important for members from all Queens communities – even four-legged ones. That is why elected officials and community leaders transformed a once “ruff” looking dog run into one that canines will agree is through the “roof.”

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October 11, 2011
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Refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run Opens In Long Island City

NY1 did a story on the newly renovated the Vernon Blvd. Dog Run in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris spoke and participated in its ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday.

Click here to watch the full video.

October 11, 2011
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Parking in Sunnyside now easier for locals

Queens Chronicle wrote about the lifting of rush-hour parking restrictions - a common sense approach that balances traffic concerns with those of local residents.

Elected officials announced last week that short-term parking is being added and regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists.

In a press conference on Thursday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D- Sunnyside), Rep. Joe Crowley (D- Bronx, Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D- Astoria) and city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan spoke of the need for the changes as a way to help the small businesses of Sunnyside.

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October 6, 2011
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Senator Gianaris announces opening of renovated Vernon Blvd Dog Run in Long Island City.

Senator Gianaris at the the podium, surrounded by (from left to right) Tiffani Minatel of DOG LIC, QWDC President Paul Januszewski, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, and State Parks Commissioner Rachel Gordon.

October 6, 2011
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GIANARIS, NOLAN AND VAN BRAMER HOLD RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY TO OPEN RENOVATED VERNON BLVD DOG RUN

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, worked together since last year to secure funding for the much-needed renovations to the dog run and are pleased to finally announce the renewed run is open and ready for use.

October 6, 2011
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Redistricting raises bias concerns

Albany Times Union wrote about how the Senate GOP is continuing to try to use gerrymandering for their own political advantage. Gerrymandering only serves the GOP's partisan agenda and does not allow voters to be fairly represented.

ALBANY -- When LATFOR, the legislative panel charged with the controversial redistricting process, held its latest hearing Wednesday on Long Island, several witnesses drew attention to the area around Brentwood, which in contrast to wealthier communities in Suffolk County is denser and has a higher proportion of black and Latino residents.

The area is split among four Senate districts -- all occupied by Republicans.

October 6, 2011
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DOT Announces Parking Improvements In Sunnyside

Queens Gazette wrote about the changed parking regulations on Queens Blvd in Sunnyside that Senator Gianaris helped bring about. It is important that city services benefit Sunnyside residents and businesses rather than people simply passing through the area.

The city Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Joe Crowley and state Senator Michael Gianaris announced that short term metered parking is being added and parking regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists, especially the customers of local businesses lining the corridor.

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October 6, 2011
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GIANARIS PRAISES NEW TRAFFIC LAW

Queens Gazette wrote about the effectiveness of the Distracted Driving Bill:

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) has praised the effectiveness of a new law, enacted recently, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.

The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense, said Gianaris. But “previously using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense—such as speeding or running another red light,” said Gianaris.

October 5, 2011
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Gianaris To Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of Renovated Vernon Blvd Dog Run with Nolan and Van Bramer

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the renovated Vernon Boulevard dog run on Thursday, October 6 at 11 am. The elected officials worked with Queens West Development Corporation, New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, to secure funding for the much-needed renovations. The press conference will be held at the dog run on Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue.

October 6, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Prison Gerrymandering Debate

State of Poltiics wrote about the prison-based gerrymandering case. Senator Gianaris believes prison-based gerrymandering is illegal and that the GOP is simply trying to manipulate government for its partisan advantage

Right now, a state supreme court is hearing the case of Little vs. LATFOR. It is the Senate Republicans case challenging the law implemented in 2010 by the then-Democratic lead Senate in which prisoners would be counted at their last known address instead of where they are being incarcerated.

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October 4, 2011
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A German teenager has punched holes in Albany's pretense that redistricting is hard

This Daily News editorial shows just how easy it can be to draw fair district lines.

With a deadline looming to redraw legislative districts based on the 2010 census, Albany must stop skewing the process for political benefit.

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He's a 19-year-old student who lives in Hamburg, Germany, and who whipped up a credible redistricting plan for the state Senate. All he needed was an enthusiasm for American politics, a head for computers and a connection to the Internet

Read the full article here

October 4, 2011
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DOT Adds Parking, Reduces Meter Time On Queens Boulevard

NY1 video of the press conference Senator Gianaris participated in announcing the changed parking regulations on Queens Boulevard. Senator Gianaris is pleased these regulations are changing to better reflect the needs of the community, which will allow Sunnyside to continue to flourish.

Watch the video here.

September 29, 2011
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