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Electric rate hikes zapped after law passed

Queens Times Ledger wrote about the rescinded FERC rate increase and quoted Senator Gianaris in the article.

The threat of a spike in electrical rates died a two-pronged death last week.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had come under fire for its January decision to allow city power generators to enact a large increase for their rates during peak electrical times. The agency believed the power companies faced steep property taxes when in actuality they received significant abatements. The FERC ruling could have caused city residents’ electrical rates to shoot up by 12 percent.

Days after the state Legislature passed a law last week to prevent the planned hike from being passed to those residents, FERC undid its decision.

May 26, 2011
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Press Conference: SENATOR GIANARIS TO PARTICIPATE IN NEW YORK METS PRESS CONFERENCE ON UPCOMING ECUADOR-GREECE SOCCER MATCH

Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Fransisco Moya will participate in a press conference held by the New York Mets on Friday, May 27 at 1:30 pm at Citi Field. This press conference is being held in advance of the Ecuador-Greece soccer match on June 7 at Citi Field. Senator Gianaris and Assemblymember Moya have been invited as representatives of New York’s largest Greek and Ecuadorian populations, respectively, and will try to score a goal against Mr. Met.

May 27, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Maloney Announces Jobs Created At Sunnyside Yards

Queens Gazette included Senator Gianaris' quote from Congresswoman Maloney's press conference last week announcing a new federal rail grant for Sunnyside Yards.

May 26, 2011
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AHYRC Meeting

Astoria Houses Young Residents Committee Planning Meeting

May 26, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Lawmakers Vehemently Oppose Fire Company Closings

Queens Gazette asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the fire company closures announced by Mayor Bloomberg. In Gianaris' district, Ladder 128 is scheduled to be closed.

The release last week of the city’s long awaited list of fire company closings has Queens lawmakers fuming, vowing to keep open as many of the targeted units as possible.

The list, released by FDNY officials on May 18, includes four Queens fire companies in neighborhoods scattered across the borough:

•Ladder 128, 33-51 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside

•Engine 306, 40-18 214th Pl., Bayside

•Engine 294, 101-20 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill

May 25, 2011
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Senator Gianaris participates in Astoria Civic Bike Race.

On Sunday, May 22, Senator Gianaris participated in the Astoria Civic Bike Race along with Assemblymember Aravella Simotas.

May 24, 2011
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May 30, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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May 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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SENATOR GIANARIS FIGHTS FIRE COMPANY CLOSURES

Demands Mayor Keep Ladder 128 Open

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is fighting against the closure of Ladder 128, a fire company located in Long Island City, Queens at 33-51 Greenpoint Avenue. This fire company recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary and serves the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and Greenpoint.

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that he is planning on closing 20 fire companies across New York City. Ladder 128 is one of four fire companies in Queens marked for closure.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Interview on WCNY's "The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter."

Senator Gianaris was on WCNY's "The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter" on Monday, May 23 to discuss the major issues being taken up in Albany before the end of this legislative session, including same-sex marriage, a property tax cap, and rent regulations.

Click here to listen to the interview audio. Senator Gianaris was on the show for the first 20 minutes.

May 23, 2011
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Local district faces firehouse closing

Sunnyside Post asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the possible closure of Ladder 128.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to close as many as 20 firehouses – including one in Long Island City—has drawn the scorn of many of this district’s politicians.

Ladder Company 128, which serves Sunnyside, Woodside, LIC, Blissville and Greenpoint, is among those firehouses that face the chopping block.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris said that “the closure of ladder company 128 would increase response times and would have a detrimental effect on the safety of people in western queens.” Gianaris added that the closure made little sense at a time when the area is expanding and developers are building more high-rise buildings.

May 23, 2011
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Gianaris: Bring Gay Marriage To A Vote

State of Politics wrote about part of Senator Gianaris' interview on "The Capitol Pressroom," during which he said that a same-sex marriage bill must be introduced and brought to a vote.

Democratic Sen. Mike Gianaris today disagreed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to not introduce a bill supporting same-sex marriage unless the votes are available, saying the public deserves to know where individual legislators stand.

In an interview on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom this morning, Gianaris, D-Queens, said not having a bill allows Senate Republicans to tease on where they and duck the issue on where they stand.

May 23, 2011
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Feds nix electric over'charge'

The Post wrote about FERC's rescinded rate hike for ratepayers' electric bills. In a formal statement, Senator Gianaris said, "I'm glad this misguided rate hike has been reversed and proud that the State took swift action to save ratepayers millions of dollars. Governor Cuomo deserves thanks for working closely with those of us who were alarmed by the FERC decision to resolve the problem."

Charges reversed!

Federal regulators yesterday officially overturned an order that would have zapped the city by boosting residential electric bills by 10 to 12 percent.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted barely 24 hours after Albany lawmakers passed a law making property-tax breaks for electricity generators permanent.

May 20, 2011
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Statement from Senator Gianaris on Reversed FERC Decision

Following the announcement that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has reversed its decision to allow power generating companies to massively increase their electric rates, Senator Gianaris said, "I'm glad this misguided rate hike has been reversed and proud that the State took swift action to save ratepayers millions of dollars. Governor Cuomo deserves thanks for working closely with those of us who were alarmed by the FERC decision to resolve the problem."

May 19, 2011
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Street likely to be named in honor of Irish-American Athletic Club

Senator Gianaris sent a letter in support of re-naming a street that runs through the Celtic Park apartment complex in Sunnyside in recognition of the Irish-American Athletic Club.

Local legislators are getting behind a plan to co-name a street that runs through the Celtic Park apartment complex in recognition of the Irish-American Athletic Club.

The new street name, which would be called Winged Fist Way, would apply to 43rd Street — between 48th and 50th Aves. The name would recognize that the Irish-American Athletic Club, which enjoyed its heydays before World War I, was headquartered where the Celtic Park apartments are today. The Winged Fist was the emblem of the club, which had a raised fist, eagle wings, shamrocks and the US flag.

May 19, 2011
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MTA track work trouble for first LIC Arts Open

Queens Courier asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the closure of the 7 train this weekend, which could hinder visitors from attending the LIC Arts Open.

Richard Mazda is expecting thousands of people this weekend – and he’s afraid his guests will have no way to get there.

You see, Mazda is the director of the first annual LIC Arts Open, a celebration of the arts community in Long Island City, which runs through Sunday, May 22.

But with MTA New York City Transit planning work to address a recent increase in signal-related delays on the No. 7 line between May 20 and 23, there will be no subway service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza.

May 19, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks at press conference on federal rail grant.

Senator Gianaris said, “It is a great day when we can announce an influx of federal money, enhancements to our rail yards and the creation of new jobs in our community all at once. As a hub for train travel, Western Queens has experienced its fair share of transportation problems, which this grant will help fix. I thank Congresswoman Maloney for working so hard to bring this area these much needed funds and I look forward to making Sunnyside Yards a more efficient junction."

May 19, 2011
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Gianaris: No tax help for Big Electric

This article in the Times Ledger was written just after tax abatement legislation that hurt ratepayers passed in the Senate on Monday. On Wednesday, however, legislation that helps prevent drastic rate hikes was passed by the Senate. I am happy my fellow Senators and I were able to stand up for ratepayers across the state.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) condemned a bill passed in the Senate Monday to give tax abatements to power generators, saying it would provide them with an unfair tax benefit.

May 19, 2011
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