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Motorists Face Tougher Driving Laws - Next Edition!

A package of driving law enhancing bills were passed by the Senate in early May. Queens Gazette wrote about the bills and quoted Senator Gianaris on one of them.

[...] State Senator Michael Gianaris said about the legislation that was passed May 3, “Funerals should be given the respect of an uninterrupted procession. I was pleased to vote in favor of the legislation to end traffic interference of a funeral procession as we must be able to honor the deceased members of our community while maintaining safety on our roadways.”

Read the full article here.

May 18, 2011
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State elections

Redistricting, calendar up in the air

State lawmakers' penchant for procrastination could leave up to the courts key decisions governing the 2012 elections.

In the coming months, the Legislature has to confront two vexing issues: redistricting and changes to the start of the election cycle to comply with federal law. However, lawmakers have yet to act on either one individually, and a convergence of the two will make it even more difficult to resolve either in the coming weeks.

May 17, 2011
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Senator Gianaris opposes tax abatement legislation for energy generating facilites

The Senate GOP passed tax breaks for large energy companies rather than protect local ratepayers. Senator Gianaris stands up for ratepayers and spoke on the Senate floor in opposition of the bill.

 

May 17, 2011
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GOP shocker for city electric rates

New York Post wrote an article about the legislation that Senate Republicans passed that expands giveaways for electric-generating companies. We should be standing up for ratepayers not huge corporations.

ALBANY -- Last-minute legislation to head off a threatened 12-percent rate hike for New York City electricity customers was in danger last night as Senate Republicans unexpectedly passed a different measure that could cost the city nearly $2 billion.

Outraged lawmakers and city officials accused the Senate GOP of seeking a massive give-away for electric-generating companies that already are receiving city tax breaks on their property taxes.

May 17, 2011
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N.Y. redistricting talks bog down

Ithaca Journal wrote an article about redistricting reform. We must to rally together in order to get this inportant reform passed.

ALBANY -- With just five weeks to go before the Legislature breaks for the summer, talk at the Capitol has been driven by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legislative priorities: a property tax cap, an ethics overhaul and legalizing gay marriage.

Noticeably absent, however, has been much talk on redistricting reform, a major campaign issue that garnered significant attention earlier this session, but is still unresolved.

May 16, 2011
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Officials Demand Change After Third Bridge Accident

Senator Gianaris was interview by WCBS 880 on the latest accident at Queensborough Plaza.

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May 16, 2011
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DOT blames span drivers

New York Post followed up on the latest Queensborough Plaza accident.

In the wake of a third crash at the dangerous hairpin-curve offramp of the Queensboro Bridge, the city Department of Transportation continued yesterday to blame bad driving as the cause of the accidents -- two of which were fatal.

"NYPD reports suggest excessive speed appears to be the dominant factor," said DOT spokesman Montgomery Dean, adding that the city has already installed speed-limit signs, flashing lights and rumble strips in an effort to slow drivers as they exit onto Queens Plaza South.

But two politicians questioned the agency's commitment to safety in light of Saturday's crash, when a speeding Volkswagen Rabbit careered into scaffolding and a livery car.

May 16, 2011
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Bridge toll mounts

New York Post asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the recent accident that occured on the Queens side of the Ed Kick-Queensborough Bridge.

A treacherous Queensboro Bridge offramp that has already claimed two lives was the scene of another spectacular crash early yesterday.

A speeding Volkswagen lost control on a hairpin turn at the lower-level offramp at about 5:30 a.m on Queens Plaza South -- ping-ponging between barriers before it went airborne and landed on the roof of a parked livery cab.

The smashup took place at the exact location of two other Volkswagen crashes -- both fatal -- in the last two months.

THE QUEENSBORO BRIDGE'S TREACHEROUS OFFRAMP

May 16, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Reacts to Latest Accident on Queensboro Bridge

Early this morning there was another accident at the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge on the Queens side of the bridge close to Crescent Street. This is the same location that two previous accidents resulted in fatalities.

In the latest accident two individuals were transported to the hospital with injuries.

After the previous accidents Senator Gianaris hosted a community rally calling for the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to implement immediate traffic calming and safety measures. Senator Gianaris also wrote a letter to the NYCDOT demanding action.

May 14, 2011
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City hearing sheds light on Census challenge

Queens Chronicle wrote an article on the latest developments regarding the Census and its flawed results. This is a serious problem and must be fixed.

At a City Council hearing on Monday, the Census Bureau’s New York regional director, Tony Farthing, testified that a processing error may have caused the agency to undercount city residents.

Farthing reportedly brought up the potential error in response to a comment by Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn), but did not explain exactly what type of error he was referring to.

May 12, 2011
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LIC welcomes new DOH Queens embraces Health Dept.'s arrival as 'shot in the arm'

Queens Times Ledger wrote about the opening of the new headquarters of the NYC DOH in LIC.

The city Department of Health has finally come to Queens, holding its grand opening Friday by tying the bow on one of many moves that it is hoped will revitalize the Long Island City area near Queens Plaza.“It’s a great shot in the arm and a vote of confidence from the city to relocate such an important agency in the heart of Long Island City,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).

“One would hope and anticipate that there are some additional stores that are coming as a result of this development,” Van Bramer said. The 2 Gotham Center location has retail space available on the ground floors.

May 12, 2011
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LIRR trains idle too loudly: Sen. Gianaris

Queens Times Ledger wrote about my efforts to rid Long Island City of idle LIRR trains.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is incensed over the MTA idling its trains near Borden Avenue in Long Island City, but the Long Island Rail Road said that while the running motors may be loud, they are also a necessity.

The LIRR yard outside the tunnel to Manhattan has been used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and LIRR’s trains, many of which are now run by diesel fuel, for 100 years. Like most of Long Island City, the adjacent area has been seeing increased residential growth with condominium complexes like The Foundry, Murano Condo and One Hunters Point being built along Borden Avenue near the yard.

May 12, 2011
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LIRR trains idle too loudly: Sen. Gianaris

Queens Times Ledger wrote about my efforts to rid Long Island City of idle LIRR trains.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is incensed over the MTA idling its trains near Borden Avenue in Long Island City, but the Long Island Rail Road said that while the running motors may be loud, they are also a necessity.

The LIRR yard outside the tunnel to Manhattan has been used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and LIRR’s trains, many of which are now run by diesel fuel, for 100 years. Like most of Long Island City, the adjacent area has been seeing increased residential growth with condominium complexes like The Foundry, Murano Condo and One Hunters Point being built along Borden Avenue near the yard.

May 12, 2011
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May 15, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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May 15, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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AIDS Walk New York

8:30 a.m. Sign-In

9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony Begins

10:00 a.m. AIDS Walk New York Begins

This is a 10 kilometers / 6.2 miles walk.

May 15, 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM
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114th Civ-OP's VIN Etching Event

The 114th Civilian Observation Patrol is hosting a VIN etching event at the Costco parking lot in Long Island City. This event is being held to help reduce or eliminate profits made my car thieves because they would need to replace the etched glass before being able to sell a stolen vehicle. VIN etching increases the odds of recovering stolen cars by police. Most insurance companies give a discount if you have this done to your car.

May 11, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Gianaris Attends Opening Of DOH HQ In LIC

Queens Gazette included a photo and short blurb about the opening of the NYC Department of Health headquarters in Long Island City, which Senator Gianaris attended.

On Friday, May 6, state Senator Michael Gianaris (far r.) attended and gave remarks at the opening of the city Department of Health’s new headquarters in Long Island City. Seen here at the opening are (L. to r.); Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs.

See the photo and full page here.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks on the Senate floor.

Senator Gianaris spoke on the floor of the Senate about his negative vote on the S.191 bill that would fast track the process for constructing new power plants in New York State.

May 11, 2011
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Gianaris Blasts Easing Regs For W. Queens Power Plants

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' vote against the S.191 bill that would fast-track the construction of new power plants.

State Senator Michael Gianaris has voted against legislation that establishes a fast-track process for the siting of new electric generating facilities without providing enough safeguards for overburdened communities.

The bill, S191, allows for the placement of new power plants without properly considering the cumulative effect of new plant construction on neighborhoods that already house numerous power plants.

May 11, 2011
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