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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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Pols' bid to zap rate hike

The Post wrote about legislation that Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg are introducing to resolve the FERC rate hike issue. Senator Gianaris is proud to be one of the first people to stand up and fight against this outrageous rate hike.

ALBANY -- Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg announced legislation yesterday that will head off a threatened 12 percent rate hike for New York City electric customers.

The legislation, first reported by The Post last month, guarantees permanent property-tax abatements to local electric-generating companies, removing the basis for a little-noticed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision in January that could hike city electric rates by $500 million a year.

May 11, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Blasts Bill Easing Regulations For Power Plants In Western Queens

Votes Against Bill To Fast-Track New Plant Construction

Queens, NY – 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 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks on Senate Bill S.191

Senator Gianaris speaks on the floor of the Senate against a bill that eases regulations for the placement of power plants throughout New York State. We need more power supply but must do it in a responsible and safe manner.

May 10, 2011
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Caucus Meeting: Participates in NYS Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus Kick-off Event

Senator Gianaris will attend and give brief remarks at the opening ceremony of the NYS Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus’ first public event, a Reproductive Rights and Health Information Fair.

May 9, 12:15 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Gianaris attends opening of NYC DOH new headquarters in Long Island City.

Standing with Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC Health Comissioner Thomas Farley and Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs.

May 6, 2011
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LIC annoyed by loud trains

Queens Chronicle wrote about the noisy trains that are disturbing residents in Long Island City.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he and his constituents have had enough of the racket at the Long Island Rail Road yard located at Borden Avenue and 2nd Street in LIC.

Trains idle at the yard and pollute the air. On Saturday, Gianaris announced he had penned a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder, asking him to silence the locomotives.

“It is unacceptable that the MTA wastes expensive fuel while transit fares rise and services are being cut,” Gianaris said.

May 5, 2011
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Astoria taxi stand request

Queens Chronicle wrote about Senator Gianaris' request for a taxi stand at 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard.

After receiving numerous complaints from residents and business owners, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) has requested a taxi stand be created in the vicinity of 31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue in Astoria.

Gianaris wrote a letter to Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky this month to inform him of congestion caused in the area due to idling cabs. Gianaris wrote that livery cabs often illegally respond to passengers who hail them, block traffic by double parking along the streets and sit in metered spots for hours without paying.

May 5, 2011
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