The Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized on redistricting reform and the importance of passing Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform bill as opposed to introducing the issue as a constitutional amendment, which requires a much lengthier process and would not get the much-needed reform done now.
A plan by state Senate Republicans to create an independent commission to redraw district lines through a constitutional amendment is little more than an attempt to derail real reform.
Contact state legislators and tell them to reject it.
Join the United Community Civic Association, Inc. (“UCCA”) for a film screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Gasland” at the newly opened Museum of the Moving Image on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
In the face of some of the most significant and potentially damaging government budget cuts in recent memory, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 pm at its headquarters in the Queensbridge Houses at 10-25 41st Avenue in Long Island City.
The following proposed cuts will be the main topic for discussion:
Senior Services: Cuts to Title XX funds in the Governor's Executive Budget would force the NYC Department for the Aging to close 105 senior centers. The loss of $24 million in these funds would be devastating, and affect over 8,000 seniors in New York City.
Today is National Kick Butts Day. We cannot allow tobacco companies to continue targeting our youth. If we are to eliminate the health problems associated with tobacco use, we must keep our children from falling victim to aggressive marketing efforts.
Van Bramer, Gianaris say facilities at Queensbridge, Ravenswood should stay
By Howard Koplowitz
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) joined senior citizens at the Jacob Riis Settlement House Friday in Queensbridge to rally against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to shutter the senior center and a similar facility in Ravenswood....
“I know how important the Queensbridge and Ravenswood center is to this community and we’re not going to let it close,”Senator Gianris said.
Newly elected Sens. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, and Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria, hope to mix things up in Albany
By Paul Leonard
It's been an active three months for two newly elected Queens state senators.
Whether it was term limits, ethics reform or the push for non-partisan legislative redistricting, every week seemed to bring another bill introduced by Sens. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, and Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria — both elected last November as part of an injection of new blood into a chamber known as being resistant to change....
...Both Avella and Gianaris agreed that it was the Republican majority in the state Senate that was responsible for a lack of results on the reformist agenda that helped propel both of them into office.
ALBANY, NY (WXXI) - Senate Republicans and Democrats argued over the issue of redrawing new district lines Monday, as pressure mounts on the Senate GOP to adopt a plan for an independent commission soon.
Senate Republicans approved a plan that would change the state's constitution to require that new district lines be drawn by a non -partisan commission. Senate sponsor John Bonacic says he picked up the bill from previous sponsors in earlier decades because it's the most comprehensive solution.
Senator Michael Gianaris will be on WAMC’s “Capitol Connection” hosted by Alan Chartock on Friday, March 18 at 10:30 pm and Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm. The Senator will continue to discuss the need for redistricting reform and for Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to pass the pledge for reform.
Senator Michael Gianaris will be on WAMC’s “Capitol Connection” hosted by Alan Chartock on Friday, March 18 at 10:30 pm and again Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm. The Senator will continue to discuss the need for redistricting reform and for Senate Republicans to keep their campaign promise to pass the pledge for reform.
AKTINA FM, produced and hosted by Elena Maroulleti, is a fully independent radio show on New York's public station WNYE-91.5FM/HD1 sponsored by AKTINA Productions, Inc., and co-sponsored by CYPRECO of America, Inc.
Queens Tribune wrote an article on my MTA Security Act that I have introduced in the Senate.
A bill introduced by State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) would give the state more authority over security on subways, buses, bridges and tunnels.
The legislation, which Gianaris first introduced in the Assembly in 2005, would grant the New York State Director of Homeland Security oversight of the security measures utilized by the MTA at its facilities. DHS would examine the security measures being used by the MTA, and then issue findings and recommendations regarding necessary enhancements.
Seven centers in western Queens are on the chopping block, according to a list released last week.
Astoria resident Josephine Forlano, 85, is not happy with the governor’s plans. “We were the backbone of the country. Here we did our part, and we are getting the dirty end of everything,” Forlano said.
She visits Catholic Charities’ Steinway Senior Center in Astoria, which is now in jeopardy. She used to organize trips for the center, and said the revenue produced by the tours and by the center’s other activities should be recognized as useful by the government.