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March 15, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Critics: Senate Redistricting Bill Inadequate --WXXI March 14, 2011

Critics: Senate Redistricting Bill Inadequate

By Karen Dewitt 

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.

March 15, 2011
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REBROADCAST-Senator Gianaris to be a Guest on WAMC's "Capitol Connection"

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.

March 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Senator Gianaris to be a Guest on WAMC's "Capitol Connection"

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.

March 18, 10:30 PM - 11:59 PM
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Senator Gianaris to Appear on Aktina Radio (91.5 FM) at 3:10pm on Sunday March 13, 2011

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.

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March 13, 3:10 PM - 3:25 PM
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Bill Would Push MTA On Security

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.

March 10, 2011
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Seven Area Senior Centers May Close--Senator Gianaris Fights to Keep them Open (Queens Chronicle, March 10, 2011)

Seven area senior centers may close

by Elizabeth Daley, Editor

03/10/2011

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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.

March 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Questions Why Federal Goverment Sent a Constituent 32 US Government License Plates--New York Post, Feb. 24, 2011

Man gets fed plates in security botch

By Chuck Bennett

It's enough to drive someone mad.

In a stunning security lapse, the federal General Services Administration mistakenly shipped nearly three dozen license plates marked "U.S. Government -- For Official Use Only" to a humble Queens accountant, The Post has learned......

 

Unsure of what to do with the plates, he handed them over to state Sen. Michael Gianaris, whose district office is in the same building.

 

But, Gianaris said, the GSA didn't appear overly concerned.

"The reaction we got was that this was business as usual," he said.

March 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Honored At ANOROC Anniversary Celebration

Last week, I was given the Public Service Award by the ANOROC Democratic Club during their 82nd Anniversary Dinner Dance in Astoria, Queens. Public service has always been a gratifying experience for me, and to be honored in this capacity only deepens my appreciation for the members of my community and for the office I hold.

Queens Chronicle wrote a brief article on the award:

March 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Debating on the Floor of the Senate

Senator Gianaris standing up for everyday New Yorkers while debating on the floor of the Senate.

March 10, 2011
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Astoria Homeowners, Tenants and Business Civic Association

Guest Speaker Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas

March 10, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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March 10, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Gianaris at a Press Conference with former NYC Mayor Ed Koch

Senator Gianaris at a PressConference with former NYC Mayor Ed Koch urging the Senate Republicans to live up to their promise and pass the pledge to reform the way Albany works.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Annonces Compromise to Increase Dog Access in Gantry Plaza State Park

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and I were proud to annouce we worked out a compromise with the New York State Department of Parks to allow dogs in Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens.

March 9, 2011
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Redistricting Debate Roils Senate--Albany Times Union

Today the Times Union reported on yesterday's session debate regarding the fight to bring redistrticting reform to the floor. 

ALBANY -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday rejected the Democratic minority's attempt to push for a public hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's redistricting bill. But the Senate session that ensued seemed to provide at least a partial forum for Democrats' complaints that the GOP is attempting to smother the legislation.

March 9, 2011
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March 18, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Gianaris Stands Up For Senior Centers In Queens

Statement From Senator Michael Gianaris Regarding The Proposal To Close Over 100 Senior Centers In New York City

For so many seniors these centers serve as a crucial lifeline to the outside world. While we are forced to cut costs during this difficult economic time, we must make the hard decisions in a way that minimizes the impact on the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Our seniors have done so much for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to enjoy their golden years with respect and dignity.

March 9, 2011
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