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Annual Astoria Toy Drive

The Queens Gazette reported on the Annual Astoria Toy Drive where more than 200 children showed up to meet Santa Claus in addition to enjoying other festivities like karaoke, a magician and delicious cheeseburgers. Senator Gianaris attended this annual event to participate in the holiday festivities. 

The 114th Precinct and 114th Community Council held its annual Christmas party and toy giveaway on December 3 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria. More than 200 neighborhood children came to meet Santa Claus at the joyous event that also featured karaoke, a magician and McDonald’s cheeseburgers.

December 8, 2011
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Astoria\LIC Kiwanis Hosts Holiday Auction Extravaganza

The Queens Gazette wrote about the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Club holiday auction that sought to raise funds for charity. Senator Gianaris auctioned off his tie in order to provide scholarships for college hopefuls.

An annual local tradition, The Astoria\LIC Kiwanis Club holiday auction was attended by more than 125 members and guests who came to bid on a host of items for charity on December 5 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge.

 

“It’s one of the greatest events of the year,” said state Senator Mike Gianaris who had the privilege of auctioning off his own tie to help raise money to provide scholarships for graduating high school students who are going to college.

 

December 8, 2011
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TSA Denies Grandmother Was Strip Searched at JFK

FOX News reported on the recent string of controversies surrounding TSA's strip searches of elderly women and their later denial of such happenings. Senator Gianaris was interviewed byLisa Evers of Fox 5about the need for an investigation into what actually happened.

An 85-year-old grandmother says Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York humiliated her by strip searching her earlier this week and she plans to sue, the New York Daily News reported.

But the TSA denies that ever happened.

Lenore Zimmerman, from Long Beach, N.Y., says she was pulled into a private screening room by security Tuesday who then proceeded to take off her clothes, the newspaper reported.

December 6, 2011
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Senator Gianaris on WOR's The John Gambling Show

Senator Gianaris was featured on WOR 710's The John Gambling Show in light of the recent strip searches on elderly women at Kennedy airport.He discussed his letter to the TSA requesting a much more in-depth investigation of the JFK strip searches.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

December 6, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Fights for Air Travelers' Rights

Asks TSA officials to investigate strip-searching of elderly women at JFK Airport.

Queens, NY – A staunch advocate for air passengers’ and senior citizens’ rights, Senator Michael Gianaris continues to fight for the dignity of air travelers and seniors by calling on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to investigate search procedures at JFK Airport in New York City.

Following reports of alleged unnecessary strip-searches of two elderly women at Kennedy Airport, Senator Gianaris sent a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole requesting an immediate and comprehensive investigation of both incidents.

December 6, 2011
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Another Elderly Woman Says She Was Subjected To Strip Search At Kennedy Airport

CBS New York wrote about two elderly women getting strip searched at Kennedy Airport. Senator Gianaris offered his insights as to why senior citizens were being violated and spoke for the need to get to the bottom of what exactly they had done to endure such humiliation and embarrassment. 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lenore Zimmerman, 85, was angry and embarrassed after what she claims was a strip search at Kennedy Airport.

Now another woman in her 80s said she was exposed one day before at the very same terminal. From her home in Sunrise, Fla., 88-year-old Ruth Sherman said she knows for a fact senior citizens are being violated at a screening checkpoint at JFK.

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December 6, 2011
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WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Senator Gianaris was on WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter to discuss the upcoming session and the need to for fair independent redistricting. 

Click here to listen to the whole interview.

December 6, 2011
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Giving Thanks

The Queens Gazette wrote about the 22nd GHOA's Thanksgiving Meal giveaway which was held at the organization’s headquarters, 23-49 31st St. this year. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, volunteered to distribute meals to the elderly, the poor, the homeless and the lonesome in our community.

While millions of Americans spent their Thanksgiving holiday in the warm surroundings of home with family and friends, an equal number, including many throughout the city, experienced just the opposite.

December 1, 2011
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Queens Officials Unveil Tougher Crime Bill

NY1 also wrote on the elected officials' responses to the recent surge of crimes in Astoria, including Senator Gianaris' plans to protect small businesses and organizations from lawsuit should they need to be safe havens for residents who feel they are in danger.

NY1 VIDEO: At an Astoria rally on Thursday, elected officials revealed new crime-fighting legislation that will dole out harsher punishment for sex crimes and not have store owners be liable for injuries that happen while helping a victim seeking shelter.

Watch the full clip here.

November 29, 2011
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Crime wave in Astoria sparks call for new civilian patrols and block watchers

NY Daily News wrote on the recent efforts by Senator Gianaris and other elected officials to resond to the string of crime in Astoria. Senator Gianaris' bills to protect children from predators in addition to expanding the Good Samaritan Law to small businesses will combat these crimes and reduce the amount of danger in our streets.

A recent spate of gropings, car break-ins and purse snatchings is sparking calls for expanded civilian patrols and block watchers in Astoria.

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Vallone, along with state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), rallied with local residents last week and unveiled a anti-crime plan that includes both legislation and civic activism.

November 29, 2011
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