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Trees planted in Astoria using money from Con Edison

Times Ledger reported on City Park Foundation's project to plant 850 new trees in Western Queens, funded by Con Edison. Senator Gianaris participated in this green intiative by planting trees on 27th Street.

Representatives of the City Parks Foundation and other nonprofits planted trees on and near the corner of 27th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria Monday as part of an initiative to bring 850 new trees to western Queens in the next three years.

The trees are being paid for with $2 million of a larger settlement from the electric utility Con Edison as restitution for a major blackout in 2006 that left some residents in Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside without power for as long as 10 days.

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November 22, 2011
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Noise abatement equipment muffles ear-splitting MTA fan in Hunters Point

NY Daily News reported on the impact of noise-abating equipment in Hunters Point, which was installed in response to the loudness of a local subway tunnel which had caused headaches and sleepless nights among residents. Senator Gianaris along with Assemblywoman Nolan and Councilman Van Bramer, gathered $700,000 to pay for the quipment.

Noise abatement equipment recently placed on a large fan that exhausts fumes from a nearby subway tunnel has muffled its ear-splitting racket, according to state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

November 22, 2011
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Politicians Push For Expansion Of Good Samaritan Law At Queens Anti-Crime Rally

NY1 reported on the Queens anti-crime rally, where elected officials encouraged citizens to come together to reduce crime. In light of recent robberies and an attack on a young girl in Queens, Senator Gianaris spoke on the positive impact of the Good Samaritan law when expanded into businesses.

"We had an incident where someone who was the victim of the crime was seeking to run into a local deli for shelter and the store owner, for whatever reason, was very apprehensive about getting involved and didn't open the door to let the person in,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “What we're trying to do is to change the law to provide the same kind of Good Samaritan protections that individuals have to small businesses."

November 22, 2011
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Future Of Queens Discussed At Astoria Civic Meeting

The Queens Gazette wrote about the "State of Queens Address" at the Astoria Civic Association, where Senator Gianaris and other elected officials discussed a variety of issues and accomplishments in Queens. Senator Gianaris talked specifically about the economy, the importance of the film tax credit and hydrofracking.

A triumvirate of elected officials delivered the “State of Queens Address” at the November 8 meeting of the Astoria Civic Association at Riccardo’s by the bridge.

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Mike Gianaris had the chance to review accomplishments, as well as challenges that Queens has been facing and will continue to face in the near future.

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November 22, 2011
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Gianaris Invites Students To Participate In Thanksgiving Celebration

The Queens Gazette wrote about the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Create Celebration for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This creative contest titled "What Are You Thankful For?" will allow students' imaginative works to be showcased.

State Senator Michael Gianaris is sponsoring the state senate Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for Western Queens elementary schools.

Eligible students are invited to submit a piece of artwork, poem or one-page essay expressing why they are thankful on this Thanksgiving.

The program is called “What Are You Thankful For?” and is offered to students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

November 22, 2011
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Gianaris, Simotas, Vallone Hold Anti-Crime Rally in Astoria

Local leaders protest recent area crimes and introduce initiatives to make the neighborhood safer.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. today held an anti-crime rally to protest the concentrated number of criminal activities that have occurred in the neighborhood recently. The elected officials, as well as community leaders and activists, also announced new crime-fighting initiatives to increase safety in the neighborhood.

November 16, 2011
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The Reboot

The Capitol reported on the support for repowering power plants in order to reduce pollution, and also of the financial issue that still remains at hand. Senator Gianaris calls for an aggressive approach for this initiative in order to reduce more megawattage and also reduce pollution dramatically.

NRG Energy is ready to tear down its power plant in Astoria and build a new one that’s cleaner, more efficient and more productive.

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Many of the plant’s neighbors back the idea, the state’s Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead, and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is citing repowering projects like NRG’s as a source of replacement energy if he succeeds in shutting down the nuclear reactors at Indian Point.

November 15, 2011
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Lawmakers Already Drawing Up Special Session Wish Lists

The Capitol wrote about the pressing issue of independent restricting being on Governnor Cuomo's agenda for the potential Legislature in Albany that will meet to discuss the state budget. Passing independent redistricting is at the top of the list of things we need to take care of.

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the Legislature back to Albany this year to deal with a $350 million budget shortfall, lawmakers say he could also open the door to debating a host of simmering issues – including independent redistricting.

The next legislative session begins in less than two months, but Cuomo told radio host Susan Arbetter yesterday that the budget gap could force his hand: “If this trend continues, we may have to bring back the Legislature.”

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November 15, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS HONORING SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN THIS VETERANS’ DAY

Queens, NY – “Today, we honor all of the brave individuals who put our nation’s safety before their own lives. Our veterans deserve thanks every single day for their love of this country and their sense of responsibility to protect us from danger. I salute New York’s veterans as well as veterans across the country for their dedication to ensuring our safety from those who wish to do us harm. Their service is admirable.”

Senator Gianaris continues to accept nominations for the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Nominations can be made to gianaris@nysenate.gov or by calling Senator Gianaris’ district office at 718-728-0960. Inductees will be announced early next year.

November 11, 2011
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Sen. Gianaris Optimistic After 2011 Elections

Senator Gianaris was on YNN's Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the results of Tuesday's elections. The senator hopes to gain back control of the state senate for the Democrats.

Big wins for Democrats this week have State Senator Mike Gianaris optimistic about next year’s elections. His goal is to help Democrats recapture control of the state senate.

Watch the video here.

November 10, 2011
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Taminent Democratic Club Holds 80th Annual Gala

The Queens Gazette wrote about the Taminent Regular Democratic Club's 80th annual dinner dance. Senator Gianaris was glad to be part of this great annual event that honored many well-deserved individuals for their community service.

The Taminent Regular Democratic Club held its 80th annual dinner dance at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria. The November 5 gala event honored four distinguished individuals who were recognized as the club’s 2011 Guests of Honor for their outstanding community service.

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November 10, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS INVITES YOUNG STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THANKSGIVING CREATIVE CELEBRATION

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is sponsoring the New York State Senate Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for western Queens elementary schools as part of this year’s holiday. Eligible students are invited to submit a piece of artwork, poem or one-page essay expressing why they are thankful on this Thanksgiving. The program is called “What Are You Thankful For?”and is offered to students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

“As Thanksgiving approaches, I encourage all our elementary school students to participate in this fun, reflective program,” Senator Gianaris said. “The program gives students the opportunity to be creative and convey thanks for their family, friends and community. I look forward to seeing all of the imaginative submissions.”

November 10, 2011
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Queens Gazette: GIANARIS ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS: ‘APPLY FOR LIHEAP’

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' support for LIHEAP, a state-run assitance program to help New Yorkers pay their energy bills.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) issued a reminder yesterday to Western Queens residents to sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, (LIHEAP).

November 9, 2011
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