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Long Island City Dog Run gets second lease on life

Yournabe.com reported on the recent renovations on the Vernon Blvd. Dog Run in Long Island City.

A dog run off Vernon Boulevard that has for some time been a green-and-brown fenced-off lot will more than double in size and sport numerous amenities after construction finishes.

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The updated run will also include drinking fountains for both dogs and people, new lighting, new covered trash cans, railings which will protect the existing trees from dogs and shade structures, Gianaris’ office said.

September 29, 2011
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Dilan: GOP is dragging its feet on prison gerrymandering

Capital Confidential wrote Senate GOP once again going back on their word regarding LATFOR. GOP must uphold the law and count prisoners by their home address when it comes to redrawing district lines.

Republicans and Democrats, Assemblymembers and Senators: everyone involved with LATFOR, the legislative entity charged with drawing new voting districts, promised it will comply with a 2010 law to count prisoners at their last known address instead of their jail cells.

Case closed, right? Wrong [].

September 29, 2011
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Onorato, SHAREing & CAREing Hold Cancer Run/Walk

The Queens Gazette reported on the SHAREing & CAREing Run/Walk To Fight Cancer that took place at Astoria Park on September 25. Senator Gianaris was there advocating for breast and ovarian cancer patients and their families, along with over 200 participants.

Under an early morning sky on September 25, local politicians and community organizers joined area residents at the Astoria Park track for the Senator George Onorato and SHAREing & CAREing Run/Walk To Fight Cancer.

More than 200 persons participated in the run/walk.

September 29, 2011
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Improvements To Vernon Blvd. Dog Run Announced

 The Queens Gazette wrote about the recently renovated Vernon Blvd. Dog Run, partly implemented by Senator Gianaris. He hopes its long-awaited improvements will benefit Long Island City residents -- and their pets.

State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Sept. 20 that long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City have begun. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the park.

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September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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Inside the Albany gerrymandering machine: How N.Y. pols rig the game

The Daily News wrote about how Senate GOP is trying to manipulate the redistricting process for its own political benefit. This is simply politics at its worst and must not be tolerated.

Here is how Republicans in the state Senate talk about redrawing district lines when they think no one is paying attention:

They loosely refer to black and Latino communities on Long Island as "politically undesirable areas."

They strategize about the best way to "strengthen the Long Island delegation" of nine Republicans.

They angle to create low-population or "light" districts upstate to maximize the number of GOP senators.

And their decision about creating a particular district comes down to a judgment about whether it will be "a Republican pickup."

September 27, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Applauds Effectiveness of New Driving Law

Twice as many texting-while-driving tickets handed out this year than last year.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris praised the effectiveness of a recently enacted driving law, which has led to double the number of drivers ticketed for texting while driving in August 2011 than in August 2010.

The Distracted Driving Bill makes the use of portable devices while driving a primary offense. Previously, using these devices while behind the wheel was a secondary offense and police could only stop motorists if they were committing another, primary offense – such as speeding or running a red light.

September 26, 2011
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Senator Gianaris wishes kids from Astoria Houses a good time as they head to CitiField for a Mets game.

Standing with Astoria Houses TA President Claudia Coger and local kids.

September 26, 2011
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Renovated LIC dog run opening soon

The Queens Chronicle wrote about the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Boulevard, which Senator Gianaris along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC implemented.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard dog run in Long Island City have begun.

The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corp., the state Parks Department and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the site.

“I look forward to seeing western Queens residents and their pets taking advantage of all this new dog run will offer,” said Gianaris (D-Astoria).

September 22, 2011
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LaGuardia College names academic hall for Maltese

Yournabe.com wrote on LaGuardia Community College's dedication to an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, for whom Senator Gianaris offered kind words.

Educators at LaGuardia Community College dedicated an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, a man who worked with lawmakers across the aisle and who has a lot in common with the students at the college.

“Serph Maltese is old-school,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who spoke at the dedication. “He goes back to a time when things were bipartisan and cooperative.”

Read the full article here.

September 22, 2011
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Bloomberg in LIC praises decline in city smoking

Yournabe.com reported on the positive impact of Mayor Bloomberg's anti-smoking policies in Long Island City.

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-smoking policies have been criticized as draconian, he declared them a success on a visit to the city Department of Health in Long Island City, saying the number of adult smokers is at an all-time low of 14 percent.

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The mayor touted the decline in smoking residents early last Thursday at the DOH’s headquarters at 42-09 28th St. Bloomberg said the number of adult residents who smoke has decreased by 35 percent since 2002, the year the mayor’s Smoke Free Air Act was passed by the City Council. In that year, the number of smokers in the city was at a high of 22 out of every 100 residents.

September 22, 2011
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Redistricting Advocate Discussion The Best Way To Redraw State Lines

Senator Gianaris was on NY1 with Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis and executive director of Common Cause New York, Susan Lerner, to discuss redistricting and the need for an independent redistricting commission.

See the full video interview here.

September 22, 2011
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Senator Gianaris attends LIC's Chocolate Factory season opening reception

Senator Gianaris stands with Marcus Hagenbarth, President of the Board of Trustees of Chocolate Factory; Sheila Lewandowski, Executive Director of Chocolate Factory; and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer to kick off the Chocolate Factory's new season at the theater's opening reception.

September 22, 2011
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Please Be Seated!

The Queens Gazette wrote about the installment of new benches along Steinway Street, for which Senator Gianaris attended the ribboncutting event and thanked the Steinway Astoria Partnership for continuing to improve the experiences of shoppers and visitors through these eco-friendly additions.

Members of the Steinway Astoria Partnership, elected officials and local community leaders attended a ribboncutting celebrating the new benches now lining Steinway Street.

 

September 22, 2011
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Smokers at record lows in New York City

Queens Courier wrote about the decrease in New York City smokers over the last ten years and included Senator Gianaris' comments.

More New Yorkers than ever have put out their last cigarette.

The number of New York City smokers has reached all-time lows, officials recently announced. In the past decade nearly half a million New Yorkers have put out their cigarettes, with 100,000 smokers quitting between 2009 and 2010. Smoking is down 35 percent throughout the city over the past eight years.

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable, premature death in New York City and the nation today and we’re proud that a record number of New Yorkers are saving their own lives by quitting,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

September 22, 2011
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Gianaris, Nolan and Van Bramer Announce Improvements to Vernon Blvd. Dog Run

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer today announced that long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City have begun. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the park.

Renovations to the park and dog run include:

• More than double space in dog run from 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet;

• Cleaned out, re-graded and leveled-off dog run with new dog-friendly gravel surface;

• New separate fenced-off areas for large and small dogs;

• Drinking fountains for dogs and their owners;

September 20, 2011
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Kids can learn and grow in new garden

Queens Courier wrote about the unveiling of the 'Learning Garden' at P.S. 84:

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Senator Michael Gianaris, who attended P.S. 84 as a child, secured funding for the original garden, which was renovated to create the modernized “Learning Garden.”

“This garden is an excellent tool for students to learn in a more hands-on capacity and enhances their understanding of the environment,” said Gianaris, who attended the unveiling. “It is a great example of community members, advocacy groups and government pulling together to make productive use of this space. We are always in need of more avenues to teach children about the environment, how it works and how we can benefit from it.”

September 19, 2011
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Press Conference: Gianaris, Nolan and Van Bramer to Hold Press Conference Announcing Construction on Vernon Blvd Dog Run

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a press conference announcing the start of construction on the Vernon Boulevard dog run on Tuesday, September 20 at 2 pm. The elected officials have been working with Queens West Development Corporation, New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, to renovate and greatly enhance the dog run. The press conference will be held across the street from the dog run, on the west side of Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue.

September 20, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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