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.”
The Queens Gazette wrote about the19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, was there to celebrate Halloween with over 500 children, friends and parents.
Taking a break from the age-old custom of going doorto door trick or treating on Halloween night, more than 500 youngsters, parents and friends attended the 19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Central Lounge owner Nick Neocleous, a member of the UCCA board, provided the venue.
The Times Ledger wrote about U.S. Treasurer Rios' visit to Astoria to note the impact of the initiatives the Obama administration is taking towards the nation's economic recovery. Senator Gianaris commended the usage of the local bank's federal grant to support the small businesses in Queens.
U.S. Treasurer Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) visited Astoria’s Alma Bank to tout a $19 million grant the bank received from the federal government to lend to small businesses near its locations throughout the city and in New Jersey.
“We’re pleased to see Alma Bank putting that capital to work right here in Queens,” Rios said.
The Queens Chronicle wrote on the recent visit of Treasurer Rosie Rios as she praised an Astoria bank as an example of Obama's initiatives to help small businesses, as part of a larger plan to recover the nation's economy. Senator Gianaris spoke about how the SBL fund could have a major impact on the Queens community that is largely comprised of immigrants, but that the state itself is not strong enough to offer a program as such on its own.
The treasurer of the United States was on hand at an Astoria bank on Monday, touting it as a prime example of an Obama administration initiative to help small business.
The Queens Gazette reported on an initiative called Street Works Manual that will reduce the many aggravations resulting from redundant and seemingly endless street construction. Along with Mayor Bloomberg and other elected officials, Senator Gianaris announced this online program that will improve coordination among construction companies for more streamlined and efficient performance.
The Queens Gazette wrote on the October Community Board 1 meeting, where questions were raised on how the state deficit will be handled this year. Senator Gianaris, as the keynote speaker, spoke about a range of topics including ways in which we can boost our economy and maintain community members' rights to services they need.
New York state faces a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion next year and after closing a gap of $10 billion, largely through cuts to health care and education, the question raised at the October meeting of Community Board 1 was how the state will handle the deficit this year.
The Queens Campaigner wrote on the recent saving of the Grand Station Post Office from the risk of being closed down. As the United States Postal Service veers on the danger of going postal, concerned residents voiced their need for this valuable community resource. Senator Gianaris and other elected officials played a critical part in responding to these concerns, and will continue to as four other post offices' state is still up in the air
A spokeswoman from the U.S. Postal Service said that while Astoria’s Grand station has been saved from the chopping block, four other post offices in Queens are still up for study.
Quinnipiac University's poll yeilded in results that called the need for a fair and unbiased redistricting process, particualrly not taking into account race or occupation. A majority of New York voters support an independent commission to draw district lines and oppose drawing lines to protect incumbents
Don't draw legislative district lines to create racial or ethnic districts, such as blacks and Hispanics, New York State voters say 72 - 21 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today. There is strong agreement among all political groups.
The Queens Gazette wrote on elected officials' success in saving the Grand Station Post Office from closing. Senator Gianaris was proud to have been able to keep this valuable service open so that all community members, old and new, could continue to benefit from their local post office.
NCPR News reported on Governor Cuomo's stance on not supporting district lines drawn by joint legislation commision, because they are not independent and nonpartisan. Senator Gianaris spoke with Karen Dewitt, praises Cuomo's unwavering position on the issue of redistricting and the need for a fairer process.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is stating in no uncertain terms that he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are not independent and nonpartisan.
The New York Times recently wrote an excellent piece on the the risks of gerrymandering and the rising legislation surrounding redistricting that calls for a more fair process that doesn't take partisan gerrymandering too far or ignore minority voters. Senator Gianaris' strong advocacy for independent redistricting reform is further supported in these arguments.
The Queens Chronicle wrote on elected officials' success in allowing for the Grand Station post office in Astoria to remain open. Senator Gianaris, after hearing many concerned residents' reactions to the proposed closing of the post office, joined forces with Congresswoman Maloney, Assemblywoman Simotas, and Councilman Vallone to keep this important service open for all residents.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and a representative of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Wednesday that the Grand Station post office in Astoria will not be closed.
Times Ledger wrote on the recent proposition to expand an applied sciences campus to Roosevelt Island. Senator Gianaris advocated for the project, while stating that Roosevelt Island provides the resources like easy transportation for students, while at the same time the project will bring forth a new side of the thriving Western Queens community.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), other Queens elected officials and Long Island City business groups threw their support Monday behind Roosevelt Island becoming the new site for an applied sciences and engineering university in the city.