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Celebration Of Greek Independence Day

On Friday March 22nd Senator Mike Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall hosted a celebration of Greek Independence Day at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria. This is the 11th annual Greek Independence Day celebration of its kind. Click here to see what the Queens Gazette wrote about the celebration.

April 10, 2013
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Greek Independence Parade 2013

After marching in the 2013 Greek Independence Parade, Senator Gianaris issued the following statement.

"Like so many New Yorkers, Greek-Americans have brought the best of their heritage and culture to the United States and have contributed much to our nation's success. I am proud of the many contributions the Greek-American community has made to New York and was thrilled to celebrate them by participating in this year's parade up Fifth Avenue."

April 10, 2013
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Senator Michael Gianaris Seeks Nominees for Veteran’s Hall of Fame

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris invited local residents to nominate veterans from the community whose service on behalf of our nation warrants induction into the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

This online Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities.

“The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military,” said Senator Gianaris. “The Veteran’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”

April 5, 2013
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Senator Gianaris and PS 78 Student Council Work to Restore and Re-Beautify Shady Park after Hurricane Sandy

(Long Island City, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris vowed to continue working with the PS 78 Student Council students to repair, restore, and re-beautify Shady Park, also known as Andrews Grove, after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In a letter to the Student Council, Senator Gianaris thanked the students for their ongoing participation in the restoration efforts regarding the park and assured students that repairing the park is a top priority.

“Shady Park is a gem in our community and beloved by neighborhood children, who were given a voice by the PS 78 Student Council. We cannot let Hurricane Sandy rob our neighborhood of this beautiful park in an area in need of more outdoor places for children and adults alike to enjoy,” said Senator Gianaris.

March 8, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Pushes Higher Education Budget Proposals, Highlights Need to Prepare NYC Students for College

 (Queens, NY) In light of recent reports calling into question the preparedness of city public high school graduates who went on to enroll in CUNY community colleges, Senator Gianaris highlighted the need for a renewed commitment to ensure NYC public school graduates are prepared to take full advantage of the higher education opportunities the State seeks to provide. After meeting with Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College, Senator Gianaris called this an exciting time for college-bound New Yorkers, citing measures in the state’s proposed Executive Budget aiming to revitalize the CUNY system and strengthen CUNY community colleges. Keeping these proposals in the final State budget is a top priority for Senator Gianaris.

“This is an exciting time for college-bound New Yorkers. Increased funding for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and unprecedented State support for CUNY community colleges are giant steps toward making sure higher education is accessible and affordable for all New Yorkers. The institution of a CUNY 2020 capital program will provide CUNY with the resources needed to ensure a quality education, and to make the promise of employment opportunities after graduation a reality for CUNY graduates,” said Senator Gianaris.

March 7, 2013
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Senator Michael Gianaris Joins Long Island City Community and Business Leaders at LIC Partnership Elected Officials Breakfast

(Long Island City, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris this morning joined a crowded room of Long Island City small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders at the LIC Partnership Elected Officials Breakfast in Long Island City. Senator Gianaris provided attendees with an update on legislative happenings in Albany and spoke about the particular laws and developments that help make Long Island City the vibrant, expanding neighborhood it is today.

“The collection of business leaders here today is a demonstration of the continuing economic vitality of New York’s most exciting up and coming neighborhood”, said Senator Gianaris.

March 1, 2013
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Weekend Bus Service Returns to B24 Line in Queens, Brooklyn

DNAinfo.com wrote about the restoration of the weekend service of the B24, making it easier for Sunnyside commuters to travel around their neighboorhood

The B24 bus will start running on weekends again starting this Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, according to an announcement from Queens state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

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“The restored weekend service on the B24 line is a good start to the new year as Sunnyside commuters will be able to travel more easily throughout their neighborhood,” Gianaris said in a statement.

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January 9, 2013
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B24 weekend bus service begins again Jan. 6

Τhe efforts of Senator Gianaris concerning restoration of the weekend service of B24, which connects Brooklyn and Queens, were finally paid off. As from January 6th, the B24 line will run on Saturdays and Sundays, from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, from 5 am to 12:41 am.

The B24 weekend bus service–which connects Brooklyn and Queens (via Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Sunnyside)–has been restored after more than 2 ½ years of being down

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The restoration of “the B24’s weekend service is a step in the right direction,” Gianaris said. However, “I will continue to push the MTA to reinstate all western Queens mass transit cuts,” he added.

January 9, 2013
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Op-Ed: Western Queens business growth fuels our economy

Michael Gianaris points out the importance of local businesses in the revitalization of the economy and the creation of new jobs, but also expresses his delight of being one of the advocates of initiatives such as state's film tax credit, that boosted the economy of Western Queens.

Western Queens is home to a growing number of large and small businesses that have aided in our neighborhood’s economic recovery. I am proud to be an advocate for job creation in western Queens, whose diversity makes us one of the most welcoming neighborhoods in the country, as well as a hub for economic development

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January 9, 2013
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State to dismantle one of city’s dirtiest former power plants

NY Daily News wrote about the demolishment of the Charles Poletti Power Project, one of the bigeest poluters in New York. The facility started producing electricity in 1977 and was shuttered in 2010, after a law suit and years of opposition

One of the city’s dirtiest former power plants is being razed to the ground, ensuring that it cannot be resurrected to once again pollute the air in northwestern Queens.

The Charles Poletti Power Project, located off 20th Ave. in Astoria, is to be dismantled in early 2013, elected officials said Tuesday.

The facility, which began operation in 1977, was shuttered in 2010 following a lawsuit and years of sustained community opposition.

December 21, 2012
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DEMOCRATIC LEADER ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS APPOINTS SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS AS DEPUTY LEADER

NEW YORK STATE SENATE OFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS

DEMOCRATIC LEADER ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS APPOINTS SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS AS DEPUTY LEADER

Senate Democratic Conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins today announced that Senator Michael N. Gianaris will serve as the new Deputy Conference Leader. Senator Gianaris, from Astoria, Queens, represents the 12th Senate District and successfully led the Senate Democrats’ election efforts during the 2012 elections. Senator Gianaris will also remain Chairperson of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.

December 20, 2012
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Talking to some of the seniors at HANAC's annual holiday luncheon.

Senator Gianaris, attended the HANAC's annual holiday luncheon, showing the importance of stopping by every year and seeing them having a good time and enjoying holidays.

December 20, 2012
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Preparing to put the bow on top of Shady Park's holiday tree, aided by moral support from Councilman Van Bramer.

Senator Gianaris welcomed Friends of Shady Park's initiative to organize a small post-Sandy clean-up and Christmas decorating of Shady park after the big clean-up of Parks Department at Shady Park.

December 17, 2012
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At Hank Carter's annual Wheelchair Charities holiday celebration

Senator Gianaris attended the Hank Carter's annual Wheelchair Charities celebration, spending some time with the attendees and wishing happy holidays to all.

December 17, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON TEARING DOWN ASTORIA’S CHARLES POLETTI POWER PLANT

 

NEW YORK STATE SENATE OFFICE OF SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS

 

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON TEARING DOWN

ASTORIA’S CHARLES POLETTI POWER PLANT

 

December 17, 2012
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

December 14, 2012
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Speaking at UCCA brunch honoring Assemblywoman Simotas, Assemblyman Den Dekker, Councilman Dromm and Donna Raimond

Senator Gianaris was present at the United Community Civic Association(UCCA), at the LaGuardia Mariott, where Assemblywoman Simotas, Assemblyman Den Dekker, Councilman Dromm and Donna Raimond were honored. Simotas received the Woman of the year Award, Den Dekker and Dromm the Community Unity Award and Raimond the Valerie Fisher Community Sevice Award.

December 10, 2012
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