Senator Gianaris joined neighborhood residents in celebrating a decision by the Landmarks Preservation Commission keeping the Aluminaire House out of Sunnyside Gardens, saying “today we stand as a united community to express our satisfaction that our voices were heard. I joined my neighbors in opposing the Aluminaire House from the start and testified against it before the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it would be inconsistent with the unique beauty of this part of our neighborhood. Victories like this one cannot be understated as we seek to preserve the character of our neighborhoods as more and more people flock to western Queens.”
(Maspeth, Queens) In the wake of yet another deadly crash in Queens involving a driver with a suspended license, Senator Michael Gianaris brought together elected officials, community groups and transportation safety advocates to push for swift passage of his legislation cracking down on chronically reckless drivers with suspended licenses. This renewed effort followed the tragic death of Angela Hurtado, who was on her way to play bingo when she was killed by a driver with a suspended license making an illegal turn.
Days after a crash involving a truck driver with a suspended license tragically took the life of an 8 year old in Woodside, Senator Michael Gianaris introduced legislation that would make it a felony for drivers who drive with suspended licenses and kill or seriously injure someone in the process. A second bill would give law enforcement the authority to immediately impound the license plate of a vehicle being operated by someone with a suspended license.
“Noshat Nahian and Angela Hurtado are only the latest of many victims whose lives have been cut short by drivers who should not have been on the road in the first place,” said Senator Gianaris. “These are preventable tragedies. We need to enact these important proposals before any more lives are lost.”
“Our fast-growing western Queens neighborhoods require increased mass transit options, not ones that are being slashed. The people of Long Island City and Sunnyside deserve better than 22 weekends of 7 train closures, and I will fight to ensure the MTA reduces weekend closures, improves local bus service, and increases transit alternatives like free shuttle bus service," said Senator Michael Gianaris.
In celebrating an expansion at IS 125 in Woodside, Senator Gianaris said, “I am glad that after years of bringing attention to the overcrowding at IS 125 the School Construction Authority listened to our community and funded a much needed expansion. However, my joy pales in comparison to that of the students who will no longer have to go to class in run-down trailers. As our neighborhood continues to grow, fighting overcrowding and ensuring every child has access to a quality education is of paramount importance. This expansion marks a giant step in the right direction, and I will continue working with Principal Mittler, parents, students, and teachers here to make sure this project is completed as soon as possible.”
At PS 152, surrounded by elected leaders, community activists, and the families of deadly car crash victims, Mayor Bill de Blasio laid out a plan to make our streets safer. In support of Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in our city to zero, Senator Michael Gianaris called for the swift passage of his legislation that would make it a felony for drivers who drive with suspended licenses and kill or seriously injure someone in the process.
Senator Gianaris proposed this bill, as well as one that would immediately impound the license plate of a vehicle being operated by someone with a suspended license, after a crash involving a truck driver with a suspended license tragically took the life of 8 year old Noshat Nahian while he was on his way to the Woodside school.
After yet another deadly crash on the Queensboro Bridge exit ramp, Senator Michael Gianaris demanded the city act quickly to make the area safer. His efforts produced results immediately, as the Department of Transportation closed the deadly off-ramp at night.
Though Senator Gianaris hopes DOT will do more in the future to prevent crashes at this site, he was proud to have brought about change so quickly.
Days after a crash involving a truck driver with a suspended license tragically took the life of an 8 year old in Woodside, Senator Michael Gianaris introduced legislation that would make it a felony for drivers who drive with suspended licenses and kill or seriously injure someone in the process. Currently, drivers like the one involved in the recent tragedy can get away with only a misdemeanor. Senator Gianaris also proposed the immediate impoundment of the license plate of a vehicle being operated by someone with a suspended license.
Senator Gianaris applauded the extension of East River Ferry Service, saying “The extension of East River Ferry service through 2019 is welcome news for western Queens, an area in dire need of better mass transit due to woefully inadequate service on the 7 subway line. Hopefully, this step in the right direction will lead to continued attention to the mass transit needs of the growing community of Long Island City.”
Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Councilman Peter Vallone and Councilman-elect Costa Constantinides joined community leaders, parents, teachers and students from PS 85Q at a rally to demand the MTA and DOE address noise problems created by passing trains.
“No one else should have to die before the city realizes that this exit ramp is fundamentally unsafe. We stood here two years ago asking for a complete redesign of the off ramp, and instead we got new signs and a couple barriers. The time for half measures is gone. We need a safer exit ramp before another tragedy occurs,” said Senator Gianaris.
Senator Michael Gianaris was proud to lend a hand as Urban Upbound and local donors, including the Greek-American Homeowners Association, provided hundreds of turkeys for residents of Astoria Houses. For years, Urban Upbound and Senator Gianaris have celebrated Thanksgiving by making it easier for those in need to enjoy the holidays with their families.
“There is no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by giving those in need the ability to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. I thank Urban Upbound for making this event possible and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving,” said Senator Gianaris.
Senator Michael Gianaris joined Principal Louis Pavone and students at PS/IS 78 in Long Island City for Student Council elections, offering advice and sharing his experiences regarding the democratic process. Senator Gianaris attended the elections last year as well, and is excited about making the event an annual tradition.
(Woodside, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris joined the American Red Cross, the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and Senator Toby Ann Stavisky at a community forum at the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center in Woodside. Woodside is home to a large Filipino neighborhood affectionately known as Little Manila.
Since the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, Senator Gianaris has worked to aid the Filipino community in finding loved ones back home and organizing relief efforts. At the forum, Senator Gianaris, the Red Cross and NAFCON shared information on how all New Yorkers can help those affected by this catastrophic typhoon.
“As New Yorkers, we take pride in the diversity of our neighborhoods, and we take pride in the thriving Filipino community in Woodside,” said Senator Gianaris. “In times of disaster we come together to recover and I am proud to see the recovery efforts already underway here in Queens. I will continue to work with NAFCON and the Red Cross to spearhead recovery efforts in our neighborhood, and I urge everyone to do what they can to help.”
Senator Michael Gianaris, a proud graduate of Long Island City High School, joined Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, fellow elected officials, students, parents and teachers to fight a DOE plan that would hurt the school. After attempting to close down the school altogether just last year, the DOE now wants to co-locate a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within LICHS. Senator Gianaris wrote a letter to the DOE opposing the plan earlier this month, and he spoke at LICHS during a public hearing on the plan and at a rally beforehand to give a voice to the community’s opposition to this ill-conceived idea.
(Queens, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris, a leading environmentalist throughout his career in the State Legislature, earned high marks on an environmental scorecard published by EPL/Environmental Advocates. Senator Gianaris, along with several of his fellow Senate Democrats, was rated highest among all members of the New York State Senate.
State Senator Michael Gianaris made commuting easier for Astoria Houses residents by arranging for a visit from an MTA Mobile Sales Unit. Astoria Houses residents recently contacted Gianaris to explain the challenges they face living far from the subway. “Too often the residents of Astoria Houses are overlooked by the MTA, which is why I set up an event like this,” said Gianaris. “Today the MTA met the community first-hand and made it easier to access public transit.”
(Astoria, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney hosted an Open House to celebrate their new District Offices in the heart of Astoria. Local residents and community leaders from Astoria, Long Island City, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, Woodside and Woodhaven were joined by elected officials from all over Queens at the new offices on Newtown Avenue.
“It was a pleasure to host so many friends and community leaders who share our dedication to improving Queens,” said Senator Gianaris. “My door is always open to the people of Queens and this Open House was the perfect way to welcome them to an office that is as much theirs as it is mine.”
Senator Michael Gianaris addressed a meeting of LIC Business Women and took the opportunity to discuss his work fighting for women’s rights in Albany and to help small businesses thrive in western Queens. Women’s issues took center stage this year as Senator Gianaris and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference fought tirelessly to codify Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda.
(Woodhaven, NY) Senator Gianaris hosted a mobile office on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven this week. Recently Senator Gianaris launched a districtwide series of mobile offices to celebrate the diverse array of Queens neighborhoods he represents, and to better understand the unique issues and concerns of each community.
“I had a great time talking to Woodhaven residents about the issues that matter most to this community,” said Senator Gianaris. “I am glad the issues at the forefront of my agenda are the same ones that are important to people here, and I look forward to working with everyone in Woodhaven to strengthen public safety and preserve the character of this neighborhood.”