New TV shows to be filmed this year due to film tax credit.
Queens, NY – A record number of new television series are scheduled to be filmed in New York State this year due to the New York State Film Production Credit championed by Senator Michael Gianaris. Eight new television series will be filmed in the state in 2011, creating more than 4,700 industry-related jobs.
The Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development announced that the film tax credit lured 70 new projects to New York since January. These projects are expected to spend a total of more than $1 billion.
Queens Chronicle wrote about my participate in the Court Square Station Complex ribbon-cutting ceremony.
It may not last long, but western Queens politicians this week are expressing satisfaction with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
First, the agency joined with Citigroup to open a long-completed internal transfer point at the Court Square station in Long Island City on Friday. Then, the MTA decided to lease long-vacant retail space at the Jackson Heights Transit Hub at Roosevelt Avenue and 74th Street on Monday.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) had been asking the MTA to lease its vacant properties since 2009. He said it would help the community and enable the struggling agency to raise money.
Queens Times Ledger quoted Senator Gianaris on the opening of the Court Square Station Complex.
MTA officials and legislators cut the ribbon Friday on a project that could reduce some straphangers’ MetroCard costs by half.
Three stations located in the shadow of Long Island City’s 50-story Citigroup Building, at 1 Court Square, were combined into one in a recently completed $47.6 million project. The new station, known as Court Square, will allow commuters traveling on the No. 7, E, G or M subway lines to transfer without having to swipe their cards again.
Senator Gianaris spoke to the Advocate about same-sex marriage following yesterday's rally advocationg for the passage of same-sex marriage.
A substantial contingent of elected officials, labor leaders, and other advocates hosted a press conference Wednesday to show support for marriage equality in Queens, N.Y., a borough represented by two undecided state senators key to passage of the legislation.
Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' attendance at the Court Square Station Complex ribbon-cutting ceremony.
MTA officials were joined by community leaders on June 3 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the expansion of Long Island City’s new Court Square Subway Station Complex. The completion of this project links the G line station at Long Island City-Court Square with the Court Square Station on the 7 line and the Court Square-23rd Street Station on the E and M lines.
Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' participation in introducing an energy alternatives package of bills.
State Senator Michael Gianaris is continuing his efforts to increase energy affordability for consumers while enhancing energy efficiency and protecting the environment throughout the state. On May 25, Gianaris, along with various senate colleagues including fellow state Senator Jose Peralta unveiled a package of alternative energy bills aimed at making energy affordable.
The Daily News wrote about how Sunnyside merchants have started a new initiative to make the neighborhood a more appealing place to shop, visit and hang out.
A new group focused on revitalizing Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside kicked off its agenda yesterday with some simple yet key goals - Shop local, buy local and free up some parking spaces.
"How can we entice you to shop more in your community?" Ciaran Staunton asked a large gathering of residents, elected officials and property owners at his pub Molly Blooms on hand to launch the Queens Blvd. Merchants Initiative.
"We have 200,000 people who pass here every day going to and from Manhattan," he pointed out. "How do we get them to stop?"
The Epoch Times wrote about the June 7 Greece-Ecuador soccer match and the press conference announcing the match at Citi Field, which Senator Gianaris participated in.
Get out your vuvuzelas New York soccer fans, international soccer is right in your backyard! Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, will host its first-ever soccer match on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The national teams of Ecuador and Greece will face off in what should be an electric atmosphere.
Both the Greek and Ecuadorian communities are well represented near Citi Field. Queens County houses a robust population of Ecuadorians, the largest of any county in the U.S. Astoria, Queens boasts the largest population of Greeks outside of Greece.
The Legislative Gazette wrote an article about redistricting reform and the fact that a majority of New Yorkers support a nonpartisan redistricting process.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last Thursday indicates a majority of New Yorkers think creating a nonpartisan redistricting process for drawing state Senate, Assembly and Congressional lines is important, and those who have fought in Albany for years to achieve that end think it is closer than ever. However, a possible early primary next year could mean reform would have to be passed sooner, rather than later, to make a difference in the 2012 redistricting process.
The Daily News wrote about the Greece-Ecuador soccer game to take place on Tuesday, June 7. The article included a photo of Senator Gianaris and Assemblyman Moya from the press conference they participated in to promote the game.
For David Wright, the dimensions of Citi Field may be overwhelming.
But for a soccer game, there's just enough warning track.
Without having to move any walls or cut out any seats, the Mets groundskeeping crew will begin to transform the diamond and outfield into a FIFA-regulation-sized soccer field following Sunday night's game against the Braves.
NY1 did a segment on the Court Square Station Complex opening. Senator Gianaris' remarks are included in the video.
It took a little more than 20 years from inception, but the new Court Square Subway Station complex in Long Island City is finished, and should make transfers quicker, cheaper and more comfortable.
The elevators and escalators complement the moving sidewalks and allow free transfers among the E, M, G and 7 lines, and the Northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street without having to hit the street.
"Previously, customers wanting to make this transfer would have to leave the system, use city sidewalks and re-use their Metrocards to enter the system," said New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast.
Gotham Gazette wrote about ReShape NY's Lobby Day event to push for redistricting, which Senator Gianaris attended. Senator Gianaris said, "Promises were made and it is time those promises were kept. Now is the time to discover who is a genuine Hero of Reform and who was just spouting empty campaign rhetoric."
Queens Gazette wrote about and included photos of the Mets press conference that Senator Gianaris participated in.
Soccer fans across the borough and the globe will soon come to Citi Field in Flushing to witness the historic inaugural soccer game between Ecuador and Greece. In a special preview at the home of the New York Mets, state Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblymember Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) came to represent the Greek and Ecuadorian communities respectively.
Senator Gianaris and Assemblyman Moya participated in a press conference held by the NY Mets to promote the upcoming Greece-Ecuador soccer match that will be held at Citi Field on June 7. Senator Gianaris also scored a goal against Mr. Met.