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Greece to Face Ecuador in Inaugural Soccer Match at Citi Field

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.

June 7, 2011
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Redistricting reform down to the wire

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.

June 7, 2011
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Citi Field ready for transformation from baseball field to soccer pitch for Ecuador-Greece match

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.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Gianaris receives Spirit Award at Greek Heritage Night at Citi Field.

Senator Gianaris stands with his fellow Spirit Award recipients at Greek Heritage Night, hosted by the Save a Young Life Foundation, at Citi Field.

June 6, 2011
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Queens Subway Transfer Station 20 Years In The Making

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.

June 3, 2011
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Senator Gianaris speaks at Court Square Station Complex ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Senator Gianaris is glad this free transfer station is open to help commuters travel more conveniently in and out of Long Island City and western Queens.

June 3, 2011
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Soccer Comes To Citi As Mets Host Match

Queens Tribune wrote about my participation in Mets press conference on the Greece-Ecuador soccer game.

Queens will host the national soccer teams of two of its biggest ethnic groups on June 7, when Greece faces off against Ecuador in an international friendly match at Citi Field.

About 25,000 tickets have already been sold for the Tuesday night match.

"National pride will be in abundance," said Mets Executive Vice President of Business Operations Dave Howard.

The foray into soccer is a long-anticipated one for the Mets organization. Despite having fallen on hard times, hosting the world's sport has always been the Mets' intention, according to Howard.

"We want to use Citi Field all year round," he said.

June 2, 2011
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Last Ditch Push On Redistricting

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."

June 2, 2011
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Soccer Comes To Citi Field

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.

June 1, 2011
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Senator Gianaris participates in NY Mets press conference to promote Greece-Ecuador soccer game at Citi Field.

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.

May 31, 2011
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Senator Gianaris participates in rally protesting the closure of Ladder 128 in Long Island City.

Senator Gianaris joined Stephen Cassady, head of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Al Hagan head of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and local residents to protest the proposed closure of Ladder Company 128 .

May 31, 2011
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Teams from Ecuador, Greece set to kick off soccer tradition at Citi Field

New York Daily News wrote about the Mets press conference Senator Gianaris participated in along with Assemblyman Moya and Mr. Met to promote the Greece-Ecuador soccer game on June 7 at Citi Field.

Ecuador and Greece will square off in the first-ever soccer match at Citi Field next week, and a second game isn't far behind.

Two "major" international soccer clubs will play each other sometime this summer, Mets officials said.

David Howard, executive vice president of business operations for the Mets, said team officials have been looking for ways to expand the use of Citi Field, and decided soccer is the way to go.

May 31, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Stands Up For Energy Consumers

Senate Unveils Alternative Energy Package

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris continues his efforts to increase energy affordability for consumers while enhancing energy efficiency and protecting the environment in New York State. On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, he, along with various Senate colleagues including fellow Queens Senator Jose Perlata unveiled a package of alternative energy bills aimed at making energy affordable.

May 27, 2011
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Maloney touts rail project at Sunnyside Yds.

Queens Times Ledger quoted Senator Gianaris from Congresswoman Maloney's press conference on the new federal rail grant.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) visited Sunnyside Yards last Thursday to tout not only a federal grant to fix the bottlenecking of trains at the yards and prepare the yards for high-speed rail, but also the jobs and economic boost expected to come from the construction work.

“The first high-speed rail project in America is going to be this one,” Maloney said.

May 26, 2011
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Pols decry plan to close Ladder 128

Queens Times Ledger asked Senator Gianaris to comment on the closure of Ladder 128 in Long Island City.

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said that given the population boom and the increased number of high-rise condominiums being built in Long Island City, closing the firehouse would be “a horrible mistake.” He said when Long Island City previously lost Engine 261 in Long Island City, which closed in 2003, response times lengthened.

“The last thing we need is to lose a ladder company,” Gianaris said.

The senator also said he would work to make sure the city reverses its decision, and if anything the area needs more fire services.

May 26, 2011
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Electric rate hikes zapped after law passed

Queens Times Ledger wrote about the rescinded FERC rate increase and quoted Senator Gianaris in the article.

The threat of a spike in electrical rates died a two-pronged death last week.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had come under fire for its January decision to allow city power generators to enact a large increase for their rates during peak electrical times. The agency believed the power companies faced steep property taxes when in actuality they received significant abatements. The FERC ruling could have caused city residents’ electrical rates to shoot up by 12 percent.

Days after the state Legislature passed a law last week to prevent the planned hike from being passed to those residents, FERC undid its decision.

May 26, 2011
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Press Conference: SENATOR GIANARIS TO PARTICIPATE IN NEW YORK METS PRESS CONFERENCE ON UPCOMING ECUADOR-GREECE SOCCER MATCH

Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Fransisco Moya will participate in a press conference held by the New York Mets on Friday, May 27 at 1:30 pm at Citi Field. This press conference is being held in advance of the Ecuador-Greece soccer match on June 7 at Citi Field. Senator Gianaris and Assemblymember Moya have been invited as representatives of New York’s largest Greek and Ecuadorian populations, respectively, and will try to score a goal against Mr. Met.

May 27, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Maloney Announces Jobs Created At Sunnyside Yards

Queens Gazette included Senator Gianaris' quote from Congresswoman Maloney's press conference last week announcing a new federal rail grant for Sunnyside Yards.

May 26, 2011
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