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Gianaris Stands Up For Senior Centers In Queens

Statement From Senator Michael Gianaris Regarding State’s Restoration Of  Money To Keep Senior Centers Open.

I am glad we were able to restore this crucial money for our senior centers. For so many seniors these centers serve as a crucial lifeline to the outside world. Our seniors have done so much for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to enjoy their golden years with respect and dignity.

 The State Budget announced on March 27, 2011 has restored State human services funding which will help keep senior centers open.

 

 

March 28, 2011
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Bloomberg, Senate Democrats Team Up To Challenge Census Figures

City Hall News wrote an article on the inaccurate census numbers that were released last week. We are calling on federal officials to investigate these overly low results.

Surprisingly low census numbers in New York City won’t endanger redistricting or end Democrats’ chances at retaking the State Senate, but the numbers are prompting State Sen. Michael Gianaris to partner with the mayor’s office in hope of demanding an audit.

Late Sunday, Bloomberg announced plans to challenge the Census results under the “Count Question Resolution" after having reviewed the numbers since their release on Thursday.

March 28, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS TO BE A GUEST ON “THE CAPITOL PRESSROOM WITH SUSAN ARBETTER”

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris will be on WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter” at 11:00 am. The Senator will discuss his reaction to the 2010 Census numbers that were released last week.

Check local listings or listen live at http://thecapitolpressroom.org.

March 28, 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
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Mayor Bloomberg says census figures shortchange New York City

The Daily News wrote about the results of the census and the inaccurate numbers released by the Census Bureau. The Queens population has greatly increased in the last 10 years and the numbers need to reflect that.

We wuz robbed!

New census figures claim there are fewer than 8.2 million New Yorkers in the city - but critics say the Census Bureau flubbed the count and missed hundreds of thousands more.

"It just doesn't make any sense at all," Mayor Bloomberg said Thursday. "When three boroughs go up dramatically, and the two most populous boroughs don't, something's wrong."

The Census Bureau claims 8,175,133 people were living in New York when it counted heads last spring.

March 25, 2011
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Gianaris Calls For Census Probe

State of Politics blogged about my statement regarding the Census results. We need to investigate these numbers as they cannot accurately reflect the population growth in western Queens and the rest of New York City.

Sen. Mike Gianaris, a Queens Democrat, is one of many NYC officials questioning today’s Census numbers, which show significantly less population growth – particularly in the outer boroughs – than was predicted, potentially due to an undercount of the burgeoning immigrant community.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Blasts Census Numbers

Statement regarding the release of the 2010 Census numbers. The numbers show a net gain of just 1,300 people in Queens and a population loss in Astoria.

March 24, 2011
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Little consensus on redistricting

The Legislative Gazette writes about the various redistricting reform proposals that have been introduced in recent weeks and months, including my redistricting reform bill.

There are legislative redistricting proposals emanating from both parties in both houses, and from the executive branch, with little consensus on how reform should be accomplished.

March 24, 2011
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Our view: Don’t delay commission on redistricting

The Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized on redistricting reform and the importance of passing Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform bill  as opposed to introducing the issue as a constitutional amendment, which requires a much lengthier process and would not get the much-needed reform done now.

A plan by state Senate Republicans to create an independent commission to redraw district lines through a constitutional amendment is little more than an attempt to derail real reform.

Contact state legislators and tell them to reject it.

March 24, 2011
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National Kick Butts Day Video

Today is National Kick Butts Day. We cannot allow tobacco companies to continue targeting our youth. If we are to eliminate the health problems associated with tobacco use, we must keep our children from falling victim to aggressive marketing efforts.

March 23, 2011
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Senator Gianaris on WAMC's Capitol Connection

I was on WAMC's Capitol Connection, hosted by Alan Chartock, to discuss the need to bring real reform to Albany. You can listen to the interview here.

March 22, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Rallies to Keep Senior Centers Open

Seniors rally to keep centers open

Van Bramer, Gianaris say facilities at Queensbridge, Ravenswood should stay

By Howard Koplowitz

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) joined senior citizens at the Jacob Riis Settlement House Friday in Queensbridge to rally against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to shutter the senior center and a similar facility in Ravenswood....

“I know how important the Queensbridge and Ravenswood center is to this community and we’re not going to let it close,”Senator Gianris said.

March 18, 2011
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Queens Pols Push Reform Agenda In Busy Start To Legislative Session --PATCH

Newly elected Sens. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, and Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria, hope to mix things up in Albany

By Paul Leonard

It's been an active three months for two newly elected Queens state senators.

Whether it was term limits, ethics reform or the push for non-partisan legislative redistricting, every week seemed to bring another bill introduced by Sens. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, and Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria — both elected last November as part of an injection of new blood into a chamber known as being resistant to change....

...Both Avella and Gianaris agreed that it was the Republican majority in the state Senate that was responsible for a lack of results on the reformist agenda that helped propel both of them into office.

March 16, 2011
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Critics: Senate Redistricting Bill Inadequate --WXXI March 14, 2011

Critics: Senate Redistricting Bill Inadequate

By Karen Dewitt 

ALBANY, NY (WXXI) - Senate Republicans and Democrats argued over the issue of redrawing new district lines Monday, as pressure mounts on the Senate GOP to adopt a plan for an independent commission soon.

Senate Republicans approved a plan that would change the state's constitution to require that new district lines be drawn by a non -partisan commission. Senate sponsor John Bonacic says he picked up the bill from previous sponsors in earlier decades because it's the most comprehensive solution.

March 15, 2011
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Bill Would Push MTA On Security

Queens Tribune wrote an article on my MTA Security Act that I have introduced in the Senate.

A bill introduced by State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) would give the state more authority over security on subways, buses, bridges and tunnels.

The legislation, which Gianaris first introduced in the Assembly in 2005, would grant the New York State Director of Homeland Security oversight of the security measures utilized by the MTA at its facilities. DHS would examine the security measures being used by the MTA, and then issue findings and recommendations regarding necessary enhancements.

March 10, 2011
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Seven Area Senior Centers May Close--Senator Gianaris Fights to Keep them Open (Queens Chronicle, March 10, 2011)

Seven area senior centers may close

by Elizabeth Daley, Editor

03/10/2011

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Seven centers in western Queens are on the chopping block, according to a list released last week.

Astoria resident Josephine Forlano, 85, is not happy with the governor’s plans. “We were the backbone of the country. Here we did our part, and we are getting the dirty end of everything,” Forlano said.

She visits Catholic Charities’ Steinway Senior Center in Astoria, which is now in jeopardy. She used to organize trips for the center, and said the revenue produced by the tours and by the center’s other activities should be recognized as useful by the government.

March 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Honored At ANOROC Anniversary Celebration

Last week, I was given the Public Service Award by the ANOROC Democratic Club during their 82nd Anniversary Dinner Dance in Astoria, Queens. Public service has always been a gratifying experience for me, and to be honored in this capacity only deepens my appreciation for the members of my community and for the office I hold.

Queens Chronicle wrote a brief article on the award:

March 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Annonces Compromise to Increase Dog Access in Gantry Plaza State Park

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and I were proud to annouce we worked out a compromise with the New York State Department of Parks to allow dogs in Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens.

March 9, 2011
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Redistricting Debate Roils Senate--Albany Times Union

Today the Times Union reported on yesterday's session debate regarding the fight to bring redistrticting reform to the floor. 

ALBANY -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday rejected the Democratic minority's attempt to push for a public hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's redistricting bill. But the Senate session that ensued seemed to provide at least a partial forum for Democrats' complaints that the GOP is attempting to smother the legislation.

March 9, 2011
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Gianaris Stands Up For Senior Centers In Queens

Statement From Senator Michael Gianaris Regarding The Proposal To Close Over 100 Senior Centers In New York City

For so many seniors these centers serve as a crucial lifeline to the outside world. While we are forced to cut costs during this difficult economic time, we must make the hard decisions in a way that minimizes the impact on the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Our seniors have done so much for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to enjoy their golden years with respect and dignity.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Introduces MTA Security Act In The Senate

I have introduced my MTA Security Act (S1968), an important proposal that would protect subway and bus riders. The legislation would grant the State Director of Homeland Security oversight of the security measures utilized by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at its facilities. The State Department of Homeland Security would examine the security measures being used by the MTA and issue findings and recommendations regarding necessary enhancements. The Director would then be empowered to require the implementation of the recommendations.

March 1, 2011
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