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Senator Gianaris on CBS 2 at 6 PM

Senator Gianaris will be on CBS 2 to discuss the increased electricity rates passed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The interview will be at 6pm and hosted by Marcia Kramer.

April 1, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Bloomberg Rails Against Government’s Attempted ‘Power’ Play

CBS 2 posted on its website an article about the increased rates for electricty in New York City, which was passed by the federal government. The article includes my response to this hike.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an electric bill shocker for New York City residents.

In a stunning move, the federal government granted a windfall $1.5 billion increase to the companies that produce electricity, sending bills soaring for the next three summers.

A furious Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday the hefty hike is unwarranted and that he is trying to appeal, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

April 1, 2011
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Andrew Cuomo, the press and the war on redistricting

Capital New York wrote about redistricting reform and supports Governor Cuomo's promise to create an independent redistricting commission and to veto any legislation creating a partisan redistricting panel.

Fresh off reaching an agreement on his first budget, Andrew Cuomo, flanked by legislative leaders, said, with deliberate exaggeration, "I hope this is the template for a new era of cooperation and productivity between the executive and the legislature. I'm hoping that this spirit of love and euphoria that I feel is infectious and grows and continues. Do you feel it, Dean? Do you feel it, Shelly?"

April 1, 2011
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Where Did We Go? Despite Surge In Housing, Other Factors Census Claims Miniscule Gains In Boro

Queens Tribune included an article on the census numbers in this week's publication.

The U.S. Census Bureau released its results of the 2010 Census last week for New York State and the numbers left officials in Queens baffled. Mayor Mike Bloomberg said the city would challenge the results that he said not only undercounted Queens, but Brooklyn as well.

Flat Growth Since 2000

March 31, 2011
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Astorians vanish according to Census

Queens Chronicle wrote about the inaccurate census numbers. We deserve answers on how this under-count happened. I, along with my colleagues from Queens, have called for a federal investigation into the US Census Bureau.

“I guess I spent five years rezoning Astoria to stop the overdevelopment of empty buildings,” said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), upon learning that Census data released last week showed the area had lost 10,329 people — the sharpest decline reported in any New York city neighborhood.

March 31, 2011
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Capital Tonight Interview on Census Numbers

Senator Gianaris was on YNN's Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the severe census under-count and the push for independent redistricting.

March 30, 2011
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Statement from Senator Gianaris on the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro was a true pioneer for our nation, for our state and for my neighborhood. First as western Queens' representative in Washington and then as a national icon, her courage paved the way for so many of today’s leaders.

Geraldine Ferraro dedicated her life to serving her community. Her life reflected the hard work and family values that define Queens, and her belief in herself and the ability of women to contribute to society at the highest levels served as the best kind of example for younger generations.

March 29, 2011
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Senator Gianaris on "WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom"

In the wake of the recent budget agreement, the inaccurate census numbers remain a primary concern. I was on WCNY's "The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter" to talk about the severe discrepancy in these numbers. I am calling for an investigation into how so many areas, including western Queens, were so greatly undercounted.

Click here to listen to the interview.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Gianaris marches in the 2011 Greek Independence Day Parade

Senator Gianaris marched in the Greek Independence Day Parade, which took place on Sunday, March 27, 2011 and travelled up Fifth Avenue.

March 28, 2011
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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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