Queens Gazette wrote about the thousands of jobs the film industry, aided by the film tax credit which was championed  by Senator Gianaris, has brought to New York. 

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) had high praise and satisfaction for a program he supported which has created many jobs in his district and elsewhere in New York state.

Gianaris pointed out that the New York State Film Production Credit, which rewards companies that produce films and TV shows in the state with a tax credit, also creates jobs. Gianaris was a lead supporter when the legislation was created and later expanded.

The lawmaker said that the credit program recently attracted to New York City a record 23 television shows, including eight new primetime series. He also noted the NYC’s media and entertainment industry employs 100,000 New Yorkers and generates $5 billion per year for the city’s economy.

“The ability for this industry to film in New York and create so many jobs during these difficult economic times is a testament to the success of our film tax credit, which is the most prolific job creation program in recent years,” said Gianaris.

“Right now, there is nothing more important than creating jobs, and I am glad Western Queens is able to reap the benefits of this booming industry.”

Read the full article here.