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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 1:04 pm, Thu Sep 5, 2013.

What is a state senator from Astoria — who’s not running for higher office — doing in Woodhaven?

Believe it or not, he represents part of the neighborhood.

Last year’s redistricting added the western portion of Woodhaven, as well as the Forest Park Co-Op development, to the Astoria- and Long Island City-based district of state Sen. Mike Gianaris. Woodhaven was split into three state Senate districts during redistricting and is represented by Gianaris as well as state Sens. Joe Addabbo Jr. and James Sanders.

Gianaris, seen here with Maria Thomson, president of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, left, and several residents, held mobile office hours on Aug. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s offices on Jamaica Avenue. There, he met with residents and civic leaders.

Residents spoke with Gianaris about issues ranging from crime in the wake of the near-fatal stabbing of a teenage girl on 80th Street to the ongoing concerns about noise and sanitation on neighborhood streets.

Welcome to the discussion.