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Grover joins Sen. Chuck Schumer, center, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, left, Councilman-Elect Costas Constantinides, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and George Kaufman as they cut the ribbon on the new backlot.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center, with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center rear, rejoice in the planting of new trees at Shady Park with community leaders and Long Island City residents.
Trees are finally back in Shady Park after being wrecked during Hurricane Sandy.
On Nov. 20, local residents joined Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Friends of Shady Park and the Long Island City Partnership to celebrate the restoration of Andrews Grove in Long Island City, affectionately referred to as Shady park.
A new school is coming to Woodside and elected officials and many members of the community couldn’t be happier.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was joined last Thursday by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), representatives from the School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and PS 11 principal Anna Efkarpides to break ground on PS 399, a new school set to open in 2015.
Queens elected officials hit the field on Sunday in New York City’s first-ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst.
The event brought together representatives from Queens and the Bronx for a friendly round of touch football.
It’s a scenario that has happened throughout the city every year of late: The Department of Education proposes school closures and the students, parents, alumni and elected officials fight to block them.
Long Island City High School is no exception.
State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and the Friends of Astoria Heights Playground recently led a volunteer effort to clean up Astoria Heights Park.
The event was part of “It’s My Park Day,” a citywide initiative, presented by Partnerships for Parks, which works with hundreds of community parks groups to lead clean-up events in neighborhood parks across the city.
Tony Arcabascio, the Republican candidate for Queens borough president, is asserting that Queens Public Television decided against airing a debate between him and his Democratic opponent, Melinda Katz, out of politics, a charge the station denies.
Arcabascio and Katz had debated before the QPTV cameras on Oct. 10, and the station said it was going to broadcast the event a dozen times before Election Day. But before the first airing, at least two newspapers, the Queens Chronicle and the Daily News, ran articles on the event.
Tony Arcabascio just can’t stand it when someone runs for office unopposed. So when he saw that the Queens Republican Party didn’t seem to have anyone planning a race for borough president, he stepped in and launched his campaign.
It’s Arcabascio’s second run for office; last year he took on state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), losing by a 6-1 margin.
Tony Arcabascio, the Republican candidate for Queens borough president, is claiming that Queens Public Television decided against airing a debate between him and his Democratic opponent, Melinda Katz, out of politics, a charge the station denies.
Sunnyside Gardens residents came out in full force to urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to vote against a proposal to place a historic aluminum house in their neighborhood and build eight residential units on the remaining space. The hearing was held on the ninth floor of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, near City Hall.
The all-brick community of Sunnyside Gardens received landmark designation in 2007, which means that homeowners cannot change the facades of their homes, build fences, or compromise the continuity of the existing architecture.
The section of road at the intersection of Hazen Street and Ditmars Boulevard has frequently been a problem for Astoria pedestrians and drivers.
“It becomes a problem regularly,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria). “It’s a road frequently driven by trucks and cars which causes it to be torn up with potholes that become unsafe.”
Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, center left, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, state Sen. Mike Gianaris and Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives stand with residents urging the DOT to improve the streets of Western Queens.
Astoria’s busiest streets are nasty with trash, officials say.
Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, left, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and City Council hopeful Costa Constantinides implored the Department of Sanitation to empty public trash cans in Astoria more often.
Members of Community Board 2, which represents Long Island City and Sunnyside, spoke loudly against a proposal to bring a modern yet historic aluminum house to the all-brick neighborhood of Sunnyside Gardens.
Since CB 2 is an advisory board, the 22-1 opposition vote isn’t the definitive word, but does get presented to the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, which reviews all changes to landmarked neighborhoods such as Sunnyside Gardens, and will vote Oct. 15.
When there were four serious contenders in the race for public advocate, the Queens Democratic Party was split. The establishment endorsed longshot Reshma Saujani, a candidate with a compelling biography and some good ideas but very little experience in government. Yet a small but influential group of state lawmakers, among them some of the borough’s most productive and ethical, bucked the establishment by publicly endorsing one of their colleagues, state Sen. Dan Squadron of Brooklyn.
That group of lawmakers — which includes Senate Democratic Deputy Leader Mike Gianaris, Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Sen. Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic — knew that Squadron is a reformer with common-sense ideas for how government can best serve the people it represents. He’s got a concrete plan for how to arrange the Public Advocate’s Office so it can effectively serve the city’s most vulnerable populations. And his record in Albany, where he successfully took on entities such as the MTA, shows that he’s serious about it.
Costa Constantinides with his son and state Sen. Mike Gianaris, right, celebrated the results of the Democratic primary election in Astoria.
The entire Shady Park in Long Island City is finally open.
Ten months ago Hurricane Sandy ripped eight large trees that gave Andrews Grove its nickname, damaged play equipment and ruined the fence surrounding the park.
Costas Constantinides handily won in the Democratic primary for the city’s 22nd District Council against opponents John Ciafone and Constantinos “Gus” Prentzas.
Constantinides, seeking his first term, took 55.8 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results from the New York State Board of Elections.
Sen. Mike Gianaris, seen here with Maria Thomson, president of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, left, and several residents.
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.
Jackson Heights and Astoria have just named streets after inspiring members of their communities.
The corner of 73rd Street and 34th Avenue will now be known as Mary Sarro Way after the LGBT rights supporter, district manager of Community Board 3, where she served from 1977 until 1996, and founder or supporter of many organizations such as the 82nd Street Business Improvement District and the neighborhood’s designated precinct, the 115th.
At a recent debate for the public advocate’s race, state Sen. Dan Squadron (D-Brooklyn) was told by one of his opponents that she “won’t be lectured on ethics by an Albany politician.”
But Squadron — the only state legislator in the race for public advocate, and the only male among the four main candidates — is quick to dispel the notion that he is part of a historically unpopular, corrosive Albany club, noting that he has been a champion of reform from the moment he ran for his state Senate seat in 2008.