State Senator Michael Gianaris

State Senate passes Queens Library reform bill
News Queens Courier Staff 6/20/2014 at 11:59AM

A bill to bring reform to the Queens Library has gotten the thumbs up from the state Senate and will now make its way to the governor’s office where it is expected to be signed into law, officials said.

DOT begins process to bring Citi Bike to Astoria
DOT begins process to bring Citi Bike to Astoria
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 11/23/2013 at 12:27PM

Citi Bike is slowly pedaling its way into western Queens. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun the process of bringing the Citi Bike Share Program into Long Island City, Sunnyside and now Astoria, by getting community input from Community Boards (CB) 1 and 2. On Tuesday, the DOT began the first step of a [...]

Astoria welcomes affordable senior housing
Astoria welcomes affordable senior housing
West Angy Altamirano 11/18/2013 at 3:55PM

Some Astoria seniors now have a safe, comfortable and affordable place to call home. City and state Housing representatives and local elected officials gathered with the community on November 15 for the grand opening of the affordable Hellenic-American Neighborhood Action Committee (HANAC) – Presbyterian Church of Astoria (PCA) Senior Residence, located at 31-34 33rd Street. [...]

Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean
Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean
West Angy Altamirano 10/01/2013 at 4:22PM

Residents and local officials want to take out the trash in Astoria. “We all want a clean living environment for our growing community and to help our small businesses thrive,” said Assemblymember Aravella Simotas at a rally on September 24 at the corner of 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard. Her office has heard from an [...]

LIC welcomes better bus service
West Angy Altamirano 9/12/2013 at 2:05PM

The Astoria and Long Island City waterfront is getting better bus service. Improvements to the Q103 bus line, which runs along Vernon Boulevard between Hunters Point and Astoria, began on Monday, September 9. Instead of 25 runs a day, the Q103 will now have 30. It will run every 15 minutes during the morning rush-hour. [...]

Sunnyside street named in honor of Sandy Hook victim
Sunnyside street named in honor of Sandy Hook victim
West Angy Altamirano 9/10/2013 at 12:36PM

Sandy Hook victim Benjamin Wheeler’s name will live on forever next to the No. 7 train he loved to ride and the Sunnyside street where the world got its first look at him. Ben, 6, originally from Sunnyside, was one of the 20 children who were killed in the gunfire at Sandy Hook Elementary School [...]

Hunter’s Point South Park opens in Long Island City
Hunter’s Point South Park opens in Long Island City
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/28/2013 at 3:56PM

Talk about a view. Mayor Michael Bloomberg gathered with local elected officials, community members and residents on Wednesday to cut the ribbon on the new 5.5-acre Hunter’s Point South Park located on Center Boulevard in Long Island City. “Opening up more of our city’s waterfront for public enjoyment has been a top priority for this [...]

Woodhaven manhole fires injure five, damage two vehicles
Woodhaven manhole fires injure five, damage two vehicles
Police Liam La Guerre 8/22/2013 at 12:33PM

Five people were injured and two vehicles damaged in a pair of manhole fires in Woodhaven early Thursday morning. The fire department responded to the blaze on 88th Road and 75th Street just before 1 a.m., officials said, and the flames were under control around 2 a.m. The fires, which awoke residents, were caused by [...]