State Sen. Michael Gianaris of Astoria. Photo courtesy of Michael Gianaris.

Gianaris Bill Mandates More Frequent Lead Testing at Schools and Parks

State Sen. Michael Gianaris introduced a bill on Sept. 4 that would mandate more frequent lead inspections of sinks and water fountains at schools and — for the first time — parks across the state.

The proposed legislation comes after NYCHA revealed that at least 1160 children have tested positive for lead poisoning after encountering lead-contaminated paint in their apartments. Lead paint chips have flaked off stanchions along the No. 7 line and cities throughout the country — most notably Flint, Michigan — have grappled with lead contamination in their water infrastructure.

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris // Photo courtesy of Michael Gianaris

Gianaris, Barnwell Partner to End MCI Rent Increases

A new bill could be a major improvement — and a relief — for tenants whose landlords are considering renovations.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assembly Member Brian Barnwell (D-Woodside), a pair of Queens lawmakers, have partnered up to end current rules related to major capital improvements, or MCIs, which enable landlords to raise rent based on a percentage of the total cost of renovations.

“Too many tenants are priced out of their homes because of MCIs whose only improvement seems to be the landlord’s bottom line,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “All New Yorkers deserve high quality, affordable homes and our proposal brings us closer to that goal by ensuring repairs are made without burdening tenants with unreasonable costs.”

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Local leaders break ground on Steinway Library’s new accessibility project. The attendees included Council Member Costa Constantinides (far left), Queens Library President Dennis Walcott (second from left), State Sen. Michael Gianaris (third from left) and Borough President Melinda Katz (fourth from left). // Photo Courtesy of DDC

New Accessibility Project Will Finally Open Steinway Library To All Astorians

A library in Astoria will finally open up to people with disabilities. And you can put that in the books.

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Demonstrators protest the ICE crackdown on immigrants and asylum-seekers outside the Homeland Security conference // Photo courtesy of Karla Ann Conté

Security Conference Attracts Cops, Contractors And ICE Protesters

By Mary Frost and David Brand More than 1,000 police officers, fire officials, members of the military, security contractors and emergency

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