|Name||Michael N. Gianaris|
|Address||21-37 42nd St |
Astoria, New York , United States
|| April 23, 1970
Jan 15, 2017 01:34am
Greek - Greek Orthodox -
|Info||Michael Gianaris, Assemblyman for the 36th Assembly District in Queens, is the first Greek-American to be elected to office from New York City and has served his community with unique effectiveness. |
In the Assembly, he emerged as a leader on government reform issues, sponsoring numerous measures to improve the efficiency and productivity of state government, including a proposal to reform the legislative redistricting process that the New York Times has called “the real key to reform” in Albany.
Among his accomplishments in the legislature, Mr. Gianaris authored first-in-the-nation “Airline Passenger Bill of Rights” and “Energy Consumer Bill of Rights” legislation, which provided unprecedented consumer protections to New Yorkers. Mr. Gianaris also authored important public safety measures, including the state’s first major anti-terror law after September 11, 2001. His Energy Security Act, which became a national model, enhances security at the state’s power plants and transmission centers. This approach was expanded to include other critical infrastructure sites throughout New York.
Mr. Gianaris is also a fighter on issues related to energy and the environment, particularly in the effort to reshape New York’s energy policy. He is the leading advocate for the reform of utilities such as Consolidated Edison, leading a New York State Assembly Task Force that recommended critical reforms that would instill greater accountability. Mr. Gianaris continues to lead the charge for cleaner, renewable energy and wrote the state’s Clean Energy Law, which encouraged the private sector to utilize modern technologies to dramatically reduce pollution while increasing productivity. Mr. Gianaris continues to fight for added protection for New Yorkers who have become increasingly subject to now-frequent blackouts, steam and gas explosions, and stray voltage from manhole covers and electircal boxes.
Mr. Gianaris is a tenacious crime fighter and defender of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. He has fought to close a loophole in the New York gun law that would prevent dangerous firearms from falling into the hands of convicted felons, and for improvements in efforts to protect communities from sexual predators. He is a consistent and strong advocate for tougher sentences for drunk drivers and other criminals.
Born in Astoria, Queens, to Nicholas and Magdalene Gianaris, Mr. Gianaris is a lifelong resident of Astoria and a graduate of the New York City public school system. He attended Public School 84, Junior High School 141 and Long Island City High School before graduating from Fordham University, Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Political Science. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Gianaris began his involvement in civic affairs in 1988 as the chairperson of a voter registration committee that registered more than 10,000 voters in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Gianaris' career in public service began as an aide to Congressman Thomas Manton, and he later served as Governor Mario Cuomo's Queens County Regional Representative. He also practiced law as a litigator in private practice for several years.
Until his campaign for and election to the New York State Assembly, he served as a Counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, where he was responsible for issues related to Consumer Affairs and Protection, Governmental Operations, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture and Markets.
In his community, Mr. Gianaris served as a member of Queens Community Planning Board #1, Legal Counsel to the United Community Civic Association, and a Board member of the Eastern Orthodox Lawyers Association.