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Senator Gianaris Announces Major Step Forward in Poletti Power Plant Deconstruction

Senator Michael Gianaris took pride in announcing a major step forward in the deconstruction of the Charles Poletti Power Plant in Astoria. For the first time in recent memory, smokestacks have been eliminated from western Queens after the New York Power Authority (NYPA) has removed the second of the power plant's two smokestacks, as deconstruction of the entire facility continues. The deconstruction of the aging, inefficient and less clean power plant, which used outdated technology from the 1970s, is the result of an agreement between the community and NYPA reached after years of tireless work by Senator Gianaris, Queens leaders and community groups.

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Senator Gianaris on Normal 7 Train Service for Eventful Weekend in Long Island City

Senator Gianaris issued the following statement regarding the news that the 7 train will run during the weekend of May 17th-18th, instead of shutting down for the weekend as previously planned. Community members had asked the MTA to adjust the shutdown schedule because of the events taking place in Long Island City on this particular weekend, and Senator Gianaris pressured the MTA to acknowledge the request.

"Finally the MTA has not only listened to our community on this issue, but taken action," said Senator Gianaris. "LIC Springs! and other events like the LIC Flea and the LIC Arts Open are wonderful displays of how much our neighborhood has to offer, so I appreciate the MTA making it easier to get people here for this one weekend. Of course, when everyone wants to come back and enjoy the weekend in Long Island City for the rest of the summer, we'll run into the same old problem, so I will keep fighting until the 7 train actually running on weekends is no longer news."

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