2013-09-25 / Features

Gianaris Speaks At Meeting Of LIC Business Women

State Senator Michael Gianaris speaking at a meeting of LIC Business Women. State Senator Michael Gianaris speaking at a meeting of LIC Business Women. State Senator Michael Gianaris addressed a meeting of LIC Business Women and took the opportunity to discuss his work fighting for women’s rights in Albany and to help small businesses thrive in Western Queens. Women’s issues took center stage this year as Gianaris and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference fought tirelessly to codify Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda.

“One doesn’t have to be a woman to know that fighting for women’s rights is the right thing to do,” Gianaris told the crowd. “I will continue to fight for equal pay for equal work and to protect a woman’s freedom of choice until the fundamental notion of equality between the sexes is enshrined in law.”

Speaking about the exciting growth taking place all over Long Island City, Gianaris highlighted the need for responsible development. He cited the opening of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park and new schools like P.S./I.S. 78 and the Academy for Careers in TV and Film as examples of infrastructure improvements that must continue to keep pace with residential growth.

Sympathizing with small business owners concerned that neighborhood transportation issues were hurting their bottom line, Gianaris discussed his ongoing struggles with the MTA to improve public transportation in the area as Western Queens continues to grow. He noted recent improvements on the Q103 and Q102 bus lines and efforts to mitigate the inconvenience of incessant repair work and closures on the 7 train line.

Acknowledging that work remains in improving the 7 train, Gianaris vowed to continue working with local residents and community groups like LIC Business Women to ensure experiencing all our neighborhoods have to offer is as easy as possible.

“The senator gets it that for local businesses to flourish, our infrastructure and the agencies managing and operating public services must work with us to understand and respond to our needs,” said LIC Business Women co-founder Sheila Lewandowski. “His efforts to support legislation like the Women’s Equality Agenda, in its entirety, send a clear message that the investment of women in business, in our families and in our communities is as valuable as that of men.”

LIC Business Women is an association of women in Western Queens whose mission is to improve the community for local businesses, residents and visitors, founded in 2011 by Sheila Lewandowski, Raquel Salas, Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, Leslie Nillson and Donna Drimer.

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