|Member of the New York Senate|
from the 12th district
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||George Onorato|
|Member of the New York State Assembly|
from the 36th district
January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2010
|Preceded by||Denis Butler|
|Succeeded by||Aravella Simotas|
|Born||April 23, 1970|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Fordham University (BA)|
Harvard University (JD)
|Website||State Senate website|
Michael Gianaris (born April 23, 1970) is an American politician and attorney from Queens, New York. He represents New York's 12th State Senate district, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and parts of Woodside, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Woodhaven. He is the second Greek-American to be elected to the New York State Legislature after Dean Skelos. Since 2019, he has served as the Deputy Majority Leader, the second-highest ranking member of the Senate.
Early life and education
Gianaris was born in Astoria and is the son of Nicholas and Magdalene Gianaris. He graduated from New York City public schools P.S. 84, Junior High School 141 and Long Island City High School. He received a B.A. summa cum laude in economics and political science from Fordham University and earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.
In 2000, he was elected to the New York State Assembly. Gianaris had previously served as Associate Counsel to the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection, Governmental Operations, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture and Markets of the Assembly, and also served as an aide to former Queens Congressman Thomas Manton, an aide to former Governor Mario Cuomo's Queens County Regional Representative, and as a member of Queens Community Planning Board 1 and Legal Counsel to the United Community Civic Association.
New York State Senate
In 2010, Senator George Onorato decided not to seek re-election, and Gianaris was nominated to replace him. In a strongly Democratic district, Gianaris was elected easily, and has never faced a serious re-election.
In 2018, Gianaris was seen[by whom?] as the architect in helping to eliminate the Independent Democratic Conference and in creating a roadmap for Democrats to take the majority in the state Senate, which was successful. Following their ascent to the majority, Gianaris was named Deputy Majority Leader.
Gianaris supports bail reform and elimination of cash bail. He has introduced a bill which would give judges three options in lieu of cash bail: release on recognizance, conditional monitored release, or remand to a correctional facility.
Gianaris introduced legislation to automatically register eligible voters otherwise interacting with state government, something which is already implemented in 14 states and Washington, D.C., including in states such as California, Alaska, and West Virginia. He also has proposed allowing "eligible voters to register and cast a ballot on Election Day". It would require amending the state constitution.
- "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011.[permanent dead link]
- "Michael Gianaris: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
- Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Michael Gianaris Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, City & State, September 17, 2007.
- "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 12 Race - Nov 02, 2010". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
- d_evers (2019-01-08). "State Sen. Michael Gianaris has big plans for 2019". CSNY. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
- "Momentum Builds For Ending Cash Bail System That Punishes The Poor". Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
- "Senator Gianaris Calls to End Cash Bail Following Pedro Hernandez Case - NY State Senate". www.nysenate.gov. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
- Wilson, Reid. "New York's election laws come under attack by Dems". The Hill. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- New York State Senate Member Website
- Biography: New York State Democratic Committee
- Greek News - Michael Gianaris Quits Race for Attorney General
- Queens Assemblyman Goes After Google
- Mike Gianaris Calls on DMV to Reinstitute Greek Language Tests
|New York Assembly|
Denis J. Butler
| New York State Assembly, 36th District
|New York State Senate|
| New York State Senate, 12th District