Michael Gianaris

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Mike Gianaris
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Deputy Minority Leader of the New York Senate
In office
December 20, 2012 – April 16, 2018
Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Preceded by Neil Breslin
Succeeded by Jeffrey D. Klein
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
In office
January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Denis Butler
Succeeded by Aravella Simotas
Personal details
Born (1970-04-23) April 23, 1970 (age 48)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Clare Cusack (Divorced)
Education Fordham University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
Website State Senate website

Michael N. "Mike" Gianaris (born April 23, 1970)[1] is an American politician 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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 law degree from Harvard Law School.[2]


First elected to the Assembly in 2000, 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 New York State Assembly. He also served as an aide to former Queens Congressman Thomas Manton, and 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.

Gianaris authored public safety measures, including the state’s first major anti-terror law after September 11, 2001. His Energy Security Act, enhances security at the State’s power plants and transmission centers. This approach was expanded to include other critical infrastructure sites throughout New York.

Gianaris is responsible for improvements in efforts to protect communities from sexual predators as well as added protection for pedestrians from stray voltage from manhole covers and electrical boxes. He supports tougher sentences for drunk drivers and other criminals.

Gianaris supports the reform of utilities such as Consolidated Edison to instill greater accountability to the public and wrote the state’s Clean Energy Law, which encouraged the private sector to utilize modern technologies to reduce pollution while increasing productivity.

In September 2007, he was named one of City Hall's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[3]

Gianaris supports bail reform and elimination of cash bail.[4] 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is divorced and resides in Astoria.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Michael Gianaris: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Michael Gianaris Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine., City & State, September 17, 2007.
  4. ^ "Momentum Builds For Ending Cash Bail System That Punishes The Poor". Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Senator Gianaris Calls to End Cash Bail Following Pedro Hernandez Case - NY State Senate". www.nysenate.gov. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Denis J. Butler
New York State Assembly, 36th District
Succeeded by
Aravella Simotas
New York State Senate
Preceded by
George Onorato
New York State Senate, 12th District