News briefs 01-20

Winter Pride Dinner Dance
ASTORIA – The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee (QLGPC) will be holding their annual fundraiser ‘Winter Pride Dinner Dance’, to recognize and honor those who have contributed to the LGBT movement in Queens. It also provides funding to produce the ‘Queens Pride’ Parade and Multicultural Festival held each year on the first Sunday in June. The dinner dance will be held at Astoria World Manor 25-22 Astoria Blvd on Saturday January 22, 2011 from 7:00PM to Midnight. The evening includes a cocktail hour, four-course dinner, open bar, dancing and live entertainment. For ticket information, visit www.queenspride.com.

Museum of the Moving Image reopens
LONG ISLAND CITY – Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. recently joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials for the reopening of the Museum of the Moving Image located at 36-01 35th Avenue in Long Island City. The museum, which officially opens to the public Saturday, January 15, features a modern space with a new lobby, café, and courtyard. The museum will also offer a more screenings and a wider range of programming in new 267-seat theater and 68-seat screening room. A major gallery was also created for exhibitions, and new spaces were added for video art.
“I brought my daughters to the Museum of the Moving Image when they were younger and they fell in love with the place,” Vallone said. “I can’t wait for them to see it now.”

Gianaris named Ranking Member of Codes Committee
BOROUGHWIDE – Senator Michael Gianaris has been named the Ranking Member of the Codes Committee for the New York State Senate. As Ranking Member, Gianaris is the Committee’s top Democrat. The Senate Codes Committee is responsible for all legislation that affects criminal and civil justice policies for the State of New York and – along with the Senate’s Finance Committee – are the bodies through which the vast majority of legislation must first pass before coming to the Senate floor for a full vote.
“Protecting my fellow New Yorkers by improving our laws has been a priority throughout my time in public service,” said Senator Gianaris. “I look forward to this new responsibility which will provide me the opportunity to have an even greater impact on all public safety.”

Income tax extension
STATEWIDE – The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced that taxpayers will have until April 18 to file their 2010 personal income tax returns. This action is being taken by the state due to the observance of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the extension of its deadline to the next business day, which is April 18. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until October 17 to file their 2010 taxes.

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