It was at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center that residents, elected officials, civic leaders, friends and family convened for a celebration of the life and legacy of the Honorable Helen Marie Marshall. Marshall is best known as Queens’ first Black Borough President, having served over a decade in the position from 2002 to 2013. However, it was her long history as a public servant which included service in the NYC Council and New York State Assembly, several civic accomplishments and for being one of the original founders of the Langston Hughes Community Library which were highlighted for the tribute. Assembly Member Jeff Aubry and Andrew Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako) were the designated Co-Masters of Ceremony. Aubry represented her long elected official service while Baako, former Exec.
Participatory Budget Time! It’s time to vote on how to spend your tax dollars! Millions are up for grabs. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a voting process in which residents get to vote on how discretionary funds which are allocated to their Council member should be used. Participatory Budgeting, Cycle 6, vote week is March 25th to April 2nd. Council Districts 27 and 31, which are represented by Council Members Miller and Richards respectively, are the area districts open for participation. A number of initiatives are vying for your vote including security cameras for schools, audio/visual school auditorium upgrades, NYPD Safety Camera, area park upgrades and more. Look for community representatives out and about reminding residents to vo
by Todd Muller “Devastated” was the most used word at the Town Hall meeting held by United States Representative Gregory Meeks at the Rockaway Peninsula YMCA on Monday night, March 13. In reaction to the actions of the Trump Administration, folks from Rockaway Park, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, South Ozone Park, and Jamaica shared their fears that “devastated” would soon describe their whole lives: their health, their wealth, their shelter, their loved ones, the very ground on which they stand. While this kind of dire language can be typical at Town Halls, some of which have been pandemonium lately, even Representative Meeks, who did what he could to allay his constituents’ fear and anxiety, seemed daunted. “It’s rough,” he testified in his opening remarks. The me
Within the first month of his Presidency, Donald Trump’s executive orders have halted the travel of immigrants, prompted angry protests and stirred fears and concerns about health care across America. Republican congressional leaders have been facing outrage and anger from their constituents in contentious town halls on their return home. Congressman Gregory Meeks (Democrat), in his return from DC, held a series of immigration and health care town halls during the first week of March. In addition, he held an update meeting for community leaders and clergy. “There are so many things going on, I don’t know where to start,” said the Congressman. “Every day I wake up, seems to be something else.” The Congressman had a robust list of update items
Why should Republican Representatives take all the heat? In recent weeks, Republican Congressional Representatives have been hosting town halls that have become heated. Voters who put President Trump in office are now concerned about the changes he has been making and how it will affect their lives. There is particular concern surrounding immigrants, travel bans and the affordable health care act. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-5th District) will be hosting a series of town halls and update meetings throughout his District. Topics include overall updates from Congress and immigration. See below for a listing of the upcoming forums and when Congressman Gregory Meeks. will be stopping by your area. Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:30PM until ...
“This is an exciting time to start and run a business,” said Tony Rodoni, Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales at Salesforce. “Businesses need less capital, and using technology, [they] can make their business look bigger.” Salesforce is a cloud computing company that specializes in customer relationship management and web marketing products. The company teamed up with Best for NYC and other NYC business organizations for a Small Business Basecamp. The Basecamp was a one day pop-up event. Business owners and entrepreneurs were able to receive one on one advice on growing their business and attend workshops and panel discussions geared towards business success. They heard from business leaders, mix, mingled, networked and receive a first hand look on how today’s technology can h
After a series of public hearings, the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Board voted Wednesday to keep the price of a single ride at $2.75. However, the costs of monthly and seven day passes will increase. Starting March 19, 7-day passes will cost and extra dollar at $32. Unlimited monthly passes will be $121 which is a 4% increase from its current cost of $116.50. Seven day express bus and unlimited subway passes will increase to $59.50.
Its time to be the change you want to see! The Queens Borough President is accepting applications to serve on the boroughs Community Boards. There are 14 community boards in Queens and three which serve Southeast Queens and Far Rockaway (#12, 13, 14). Members are nonsalaried and serve two year terms. Appointments are made by Borough President, many of which are appointees nominated by City Council Members. The deadline for returning applications is January 27. The new two year term begins April 1, 2017. Download the application here. For more information or to contact the Queens Borough President call 718-286-2900.
'It was the season. Now its time to recycle those Christmas trees and make way for the new year. Mulchfest, the annual recycling of trees begins Saturday, December 31, 2016 and continues through Sunday, January 8, 2017. Individuals can drop off their tree at various NYC parks in the five boroughs. Roy Wilkins and Brookville Parks will again be participating sites. Click here for a full list of sites. Brookville Park will also be a site for chipping. On January 7th and 8th, chipping locations will collect trees and individual can pick up their very own bag of mulch. The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting curbside collections of trees from Tuesday, January 3, 2017 to Saturday, January 14, 2017 Remember to remove all lights...
Hallelujah! Drivers involved in collisions can now obtain copies of their reports electronically and with no fee. The new portal is thanks to the NYPD and City Council which introduced legislation which mandated the NYPD provide individuals access to reports online and immediately upon its preparation. Previously, individuals had to appear in person at the precinct where the collision occurred in order to obtain a copy of their report. The process was often inconvenient and involved setting aside a large portion of time. Thanks to today’s technology, officers can take reports electronically at the scene. This allows for the report to be processed in a timely fashion. Affected parties can obtain their paperwork faster and easier as