Southeast Queens Neighborhoods

Richard David Announces City Council Bid

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Richard David announced his candidacy for NYC Council District 28 on Valentine’s Day. The seat is currently held by Council Member Ruben Wills. David is the former Vice President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. He also was the Executive Director at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and a member of Community Board 9. Davis is a resident of Richmond Hills and deeply rooted in that area of the District. Richmond Hills is the area of the District where Sikh temples exists alongside Mosques. The stretch of Liberty Avenue in the district is known to many as “Little Guyana” due to its large population of Indo-Caribbean residents. David is the co-founder of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance which does outreach and community events in South Queens. Despite his deep roots in Rich

Peninsula Residents Share Concerns At Town Hall

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
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

Open House for Minority Businesses

Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Tuesday, September 20, Minority and Women Owned Businesses (M/WBE) were invited to an open house to learn how the City will issue its over $16 billion in contracts.  The event was held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.  It was an opportunity to network with city agencies and to speak directly with representatives from City Hall and Small Business Services about doing business with the City.  The forum was a scaled down version of the open houses the City typically hosts in lower Manhattan.  The Queens location was a benefit for those business owners whose schedule and transit concerns do not allow them to attend the larger forums in Manhattan.  The location was also key because revitalization is coming to Downtown Jamaica via the Jamaica Now initiati...

Congressman Updates Community Leaders on Trumps First Months Actions

Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
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
Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
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 ...

Free Black History Month Events to End February 2017

Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
      As the clock runs down on Black History Month 2017, local elected officials and community leaders are presenting their celebratory events.  All the events are free but some required advanced reservation for admittance.    Thursday, February 23 Military Black History Month Celebration  American Legion Post 438, 240-08 135th Avenue, Rosedale, NY 11422. 6-9PM   Black History Month Program Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club 197-01 Linden Blvd 7:30PM   Solutions Lifting Communities First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica 89-60 164th Street 7-8:30PM   Friday, February 24 Annual Salute to Gospel Concert POSTPHONED! Springfield Gardens Educational Campus 143-10 Sprin...

It’s all about the money and our share of it

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
NYC Comptroller Scott String invited Southeast Queens residents to a town hall.  “It is your night to ask questions,” he said to those who were gathered.  It was an evening in which the answers to most questions were “My office will get back to you”.  This was not necessarily because the Comptroller did not have an answer per se, but more so due to the fact that questions were wide ranging and may not have applied directly to the function of the Comptroller’s office. The financial topic the Comptroller was most asked about that evening was Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) participation.  Glenn Greenidge, Supthin Boulevard Business Improvement District’s Executive Director, proposed support for M/WBE by means of receiving bids for city contracts and as

Technology…Empowering Today’s Entrepreneurs

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
“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

Monthly MetroCard Fares Increase Single ride remains $2.75

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
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. 
Vanel Sworn in as Assembly Member for District 33

Vanel Sworn in as Assembly Member for District 33

Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Sunday, January 22, Assembly Member Clyde Vanel (Democrat) held his inauguration ceremony at York College.  Inaugurations give a glimpse of how that elected will govern, interact with his colleagues and deal with constituents.  What Assembly Member Vanel’s inauguration showed was his immigrant heritage, his engagement and large constituent following, his professional background and the respect his colleagues have for his perseverance at attaining the seat including those from a Democratic party that routinely did not back his candidacies.  The venue was packed to the rafters.  There was a constant stream of getting more chairs as residents continued to pack the venue.  Standing room only turned into balcony seating as accommodations were made for the large