“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
It’s growing! The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center (FHC) in Arverne announced its upcoming expansion on November 15. The site, which sits on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 62nd Street, is adjacent to vacant space. In the past, Addabbo FHC has used the space to host health fairs and for community outreach. With the expansion, the Center will look to increase its exam room capacity by 50% allowing them to increase its annual patient intake by over 24,000 new visitors. The Rockaway Peninsula is home to one hospital, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, located on the Eastern end of the island at Beach 19th Street. In 2012, the Peninsula Hospital Center shutdown. Having only one hospital makes the need for other health outlets even more critical. Maria Springer Torres, who was in attendance
On Monday November 28, Congressman Gregory Meeks hosted a breakfast convening civic, clergy and community for an assessment of the of the 2016 Presidential Election. The goal was to understand what the results mean and to plot a forward direction. Donald Trump’s election win was deemed a surprise as most forecasters, pundits and pollsters predicted a Hillary Clinton win. Although Hillary won the popular vote, Trump was able to secure the necessary electoral votes. The Green Party has called for an election recount. The Congressman doesn’t expect the recount to change the overall results of Trump being the 45th President. While these types of breakfasts, typically bring together a good number of folks, this meeting was at capacity. Prior to reading
On Friday, August 19th, City Commissioners and local elected officials joined NYC Economic Development (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres Springer and Council Member Donovan Richards to announce plans to revitalize Downtown Far Rockaway. The plans include a hefty investment of $91 million dollars and a collaboration with City Agencies. Downtown Far Rockaway encapsulates the areas of Mott Avenue from Beach Channel Drive to Cornaga Avenue going from east to west and Central Avenue and Beach 20th Street going from North to South. The renewal plan will focus on creating affordable housing, attracting retail and entertainment, upgrading infrastructure and realigning of mass transportation in this corridor. This infusion of capital is in addition to investments already in the works
After the unofficial end to summer, it is time for the race to the primaries. The primary election is on Tuesday, September 13 and the days leading up the vote are packed with forums. On Tuesday, September 6, the Jamaica branch of the NAACP and its partners presented a forum for candidates vying for the New York State Legislature in both Senate and Assembly races. With such a vast slate, the event divided the debates by individual races. Candidates were given a one-minute opening statement and then fielded audience and/or moderator questions. During the down time prior to their debate, candidates waited in the audience, which was filled mostly with political and civic minded regulars. Moderator for the evening was Isa Abdur-Rahman, a local lawyer and Executive Director of Famers Bo
It is said that it is difficult to unseat an incumbent in an election. It Is also said that in communities of color, the primary election is ‘The Election’. Both statements have merit. The primary election is ‘The Election’ because, most communities of color are Democratic party strongholds. As such, whomever the voters elect in the Primary Election, typically sails to victory in the general election. Incumbents have been known to hold tight to their seats despite poor job performance, corruption allegations and legal troubles. It is a long running joke that in Southeast Queens the only way to remove an incumbent is through death or by handcuffs. One rationale behind these individuals having such a tight hold is name recognition. Voters tend to elect those they are familiar w