(March 15, 2020 at 6:50pm)

QUEENS, NY – Acting Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about the suspension of the March 24 Special Election for Queens Borough President, originally scheduled for March 24, 2020:

“The decision to suspend an election is extraordinary, but warranted given the urgency and magnitude of the situation,” said Borough President LEE. “I made a commitment to represent and serve the people and families of Queens to the best of my ability and for as long as necessary, and this commitment still stands. Government must not and will not shut down. Aggressively slowing the tide of the spread of COVID-19 is paramount, and we as public servants must remain calm while moving swiftly but safely with the urgency that this situation requires.

“The Queens Borough President’s Office remains open and fully committed to serving the constituents of Queens,” Borough President LEE continued. “We have activated our telework policy to enable our entire staff to operate remotely, and the vast majority of our services and operations will continue remotely Mondays through Fridays during regular business hours.”

Constituents are strongly encouraged to continue contacting the Queens Borough President’s Office via [email protected] or 718.286.3000 as an alternative to walk-ins at Queens Borough Hall.

The March 16 meeting of the Queens Borough Board will proceed as scheduled at 5:30 PM. All Borough Board members are strongly encouraged to participate in tomorrow’s meeting either via videoconference or by phone. Pursuant to Section 85 of the New York City Charter, “Each Borough Board shall . . . meet at least once a month but no formal action of the board hall be taken except at a meeting open to the public[.]” There is no vote scheduled for the March 16 Borough Board meeting at this time. The meeting will also be live-streamed to the public on Facebook and Twitter via @QueensBP2020.

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