*ADVISORY* BOROUGH CABINET TO HEAR BUDGET BRIEFING FROM SEN. GIANARIS AND PRESENTATION ON QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVES

BOROUGH CABINET TO HEAR BUDGET BRIEFING FROM SEN. GIANARIS AND PRESENTATION ON QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVES Tuesday, April 13 at 9:30 AM (April 12, 2021 at 12:45pm) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr., will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 13, at 9:30 AM. The […]

*NEWS* QBP RICHARDS ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY BOARD REFORMS, APPOINTMENTS FOR 2021-2023 TERM

QBP RICHARDS ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY BOARD REFORMS, APPOINTMENTS FOR 2021-2023 TERM New reforms include Centralized Code of Conduct and Bylaw Revision Committees This year marks 110 First-Time Appointees across 14 Boards (April 6, 2021 at 1:20pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. today announced several reforms to the Queens community board network, establishing a […]

*NEWS* QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES TWO VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIRS IN APRIL

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES TWO VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIRS IN APRIL Friday, April 9 and Thursday, April 15 (April 5, 2021 at 4:12pm) QUEENS, NY – As part of a continuing effort to addressing the current economic downturn, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. today announced his office has scheduled two Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment […]

*ADVISORY* QBP RICHARDS, COMMUNITY LEADERS TO HOLD CANDELIGHT VIGIL FOR ATLANTA SHOOTING VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ANTI-ASIAN HATE VIOLENCE

QBP RICHARDS, COMMUNITY LEADERS TO HOLD CANDELIGHT VIGIL FOR ATLANTA SHOOTING VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ANTI-ASIAN HATE VIOLENCE Sunday, March 28 at 7:00PM Outside Queens Borough Hall (March 26, 2021 at 11:30am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., elected officials and community leaders from across The World’s Borough will gather on the steps […]

*NEWS* QBP DONOVAN RICHARDS TO JETBLUE: COMMIT TO STAY IN QUEENS

QBP DONOVAN RICHARDS TO JETBLUE: COMMIT TO STAY IN QUEENS (March 24, 2021 at 12pm) QUEENS, NY – Today, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. sent a letter to JetBlue President and CEO Robin Hayes, urging the company to commit keeping its corporate headquarters in Long Island City after it was reported JetBlue is considering moving […]

*ADVISORY* BOROUGH PRESIDENT RICHARDS TO PRESIDE OVER STREET CO-NAMING CEREMONY

BOROUGH PRESIDENT RICHARDS TO PRESIDE OVER STREET CO-NAMING CEREMONY Saturday, March 20 at 2:00PM (March 19, 2021 at 11:07am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr., will preside over a street co-naming ceremony in honor of Sister Nzingha Abena (1939-2019), a beloved community leader in Rosedale, Queens, who was dedicated to advancing education, youth […]

*STATEMENT* JOINT STATEMENT FROM BOROUGH PRESIDENTS RICHARDS AND BREWER ON GOVERNOR CUOMO

JOINT STATEMENT FROM BOROUGH PRESIDENTS RICHARDS AND BREWER ON GOVERNOR CUOMO (March 13, 2021 at 11:13am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer jointly stated the following in response to allegations surrounding Governor Cuomo. “New York needs a leader at this critical time during our State’s history – a […]

*NEWS* QBP RICHARDS TO HOST VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR

QBP RICHARDS TO HOST VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR Thursday, March 18 at 2pm (March 8, 2021 at 3:54pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. today announced that the next edition of his monthly Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair will be held on March 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Building Skills New York, […]

*ADVISORY* QBP RICHARDS TO HOLD POST-STATE OF THE BOROUGH VIRTUAL MEDIA ROUNDTABLE

QBP RICHARDS TO HOLD POST-STATE OF THE BOROUGH VIRTUAL MEDIA ROUNDTABLE Monday, March 8 at 1:30 PM (March 5, 2021 at 3:50pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will hold a virtual roundtable with members of the media on Monday, March 8 at 1:30PM, five days after putting forth his comprehensive vision for a […]

*ADVISORY* QBP RICHARDS, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO CONDEMN PROPOSALS TO GUT ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL HOSPITAL

QBP RICHARDS, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO CONDEMN PROPOSALS TO GUT ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL HOSPITAL Friday, March 5 at 11:30 AM (March 4, 2021 at 3:00PM) QUEENS, NY – Approaching the one-year anniversary of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital admitting Queens’ first confirmed COVID-19 patient, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and community leaders will gather outside […]

*NEWS* 2021 STATE OF THE BOROUGH FACT SHEET

2021 STATE OF THE BOROUGH FACT SHEET (March 4, 2021 at 10:30AM) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards delivered his first State of the Borough address yesterday, March 3, putting forth a comprehensive package of proposals to address the immediate public health and economic crises facing Queens while also looking toward a post-pandemic borough built on […]

*NEWS* QBP RICHARDS: “QUEENS LEADS, QUEENS IS RISING”

QBP RICHARDS: “QUEENS LEADS, QUEENS IS RISING” State of the Borough Address Centers Equity at the Heart of Queens’ Recovery (March 3, 2021 at 7:00PM) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards today delivered his first State of the Borough address, detailing his administration’s accomplishments within the first 100 days. The Borough President also outlined […]

*NEWS* QBP RICHARDS RECEIVES RECORD NUMBER OF COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATIONS

QBP RICHARDS RECEIVES RECORD NUMBER OF COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATIONS (February 23, 2021 at 9:10am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards today announced his office received 931 applications from a diverse group of civic-minded individuals who seek appointment to one of the borough’s 14 community boards this year. The 931 applications is a Queens borough […]

*ADVISORY* QBP RICHARDS, COMMUNITY LEADERS TO UNITE AGAINST SICKENING RISE IN HATE CRIMES

QBP RICHARDS, COMMUNITY LEADERS TO UNITE AGAINST SICKENING RISE IN HATE CRIMES Monday, February 22 at 9:30AM Outside Queens Borough Hall (February 19, 2021 at 11:05am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, elected officials and community-based organizations from across The World’s Borough will gather on the steps of Queens Borough Hall on Monday, February […]

*ADVISORY* QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD TO VOTE ON FY22 BUDGET PRIORITIES

QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD TO VOTE ON FY22 BUDGET PRIORITIES Monday, February 22 at 5:30 PM (February 19, 2021 at 9:11am) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., will deliberate and vote on its package of budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) during its meeting on Monday, February […]

*STATEMENT* BP RICHARDS ON RECENT BIAS INCIDENTS IN QUEENS

BP RICHARDS ON RECENT BIAS INCIDENTS IN QUEENS QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. stated the following in response to anti-Asian, anti-Semitic and other hateful bias incidents recently, such as those reported in Flushing, Astoria and Rego Park. “These disgusting acts of anti-Asian and anti-Semitic hate were reprehensible, and those who committed […]

*ADVISORY* QBP RICHARDS TO HOST VIRTUAL CELEBRATION HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

QBP RICHARDS TO HOST VIRTUAL CELEBRATION HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH Thursday, February 25 at 6pm; AG Letitia James to Offer Keynote Remarks (February 11, 2021 at 12pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and the African American Heritage Committee today announced his annual celebration of Black History Month, honoring the countless contributions of the […]

*NEWS* VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR SERIES HOSTED BY QBP RICHARDS CONTINUES INTO 2021

VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR SERIES HOSTED BY QBP RICHARDS CONTINUES INTO 2021 Thursday, February 18 at 2pm (February 9, 2021 at 10am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards today announced the ongoing Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair series hosted by the Queens Borough President’s Office, connecting Queens job seekers with a wide array […]

*ADVISORY* LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING

LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING Thursday, February 4 at 10:30 AM (February 2, 2021 at 9:26am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards will hold a regular Public Hearing on Land Use. The public hearing will be streamed live at www.queensbp.org. The agenda includes: Items 1 and 2 are related. 1.      An application submitted by 68-19 Rego Park LLC […]

STATEMENT FROM QBP RICHARDS ON APPOINTMENT OF NEW CEOs at H+H/ELMHURST & H+H/QUEENS

STATEMENT FROM QBP RICHARDS ON APPOINTMENT OF NEW CEOs at H+H/ELMHURST & H+H/QUEENS (January 29, 2021 at 3:31pm) “When Queens became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst became the focal point of the nation. We will never forget the heartbreaking images of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s frontline workers as they worked […]

*ADVISORY* PUBLIC HEARING ON FY22 QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES

*ADVISORY* PUBLIC HEARING ON FY22 QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES Monday, February 1 at 10:00 AM (January 28, 2021 at 3:30pm) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Borough President Donovan Richards, will hold a virtual public hearing on the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2022 Preliminary Expense and Capital Budget on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 10:00 […]

*ADVISORY* QBP RICHARDS, NYCEDC, COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO TOUR JACKSON HEIGHTS COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR, HIGHLIGHT QUEENS SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM

*ADVISORY* QBP RICHARDS, NYCEDC, COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO TOUR JACKSON HEIGHTS COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR, HIGHLIGHT QUEENS SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM Thursday, January 28 at 12pm (January 27, 2021 at 2:10pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President and CEO James Patchett, joined by area elected officials and other […]

*NEWS* QBP RICHARDS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS SOLID WASTE ADVISORY BOARD

*NEWS* QBP RICHARDS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS SOLID WASTE ADVISORY BOARD Application Deadline: Friday, February 26 (January 25, 2021 at 11:23am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards is accepting applications from civic-minded individuals and organizations across Queens to serve on the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board (QSWAB) — a diverse group of […]

*NEWS* THE CITY, QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT DONOVAN RICHARDS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS LAUNCH GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY

THE CITY, QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT DONOVAN RICHARDS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS LAUNCH GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY   (January 19, 2021 at 12:40pm) QUEENS, NY – Today the City, in partnership with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and Pursuit, announced the launch of the Queens Small Business Grant Program to provide resources to small businesses […]

*NEWS* QBP RICHARDS LAUNCHES MODERNIZED QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATION PROCESS

QBP RICHARDS LAUNCHES MODERNIZED QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATION PROCESS Application Deadline: Friday, February 19 (January 11, 2021 at 10am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards is accepting applications from qualified and civic-minded individuals interested in serving on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land use […]

*ADVISORY* QUEENS BOROUGH CABINET TO BE BRIEFED BY DEPUTY CHANCELLOR

QUEENS BOROUGH CABINET TO BE BRIEFED BY DEPUTY CHANCELLOR Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30 AM (January 8, 2021 at 10:27am) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Borough President Donovan Richards, will hear a presentation from Josh Wallack, Deputy Chancellor for Early Childhood Education and Student Enrollment at the New York City Department of […]

*ADVISORY* LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING — THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021

LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING Thursday, January 14 at 10:30am (January 8, 2021 at 1:45pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards will hold a regular Public Hearing on Land Use. The public hearing will be streamed live at www.queensbp.org. The agenda includes the following two items: An application submitted by the New York Department of City Planning pursuant […]

*NEWS* QBP RICHARDS ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE STAFF AND SENIOR STAFF APPOINTMENTS

QBP RICHARDS ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE STAFF AND SENIOR STAFF APPOINTMENTS (UPDATED: January 4, 2021 at 8:15pm / ORIGINAL: January 4, 2021 at 9:15am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards today announced the first round of appointments for the Office of Queens Borough President: Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, Deputy Borough President, and Director of […]

*STATEMENT* BP RICHARDS ON DOI REPORT ON NYPD RESPONSE TO GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS

BP RICHARDS ON DOI REPORT ON NYPD RESPONSE TO GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS (December 18, 2020 at 10:20am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards stated the following in response to today’s release of the Department of Investigation’s report on its investigation into the NYPD’s handling of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. “I’m […]

*STATEMENT* BP RICHARDS ON ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND IN FOREST HILLS

BP RICHARDS ON ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND IN FOREST HILLS (December 16, 2020 at 3:40pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards stated the following in response to the discovery of vile, anti-Semitic graffiti discovered today on 68th Road and the Grand Central Parkway in Forest Hills.  “This sickening display of anti-Semitism has no place in The World’s Borough, especially […]

*NEWS* BOROUGH PRESIDENT RICHARDS TO SPONSOR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION IN RECOGNITION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

BOROUGH PRESIDENT RICHARDS TO SPONSOR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION IN RECOGNITION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH (December 15, 2020 at 10:45am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards today announced he is inviting talented Queens high school seniors interested in pursuing a post-secondary education to apply for the African American Heritage Scholarships that will be awarded by the Borough […]

*STATEMENT* BP RICHARDS ON ARRIVAL OF COVID-19 VACCINE IN QUEENS

BP RICHARDS ON ARRIVAL OF COVID-19 VACCINE IN QUEENS (December 14, 2020 at 2:10pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards stated the following in response to today’s arrival of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in New York City, which was administered first to Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center nurse Sandra Lindsay in Queens. “More […]

*ADVISORY* BOROUGH PRESIDENT RICHARDS TO HOLD ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH DISTRICT MANAGERS

BOROUGH PRESIDENT RICHARDS TO HOLD ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH DISTRICT MANAGERS Tuesday, December 15 at 9:30AM (December 14, 2020 at 11:00am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards will hold a roundtable discussion with the District Managers representing the borough’s 14 Community Boards during a meeting of the Queens Borough Cabinet scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 […]

*ADVISORY* LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING — THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17

LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING — THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 Thursday, December 17 at 10:30am (December 10, 2020 at 10:30am) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards will hold a regular Public Hearing on Land Use. The public hearing will be streamed live at www.queensbp.org. The agenda includes: An application submitted by the New York City School Construction Authority for […]

*ADVISORY* LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING

LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING Thursday, December 3 at 10:30am (December 2, 2020 at 2:39pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards will hold a regular Public Hearing on Land Use. The public hearing will be streamed live at www.queensbp.org. The agenda includes: Items 1 and 2 are related. 1.     An application submitted by 63-68 RWKOP LLC to […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON CERTIFICATION OF BOROUGH PRESIDENT ELECTION RESULTS

BP LEE ON CERTIFICATION OFBOROUGH PRESIDENT ELECTION RESULTS (December 1, 2020 at 2:18pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about today’s certification of the 2020 General Election results by the NYC Board of Elections: “It has been an honor to serve as Borough President throughout this particularly […]

*NEWS* NEW, ACCESSIBLE LACTATION POD AT QUEENS BOROUGH HALL

NEW, ACCESSIBLE LACTATION POD AT QUEENS BOROUGH HALL To Provide Nursing Parents Privacy and Dignified Space (November 23, 2020 at 1:47pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced the purchase and slated installation of a publicly accessible lactation pod at Queens Borough Hall, ensuring a private space to nurse a child or […]

*ADVISORY* LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING – Thursday, November 12

LAND USE HEARING Thursday, November 12 at 10:30AM (November 11, 2020 at 11:58am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee will hold a regular Public Hearing on Land Use. The public hearing will be streamed live at www.queensbp.org. The agenda includes:    Items 1 and 2 are related. 1. Application filed by Vlacich LLC to make […]

*NEWS* QUEENS ANNOUNCES FULL FUNDING FOR CUTTING-EDGE CANCER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY AT NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS/ELMHURST

QUEENS ANNOUNCES FULL FUNDING FOR CUTTING-EDGE CANCER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY AT NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS/ELMHURST New TrueBeam Linear Accelerator Allows for More Ease, Precision, Speed in Preventative and Life-Saving Care BP Lee: “Direct Investment Into More Birthdays” (November 10, 2020 at 9:40am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced a $5.4 million allocation […]

*NEWS* BP LEE INITIATIVE TO EXPAND SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINERS IN QUEENS

BP LEE INITIATIVE TO EXPAND SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINERS IN QUEENS Will More Than Double Current 26 SANE Nurses Dedicated to Queens Adds 10 More Language Proficiencies of SANE Nurses Across 7 Queens Hospitals (October 29, 2020 at 11:55am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced an initiative to expand the number, […]

*ADVISORY* BOROUGH CABINET TO BE BRIEFED ON FILM PRODUCTION PERMITS, CONFLICT RESOLUTION EFFORTS AND LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION SERVICES

BOROUGH CABINET TO BE BRIEFED ON FILM PRODUCTION PERMITS, CONFLICT RESOLUTION EFFORTS AND LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION SERVICES Tuesday, October 20 (October 19, 2020 at 2:16pm) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear a presentation from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) regarding the […]

*NEWS* QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH SEES NEW PARTNERS JOIN TENTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR

QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH SEES NEW PARTNERS JOIN TENTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 PM (October 19, 2020 at 11:13am) QUEENS, NY – CAMBA, Inc., Commonpoint Queens and Forest Hills Financial Group will join the list of more than a dozen featured employers and recruiters at the tenth installment of the “Virtual Queens […]

*ADVISORY* NYC BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD

NYC BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD Monday, October 19 (October 16, 2020 at 4:10pm) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear an update from the New York City Board of Elections (BOE) regarding operations for upcoming elections. This meeting will be conducted virtually, with […]

*NEWS* BOROUGHWIDE COAT DRIVE BENEFITTING QUEENS FAMILIES IN NEED UNDERWAY

BOROUGHWIDE COAT DRIVE BENEFITTING QUEENS FAMILIES IN NEED UNDERWAY Donations Accepted Weekdays through November 13, 2020 (October 16, 2020 at 10:06am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, in partnership with all 14 Queens Community Boards, today announced the launch of a boroughwide coat drive to support families in need as the cold weather […]

*NEWS* KING’S TOY DRIVE SUPPORTING CHILDREN BATTLING CANCER UNDERWAY AT BOROUGH HALL

KING’S TOY DRIVE SUPPORTING CHILDREN BATTLING CANCER UNDERWAY AT BOROUGH HALL Donations Accepted Weekdays through October 30, 2020 (October 1, 2020 at 12:07pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced a partnership with the King Fights Cancer Foundation to host an ongoing toy drive benefitting children battling cancer, operated by the family […]

*NEWS* FDNY JOINS QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH AT NINTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR

FDNY JOINS QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH AT NINTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR Wednesday, October 7 at 2:00PM (September 29, 2020 at 2:11pm) QUEENS, NY – The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) will join the list of more than a dozen featured employers and recruiters at the ninth installment of the “Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair,” hosted […]

*ADVISORY* BOROUGH CABINET TO BE BRIEFED ON SENIOR SERVICES AND RENT REGULATIONS

BOROUGH CABINET TO BE BRIEFED ON SENIOR SERVICES AND RENT REGULATIONS Tuesday, September 15 (September 14, 2020 at 11:30am) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear a presentation from the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) that will include an overview of the agency […]

*ADVISORY* NYC SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD

NYC SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD Monday, September 14 (September 11, 2020 at 12:14pm) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear a presentation from the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) about its efforts to help business owners cope with the […]

*NEWS* QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH CONTINUES AT EIGHTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR

QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH CONTINUES AT EIGHTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR Wednesday, September 16 at 2:00PM (September 8, 2020 at 10:26am) QUEENS, NY – The eighth installment of the “Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair,” hosted by Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, will be held on September 16th to connect Queens job seekers to available employment opportunities. […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON POSTPONEMENT OF NYC LIEN SALE

BP LEE ON POSTPONEMENT OF NYC LIEN SALE Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to the postponement of the tax lien sale that the City had scheduled for today. “It was simply inhumane and unjust to proceed with the 2020 New York City tax lien sale today. Thanks to intervention […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT LEE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO QUEENS COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCILS

BOROUGH PRESIDENT LEE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO QUEENS COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCILS QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced her appointments of seven dedicated, education-minded Queens parents to fill vacant positions across five of the borough’s seven Community Education Councils (CECs) in time for the upcoming school year.  The seven appointees will serve the […]

*NEWS* NEW PARTNERS JOIN QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH AT SEVENTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR

NEW PARTNERS JOIN QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH AT SEVENTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00PM (Tuesday, August 18 at 10:39am) QUEENS, NY – The seventh installment of the “Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair,” hosted by Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, will be held on August 26th to connect Queens job seekers to available […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON THE PASSING OF FORMER QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT CLAIRE SHULMAN

BP LEE ON THE PASSING OF FORMER QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT CLAIRE SHULMAN (August 16, 2020 at 10:39pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following about the passing of former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, who served as president from 1986 to 2002, and was the first woman ever to have served […]

*NEWS* BP LEE ANNOUNCES “FREE WEDNESDAY MOVIE NIGHTS” AT THE 2020 QUEENS DRIVE-IN

BP LEE ANNOUNCES “FREE WEDNESDAY MOVIE NIGHTS” AT THE 2020 QUEENS DRIVE-IN Family-Friendly Films in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pre-Registration Required, Social Distancing Enforced August 19 – September 30 (August 13, 2020 at 10:15am) QUEENS, NY – A Queens native’s box office blockbuster, classic kids flicks and the timely tale of a civil rights icon are […]

*NEWS* QUEENS BLASTS CON EDISON FOR DISASTROUS POWER RESTORATION POST-ISAIAS

QUEENS BLASTS CON EDISON FOR DISASTROUS POWER RESTORATION POST-ISAIAS BP Lee Calls for Full Rebate of August ConEd Bill for 73,000 Queens Customers Inequitable, Disproportionate Pace of Restoration Compound Effects of Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic Precedent for Direct Remedy for Con Edison Customers Rate Hikes in Recent Years Were to Improve Infrastructure, Safety and Reliability (August […]

*ADVISORY* QUEENS OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CON EDISON’S RESPONSE POST-ISAIAS

*ADVISORY* QUEENS OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CON EDISON’S RESPONSE POST-ISAIAS Tuesday, August 11 at 11:30AM (August 10, 2020 at 2:55pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Queens elected officials and Community Boards will gather on Tuesday, August 11 at 11:30AM at Borough Hall to discuss Con Edison’s disastrous response to Queens – over 73,000 […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON CON EDISON’S DISASTROUS RESPONSE IN QUEENS FOLLOWING TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS

BP LEE ON CON EDISON’S DISASTROUS RESPONSE IN QUEENS FOLLOWING TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS (August 7, 2020 at 2:22pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about Con Edison’s response and restoration in Queens post-Tropical Storm Isaias: “Unacceptable is an understatement. ConEd’s own published numbers indicate the company […]

*NEWS* BP LEE, QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN, PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER WELLNESS INITIATIVE

*NEWS* BP LEE, QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN, PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER WELLNESS INITIATIVE “Queens Summer Seeds 2020” Program Promotes Education and Healthy Living through Gardening (August 6, 2020 at 11:20am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee and the Queens Botanical Garden, together with key partners, today announced the launch of the “Queens Summer Seeds 2020” […]

*ADVISORY* BP LEE, QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN TO ANNOUNCE “QUEENS SUMMER SEEDS 2020”

*ADVISORY* BP LEE, QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN TO ANNOUNCE “QUEENS SUMMER SEEDS 2020” Summer Wellness Initiative to Promote Education and Healthy Living Through Gardening; Symbolize Queens’ Recovery from Tumultuous 2020 (August 5, 2020 at 4:07pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, the Queens Botanical Garden and additional key partners will announce the launch of […]

*NEWS* QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH CONTINUES WITH SIXTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR

*NEWS* QUEENS’ HIRING PUSH CONTINUES WITH SIXTH VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00PM (July 28, 2020 at 10:20am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee will host the sixth installation of her “Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair” on August 5th to connect Queens job seekers to available employment opportunities. Featured employers […]

*NEWS* TAIWANESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN NEW YORK DONATES 50,000 FACE MASKS TO QUEENS

*NEWS* TAIWANESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN NEW YORK DONATES 50,000 FACE MASKS TO QUEENS Donated PPE to be Distributed Throughout Borough of Families (June 17, 2020 at 12:09pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee this week announced a generous donation of 50,000 face masks from the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of New York […]

*NEWS* BP LEE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCILS

*NEWS* BP LEE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCILS Deadline: Friday, August 7 (July 17, 2020 at 10:30am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee is now accepting applications from dedicated and education-minded individuals interested in filling one of six vacant positions on the borough’s Community Education Councils (CECs) in time […]

*NEWS* BP LEE, 100 SUITS, CROSS-BOROUGH PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

*NEWS* BP LEE, 100 SUITS, CROSS-BOROUGH PARTNERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE 100 Suits’ “Senior Deliveries and Culinary Program” Provides Summer Jobs for Local Teens, Freshly-Prepared Meals for Queens Seniors While Sharpening Skills (July 16, 2020 at 11:30am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee and 100 Suits for 100 Men (“100 Suits”), […]

*NEWS* VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR RETURNS

*NEWS* VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR RETURNS Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00PM (July 6, 2020 at 10:28am) QUEENS, NY – New York City Health + Hospitals, ADAPT Community Network and Northwestern Mutual will join the Child Center of New York, the Council for Airport Opportunity, Queens Center for Progress, the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON BUDGET CUTS TO SENIOR SERVICES

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON BUDGET CUTS TO SENIOR SERVICES  “Queens Elders Yet Again Shafted and Disproportionately Shortchanged”“On the Backs of our Elders is More Than Our Fair Share of Pain” (June 30, 2020 at 7:40pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about the millions of dollars […]

*NEWS* BP LEE, GOYA FOODS, I.S. 61Q OF CORONA PARTNER TO FIGHT FOOD INSECURITY

*NEWS* BP LEE, GOYA FOODS, I.S. 61Q OF CORONA PARTNER TO FIGHT FOOD INSECURITY Over 1,800 Pounds of Food to be Distributed to Families in Need (June 30, 2020 at 12:58pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced a partnership with Goya Foods to donate nearly one ton of food to the […]

*NEWS* BUDDHA’S LIGHT INTERNATIONAL, FO GUANG SHAN DONATE FRESH PRODUCE, PPE THROUGHOUT QUEENS

BUDDHA’S LIGHT INTERNATIONAL, FO GUANG SHAN DONATE FRESH PRODUCE, PPE THROUGHOUT QUEENS 5,000 Pounds of Fresh Produce for Families; 19,000 pieces of PPE for Frontline Health Workers (June 18, 2020 at 1:12pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee this week announced a generous donation from the Buddha’s Light International Association, New York (BLIA) […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON SCOTUS’ DACA DECISION

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON SCOTUS’ DACA DECISION QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by blocking the Trump Administration’s “arbitrary and capricious” attempt to terminate […]

*ADVISORY* CITY AGENCIES TO BRIEF BOROUGH CABINET ON ITS REOPENING GUIDELINES

*ADVISORY* CITY AGENCIES TO BRIEF BOROUGH CABINET ON ITS REOPENING GUIDELINES Tuesday, June 16 (June 15, 2020 at 3:05pm) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear presentations from the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) and the New York City Department of […]

*ADVISORY* NYC TEST & TRACE CORPS TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD

*ADVISORY* NYC TEST & TRACE CORPS TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD Monday, June 15 (June 12, 2020 at 2:53pm) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear a presentation from the NYC Test & Trace Corps, which fights COVID-19 by helping New Yorkers receive free and easy […]

*NEWS* QUEENS TO HOLD ANNUAL PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATION

*NEWS* QUEENS TO HOLD ANNUAL PRIDE MONTH CELEBRATION Thursday, June 18 at 2:00PM (Thursday, June 11 at 11:43am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, New York City Council Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm and City Council Deputy Leader Jimmy Van Bramer together will host the annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Celebration virtually on Thursday, […]

VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR RETURNS

VIRTUAL QUEENS JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR RETURNS Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 PM (May 29, 2021 at 2:21pm) QUEENS, NY – NYC Health + Hospitals, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Queens College and Young Adult Institute (YAI) , will join the Child Center of New York, the Council for Airport Opportunity, Queens Center for Progress, the […]

*NEWS* QUEENS TO HOLD VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE CEREMONY

*NEWS* QUEENS TO HOLD VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE CEREMONY Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 AM (Tuesday, May 19 at 9:17am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz together will host a Virtual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM at www.queensbp.org from the […]

*ADVISORY* UTILITIES TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD ON COVID-19 RESPONSE AND SUMMER PREPARATIONS

*ADVISORY* UTILITIES TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD ON COVID-19 RESPONSE AND SUMMER PREPARATIONS Monday, May 18 QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear presentations from National Grid and Con Edison regarding their operations and their ability to continue serving Queens residents and businesses during the COVID-19 […]

*NEWS* QUEENS VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR RETURNS

*NEWS* QUEENS VIRTUAL JOBS RECRUITMENT FAIR RETURNS Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00 PM (May 8, 2020 at 10:04am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, the Child Center for New York, Council for Airport Opportunity, Queens Center for Progress, U.S. Census Bureau, Watch Guard 24/7 and Workforce1 today announced a second “Virtual Queens […]

*NEWS* QUEENS ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF INITIATIVE WITH FRESHDIRECT TO HELP STEM FOOD INSECURITY

*NEWS* QUEENS ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF INITIATIVE WITH FRESHDIRECT TO HELP STEM FOOD INSECURITY Grocery Boxes, Beverages for Two Additional Months to Aid Families in Need (April 26, 2020 at 1:39pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced a two-month extension to Queens’ partnership with FreshDirect’s citywide initiative — dubbed “Operation 5-Borough Food […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON CANCELLATION OF JUNE 23 SPECIAL ELECTION

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON CANCELLATION OF JUNE 23 SPECIAL ELECTION (April 24, 2020 at 8:06pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about the cancellation of the June 23, 2020 Special Election for Queens Borough President: “This is an extraordinary time. The Borough President’s Office, however, remains […]

*NEWS* QUEENS ANNOUNCES FURTHER EXTENSION OF “FUEL THE FRONTLINES” INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT WORKERS

*NEWS* QUEENS ANNOUNCES FURTHER EXTENSION OF “FUEL THE FRONTLINES” INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT WORKERS Meals Prepared by Small Businesses for Queens’ Nine Hospitals, First Responders, MTA Bus Operators (April 24, 2020 at 1:59pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced a second extension and expansion of “Fuel the Frontlines,” the joint initiative in partnership […]

*NEWS* QUEENS TO HOLD VIRTUAL INTERFAITH VIGIL

*NEWS* QUEENS TO HOLD VIRTUAL INTERFAITH VIGIL Tuesday, April 21 (April 20, 2020 at 12:21pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, in partnership with faith leaders and elected officials, will hold a Queens Virtual Interfaith Vigil for the thousands of lives lost in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the frontline […]

*ADVISORY* AGING, EDUCATION, SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH CABINET

*ADVISORY* AGING, EDUCATION, SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH CABINET Tuesday, April 21 (April 20, 2020 at 11:05am) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear presentations from the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and […]

*ADVISORY* DOHMH, CENSUS BUREAU TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD

*ADVISORY* DOHMH, CENSUS BUREAU TO BRIEF QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD Monday, April 20 (April 17, 2020 at 12:53pm) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hear a presentation from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) on the City’s response and priorities for Queens, […]

*NEWS* JOB RECRUITMENT FAIR IN PANDEMIC EPICENTER TO CONNECT JOB SEEKERS, EMPLOYERS

*NEWS* JOB RECRUITMENT FAIR IN PANDEMIC EPICENTER TO CONNECT JOB SEEKERS Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (April 17, 2020 at 10:54am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, the Council for Airport Opportunity, the New York State Police Department, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Workforce1 today announced an upcoming “Queens Virtual Recruitment Fair” to […]

RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS IMPACTED BY COVID-19 (Posted to social media: April 6, 2020 at 11:20am) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, resources are available for cultural organizations, artists, musicians and more. Visit https://queensbp.org/covid-19-resources-for-artists/ for more information on how to access critical grants, emergency funding, relief programs and other resources.

BP LEE ON CENSUS DAY 2020

BP LEE ON CENSUS DAY 2020 (Posted to social media: April 1, 2020 at 11:09am) “Only takes a few minutes. If you #StayAtHome, fill it out with your kids. Numbers matter, more than ever. Let’s get counted and secure our fair share.” – BP Sharon Lee  my2020census.gov #CensusDay2020 #GetCountedNYC

QUEENS THANKS UFT AND CSA LOCAL 1 EDUCATORS AND TEAMSTERS LOCAL 237 MEMBERS

QUEENS THANKS UFT AND CSA LOCAL 1 EDUCATORS AND TEAMSTERS LOCAL 237 MEMBERS (Posted to social media: April 1, 2020 at 9:00am) Queens is grateful to UFT and Council of School Supervisors & Administrators educators and Teamsters Local 237 for working through spring break, keeping our kids and families home, safe, fed, engaged and learning. #In4OurKids#CountOnUs#NewYorkTough#FlattenTheCurveTogether#QueensStrong

*NEWS* BP LEE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPOINTMENTS FOR 2020

BP LEE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPOINTMENTS FOR 2020 (March 30, 2020 at 3:52pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced that the term for 2020 Queens Community Board appointees will now begin on May 31, 2020, instead of April 1, and last through March 31, 2022.  Current Community Board members whose terms expire […]

BP LEE ON MUSEUM AND CULTURAL INSTITUTION RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES

BP LEE ON MUSEUM AND CULTURAL INSTITUTION RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES (Posted to social media: March 30, 2020 at 12:13pm) To Queens parents here in the Borough of Families: your kids can now virtually enjoy #Queens’ own New York Hall of Science, from DIY science projects to interactive, educational comic books. Visit https://nysci.org/home/nysci-home-resources/ while you #StayAtHome Your kids can […]

QUEENS SAYS “THANK YOU” TO THE HEROES AT NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS/ELMHURST

QUEENS SAYS “THANK YOU” TO THE HEROES AT NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS/ELMHURST (Posted to social media: Friday, March 27 at 5:56pm) “Deeply grateful for every single minute of life you’ve saved.” – BP Sharon Lee#ElmhurstHospital #QueensStrong Thanks also to the anonymous New Yorkers who expressed their gratitude with this sign of appreciation today.

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON POTUS’ DOUBT ABOUT NEW YORK’S URGENT NEED FOR VENTILATORS

BP LEE ON POTUS’ DOUBT ABOUT NEW YORK’S URGENT NEED FOR VENTILATORS (March 27, 2020 at 10:59am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about the comment made by the President of the United States about the need for ventilators: “Just how many deaths must we suffer […]

*NEWS* QUEENS LAUNCHES “FUEL THE FRONTLINES” INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT WORKERS

QUEENS LAUNCHES “FUEL THE FRONTLINES” INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT WORKERS Local Entrepreneurs to Prepare Thousands of Meals for Workers at Queens’ Nine Hospitals (March 26, 2020 at 5:57pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) and the Queens Night Market today announced a “Fuel the Frontlines” joint initiative in […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE ON RISE IN COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS AT NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS/ELMHURST

BP LEE ON RISE IN COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS AT NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS/ELMHURST (March 25, 2020 at 9:13pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following in response to questions about the latest rise in COVID-19 related deaths, particularly the 13 deaths within a 24-hour period at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst: “NYC […]

BP LEE ON CONTINUING TO #STAYATHOME TO SUPPORT FRONTLINE WORKERS

BP LEE ON CALL TO #STAYATHOME TO SUPPORT FRONTLINE WORKERS (Posted to social media: March 25, 2020 at 9:43am) ***PLEASE SHARE WIDELY*** “Let’s do our part and #StayAtHome. We can make a bigger impact against the curve if we act together and act now. Frontline workers + medical professionals are working around the clock to stem […]

BP LEE SAYS #STAYATHOME TO PROTECT FRONTLINE WORKERS

BP LEE SAYS #STAYATHOME TO PROTECT FRONTLINE WORKERS (Posted to social media: March 24, 2020 at 8:21am) “Let’s do our part. We can make a bigger impact against the curve if we act together and act now. Frontline workers and medical professionals are working around the clock to stem the tide. #StayAtHome and help bend the curve […]

*NEWS* FRESHDIRECT LAUNCHES FOOD INITIATIVE TO AID FAMILIES IN NEED

FRESHDIRECT LAUNCHES FOOD INITIATIVE TO AID FAMILIES IN NEED Donates 400 Grocery Boxes per Day to Queens for Four Weeks (March 24, 2020 at 11:45am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee announced today a partnership with FreshDirect’s citywide initiative — dubbed “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive” — to help keep Queens residents and […]

BP LEE ON COMPLETING THE 2020 CENSUS

BP LEE ON COMPLETING THE 2020 CENSUS (Posted to social media: March 23, 2020 at 4:34pm) “Social distancing doesn’t mean #Census invisibility. As you #StayAtHome to #FlattenTheCurve of #COVID19, take a moment to fill out the Census at www.my2020census.gov. Numbers matter.” – BP Sharon Lee

*NEWS* QUEENS COLLEGE MAKES SWIFT DONATION OF MASKS, GLOVES, SUPPLIES TO BATTLE COVID-19

QUEENS COLLEGE MAKES SWIFT DONATION OF MASKS, GLOVES, SUPPLIES TO BATTLE COVID-19 (March 22, 2020 at 9:36am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today lauded a swiftly collected donation of various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies by Queens College’s School of Mathematics and Sciences, including N-95 masks, 30 unopened cases of […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE, DA KATZ MESSAGE TO SURVIVORS DURING “STAY AT HOME” URGE

BP LEE, DA KATZ MESSAGE TO SURVIVORS DURING “STAY AT HOME” URGE Help Remains Available for Victims and Survivors (March 20, 2020 at 3:05pm) QUEENS, NY – Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee affirmed the borough’s unwavering commitment to protecting and serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child and […]

BP LEE ON #STAYATHOME RECOMMENDATION FOR NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS

BP LEE ON #STAYATHOME RECOMMENDATION FOR NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS (Posted to social media: March 20, 2020 at 11:07am) “Stay calm and nimble. Stay ahead of the curve. If you haven’t already, I urge everyone in #Queens to exercise #StayAtHome aka ‘The SF Model’ ASAP if you are not an essential worker. “Government and frontline workers have been working around the […]

BP LEE ON THE NEEDED ACTIVATION OF THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT

BP LEE ON THE NEEDED ACTIVATION OF THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT (Posted to social media: March 19, 2020 at 1:30pm) “#Queens urges President Donald J. Trump to activate the Defense Production Act immediately in anticipation of the projected Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage. Time is a luxury we cannot afford.”- BP Sharon Lee

*STATEMENT* BP LEE CONDEMNS THE TERM “CHINESE VIRUS”

BP LEE CONDEMNS THE TERM “CHINESE VIRUS” (March 18, 2020 at 3:58pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee — the first borough president of Asian descent in the City of New York — stated the following in response to questions about the racist term “Chinese Virus” when referencing COVID-19: “‘Chinese virus’ is a deeply […]

*NEWS* BP LEE ALLOCATES $1M TO UPGRADE FDNY DECONTAMINATION CENTER IN CORONA, QUEENS

BP LEE ALLOCATES $1M TO UPGRADE FDNY DECONTAMINATION CENTER IN CORONA, QUEENS Investment Into Health of and “More Birthdays” for First Responders and their Families (March 17, 2020 at 1:20pm) QUEENS, NY – The sole FDNY Decontamination Specialization Unit in the city — located in Corona, Queens — cleaned more than 47,000 pieces of contaminated […]

*STATEMENT* BP LEE URGES ALL FAMILIES TO KEEP CHILDREN HOME AWAY FROM SCHOOL THIS WEEK

BP LEE URGES ALL FAMILIES TO KEEP CHILDREN HOME AWAY FROM SCHOOL THIS WEEK (March 15, 2020 at 10:41am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following regarding New York City public schools and the fast-developing situation with COVID-19. “I strongly urge all Queens families, in no uncertain terms, to keep all […]

*NEWS* QUEENS BOROUGH HALL TO OPEN 2020 CENSUS RESOURCE ASSISTANCE CENTER

QUEENS BOROUGH HALL TO OPEN 2020 CENSUS RESOURCE ASSISTANCE CENTER Center Opens March 5; 2020 Census Count Begins March 12BP Lee Also Accepting Applications for State-Funded Census Outreach Efforts (March 2, 2020 at 1:27pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Borough President Sharon Lee today announced the 2020 Census Resource Assistance Center at Queens Borough Hall will […]

*NEWS* QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD ISSUES RESPONSE TO MAYOR’S FY2021 PRELIMINARY BUDGET

QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD ISSUES RESPONSE TO MAYOR’S FY2021 PRELIMINARY BUDGET BP Lee Urges Parity and “Fairer Share” for Queens Schools, Seniors, Hospitals (March 2, 2020 at 11:57am) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, issued its response to the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2021 Preliminary Budget — as voted […]

*ADVISORY* QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD TO VOTE ON FY21 BUDGET PRIORITIES

QUEENS BOROUGH BOARD TO VOTE ON FY21 BUDGET PRIORITIES Monday, February 24 (Feb. 21, 2020 at 11:23am) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will deliberate and vote on its package of budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). The priorities were developed largely from input received during […]

*ADVISORY* LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING

LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING Thursday, February 20 (Feb. 18, 2020 at 2:43pm) QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee will hold a regular Public Hearing on Land Use. The agenda includes: Items 1 and 2 are related 1. Application submitted by Tuchman Associates, LLC, for an amendment of the Zoning Map by changing from […]

*NEWS* QUEENS WEEK OF SERVICE

QUEENS WEEK OF SERVICE February 10-17, 2020 (Feb. 4, 2020 at 9:48am) QUEENS, NY – The 14 Queens Community Boards and Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee will hold a boroughwide “Queens Week of Service” between February 10-17, 2020. “A true hallmark of our borough is the volunteerism and generosity so many Queens families exercise […]

*NEWS* QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARD APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED New Deadline: Friday, March 13 (Feb. 4, 2020 at 9:53am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Borough President Sharon Lee today announced an extension to the application deadline for qualified and civic-minded individuals interested in serving on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in […]

*ADVISORY* PUBLIC HEARING ON QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES

PUBLIC HEARING ON QUEENS BUDGET PRIORITIES Wednesday, January 29 (Jan. 21, 2020 at 11:48am) QUEENS, NY – The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, will hold a public hearing on the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2021 Preliminary Expense and Capital Budget on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, beginning at 10:00 AM at Queens […]

*NEWS* QUEENS BOROUGH HALL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON COMMUNITY BOARDS

QUEENS BOROUGH HALL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON COMMUNITY BOARDS Deadline: Friday, January 31 (Jan. 10, 2020 at 11:21am) QUEENS, NY – Acting Borough President Sharon Lee is accepting applications from qualified and civic-minded individuals interested in serving on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land […]

*ADVISORY* QUEENS TO UNVEIL NEW VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL IN ELMHURST PARK

QUEENS TO UNVEIL NEW VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL IN ELMHURST PARK Friday, December 20 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and NYC Parks will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park on Friday, December 20 at 10:00 AM. Built on the northwest corner of Elmhurst Park, the […]

*NEWS* ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY AT BOROUGH HALL

ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY AT BOROUGH HALL Donated Items Accepted Through December 18th for Children in Need QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced today the start of her annual Holiday Toy Drive at Queens Borough Hall for children in need. From now through Wednesday, December 18th, Queens residents are encouraged to donate […]

*STATEMENT* BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE NEW QUEENSBORO FOOTBALL CLUB

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE NEW QUEENSBORO FOOTBALL CLUB QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the establishment of the “Queensboro Football Club” (“QBFC”), a professional men’s soccer franchise in Queens through the United Soccer League: “The deep, diverse fanbase here in Queens has long desired a professional soccer team […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE CEREMONY

Thursday, November 7 at Queens Borough Hall QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will host her annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony on Thursday, November 7th at 11:00 AM inside the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall. More veterans call Queens home than any other borough, and the ceremony will salute the more […]

QUEENS TO HOLD RESOURCE FAIR IN HONOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Tuesday, October 29 at Queens Borough Hall QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz — along with the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and the Queens District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau — will mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October with “A Healthy Families Resource Fair” on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 from […]

BP KATZ ANNOUNCES SENIOR APPRECIATION MONTH MUSICAL LUNCHEON

Tuesday, September 24 at Queens Borough Hall QUEENS, NY – September is Senior Appreciation Month, and Borough President Katz will celebrate the occasion by hosting a Senior Appreciation Month Musical Luncheon on Tuesday, September 24th in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall. The luncheon is free and open to the public. Doors […]

BP KATZ TO CO-SPONSOR FREE OPIOID OVERDOSE RESPONSE TRAINING

Thursday, September 26 QUEENS, NY – As part of National Recovery Month, Borough President Melinda Katz will join NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) in sponsoring an event to train members of the public on how they can save the lives of people suffering from […]

OPEN CALL FOR NEXT QUEENS POET LAUREATE

Application Deadline Extended Until Sept. 20 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the deadline to apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate is extended until Friday, September 20, 2019. The Borough President, in partnership with Queens Public Library and Queens College, is conducting an open call to fill the post of […]

BP KATZ, NYIC ANNOUNCE QUEENS TOWN HALL ON “PUBLIC CHARGE” RULE

Tuesday, September 17 at Queens Borough Hall QUEENS, NY – In the wake of the federal government’s latest attack on immigrant families and move to restrict legal immigration, Borough President Katz and the New York Immigration Coalition announced an upcoming Queens Town Hall on the new “Public Charge” rule, to take place on Tuesday, September […]

STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF 32BJ SEIU PRESIDENT HECTOR FIGUEROA

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the passing of 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa. “Hector Figueroa was a leader and a true champion of the rights of workers both in our city and our country. A lion of the labor movement, he was humble,  yet unapologetic when it came to […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 2019 “KATZ CONCERT SERIES”

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Throughout Queens QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College and NYC Parks, announced the full schedule of the fifth annual “Katz Concert Series,” a slate of free outdoor concerts taking place this summer in various locations throughout Queens. “Summers […]

STATEMENT ON SCOTUS DECISION TO BLOCK CITIZENSHIP QUESTION FROM 2020 CENSUS

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block the federal government from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. “Queens maintains the citizenship question is discriminatory, especially as it was designed to weaponize the Census in order to dilute resources, […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ RECOMMENDS DISAPPROVAL OF CITY’S CURRENT BOROUGH-BASED JAIL PROPOSAL

Reiterates Strong Support for Closing Rikers, Reform and Borough-Based Jails QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz today issued her recommendations to disapprove the four related Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) applications in connection with the city’s proposed borough-based jail at 126-02 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens. In her recommendations, Borough President Katz […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $65M FOR FY20 TO QUEENS CAPITAL PROJECTS

Allocations Reflect Continuous Commitment to Strengthen Borough’s Infrastructure QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today unveiled her $65 million in Fiscal Year 2020 discretionary fund allocations for important constructions, renovations and upgrades across 80 capital projects throughout Queens. The $65 million – part of the $92.8 billion FY20 budget agreement reached by the Mayor and […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST 2019 “ONLY IN QUEENS SUMMER FESTIVAL” FEATURING FREE CAPITAL ONE CITY PARKS FOUNDATION SummerStage CONCERT STARRING SHEILA E., MUSIQ SOULCHILD, and KRANIUM

Sunday, June 23 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park QUEENS, NY – The legendary musician Sheila E. will headline the free admission Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage concert to be held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park as the featured event of Borough President Katz’s upcoming “Only in Queens Summer Festival.” The free admission festival will […]

QUEENS KICKS OFF PRIDE MONTH WITH FLAG INSTALLATION IN FRONT OF BOROUGH HALL

In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall QUEENS, NY –Borough President Melinda Katz, in conjunction with Queens Pride, commissioned the first-ever installation of Pride flags in front of Queens Borough Hall on the eve of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. The Pride flag represents the LGBTQIA+ movement and will remain on display throughout the month of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON THE PASSING OF QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICHARD A. BROWN

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the passing of Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown: “The Borough of Queens mourns the loss of a lifelong public servant. We reflect on and honor Judge Brown’s extraordinary devotion and distinguished service to the people of Queens. I will forever and fondly […]

OPEN CALL FOR NEXT QUEENS POET LAUREATE

Accepting Applications April 29 – May 31 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with Queens Public Library and Queens College, today announced the launch of an open call for applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate, a prestigious position charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough. The […]

ON THE SUDDEN PASSING OF MICHAEL KATZ

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the sudden passing last night of her eldest brother, Michael Katz, at age 66: “Our family has lost our eldest brother who was full of life, energy and love. Words cannot express the deep grief of his unexpected passing. Thank you for respecting […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES QUEENS JOB FAIR FOR 2020 CENSUS

Wednesday, May 1 QUEENS, NY – One year before the 2020 Census count begins, Borough President Melinda Katz and the U.S. Census Bureau today announced they will hold a job fair at Queens Borough Hall on May 1st to help recruit workers to assist with the 2020 Census count.  The upcoming job fair is just one of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES 345 APPOINTMENTS TO QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

Lauds Those Who Have Made Commitment to Serve QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the appointments of 345 individuals to serve on their respective Community Boards. Of the 345 appointees, 77 are first time members who have never before served on a Community Board but have demonstrated both an understanding of the […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES SENIOR STAFF APPOINTMENTS

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES SENIOR STAFF APPOINTMENTS (February 22, 2019) QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced appointments to her senior leadership team: Shurn Anderson as Director of Economic Development, Brent Weitzberg as Director of Health & Human Services and Seniors, and Anayeli Gomez-Brittain as Policy Advisor to the Borough President. “Shurn, Brent and […]

STATEMENT ON AMAZON’S WITHDRAWAL OF HQ2 PLAN

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to Amazon’s announcement that it is withdrawing plans to build its second headquarters in Long Island City. “We all want jobs to come to Queens, and Amazon used the promise of job creation to extract major concessions for this project. But after last […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON FATAL SHOOTING OF AN NYPD DETECTIVE IN RICHMOND HILL

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the shooting death of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen and the wounding of an NYPD sergeant while responding to an armed robbery tonight near Atlantic Avenue and 121st Street in Richmond Hill: “The heart of Queens is with the wife and family of […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION: FEBRUARY 26

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and the African American Heritage Committee will host their annual Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, February 26th, replete with cultural performances, academic scholarship awards, honors for civic-minded community members and more. “Black history is American history, and Black History Month is an important recognition of countless groundbreaking […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ: “FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF QUEENS”

Pledges to Boycott Potential Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Shortchanged Borough Ranks First in School Overcrowding, Last in Funding Affirms Support for Closing Rikers, Calls Upon City to “Start Anew” on Proposed Queens Jail to Ensure Community Input First Boroughwide Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Open This Year QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz delivered […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

Deadline: Friday, February 8 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications from qualified and civic-minded individuals who are interested in serving on one of the borough’s 14 Community Boards, which play an important advisory role in considering land use and zoning matters in their respective districts. The Boards also hold hearings and […]

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY AT BOROUGH HALL

2018 HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY AT BOROUGH HALL Donated Items Accepted Through December 20, 2018 for Families in Need QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced today the start of her Holiday Toy Drive at Queens Borough Hall for families in need. Queens residents are encouraged to donate new toys and board games for children […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ APPOINTS PAULINE HEALY TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz is pleased to announce her appointment of attorney Pauline Healy to the Queens Library Board of Trustees. A resident of Douglaston, Queens, Ms. Healy has served as Director of Agency Standards of the Melville, NY office of the New York Life Insurance Company since May 2015. In this […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ: “AMAZON SHOULD HELP PAY FOR QBX”

BP Katz Calls Upon Amazon to Help Pay for Construction of BQX with “Fair Fares” and Free Subway/Bus Transfers Also Urges Enhanced Service at Both LIRR Stations in LIC, New Municipal Parking QUEENS, NY  –  In light of the New York City Council’s upcoming series of hearings, Borough President Melinda Katz, former Chair of the […]

QUEENS BREAKS GROUND ON NEW VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York City Parks Department, Queens veterans, elected officials and community leaders together broke ground today on the Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the first boroughwide memorial to honor all Queens residents who were either killed in action while serving in the Vietnam War, or served in the […]

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ STATEMENT ON AMAZON

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the announcement today that Amazon will establish a new headquarters in Long Island City: “Long Island City – New York’s emerging tech hub – is ‘primed’ for Amazon. Amazon is a timely fit for the borough, given the Tech Plan we commissioned […]

BP KATZ NAMES SHARON LEE AS INCOMING DEPUTY BOROUGH PRESIDENT

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the appointment of Sharon Lee as Deputy Borough President, effective November 17. Lee will succeed Deputy Borough President Melva Miller. “Sharon has been a trusted member of my senior leadership team for years and I could not think of a more prepared or knowledgeable person to […]

BP KATZ ANNOUNCES QUEENS TOWN HALL ON 2020 U.S. CENSUS

Tuesday, November 13  QUEENS, NY — Considering the consequences that could come with a possible census undercount, Borough President Melinda Katz will host a borough-wide Town Hall on Tuesday, November 13th to begin preparing the borough of nearly 2.4 million people for the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census, and the challenges presented by potential new measures […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ NAMES PHIL BALLMAN AS DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Katz today announced the appointment of Phil Ballman as the Borough President’s Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism. “Phil is a valuable addition to our team here at Borough Hall,” said Borough President KATZ. “Mr. Ballman has extensive experience as a live event producer, arts programmer and project manager and […]

QUEENS CONTINUES CONVICTION SEALING WORKSHOPS IN OCTOBER

October 24 – 26, 2018 QUEENS, NY – To mark the one-year anniversary of New York’s conviction sealing law as well as following up on the success of the first series in August, Borough President Melinda Katz and The Legal Aid Society will partner to host another series of “Know Your Rights Week: Closing Cases, […]

QUEENS WORKSHOP ON SURVIVING PARTNER VIOLENCE & ABUSE

Friday, October 12 QUEENS, NY – In conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Borough President Melinda Katz and the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence today announced an upcoming public workshop on “Surviving Partner Violence & Abuse” on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Queens Family […]

STATEMENT ON STATE’S DELAY IN RELEASING STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, a New York City public school parent, stated the following in response to the New York State Education Department’s prolonged delay in releasing standardized test scores to elementary and middle school students and their parents: “Junior high and high school open houses have now begun. For those applying, […]

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WEEK: CLOSING CASES, OPENING DOORS

August 6-10, 2018 QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and the Legal Aid Society announced details of their upcoming “Know Your Rights Week: Closing Cases, Opening Doors”, a week-long series of public legal workshops between August 6-10 in various neighborhoods throughout Queens. Participants can access free, confidential advice from lawyers on ways to alleviate […]

QUEENS UNVEILS TECH ZONE STRATEGIC PLAN

Roadmap for Equitable Job Growth in NYC’s Future Tech Hub  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, the Western Queens Tech Task Force, Coalition for Queens and HR&A Advisors today unveiled the long-anticipated Western Queens Tech Zone Strategic Plan (“Tech Plan”) – entitled Live, Work, Create: A Roadmap for Equitable Growth of the Western Queens […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON SCOTUS DECISION TO UPHOLD PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the United State Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban, and encouraged the public to make use of the Queens Immigration Resource Fair this Thursday: “The Supreme Court has been on the wrong side of history before, and history […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR THE 2018 “KATZ CONCERT SERIES”

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Throughout Queens QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts and NYC Parks, today announced the full schedule of the fourth annual “Katz Concert Series”, a slate of free outdoor concerts scheduled this summer at various locations throughout Queens. “Summers are all about […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ALLOCATES $12 MILLION TO QUEENS’ PUBLIC PARKS

Upgrades to Enhance Parks for Queens Residents and Visitors QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $12.1 million of her Fiscal Year 2019 discretionary capital funds for important construction, renovations and upgrades across 10 public parks in Queens. Queens is the largest borough of five in the City of New York […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON LOCATION REVEAL OF FINAL CONCERT ON PAUL SIMON’S FAREWELL TOUR

“Thrilled Paul Simon is Coming Home, But City Should Make Historic Concert Free to Public” QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the announcement that legendary artist Paul Simon’s final concert of his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” will take place on September 22 in Flushing Meadows Corona […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON LATEST DEVELOPMENTS TOWARD LEGALIZING MARIJUANA

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the latest developments toward the decriminalization, legalization and regulation of marijuana. The New York State Health Department announced yesterday that its study commissioned by Governor Andrew Cuomo six months ago will recommend the state legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. The Department also […]

“KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WEEK” FOR IMMIGRANTS: JUNE 25-29

Free Informational Workshops and Confidential Legal Advice Five Events in Five Neighborhoods QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz and her Immigration Task Force announced details of their upcoming “Know Your Rights Week”, a series of free informational workshops and confidential legal clinics for immigrants in various neighborhoods between June 25-29, 2018 throughout Queens, where […]

BP KATZ ON CITY’S SUDDEN PLANS TO CLOSE A THIRD OF THE MOST POPULAR ROCKAWAY BEACHES

City Plans to Shut Down a Third of Beaches Most Visited by Tourists to the Rockaway Peninsula  QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to the City’s sudden plans to close 12 blocks of the Rockaway Beaches indefinitely and effective this weekend due to erosion: “The City’s immediate plans for […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ANNOUNCES 331 APPOINTMENTS TO QUEENS COMMUNITY BOARDS

Maintains Healthy Balance of Experience and New Voices QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the appointments of 331 individuals to serve two-year terms on their respective Community Boards. Of the 331 appointees, 62 are first-time members who have never before served on a Community Board but have demonstrated both an understanding of […]

OFFICIALS TO MTA: RESTORE ORIGINAL “FREEDOM TICKET” PLAN

Electeds Say Eliminating Proposed Discounted LIRR Fare Between Southeast Queens and Penn Station Renders Freedom Ticket Pilot “Inferior” and “Set Up For Failure” QUEENS, NY – In advance of the upcoming Board Meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks, Senators Leroy Comrie and James Sanders, Assemblymember Alicia […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ APPOINTS GEORGE RUSSO TO QUEENS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz is pleased to announce her appointment of Ozone Park resident George Russo to the Queens Library Board of Trustees. As a long-time community activist in Queens, Mr. Russo has been an active member of Queens Community Board 10 (which serves the South Queens communities of Ozone Park, South […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON PEP VOTE DENYING PROPOSED SCHOOL CLOSURES IN FAR ROCKAWAY

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about the decision by the New York City Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) this morning on the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE’s) proposed school closures of P.S./M.S. 42 and M.S. 53 in Far Rockaway, which were voted down by […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ TO HOST ANNUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION & PHOTO CONTEST

QUEENS, NY – As Queens prepares to celebrate Lunar New Year, Borough President Melinda Katz will again host a Lunar New Year Celebration & Photo Contest at Queens Borough Hall to ring in the upcoming Year of the Dog. This year’s Photo Contest invites the public to submit photos under the theme, “What Lunar New […]

BOROUGH PRESIDENT KATZ ON NEW WILLETS POINT AGREEMENT

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about an agreement reached this week with the Queens Development Group on Phase 1 of Willets Point; the agreement includes the construction of 1,100 affordable apartments (including 221 for low-income seniors) and a brand new 450-seat public elementary school: “The City […]