Weeklong series of community events begins Monday, February 26

(February 20, 2024 at 10am)

QUEENS, NY – In service to the mission of better connecting borough families to the services and resources of his office, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards today announced the fourth iteration of his popular “Borough Hall on Your Block” initiative will be held in Central Queens from Monday, February 26 to Saturday, March 2.

The weeklong initiative will bring a wide range of public events to Community Districts 6 and 9 — covering Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park — including a town hall meeting, a job fair, an immigrant resource fair, capital funding announcements, a youth opportunities mixer and mobile office hours hosted by the Borough President’s Constituent Services department.

“Borough Hall on Your Block is all about meeting families where they live and bringing both my office’s services and capital investment right to their community. To that end, my team and I are excited to spend all next week in Central Queens as our Borough Hall on Your Block initiative rolls on,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “I look forward to building bridges and uplifting our neighbors throughout what I know will be a fruitful and successful week of programming.”

Borough President Richards first announced the Borough Hall on Your Block series during his June 2022 State of the Borough address. He successfully hosted the inaugural iteration of Borough Hall on Your Block in Southeast Queens in August 2022, followed by Borough Hall on Your Block: Western Queens in February 2023 and Borough Hall on Your Block: Northwest Queens in August 2023.

As with the prior three programs, the goal of “Borough Hall on Your Block: Central Queens” is to directly connect area families with not only the government services they need, but the individualized attention they deserve from Borough President Richards and his staff.

The calendar of public events scheduled for “Borough Hall on Your Block: Central Queens,” subject to change, includes:

Monday, February 26

  • Borough President Richards visits Commonpoint Queens’ Central Queens Adult and Older Adult Center and announces $325,000 in funding for senior services across the borough.
    • Time: 12pm
    • Location: Central Queens Adult and Older Adult Center, 67-09 108th Street in Forest Hills.

Tuesday, February 27

  • Press conference announcing Borough President Richards’ allocation of $1 million in capital funding for needed renovations at Queens Community House’s Forest Hills Community Center.
    • Time: 10am
    • Location: Forest Hills Community Center, 108-25 62nd Drive in Forest Hills.

Wednesday, February 28

  • Central Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair, connecting area job seekers with a wide array of employers looking to hire Queens residents today.
    • Time: 2pm to 6pm
    • Location: Plaza College, student commons, 118-33 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.

Thursday, February 29

  • Press conference announcing Borough President Richards’ allocation of $3 million in capital funding for the acquisition of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s first linear accelerator — a state-of-the-art cancer treatment machine — followed by a tour of the hospital’s standalone cancer center, which is slated for a Spring 2024 opening.
    • Time: 10am
    • Location: Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, 8900 Van Wyck Expressway in Richmond Hill.
  • Central Queens Town Hall, featuring various city agencies as part of a community conversation about local quality-of-life issues.
    • Time: 6pm to 8pm
    • Location: Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens.

Friday, March 1

  • Borough President Richards’ Constituent Services department hosts mobile office hours.
    • Time: 11am to 3pm
    • Chhaya Community Development Corporation, 121-18 Liberty Avenue, 2nd Floor, in Richmond Hill.
  • Youth Opportunities Fair and Mixer, connecting Queens teens with summer youth employment resources, volunteering and internship opportunities and more.
    • Time: 11am to 4pm
    • Location: Richmond Hill High School, 89-30 114th Street in Richmond Hill.
  • Press conference announcing Borough President Richards’ allocation of $3 million in capital funding for the reconstruction of the basketball and handball courts at Phil Rizzuto Park.
    • Time: 12pm
    • Location: Phil Rizzuto Park, corner of 95th Avenue and 127th Street in South Richmond Hill.

Saturday, March 2

  • Immigrant Resource Fair, connecting Central Queens’ immigrant communities with a wide array of critical services such as legal consultations, IDNYC appointments, health insurance, job training and more.
  • Time: 10am to 1pm
  • Location: River Fund, 89-11 Lefferts Boulevard in Richmond Hill.

Members of the public interested in attending one or more of the events outlined above can register by visiting www.queensbp.org/rsvp.

Members of the media who wish to attend either of the press conferences or any other public-facing event are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 718-286-2640.

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