Queens Lawmakers On The Move Nov. 14, 2017

Queens County City Council News

Dromm Honors Church’s 465th Anniversary

City Council Member Daniel Dromm/via Facebook

City Council Member Daniel “Danny” Dromm (D-East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights) this past weekend presented a citation to the Rev. Dr. Annette Westermark, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown and Marjorie Melikian, church historian, on the occasion of the church’s 365th anniversary.

The church, which English settlers founded in 1652, has provided continuous services to the Elmhurst community except for three years when the British controlled the area during the American Revolution.

Pastor Annette spoke of the church’s early roots and noted that the settlers came to what was then called Newtown and is now called Elmhurst to escape religious persecution in England.  She also spoke about the importance of having faith in our lives. Ms. Melikian gave a detailed history of the church.

Dromm thanked the congregation for being such a warm and welcoming place for all.  “Elmhurst,” he said, “is full of historically significant places and I encourage everyone to learn more about its role in the struggle for American freedom.”

Avella Co-Hosts Forum On Cimate & Community Protection Act

State Sen. Tony Avella

State Senator Tony Avella (D-College Park, Kissena Park, Fresh Meadows, Bayside, White Stone Little Neck) today will co-hosting a Joint Public Forum with CUNY School of Law, and the Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) on the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA).

Avella is the sponsor ofS6617A, which would enact the CCPA in New York State.

This Public Forum is meant to provide a platform for discussion on all of the aspects of the CCPA including the scientific foundation, and its economic, public health, environmental justice, and labor implications.

In addition, Avella welcomes the discussion of other related topics including changes to the bill text and potential issues with the implementation of climate change legislation.

The forum is slated for 10 a.m., today, Nov. 14 at the CUNY School of Law- 2 Ct Square W, Long Island City. The Public Forum will also be available via live stream at the following link: https://youtu.be/FidAFqyI8bc.

Amato Organizes Far Rockaway Community Cleanup

Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato

This past week, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Far Rockaway) organized a community cleanup of a formerly neglected street corner in Far Rockaway.

The cleanup employed specialized graffiti cleanup crews of the NYPD 101st Precinct and volunteers from the 101st Precinct Community Council and Harmony Services, an Orthodox Jewish community-based group that helps mentally handicapped adults get involved with their communities.

“When you clean graffiti from a site like this, it really helps an area restore pride and get back on its feet,” said Pheffer Amato. “Community members benefit, bridges get built between police and citizens, and the wonderful work of Harmony Services is moved forward.  It was a great community mitzvah to do with everyone.  I want to thank the 101st Precinct Community Council, Shmuel Russell, Victor Boamah, the officers of the 101st Precinct and all of our volunteers!”

Peralta To Distribute Turkeys Today

State Senator Jose Peralta

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside) and Woodside on the Move, alongside several co-sponsors and community-based organizations today will distribute more than 700 turkeys to local-based organizations, senior and day care centers, and schools in time for the Thanksgiving Day celebration.

This is the Senator’s seventh annual Turkey Drive.

The free turkey givaway is slated for 11 a.m., today, Nov. 14 at Peralta’s District Office, 32-37 Junction Boulevard, East Elmhurst.

Koo Delivers On Kissena Park Equipment

City Council Member Peter Koo/via Facebook

City Council Member Peter Koo        (D- Bayside, College Point, Flushing, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Fresh Meadows, Whitestone) today will join the NYC Parks Department to unveil a new Toolcat that will be used to maintain the perimeters and pathways of Kissena Park and Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing.

Koo provided $70,000  in capital discretionary funding to purchase the snow removal equipment in Fiscal Year 2017.

The unveiling of the new park equipment is slated for 1 p.m.,today at Kissena Park, Oak Avenue and 164th Street in Flushing.