Queens Lawmakers On The Move Sept. 7, 2018

Queens County City Council News

Koo To Hold Job Fair

City Council Member Peter Koo/via Facebook

City Council member Peter Koo (D-Downtown Flushing, Murray Hill, Queensboro Hill) alongside the Department of Correction (DOC) announced an upcoming job fair yesterday.

The one-day event will be comprised of representatives from over 15 agencies and include job readiness workshops, resume building, interview techniques and training and more.

The event is slated for 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, at 135-27 38th Avenue, Suite 388 in Flushing.

Ulrich Welcomes First-Ever Farmer’s Market To Richmond Hill

City Council Member Eric Ulrich

City Council member Eric Ulrich (R-Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven) announced yesterday the first-ever Farmer’s Market headed for Richmond Hill.

The new food market will launch this weekend and will give residents direct access to fresh fruit and vegetables from locally-sourced farmers. Additionally the Farmer’s Market will employ local students from John Adams High School’s Junior ROTC program. The market is in partnership with GrowNYC.

The event is slated for 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at Buddy Monument, in Forest Park in Richmond Hill.

The market will be open every Saturday through November 17.

Avella Holds Rally To Oppose DOT”s Parking Meter Rate Increase

Sen. Tony Avella

State Senator Tony Avella (D-College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Flushing, Jamaica Estates, Fresh Meadows, Bellerose, Floral Park, Jamaica, Douglaston, Auburndale, Briarwood) will stand with civic groups today to oppose the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) plan to increase parking meter rates.

While the initial increases will only affect part of Avella’s District, the parts it does affect will be hit hard. According to the DOT’s current plan, Jamaica and Downtown Flushing will see rates increase from $1 per hour to $2.

The event is slated for 11 a.m., today, Sept. 7, at Senator Avella’s District Office, at 38-50 Bell Boulevard – Suite C in Bayside.

Nolan Praises the Smart Schools Bond Act Review Board’s Funding Approval

Assembly member Catherine Nolan (D-Sunnyside, Ridgewood, Astoria, Woodside, Long Island City, Maspeth, Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Blissville) praised the Smart Schools Bond Act Review Board’s Funding Approval yesterday.

On Thursday, the Board approved $400 million in expenditures for New York City to replace Transportable Classroom Unit and to modernize kindergarten classrooms. The funding marks a significant step in the city’s efforts to alleviate overcrowding and substandard conditions in community schools.

The Smart Schools Bond Act is a sweeping initiative aimed at reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century. The Act, first proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2014, supports investments in education technology that will equip students with the skills they need to thrive and succeed in the global economy. The program also supports installation of high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses.

“This is wonderful news. My district has been terribly overcrowded for many, many years.  Improving these awful, outdated, dangerous classrooms thousands of New York City students attend has been my goal as chair of the Education Committee. I am delighted and grateful.  I look forward to our continued successes in securing funding, to the benefit of all of our students,” said Nolan.