Queens Lawmakers on the Move July 7, 2020

Queens County City Council News

BP Lee Hosts Fifth Virtual Job Recruitment Fair 

Acting Borough President Sharon Lee.

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee announced that she’s hosting her fifth “Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair”  since the COVID-19 pandemic began to connect Queens job seekers to available employment opportunities.

“As New York City enters phase three of reopening, we want Queens to be at the forefront of the economic recovery,” said Borough President Lee. 

Participants and viewers will hear brief presentations from employers and recruiters seeking to fill hundreds of positions in a variety of essential service fields including healthcare, transportation, retail, security and more.

Employers include New York City Health + Hospitals, ADAPT Community Network, Northwestern Mutual, the Child Center of New York, the Council for Airport Opportunity, Queens Center for Progress, the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Watch Guard 24/7, Workforce1 and the Young Adult Institute (YAI).

The fair will be on July 15 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Prospective applicants interested in participating in the live interactive Q&A via Zoom Webinar must RSVP by Tuesday, July 14 at www.queensbp.org/rsvp. The Jobs Recruitment Fair will also be livestreamed at www.queensbp.org/recruitmentfair.

To view videos of previous fairs, visit www.queensbp.org/recruitmentfair.

Jeffries, Meng, Pelosi Issue Statement on Passage of House Democratic Caucus Diversity Rule

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Parts of Queens and Brooklyn), Chair of the Committee on Caucus Procedures Grace Meng (D-Bayside, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Kew Gardens, Maspeth, Middle Village, and Rego Park) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the House Democratic Caucus voted to include a Diversity Rule in the Caucus rules that encourages members to prioritize diversity and inclusion in hiring practices. 

“House Democrats take great pride in the beautiful diversity of our Caucus, which is more than 60 percent women, people of color and LGBTQ,” said Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Jeffries and Chairwoman Meng. “One of our Caucus’s top priorities has long been to promote diversity at every level of Congress, so that these halls better reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the American people whom we are privileged to represent. This Diversity Rule is another key step toward ensuring that our Congressional community will be more inclusive, diverse, open and representative of the full range of voices and values of our communities.”

On opening day of the House Democratic Majority, Democrats voted to establish as part of the Rules Package a permanent House Diversity Initiative, which among other steps, created a new House Office of Diversity and Inclusion. That office has worked over the past year on several diversity initiatives including the Diversity Rule, which encourages members of the Caucus to prioritize diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices.

Addabbo Announces Senate 2020 Summer Reading Program

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and parts of South Ozone Park, Ridgewood, Woodside and The Rockaways) announced that he’s participating in the New York State Senate’s 2020 Summer Reading Program, in conjunction with the New York State Library.

“With the way this school year ended due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I believe it is vital for children to keep their minds active and sharp this summer,” Addabbo said. “This is an opportunity for students to get involved with subjects they are interested in or to explore a new genre of books that they otherwise may not have. I look forward to sending out the certificates to the amazing students in my district.”

Participating students can track their summer reading progress on www.nyread.com. Every student who submits a completed form will receive a Summer Reading Program Certificate from Sen. Addabbo at the close of the program.

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1. Parents and guardians can register their child for the program on the Senator’s website at https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/joseph-p-addabbo-jr.

More resources and facts about summer reading can be found at: New York’s Libraries: http://www.summerreadingnys.org/ and Scholastic’s Kids and Families Reading Report: www.scholastic.com.