Queens Lawmakers on the Move October 8, 2020

Queens County City Council News

Addabbo Seeks Thanksgiving Submissions from School Children 

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is giving elementary school students in his district the opportunity to express what they are thankful for in the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Participating students in Kindergarten through grade 6 will electronically submit — in jpeg or PDF format — an original poem, one-page essay, or artwork expressing what they are thankful for this year to Senator Addabbo’s website. All submissions will be published on Addabbo’s website, and participating students will receive a certificate from the Senator, thanking them for taking part in the celebration.

“As we enter the Thanksgiving season, even as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still many things to be thankful for in 2020,” Addabbo said. “This celebration is a great way for children to express through their art what they have experienced this year and what they are thankful for. I look forward to seeing all the submissions and getting to send the students their certificates.”

Submissions can be made at https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/joseph-p-addabbo-jr. Deadline for entries is Monday, November 23, 2020.

If you have any questions about this endeavor, please contact Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

Adams Chairs Hearing on Landmarks, Public Sitings and Dispositions

City Council Member Adrienne Adams

City Councilmember Adrienne Adams, Chair of the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Sitings and Dispositions, is hosting a hearing on Thursday.

The subcommittee will be discussing two items sponsored by City Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. 

For more details, please see the agenda. The hearing will be held remotely in Virtual Room 1 on Thursday Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. To watch the hearing, please follow this link.

Constantinides Calls on City to Plan for Remote Learning

City Council Member Costa Constantinides

Councilmember Costa Constantinides released the following statement on the New York City Schools system in relation to the uptick in COVID-19 cases: 

“At this point it’s not a question of if New York City’s schools will close, but when. We knew this second spike was coming, so it’s inexcusable should we repeat the mistakes of March. Instead of rushing into a plan for full remote learning, the City must clearly, transparently develop a strategy to take as many students as possible fully online. The time for squabbling is over — our students, teachers, staff, parents and guardians deserve definitive answers. 

At the same time, we have to be conscious that some students must learn in person. We need a safe plan to make sure early age and District 75 students get the attention they need, while also keeping them and their teachers safe. 

Last, the Mayor’s Office must unlock the nearly $1 million we’ve allocated this budget year to Council District 22 schools. These funds will empower teachers to do their best job possible with reliable technology. Once the schools close, it could very well be for the bulk of this school year. Teachers deserve the infrastructure to make sure this isn’t a lost year for our children.” 

Constantinides has previously called on the city to delay in-person learning for most grades, with the exception of 3-K, Pre-K, and District 75 schools. The councilmember also penned a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza last month to ask them to release the technology funds