Queens Lawmakers on the Move Nov. 6, 2020

Queens County City Council News

Koo Hosts E-Waste Recycling Event

City Council Member Peter Koo/via Facebook

Councilmember Peter Koo (D-Downtown Flushing, Murray Hill, Queensboro Hill) and the Lower East Side Ecology Center will host an e-waste recycling event in Flushing at the Queens Botanical Garden. 

Staff will accept working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones and PDAs.

The recycling event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queens Botanical Garden parking lot on Crommelin Street, between Blossom and Cherry Avenues.

The event will take place rain or shine. 

De Blasio Welcomes Public Design Commission Nominees

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday welcomed two new members of the Public Design Commission (PDC), the City’s design review agency, after their nominations were overwhelmingly approved by the New York City Council. 

Deborah Martin, currently the Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute, and Kenseth Armstead, a celebrated New York City artist, will officially join the PDC effective immediately.

“I’m proud to welcome Deborah and Kenseth to the Commission, where I know they’ll advocate for beautiful, useful, and lasting changes to New York City’s urban design,” said de Blasio. “Rebuilding a fairer city means using our public spaces more than ever, and I know their creativity and experience will serve them well as they find creative solutions.”

AG James, Cuomo Halt State Debt Collection for 8th Time Because of COVID-19

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
State Attorney General Letitia James

New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state has renewed, for the eighth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection — with limited exceptions — through December 31, 2020. 

“As COVID-19 continues to spread, more and more New Yorkers are feeling its financial impact,” said James. “As we approach the holiday season and more begin to worry about their finances, my office is renewing the suspension of state and medical debt through the end of the year in order to alleviate some of these hardships and help New Yorkers make it through these difficult times. We will continue to look for ways to help New Yorkers to get back on their feet, and, by working together, it is our hope that we can rebuild our state’s economy and move towards a period of recovery.”

In response to continuing financial impairments resulting from the spread of COVID-19, the OAG again renewed orders, taking effect this morning and going through Thursday, December 31, 2020. After this period, the OAG will reassess the needs of state residents for another possible extension. Additionally, the OAG will accept applications for suspension of all other types of debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the OAG for collection.

“New Yorkers made enormous sacrifices to bend the curve of this deadly virus, and we recognize many people are still struggling with both emotional pain and economic hardship as a result of this crisis,” Cuomo said. “Renewing the suspension on the collection of student and medical debt that is referred to the attorney general’s office through December 31, 2020 will help lessen the burden faced by so many families and businesses whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic.”

New Yorkers with non-medical or non-student debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the OAG may also apply to temporarily halt the collection of state debt. 

Individuals seeking to apply for this temporary relief can fill out an application online or visit the OAG’s coronavirus website to learn more about the suspension of payments. If an individual is unable to fill out the online form, they can also call the OAG hotline at 800-771-7755 to learn more.