Queens Lawmakers on the Move Feb. 19, 2021

Queens County City Council News

Gennaro Sworn in as City Councilmember for 24th District

City Councilmember James Gennaro (photo from Twitter)

City Councilmember James F. Gennaro was sworn in as the City Councilmember for Queen’s 24th City Council District on Thursday. 

Gennaro won the February 2 special election, receiving 60.1% of the vote in an eight-candidate field. Gennaro will fill the vacancy left by former Councilmember Rory Lancman, who has accepted a position in the Cuomo Administration. Gennaro was elected to serve the remainder of the current Council term, which ends December 31, 2021.

“My election to the NYC Council was formally certified today by the NYC Board of Elections. Following the certification, City Clerk Michael McSweeney administered the Oath of Office to me via Zoom with my beloved wife Wendy at my side, and our children in attendance, also via Zoom,” Gennaro said. “I am humbled by and grateful to the people of the 24th Council District who returned me to office with more than 60% of the vote in an eight-candidate field. I am overwhelmed by their support and I promise to live up to the trust that the people have placed in me. 

“This is a time of great challenge for our community and our City as we battle COVID, distribute vaccines, help those families who have been financially devastated by the pandemic, help small businesses struggling to stay afloat, and deal with a huge City budget deficit. My previous years of service as a Council Member have prepared me well for the challenges of today, and I shall not fail you.

“I am now legally empowered to hire staff to serve the good constituents of the communities that comprise this District, and I have already interviewed some very talented and committed people whom I will commence hiring immediately. As we staff up, we are open for business. Please call my office at 718-217-4969 if I can be of assistance to you. May God bless you all.”

Dromm Holds Oversight Hearing on IBO Evaluation

City Council Member Daniel Dromm/via Facebook

City Councilmember Daniel Dromm (D-Elmhurst, Jackson Heights), Chair of the Committee on Finance, and the rest of the committee are holding an oversight hearing on the New York City Independent Budget Office’s (IBO) evaluation of the New York City Industrial Development Agency’s industrial program.

For more details on the hearing, see the agenda. 

The remote hearing will be held on Friday, February 19 at 10 a.m. in Virtual Room 2.

Addabbo Seeks Earth Day 2021 Poster Art Work Submission

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

State Senator 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) invites teachers in his district to submit their students’ posters to be featured on his Senate website as part of the New York State Senate’s Earth Day 2021 Poster Celebration.

The poster celebration is a way to help teach kids the importance of Earth Day. The theme for this celebration is: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The Senate’s focus is to emphasize the importance of recycling and waste reduction, to encourage the exchange of ideas about recycling and waste reduction among schools, children and adults, and to stimulate creative thinking about solutions to problems concerning recycling and waste reduction.

The Senate’s goal with this celebration is to encourage children to develop an awareness of the environment and its resources. Teaching children about the importance of recycling and waste reduction is critical as we face the environmental challenges of the 21st Century.

“It is vital to teach children the importance of protecting our planet and keeping it as healthy as possible through our actions and Earth Day is the perfect time to talk about these lessons,” Addabbo said. “With this Earth Day Poster Celebration, we hope that teachers take some time out and allow their students to create posters about what they have learned about Earth Day and keeping our planet clean. I look forward to seeing all the great posters from the amazing students in my district!”

From now until Tuesday, April 19, teachers of students in grades K-6 are asked to submit their posters on Addabbo’s website here: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/joseph-p-addabbo-jr. All submissions must be uploaded to the website by April 19.

In order to have students’ posters on Addabbo’s Senate website, teachers must fill out their class and school information first, and then enter all the students on the form. Entries should be photographed and submitted electronically, preferably in jpeg or pdf format. Please enter each student individually, as the website cannot accept a single pdf with all students grouped together.

For more information, call Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.