Queens officials join Jackson Heights tenants displaced by fire to call for ‘dignified, compassionate’ return to their homes


Several Queens elected officials joined more than 60 tenants and their families who were displaced by a massive fire in Jackson Heights to call for a “dignified and compassionate” return to their homes on Monday, April 12.

Monday’s press conference took place in front of 89-07 34th Ave., the six-story building where the eight-alarm fire broke out last week, and was organized by its tenants association, 89th Street Tenants Unidos. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, state Senator Jessica Ramos, Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and a representative from Councilman Daniel Dromm’s office stood with the tenants as they spoke about their devastating loss and need for long-term support.