Woodhaven BID and Queens Chamber host free mask pick-up

Yesterday, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (BID) teamed up with the Queens Chamber of Commerce for an event that provided local businesses with free masks and other PPE.  

The masks came as part of a donation of more than 500,000 protective face masks to the Chamber from NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), which is facilitating an effort to distribute more than 4 million face coverings to small businesses across the city. The Chamber had previously distributed 200,000 masks as part of this initiative.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Queens and they have been among the hardest hit by COVID-19, here in the epicenter of the epicenter of the pandemic,” said Chamber President and CEO Tom Grech. “It is essential that we help them navigate this reopening safely, so we can get Queens back to business.”

Participating businesses received 5 masks per employee, in addition to a flyer directing them to further resources and guidance on safety measures as NYC reopens, courtesy of SBS.

“We are truly grateful for this opportunity to show our steadfast support for the Queens business community,” said Raquel Olivares, executive director of Woodhaven BID. “This is a critical time for small businesses, and we must all do our part—owners, staff, customers—to ensure a swift and safe reopening period for them.”

For more information on how small businesses citywide can still receive free face masks, visit:  www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/free-face-coverings

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Jenifer Rajkumar takes the lead in Assembly race

The unofficial tallies from yesterday’s New York primary were released by the Board of Elections, and it appears that 38th Assembly District candidate Jenifer Rajkumar is poised to make history as the first South Asian elected to the legislative body.

If poll numbers stay consistent over the coming days, as tens of thousands of absentee ballots are counted, it is likely that Rajkumar will unseat longtime Assemblyman Mike Miller. She currently holds at 2,624 votes or 52.05 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. 

Miller, who has served as the 38th District’s representative since winning a Special Election in 2009, trails behind with 1,300 votes, good for 25.79 percent. Just following him is poet and Adjunct Lecturer at BMCC  Joseph De Jesus, with 21.98 percent of the vote as of early this morning.

Jenifer Rajkumar could make history as the first South Asian elected to the Assembly.

In Woodhaven’s concurrent Assembly race for District 24, incumbent Assemblyman David Weprin leads with 2,144 votes, or 46.37 percent. Weprin followed by community organizer Mahfuzul Islam at 29.39 percent and then by United Communities Alliance President Albert Baldeo at 23.96 perfect.

In a seemingly prophetic result, State Senate incumbent Michael Gianaris dispatched challenger Iggy Terranova for Senate District 12 with 14,114 votes, good for 73.6 percent. Terranova, a former DSNY official, got 4,989 votes, or 26 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

With a whopping 79.52 percent, or 32,965 votes, the AP has projected current House Rep. Nydia Velasquez as the winner of the 7th Congressional District race. If she wins, this would make her 15th term in Congress.

Velasquez’s opponent is local rapper Paperboy Love Prince, who identifies as non-binary. Prince tallied in at 8,278 votes, good for 19.97 percent, with 98.33 percent of precincts reporting.

In the race for Queens borough president, Councilman Donovan Richards is leading all candidates with 41,915 votes, good for 37.2 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting.

Trailing Donovan is former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who has 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.

Councilman Costa Constantinides is coming in third, with 17,164 votes, or 15 percent. Closely behind him is Anthony Miranda, with 14.7 percent, and Dao Yin, with 4.5 percent.

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Outreach provides substance abuse outpatient service via tele-practice

Alcoholism and substance abuse services provider Outreach is reminding the community that its outpatient services have continued through tele-practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outreach says it’s offering same-day access to tele-health services on an easy-to-use platform.

Services include:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment, including induction
  • Psychosocial, Medical and Psychiatric Treatment
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Case Management Services
  • Vocational Services
  • Peer Services

“For those who need our services, we are here,” said Outreach president and CEO Debra Pantin. “Our staff is doing its utmost to meet the needs of those who are suffering during this very difficult time.”

Outreach serves individuals and families in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island.

For outpatient services in Queens, call 718-849-6300.

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Woodhaven Assembly candidate picks up endorsements

Assembly candidate Jenifer Rajkumar has gained several new endorsements in her bid for elected office.

Rajkumar, an attorney, CUNY adjunct professor and former state government official, has recently been endorsed by Citizens Union, a good government group.

She has also been endorsed by Councilman Donovan Richards, Eleanor’s Legacy, Stonewall Democrats of NYC, New American Voter Association, WoC for Progress, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, National Association of Social Workers, Congressman Ro Khanna, and Councilman Ben Kallos.

If elected, Rajkumar would be the first South Asian elected to the Assembly.

She is running against longtime Assemblyman Mike Miller and poet and activist Joey De Jesus.

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Ulrich appointments five women to community boards

Raquel Olivares, center, was appointed by Councilman Eric Ulrich, far right.

Councilman Eric Ulrich has announced the appointment of five women to community boards representing parts of southern Queens, including Broad Channel and Ozone Park.

For Community Board 9, Marilyn Custodio, Sister Catherine Feeney, Raquel Olivares and Alexandria Sumpter-Delves have been appointed.

Custodio is principal at PS 97 The Forest Park School; Sister Feeny is executive director of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center; Olivares is executive director of the Woodhaven BID; and Sumpter-Delves is director of the youth workforce division at Queens Community House.

For Community Board 14, Joanne Fogarty, former president of the Rockaway Point Association, has been appointed.

All community board members are appointed by the borough president, with half recommended by City Council members.

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Borough president announces appointments to community board

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today announced her appointments of individuals to serve on Queens’ 14 Community Boards this week.

On May 31, the 339 appointees, 76 of which are first time members who have demonstrated a commitment to serving community needs, began their two-year terms, which will run until March 31, 2022.

The office received 595 applications, including 252 from applicants who had never served on a community board. More than 340 were from those who were reapplying at the end of their 2020 term.

Citing “extraordinary circumstances” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee announced in late March that community board members whose terms end on March 31 would continue for an additional 60 days.

Here are Borough President Lee’s appointments for the 2020-2022 term for Community Board 9, which serves Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Kew Gardens:

  • Inderpaul Ahluwalia
  • Sherry Algredo
  • Dilraj Batchu
  • Julio Batista
  • Dulal Bhattacharjee
  • Kamal Bhuiyan
  • Latchman Budhau
  • Daniel Chu
  • Marylin Costodo
  • Sandra Datnarain
  • Stephen Esposito
  • Charterine Feeney
  • Laraine Fletcher
  • Joseph Iaboni
  • Kemanad Kishore
  • Raquel Olivares
  • Regina Santoro
  • Jarnail Singh
  • Mohinder Singh
  • Sursattie Singh
  • Alexandria Sumpter-Delves
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Pet food giveaway in Forest Park tomorrow

The Queens Pet Pantry is hosting a free pet food giveaway tomorrow, June 3, for community pet owners impacted by COVID-19.

Food will be available at the George Seuffert, Sr. Bandshell Parking Lot in Forest Park starting at 10:30 a.m. until supplies last.

RSVP by calling (212)-956-1299

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Neir’s Tavern is looking for two bartenders

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Historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven is hiring!

The 190-year-old pub posted on its Facebook page that it’s seeking two part-time, experienced bartenders to join its team.

The bar pays a prevailing wage for bartenders, plus tips. They will join a team including two cooks.

If you’re interested, email loy@neirstavern.com or send a message on their Facebook page.

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Support Woodhaven’s restaurants during COVID-19 pandemic

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is deeply hurting small businesses, residents can still play a meaningful role in supporting local restaurants and food establishments.

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District (BID) has released a helpful guide to Woodhaven restaurants that are open for business – for either takeout or delivery.

So while you’re stuck inside quarantine, consider ordering from these restaurants to support them during this difficult time!

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Sanders holds virtual community forum on COVID-19

Tomorrow, Senator James Sanders Jr. is a hosting a live, interactive, virtual town hall on Facebook at 12 p.m.

The topic of conversation will be the novel coronavirus outbreak. Senator Sanders will be providing updates, as well as answering constituent questions and addressing their concerns.

To access the live stream, visit facebook.com/jamesssandersjrNY

Call (718)-523-3069 for more information.

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