Van Bramer picks up major endorsements

CM-JVB-Headshot-2011-Web-212x300Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer received two important endorsements in his re-election bid.

SEIU Local 32BJ, a large union with 163,000 members, and the progressive Working Families Party both announced their support for Van Bramer.

“I’m proud of my progressive record and values,” Van Bramer said. “Working together with WFP and 32BJ, we have made my district and our city more fair and lifted workers and those marginalized for too long.”

Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ, cited Van Bramer’s support for airport workers, including getting arrested in an act of civil disobedience. He also appreciated the pol’s quick reaction when the husband of a union member was detained by federal immigration agents.

“The stepson of a school cleaner, Jimmy understands the struggle of working people,” Figueroa said. “He has always stood with us, and we are proud to stand with him.”

Bill Lipton, the New York director of WFP, added that Van Bramer has helped win progressive change for the city.

“With working people, immigrants, and the LGBT community under attack by the Trump regime, it’s more important than ever that we have leaders who will fearlessly resist,” Lipton said. “Majority Leader Van Bramer has proven he is up to the task.”

Two weeks to Taste of Sunnyside!

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Attention foodies: there are only two weeks left to get your tickets for this year’s Taste of Sunnyside!

The annual festival will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd underneath the 7 train at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard (otherwise known as Bliss Plaza).

Get your tickets at tasteofsunnyside.com before they sell out!

Eaters who want to beat the crowd can purchase an early entry ticket for $70. General admissions is $40.

Here’s a running list of participating eateries:

  • 43 Bar and Grill (Irish-American pub)
  • Arriba Arriba (Mexican)
  • Bliss 46 Bistro (French)
  • Bliss Street Creamery (Ice cream)
  • Boon by Moldova (Moldovan/Romanian)
  • Coffee Tossy (Cafe drinks and sweets)
  • Dayboat (Peruvian/Ceviche)
  • Dazies Restaurant (Italian)
  • De Mole (Mexican)
  • I Love Paraguay (Paraguayan)
  • Ida’s Nearabout (American)
  • Jack’s Fire Department (Pub)
  • Los Verdes (Colombian)
  • Lowery Bar and Kitchen (New American)
  • Mangal Kebab (Turkish)
  • Sidetracks (Irish-American pub)
  • Soleluna (Italian)
  • Tibetan Dumpling Cafe (Tibetan)
  • Tito Rad (Filipino)

Local beverages will include:

  • Big aLICe Brewing
  • Queens Brewery
  • Manhattan Beer Distributors
  • Palm Bay International
  • Lowery Wines and Liquors
  • Green Valley Market of Sunnyside
  • Voss Water

Live entertainment? You’ve got it:

  • Underground Horns
  • Afro-Latineers

Peralta announces funding for Woodside on the Move

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State Senator Jose Peralta announced $50,000 in state funding for Woodside on the Move.

The funding will support the organization’s various programs to improve area residents.

“In this case, Woodside on the Move will be able to hire a lawyer who will provide legal assistance to hard-working immigrants,” Peralta said. “Sadly, immigrants need more help than ever, and we must ensure we assist them as much as we can.”

“We really appreciate in many ways the valuable support given by Senator Peralta to Woodside on the Move to continue providing free services and impacting significantly the qualify of life of the constituents and the community in general,” added Maritza Munoz, director of housing programs for Woodside on the Move.

Pols meet the Mets

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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and State Senator Michael Gianaris were among the many elected officials who met the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets last week at City Hall.

The celebration was held for Dwight “Doc” Gooden, former pitcher for the Mets, who helped the 1986 team clinch the club’s second World Series win.

Mayor de Blasio presented a key to the city to Gooden, who missed the celebration decades ago.

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Van Bramer unveils participatory budgeting winners

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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer unveiled the list of winners for this year’s participatory budgeting process last Friday at Woodside Library.

In District 26, 5,125 residents voted for their top projects, an increase from 3,600 last year. Altogether, Van Bramer funded six total projects, adding up to $1.88 million in funding.

Here are the 2017 winners:

  • 2,796 votes: Mobile laptops and carts for Academy of American Studies, Aviation High School, PS 12, PS 111, PS 112, PS 76 and PS 166 ($700,000)
  • 2,521 votes: Bathroom repairs and upgrades for PS 112, PS 12 and PS 199 ($450,000)
  • 1,831 votes: Water fountain installations at PS 112 ($80,000)
  • 1,636 votes: Expansion of Teen Space and technology upgrade at Woodside Library ($150,000)
  • 1,471 votes: Bus time countdown clocks ($200,000)
  • Bonus Project: Auditorium upgrades at PS 111 and PS 166 ($300,00))

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Van Bramer honors Girl Scout Troop 6000

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The New York City Council, led by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, presented a proclamation to the members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 to celebrate their founding as the first troop exclusively for homeless girls.

All members of the troop live at the Sleep Inn hotel in Long Island City, which is used as a homeless shelter for 100 families.

“Today we honor a very special group of young women who made history and are the future leaders of our city,” Van Bramer said. “With Troop 6000, they now have a place to realize their dreams, find stability, make lifelong friends and discover the strength they have inside to be whoever they want to be.”

In the New York area, girl scout troop numbers are assigned by borough. Troop 6000 was given their number because the members may not call the borough in which they live home.

“Girl Scout Troop 6000 truly represents the strength and resilience of our communities, especially our young New Yorkers,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “These girls and young women are the leaders of our future – and no one deserves to miss out on opportunities simply because she is homeless.”

Meredith Maskara, the chief operating officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, said Troop 6000 will provide security, sisterhood and consistency to girls and women living in shelters.

“The expansion of the Troop would allow women and girls the opportunity to remain part of the same troop, no matter what shelter they reside, receive leadership development and programming and be the anchor that makes them feel they are part of their community,” Maskara said. “The current girls in the Troop are demonstrating that Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who truly make the world a better place.”

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Cyclist hit by truck in Sunnyside

A cyclist was hit by a box truck early this morning at the intersection of 39th Street and 43rd Avenue, according to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

The councilman said he’s in contact with the 108th Precint and is closely monitoring the condition of the cyclist, who was seriously hurt but is in stable condition.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with this cyclist, and we wish for his speedy recovery,” Van Bramer said.

He called authorities to investigate the causes of the Tuesday morning crash. According to Van Bramer, this has been the second crash with a cyclist in the intersection in 10 days.

“This is not where we need to be when it comes to realizing Vision Zero, and I call on the Department of Transportation to conduct a full investigation and study on this intersection and make safety improvements if needed,” he added. “We cannot tolerate a pedestrians, cyclist or motorist being killed or seriously injured while traveling.

The intersection is just one block from Queens Boulevard, Skillman Avenue and other busy thoroughfares. It’s also one block from Sunnyside Community Services, a community and senior center in the neighborhood.

Women leaders honored at spring open house

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Photo courtesy/Office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

Over the weekend, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer honored seven women and community leaders inside his Sunnyside office as part of the his 8th annual Spring Open House event.

The honorees were recognized for their work in education, environmental protection, libraries and media. Their influence have spread throughout Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City and Astoria.

“Each and every day, women all across our country go unrecognized for their extraordinary contributions that improve our lives,” Van Bramer said. “We must continue to tear down barriers that hold women back, and we must especially encourage more young women to run for public office.

The honorees are:

  • Deborah Alexander, Community Education Council 30 Co-President
  • Heather Laurel, Woodside-Sunnyside Runners
  • Elizabeth Ciro, St. Raphael Church Food Pantry
  • Helen Ho, Director of External Affairs, LaGuardia Community College
  • Selena Blake, documentary filmmaker and activist
  • Meghan Cirrito, library and education leader
  • Dorothy Morehead, environmental activist and Community Board 2 member