Gianaris considering running for attorney general

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UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, State Senator Gianaris told a reporter that he would not run for attorney general. Instead, he will throw his support behind Public Advocate Letitia James, who is now seen as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

 

With the creep Eric Schneiderman booted from the New York Attorney General’s office, the race for his replacement has begun.

Dozens of politicians have hinted at running in the primary in September. Interim AG Barbara Underwood will be at the helm until the voters choose a successor.

Names like Public Advocate Tish James, former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and even former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have all indicated interest.

How about a name from Queens?

State Senator Michael Gianaris, long rumored to have coveted the job, issued the following statement last week:

“I am grateful to the many leaders who are encouraging me to run for Attorney General and intend to give serious consideration to doing so. In the coming days and weeks, I will continue speaking with my supporters and other interested New Yorkers as I decide whether to seek election to the Attorney General’s office this year. This is a critical time in New York and a decision that deserves careful thought. As a result, I will not be participating in the expedited legislative selection process next week.”

The senator is referring to the rule that the State Legislature, controlled by Democrats, will select an interim AG before the election. Many interested candidates like Gianaris have opted not to submit a resume for the interim slot; instead, they intend to run in the primary.

As you know, Gianaris served as deputy leader of the Senate Democrats until the IDC-Mainline Democrats reunification. He still heads the New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the State Senate.

Gianaris was elected to the State Senate in 2010 after serving 10 years in the Assembly. Before that, he was an aide to Congressman Thomas Manton, a Queens regional rep for Governor Mario Cuomo and a counsel to the speaker of the Assembly.

A graduate of NYC public schools, Gianaris graduated from Fordham University, and later received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He practiced law as a litigator in private practice.

What do you think? Would Gianaris make a good attorney general for the state of New York? Let us know in the comments below.

Sunnyside Shines to honor Van Bramer at Citi Field

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Sunnyside Shines was formed a decade ago, and for nine of those 10 years, a local councilman has supported the organization’s revitalization efforts.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has funded many of Sunnyside Shines’ programs, including renovations to the Sunnyside Arch. He has been supportive of initiatives like holiday lightings, small business marketing events and creating public plazas at 40th and 46th streets.

That’s why Sunnyside Shines will honor the councilman at a New York Mets game at Citi field on July 11.

Van Bramer will receive the honor before home plate before the first pitch is tossed on that summer day. It’ll be doubly special for Van Bramer, who is a diehard Mets fan.

Prior to the game, Van Bramer and Sunnyside Shines are hosting a happy hour in Sunnyside before taking the train to Citi Field.

Those interested in joining can buy tickets here.

Free SNAP application assistance in Sunnyside/Woodside

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Two community organizations in the Sunnyside/Woodside area are teaming up to help residents apply for SNAP.

Sunnyside Community Services and Woodside on the Move are offering free application assistance to SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps.

If you are unemployed, employed, an immigrant, 65 years or older or living with a disability, you may be eligible. The average monthly benefit for a family is $250.

For more information, email info@scsny.org or call 718-784-6173 ext. 528.

Woodside on the Move’s Maritza Munoz honored as Woman of Distinction

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Woodside on the Move’s director of housing services Maritza Munoz was chosen as a 2018 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction.

She was selected for the award by State Senator Michael Gianaris.

“I have spent my career working to make the lives of my neighbors better, from the students I taught to my neighbors in Woodside,” Munoz said. “Our community has so much potential, and when good people work together, we can unleash the power of our neighborhoods.”

Munoz has served as director of housing services since 2008, where she leads the affordable housing portfolio. She helped launch a housing legal clinic, establish a walk-in legal counseling program and leads Know Your Rights workshops.

An alumna of the University of Guayaquil-Ecuador, Munoz previously worked as a teacher of all grades.

Munoz will head to Albany on May 1 to be recognized for her achievement.

Taste of Sunnyside tickets now on sale

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Get your ticket before they’re all sold out!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Taste of Sunnyside, a scrumptious, diverse and all-around amazing culinary event that promotes local restaurants.

This year, the festival-like event will take place in the parking lot of the P.C. Richard at 50-02 Queens Boulevard (in previous years, it was at Bliss Plaza) on Tuesday, May 22.

Get your tickets online at tasteofsunnyside.com.

Want to beat the crowd? Purchase a VIP ticket for $70, and enter at 5:30 p.m. before anyone else gets there.

General admission price at 6:30 p.m. is $40.

Just to give you a sense of who will participate at Taste of Sunnyside, take a look at this list here:

  • 43 Bar and Grill (Irish American Pub)
  • Arriba Arriba (Mexican)
  • Bliss 46 Bistro (French)
  • Bliss Street Creamery (Ice Cream)
  • Corazon de Mexico (Mexican)
  • Cumbia y Sabor (Colombian)
  • Dazies Restaurant (Italian)
  • De Mole (Mexican)
  • I Love Paraguay (Paraguayan)
  • Jack’s Fire Department (American Pub)
  • La Vienesa Bakery (Colombian Bakery)
  • Lama Teas, Los Verdes (Colombian street eats)
  • Mangal Kebab (Turkish)
  • New York Style Eats (Diner)
  • Ottomanelli Burgers and Belgian Fries (Burgers)
  • Senso Unico (Modern Italian)
  • Sidetracks (Pub)
  • Sotto le Stelle (Neopolitan Pizza)
  • Tito Rad’s Grill (Filipino)
  • The Lowery Bar and Kitchen (Gastropub)

And that’s not including all the local beverages!

See more photos of the food showcased at last year’s Taste of Sunnyside here.

Synnyside Shines to host ‘City Resources for Small Businesses’ Workshop

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Join Sunnyside Shines, the BID in Sunnyside, for an informational workshop with NYC Department of Small Business Services. Presenters will speak about the array of business resources and services offered by the agency and how you can help equip your constituents with them. There will also be a deep dive into SBS’ new business portal.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 25th for community leaders and non-profit organizations, to instruct on how they can assist local businesses, entrepreneurs and community members to access free programs and services. The workshop will be held at the Sunnyside Business Improvement District (BID) office (4556 43rd St, Sunnyside, NY 11104).

Join the event to learn about:
· Free resources for businesses ranging from courses to legal services
· Funding options to help entrepreneurs launch or grow a business
· Free on-site compliance consultations
· Learn about the new updates to our online portal

To RSVP, register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-small-business-services-wo….

For more information, contact info@sunnysideshines.org. Lunch will be served.

Spring Open House with Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer invites you to his 9th Annual Spring Open House!

The following women will be honored for their achievements:

  • Erin Boyle Acosta, Community & Family Engagement Coordinator, Growing up Green Charter Schools
  • Kayla Almanzar, Case Manager for Immigrant Services Program, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement
  • Genevieve Bernier, Co-President, PS/IS 78Q PTA
  • Bree Chambers, Co-President, PS/IS 78Q PTA
  • Leandra Requena, Community Activist

    Student leaders from the Academy of American Studies and Bard High School will also be recognized for their anti-gun violence efforts.

Enter the Scrabble tournament this Saturday

ScrabbleADDThe Jackson Heights Beautification Group is hosting its Scrabble Tournament this Saturday, April 14 at the Community Church (64-14 Woodside Avenue).

The tournament will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Scrabble, which was created in Jackson Heights.

The event is open to teenagers ages 10-17 and adults, the two groups that will compete.

Places are limited, and seats must be reserved.

Register by emailing Jessica Ramos at jhbgscrabble@gmail.com

For more information, visit their site here.

Students giving out free donuts and coffee at Bliss Plaza

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If you’re passing by Bliss Plaza at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard today, make sure you stop by and grab a free donut and coffee.

Students from North Carolina are visiting a Sunnyside church and as part of their visit, they are doing good acts like giving out a free pick-me-up.

It’s just what you need to get you through this dreary spring day.

Stop by and say hello, and grab a quick bite while you’re at it!

Ocasio2018 Sunnyside PM Rush Hour Petitioning Event

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Today, April 5th, at 5:30pm there will be a petitioning event to get Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the ballot for US Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez is fighting for the following:

• Tuition-free public college and trade school

• Medicare for All with no out-of-pocket costs for anyone

• A just and sustainable recovery for Puerto Rico including full debt forgiveness

• A 100% renewable energy economy and reducing pollution to protect our children’s health

• A country where we no longer hold the world’s largest prison population

• Family leave and childcare support to help working families get by

Representatives will be collecting signatures under the 7 train at the 46th Street/Bliss Street Station.