Last Friday, Sunnyside Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kicked off a fundraising drive for local organizations in her district.
Her re-election campaign raised $82,000 in just three days.
“These organizations are providing invaluable support to NY-14’s families,” she said. “We are so grateful for their work, and we are proud to support them in lieu of our traditional end of the quarter fundraising.”
These six groups received funds:
Hungry Monk Services – supports unhoused New Yorkers, operates a mobile food pantry, delivers food to people in Queens
Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway – Bronx food pantry that serves everyone, provides rent assistance
Amazonians United NYC – supports Amazon workers exposed to COVID-19 in the warehouse
NYSYLC’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund – gives cash assistance to undocumented families in NYC whose livelihoods have been impacted by decline in street vending and layoffs in domestic and service industries
New York Immigrant Freedom Fund – pays immigration bonds to release people from detention
Make the Road NY’s COVID-19 Response & Emergency Fund – providing direct cash assistance to 4,000 families in next few weeks
Starting on Monday, March 16, all branches of the Queens Public Library are closed to the public to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of staff and the public.
Previously, all New York City libraries suspended public programming to achieve the same goal.
Here’s what the libraries had to say about the suspension of programming on March 12:
The decision to cancel library programs was not taken lightly, as programs such as story times, training classes, and English language classes are lifelines for so many. But considering the current situation, and the need to limit large crowds, this was the most responsible path forward to support the health and well-being of our communities.
Closing all branches is the right decision to limit the pandemic as much as possible.
We look forward to seeing all library branches open when this is over.
Sunnyside Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has dropped out of the special election for Queens borough president.
In a campaign email to supporters on Monday morning, Van Bramer announced the end to his campaign.
“Family circumstances have been weighing on me for some time, causing me to reconsider the timing and feasibility of this campaign,” he wrote.
“Prioritizing my responsibilities as a son and brother is where my attention needs to be right now, ” he added. “While this is a difficult decision, this is the right one for me and my family at this time.”
Van Bramer’s third and final term in the City Council will end in 2021.
The sudden announcement was shocking because Van Bramer was starting to pick up momentum from a slew of endorsements, most recently from LGBTQ leaders.
He had also raised more than $310,000 in campaign contributions, the second highest behind former Councilwoman Liz Crowley.
While Van Bramer’s next steps are uncertain – he is term-limited – he will have more opportunities to run for Queens borough president after this special election on March 24.
After the special election will be the primary in June, followed by the general election in November.
In 2021, there will be another primary and general election, this time for a full four-year term as Queens BP.
A notorious landlord with a large residential property in Woodside landed yet again on the city’s Worst Landlords List.
Eric Silverstein, who owns the 78-unit building at 37-45 59th Street in Woodside, dropped from first to third on the public advocate’s watchlist.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who visited the site with State Senator Mike Gianaris, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Woodside on the Move this week, said his place on the list is not a cause or celebration.
“He didn’t get better, other landlords got worse,” Williams said.
Silverstein owns four buildings on the 2019 list, totaling 315 units. His buildings average 1,144 HPD violations per month over the last year, including unsafe wiring, roach and mice infestations, faulty window guards, leaks and mold.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting his 10th annual Holiday Food Drive from now until December 20.
The drive is collecting the following non-perishable food items: canned meats, canned soups, canned veggies, canned/dried fruit, infant formula, peanut butter, dried goods, other pasta, rice and grains.
The collected items will support the women and children who receive services at the Long Island City-based nonprofit Hour Children.