Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is reportedly interested in running for borough president in 2021, according to reports.
In an email sent out to supporters yesterday afternoon, the third-term councilman announced he has already opened a campaign account for the 2021 election cycle.
Though he didn’t specifically say he’s running to lead Borough Hall, his fundraising limit is also capped at $3,850, which is the maximum permitted for a candidate running for that position.
“Representing Queens in the City Council is the greatest honor of my life,” he said in the email. “We live in neighborhoods with rich histories and bright futures – the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.”
“I was born in Queens and have lived here my entire life. I have dedicated my life to making the borough the best that it can be, and I will continue to fight for Queens as a councilman and hopefully one day in higher office.”
Certainly sounds like a borough president run, doesn’t it?
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina stopped by PS 150 in Sunnyside this morning to check out how to the Passport to Social Studies curriculum was working.
PS 150 is one of 866 elementary and middle schools using the curriculum, which was introduced last school year.
“Social Studies has always been my favorite subject, and schools across the five boroughs are bringing it to life with the Passport to Social Studies,” Farina says. “I hope the Passport will inspire the next generation of citizens who are well-versed in current events and historical patterns, and think critically about how to improve New York City and our society.”
The curriculum includes instructional resources for teachers and individual lesson plans. Teachers can use it to develop students’ historical understanding and social studies skills.
It encourages young students to ask questions, think critically, gather evidence and consider many perspectives. It also helps students make connections between history and their own lives.
At PS 150, a 5th grade class created a “living history museum” about European explorers. A 3rd grade class created travel brochures and researched endangered animals as part of their unit on China. Finally, a 2nd grade class learned about the history of NYC transportation.
“Social Studies was the first subject I gravitated to in school and was the foundation for my love of history, government and politics,” says Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “I am thrilled to see this engaging curriculum being used in New York City schools, helping to shape the minds and pique the curiosity of another generation of leaders.”
The Veterans Memorial at John Vincent Daniels Park in Woodside was cleaned up earlier this week, thanks to the effort of Fedcap and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
The monument is dedicated to a Woodside native who lost his life in the final days of World War I in 1918. The memorial had been defaced over the weekend.
“The defamation of a monument to those who have served our country is a disgrace that I will not accept,” Van Bramer said. “The minute a constituent reached out to my office and alerted me to the situation, I made sure this monument was cleaned and restored as quickly as possible.”
A Sunnyside resident was among the Fulbright Award winners who have completed their year-long program abroad.
Sunnysider Chelsea Raymond met with Congressman Joseph Crowley last week, who congratulated her and other Fulbright winners for completing their prestigious program. They were given certificates of Congressional recognition.
Established in 1946, the Fulbright program sponsors Americans complete teaching or research in other countries. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding between countries.
Raymond studied sport psychology in Scotland with a focus in self-efficacy among underserved youth.
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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s bill, passed by the City Council, will require Parks to clean playground equipment in city parks within 24 hours after any city agency sprays pesticides.
Van Bramer says he came up with the idea after several constituents complained about sludge left over after pesticide spraying at many playgrounds in his district.
“Cleaning our city’s playgrounds after the application of pesticides is a common-sense policy that will protect public health and quality of life for children and families throughout New York City,” he says.
This Saturday, December 23, from 11 am to 3 pm, join the Ecuadorian American Ayazamana Cultural Center and enjoy a free lunch. The best part? You and your family will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Santa Claus. Kids will also receive goodie bags and there will be able arts & crafts available for them as well. The event is completely free.
The Ecuadorian American Ayazamana Cultural Center is located at 45-23 47 Street.