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.”
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.
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
Elmjack Little League is hosting their opening day celebration in Jackson Heights this weekend. Help welcome the warm weather and celebrate the first pitch of the league’s 66th season at Elmjack Little League Baseball Field 78th Street and 19th Avenue.
The special opening ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., on Saturday April 8 and feature a ceremonial first pitches from executives at Skanska-Walsh – one of the league sponsors – along with Senator Jose Peralta and Council Member Costa Constantinides.
Local singing sensation Eu4rya will perform the National Anthem.
Police are looking for this man, pictured above, who followed a 28-year-old woman inside her apartment building and harassed her.
Authorities say on Sunday, March 12, at about 12:30 a.m., the man barged into the residential building near 43rd Avenue and 42nd Street in Sunnyside.
He followed the victim in the lobby, approaching her from behind. He grabbed her waist as she struggled to fend him off.
The suspect then pushed her up against a wall and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.
But the victim pushed him off. The suspect then ran out of the building and was last seen walking along 42nd Street.
There were no injuries reported or property stolen from this incident.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Take a look at the incident from surveillance video: