Politicians to host Memorial Day observance on Monday

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A group of northeast Queens elected officials are hosting a Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 25 at noon.

The event will be conducted on Zoom and will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Watch the proceedings here.

Participants include:

  • State Senator John Liu
  • Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman
  • Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal
  • Assemblywoman Nily Rozic
  • Assemblyman Clyde Vanel
  • Assemblyman David Weprin
  • Councilman Barry Grodenchik
  • Councilman Peter Koo
  • Councilman I. Daneek Miller
  • Councilman Paul Vallone
  • Congressman Gregory Meeks
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng

Bayside Business Association cancels some events

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Ed Probst, president of the BBA, speaking at a meeting last year.

In light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Bayside Business Association has canceled its Bayside St. Patrick’s Day march, originally scheduled for March 28.

Additionally, BBA’s in-person Annual Meeting Breakfast, set for March 25, has been converted into a virtual event.

“The BBA wants to do our part to practice safe social distancing in an effort to combat this disease,” said Ed Probst, president of the BBA, in a message to supporters. “We look forward to restoring normalcy in the near future and seeing you at a future event.

“If we’ve learned anything over the past years, it’s that our country and particularly New Yorkers are very resilient,” he added. “We will get through this together.”


Flushing pol to recognize leaders for Women’s History Month

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Tonight, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblyman Ron Kim is hosting an event to recognize eight community leaders.

Each honoree will receive the “Unsung Shero Award” in recognition of their contributions in service to their neighbors and communities.

“The recipients are positive role models who have demonstrated leadership, shown compassion and inspired others through their commitment to furthering justice and equality,” Kim wrote.

The event takes place at Flushing Public Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, starting at 6 p.m.

To RSVP, email tony@ronkim.com.


Queens Chamber’s Real Estate Committee to host networking event

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The Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Real Estate Committee is kicking off 2020 with its first networking event of the season.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The One Boutique Moon Bar, located at 137-72 Northern Boulevard.

The committee will be discussing upcoming real estate events for the year, and will take feedback on any topics that should be discussed further.

It’s also an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues in the industry.

For more information on the event, see here.


State Senator Liu hosts Earth Day Poster Celebration

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State Senator John Liu is calling for local students to submit entries for the New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Celebration.

The contest is a statewide event encouraging awareness of environmental issues in recognition and honor of Earth Day.

The poster celebration is for students in grades K-6. This year’s theme is: Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle.

The posters will be displayed online, and participants will receive a certificate.

Schools wishing to participate in the event must submit their entry by April 20, 2020 via the senator’s website here.

Students are encouraged not only to be creative in this project, but also to convey a “deep commitment” to making the environment a better place.


Queens bus network redesign workshop in Flushing

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The MTA is redesigning the entire bus network in Queens, and they want the public to chime in on the changes.

Specifically, the redesign will result in fewer turns, fewer bus miles and better, more direct connections to subways.

There will be longer distances between bus stops and straighter paths for each route.

You can see examples of the changes in the map above for northeast Queens, a transit-starved area that relies heavily on buses to get around.

The new routes will run along highly-used thoroughfares like Northern Boulevard, Francis Lewis Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway. Most of the routes run east-west, but a few will go north-south, connecting to southeast Queens.

To get a better sense of how your current bus line will be rerouted, check out the MTA’s route profiles here.

As part of their effort to solicit feedback from the public, the MTA is hosting a series of public workshops with tabletop maps for attendees to pinpoint their routes.

Flushing Library will host a workshop tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you’re a regular bus rider and your commute will be changed by the redesign, be sure to attend the workshop to give your feedback on the proposed routes.


AAFE to host Queens Borough President candidate forum today

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Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is hosting a nonpartisan forum for Queens borough president candidates tonight at the Glow Community Center, located at One Flushing (133-29 41st Avenue) from 6 to 9 p.m.

The forum is co-hosted by other Asian American groups, including APA VOICE, a coalition of 20 nonprofits dedicated to voter engagement and education.

It will be moderated by veteran journalist Ti-Hua Chang. Translations will be provided in Mandarin, Korean and Bengali.

Although eight candidates previously agreed to participate, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer just announced this morning he is dropping out of the race, so seven candidates are expected to attend.

Sign up for the free event by visiting the link here.