On the brief side... Markey Announces Employment Fair
Assemblymember Margaret Markey (D–Maspeth), in conjunction with several local organizations, will sponsor a job fair and employment seminar next Thursday, May 5, at the Hudson Council Knights of Columbus at 49-18 Queens Blvd., Woodside from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Presenters at the event will include representatives from Queens businesses and city and state agencies, Markey said, including the New York Police Department, Council for Airport Opportunity, RCN Cable, Time Warner Cable and Aflac Insurance.
Career training professionals from LaGuardia Community College will conduct interview training and resume writing seminars. Other pertinent topics will include interview techniques and writing and job search.
Sears Hosts Police Commish At Town Hall Meeting
Public safety will be the main topic and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will be the main speaker when City Councilmember Helen Sears hosts a Town Hall meeting next Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 98-16 55th Ave., Corona.
Sears (D–Jackson Heights) said, “Police Commissioner Kelly was kind enough to accept my invitation to discuss public safety issues with our community, and I am hopeful that anyone with public safety concerns on their mind will take advantage of this opportunity to speak directly with the commissioner.”
Since she joined the council, Sears said “One of my primary goals has been to work to ensure that our families, homes and streets are safe. By providing area residents with useful information on public safety and enhancing the line of communication between the community and the Police Department we are creating a safer community.”
Flushing Graffiti Targeted
Storefronts in Downtown Flushing are undergoing a comprehensive graffiti cleanup by the area’s Business Improvement District (BID), it was announced by City Councilmember John Liu, state Senator Toby Stavisky and Assemblymember Jimmy Meng.
The cleanup, which will include power washing and painting, is going on late at night and in the early morning so as not to interfere with business during the day. It’s part of the BID’s effort to beautify the downtown business district. The $15,000 cost of the cleanup was donated by Vornado Realty Trust.
Liu said, “People want to see storefronts that are attractive, orderly and free of graffiti, and this effort will ensure that.”
Avella, City Planning Discuss Whitestone Rezoning
Speaking at a recent Town Hall meeting in Whitestone, City Councilmember Tony Avella (D–Bayside) stated that the ongoing Whitestone rezoning study “will help to restore the quality of life on many blocks in this community.”
Accompanied by John Young, Queens Director of City Planning, Avella noted that Whitestone, like many other similar communities “has suffered the problems of overdevelopment for way too long.”
He added, “The construction of multiple homes in place of a single-family house and the construction of McMansions in this quiet community will not be allowed to continue unchecked. This rezoning will help us to end all that.”
Among the groups present were the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association and the Whitestone Boosters Association. The Whitestone study is the third major rezoning effort undertaken by Avella and City Planning.
Family Health Fair
Assemblymember Brian McLaughlin in association with St. Benedict Joseph Labre Church will hold a family health fair on Saturday, May 14 from noon to 4 p.m. in the church school gymnasium at 94-25 117th St., Richmond Hill.
McLaughlin (D–Flushing/Richmond Hill) said in his announcement that lectures on cardiac risk assessment and cancer awareness will be given during the event.
Health care providers will be in attendance to give out information on Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus plans, long-term care programs, adult day care and Medicaid in general.