2016-06-29 / Features

Steinway Astoria Partnership Holds Annual Meeting


Melva Miller, the Deputy Borough President, and Keynote Speaker for the Steinway Astoria Partnership’s annual meeting. 
Photos Austin J. Piazza Melva Miller, the Deputy Borough President, and Keynote Speaker for the Steinway Astoria Partnership’s annual meeting. Photos Austin J. Piazza The Steinway Astoria Partnership held its annual meeting at Tut’s Hub on Wednesday, June 22nd. The annual meeting brings together all stakeholders of the Business Improvement District to present the Partnership’s annual report, including a review of the previous year’s accomplishments and the goals and budget for the coming year.

Kevin Foley, President of the BID, and Tony Barsamian, the Chairman, welcomed the attendees. Barsamian stated he was delighted to have Melva Miller, the Deputy Borough President, as the Keynote Speaker for the event and as Guest Speaker, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, Gregg Bishop.

Commissioner Bishop stated that the Steinway Astoria Partnership was one of 72 business improvement districts currently in the city. Partnerships between the city and business improvement districts are crucial to help small businesses thrive. He went on to say that SBS is working to make processes easier for small businesses through technology, which would expedite permitting processes for businesses by enabling them to use their smart phones, eliminating time away from their business.


(L. to r.); Tony Barsamian, the Steinway Astoria Partnership BID Chairman; Marie Torniali, Executive Director; and Kevin Foley, President, addressed the attendees at the BID’s annual meeting. (L. to r.); Tony Barsamian, the Steinway Astoria Partnership BID Chairman; Marie Torniali, Executive Director; and Kevin Foley, President, addressed the attendees at the BID’s annual meeting. Deputy Borough President Miller congratulated the BID on the new “Something for Everyone” directory. Miller stated that having sat on the board of the Partnership years ago, she is very familiar with its great work. Astoria is a thriving neighborhood with many mom and pop businesses, which the Borough President’s office is ready and able to assist in any way possible. The housing market is also booming, and with it, strong retail corridors such as Steinway Street, are vital to address consumer needs. The Deputy Borough President also mentioned enhanced transportation options coming to the Astoria area, such as the ferry and the “QBX” (as she likes to call the Brooklyn-Queens Connector).


(L. to r.); Tony Barsamian, the Steinway Astoria Partnership BID Chairman, Melva Miller, the Deputy Borough President, the Keynote Speaker for the event and Guest Speaker, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, Gregg Bishop. (L. to r.); Tony Barsamian, the Steinway Astoria Partnership BID Chairman, Melva Miller, the Deputy Borough President, the Keynote Speaker for the event and Guest Speaker, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, Gregg Bishop. Also in attendance were Niki Kokkinos from Council Member Constantinides’ office, Kenny Medrano from Council Member Van Bramer’s office and Aliya Latif from NYC Comptroller’s Stringer’s office.

Barsamian went over the annual report, noting that the Steinway Astoria Partnership’s budget is always fiscally prudent, and the programs such as sanitation/ maintenance, beautification, and marketing and promotional programs are pivotal in ensuring that Steinway Street remains the strong business district that it always has been. He stated that the Steinway BID’s success would not be possible without the dedication of the board and Executive Director Marie Torniali and her staff. Barsamian then thanked Khaled, owner of Tut’s Hub, for hosting the meeting and providing an assortment of the restaurant’s amazing food for all to taste.



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