2017-07-19 / Front Page

Mayor Greets Queens At City Hall In Your Borough

BY JASON D. ANTOS

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz listen to concerns from a constituent during the City Resource Fair held July 18 in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center in Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. During the fair the Mayor and the Borough President joined City Commissioners and other top representatives from city agencies in answering questions from Queens residents regarding issues related to city government and the delivery PHOTOS BY JASON D. ANTOS/NYPMayor Bill de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz listen to concerns from a constituent during the City Resource Fair held July 18 in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center in Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. During the fair the Mayor and the Borough President joined City Commissioners and other top representatives from city agencies in answering questions from Queens residents regarding issues related to city government and the delivery PHOTOS BY JASON D. ANTOS/NYPMayor Bill de Blasio brought City Hall to Queens in a first-of-its-kind initiative to bring big government to the people. The mayor came to Queens Borough Hall, where he was welcomed by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz on Monday, July 17. De Blasio is spending the week in Queens, making himself available to residents and local community leaders to learn about “the needs of the people.” Traveling with him are heads of various city departments including Department of Transportation, Department of Finance, NYPD, the Economic Development Corporation, Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Small Business Services. The mayor met hundreds of Queens residents who lined up to tell the mayor what irks them, as well as congratulate him for caring about the people, as Angel Gomez from Corona and Amy Simona, a resident of Jackson Heights did. He seemed to win over the hundreds who wanted to shake his hand and share their concerns and ideas. Agency heads also geared up to discuss the multitude of personal and community-related problems facing residents of Queens.


Author and community activist George Onuorah, a 30-year resident of Corona and an African immigrant from many decades ago, discussed with Mayor de Blasio the plight of African American Queens residents who appear to be left out of many of the programs offered to new immigrants. 
Photos Dan Miller, DMD IMAGES Author and community activist George Onuorah, a 30-year resident of Corona and an African immigrant from many decades ago, discussed with Mayor de Blasio the plight of African American Queens residents who appear to be left out of many of the programs offered to new immigrants. Photos Dan Miller, DMD IMAGES During an exclusive interview with Queens Borough President Katz, the Queens Gazette learned that she was thrilled that the Mayor chose to meet and greet borough residents of Queens during Queens Week that coincided with the Mayor’s week here.


Mayor de Blasio assists a blind Queens resident with her concerns about services for the disabled. Mayor de Blasio assists a blind Queens resident with her concerns about services for the disabled. Katz said, “This is a special week in the borough of Queens to have the mayor here. He’s not only answering every constituent’s complaint, but folks are also able to be heard. And at the same time he has his commissioners there to talk about the details and also to do the follow-up. That’s the biggest complaint about government, follow-up is important. He is actually bringing the follow-up to the folks right in their own community.” One concern that struck Katz was about housing. With rising housing costs many fear they will not be able to continue living in Queens. “Education is also important to most of us in Queens,” with Queens schools at about 113 percent capacity, overcrowding is a big concern.

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