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Annual Breakfast: Addressing Concerns

UCCA Holds Annual Breakfast

Attending the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) Legislative/Executive Breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel were (l. to r.): Council Member Costa Constantinides, Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, UCCA board member and Chair of the Breakfast, Maureen Allen, NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, and Council Member Daniel Dromm. Photos Tony BarsamianAttending the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) Legislative/Executive Breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel were (l. to r.): Council Member Costa Constantinides, Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, UCCA board member and Chair of the Breakfast, Maureen Allen, NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, and Council Member Daniel Dromm. Photos Tony BarsamianThe United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its Legislative/Executive Breakfast on February 9, at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel Liberty Suites. UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo welcomed everyone and then the guests were introduced by member of the UCCA Board of Directors and Chair of the Breakfast, Maureen Allen. There was a Q&A followed by remarks by legislators and executives. The Breakfast Committee, consisting of Mary Damakos, Donald Lizzul, Kathryn Lizzul, UCCA Vice President Carolyn Scarano, and Irene Vasiliakos made all the arrangements and organized the whole UCCA Breakfast.


Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (with mic) addressed those gathered at the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) Legislative/Executive Breakfast, including UCCA board member and Chair of the Breakfast, Maureen Allen, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, and Council Member Daniel Dromm. 
Photos Tony Barsamian Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (with mic) addressed those gathered at the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) Legislative/Executive Breakfast, including UCCA board member and Chair of the Breakfast, Maureen Allen, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, and Council Member Daniel Dromm. Photos Tony Barsamian UCCA President Poveromo gave the following speech:

Good morning. A very happy, healthy and, hopefully peaceful New Year and a very warm welcome to this, the United Community Civic Association’s Annual Legislative/Executive Breakfast with sincere apologies for being “bumped” from place to place. Thanks to the LaGuardia Marriott and Cynthia for saving the day.

For those of you joining us for the first time, my name is Rose Marie Poveromo. I am the president of UCCA and your hostess this morning.


NYS Senator Jose Peralta spoke on several issues. Seated nearby are NYS Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Michael Gianaris. NYS Senator Jose Peralta spoke on several issues. Seated nearby are NYS Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Michael Gianaris. A select group of participants have graciously accepted our invitation and join us at this roundtable, albeit fewer elected officials, due to scheduling conflicts.

City, state and congressional representatives were invited to project their vision, perspectives if you will, for 2018 and beyond.

Recognized and respected civic leaders and activists, community board representatives, major industrial, commercial and hospital CEOs and administrators as well as small business owners, all stakeholders in northwest Queens in one way or another are also participants. They are encouraged to give voice to their respective communities and/or business concerns.

UCCA and myself, as president, have not wavered or hesitated to publicly and candidly address what we considered to be serious and pressing concerns and major issues unique to environmentally sensitive, densely populated northwest Queens at each and every opportunity as a defender of its assaulted quality of life, pleading for environmental justice and a cap on overdevelopment of unaffordable luxury high-rises oft-times displacing long-term community residents.


President Rose Marie Poveromo with guests from the 115th Police Precinct. President Rose Marie Poveromo with guests from the 115th Police Precinct. For that reason, we needn’t belabor the aforementioned this morning, save to take this civic platform to express how saddened we are—we, the average, everyday American, many suffering “buyers’ remorse,” who are the essence, the great heart of America. Its hopes and its dreams are being shredded and diminished, and its people divided by those conscienceless (people) seated in DC, enjoying the fruits, yet deficient in humanitarian considerations—elitists artfully devoid of compassion for those less fortunate.


The long line of attendees at the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) Legislative/Executive Breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel Liberty Suites. The long line of attendees at the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) Legislative/Executive Breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel Liberty Suites. That said, on behalf of UCCA we extend heartfelt congratulations to New York’s reelected City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens City Council Members Paul Vallone, Costa Constantinides, Danny Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer and Speaker Corey Johnson, hoping that promises made are promises kept!

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