2018-02-21 / Features

UCCA Holds Annual Legislative/Executive Breakfast

The Queens Gazette apologizes for editing inappropriately the welcoming remarks delivered at the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) Annual Legislative/Executive Breakfast on Friday, February 9. The following are the full opening remarks by Rose Marie Poveromo:

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 and 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.

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, to listen to and 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,” and “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-risers oft-times displacing long-term community residents.

For that reason, we needn’t belabor the aforementioned this morning, save to take this civic platform to express how saddened we, the average, everyday American, (many suffering buyers remorse) that the essence, the great heart of America, its hopes and its dreams are being shredded and diminished and its people divided by those conscienceless seated in DC, enjoying the fruits, yet deficient in humanitarian considerations. Elitists artfully devoid of compassion for those less fortunate.

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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