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Vallone, Johnson Roundtable With Korean American Leaders


NYC Council Member Paul Vallone and Speaker Corey Johnson joined civic, business and non-profit leaders in the Korean American community for a roundtable discussion on January 31st. NYC Council Member Paul Vallone and Speaker Corey Johnson joined civic, business and non-profit leaders in the Korean American community for a roundtable discussion on January 31st. NYC Council Member Paul Vallone and Speaker Corey Johnson held a roundtable discussion at Korean Community Services with civic, business and non-profit leaders in the Korean American community on January 31st. Vallone has held several roundtable discussions with these leaders, working to connect them with city resources and creating opportunities for discussion with the previous City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. The meeting focused on exploring solutions to many common issues faced by Korean American organizations, including language and cultural barriers, obtaining City Council contracts and funding, and overcoming obstacles to receiving essential services. In particular, Johnson and Vallone shared concerns about many city agencies lacking the foreign language speakers to effectively communicate and provide service to Korean American businesses and organizations.


NYC Council Member Paul Vallone and Speaker Corey Johnson held a roundtable discussion at Korean Community Services with civic, business and non-profit leaders in the Korean American community focusing on exploring solutions to many common issues faced by Korean American organizations, including language and cultural barriers, obtaining City Council contracts and funding, and overcoming obstacles to receiving essential services. NYC Council Member Paul Vallone and Speaker Corey Johnson held a roundtable discussion at Korean Community Services with civic, business and non-profit leaders in the Korean American community focusing on exploring solutions to many common issues faced by Korean American organizations, including language and cultural barriers, obtaining City Council contracts and funding, and overcoming obstacles to receiving essential services. In the past these meetings have created tangible results. Over the past five years, Vallone has secured more than $7 million in funding for Korean American organizations. Korean Community Services has received $4.5 million from the City Council, the speaker and the borough president to renovate their new Bayside location. The Korean American Family Service Center was able to secure funding for additional beds at their women’s shelter. The organizations within the Korean American Business Council of NY and the Murray Hill Merchants Association have received assistance with pressing concerns, including regulation and fine-related issues and the reopening of the Murray Hill in Flushing, all of which have provided them tremendous relief. This degree of partnership and funding in Northeast Queens was unprecedented during previous administrations, Vallone explained.

“Since I was elected, I have sought to create bridges for the Korean American community who make incredible contributions to our city, both economically and culturally. I thank Speaker Johnson for joining us today as we work to support these organizations,” said Council Member Vallone. “Continuing the dialogue will be critical as the combined knowledge, experience, and passion expressed by all of the leaders present today will benefit not just the Korean American community but all of Northeast Queens.”

“The Korean American community’s contributions to New York make our city a better place to live and work. I am immensely grateful for all this community brings to our economy, culture and society, and I was inspired and moved by our meeting with Korean leaders in Bayside. I thank my friend and colleague, Council Member Paul Vallone, for organizing this wonderful event,” said Speaker Corey Johnson.

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