After nearly six months of shutdown due to public health concerns, Resorts World Casino opened its doors to the public this afternoon.
The entertainment hub has implemented an extensive safety plan in order to adhere to the State’s guidelines to ensure a safe reopening. All guests are required to wear masks and maintain a six foot distance from others outside their party.
Entry is limited to the bus lobby entrance, specific parking areas and the skybridge. Staff will conduct temperature checks at the door.
During the first phase of the reopening, guests will be able to enjoy electronic blackjack, baccarat and Three-Card Poker games with plexiglass dividers. Physical distancing panels will be erected on select slot machines. The casino has also installed sanitation stations, equipped hand sanitizer and wipes, throughout the floor.
“While the casino floor may look a little different, all of these changes are part of our 21-point plan, created with your health and safety in mind,” said Resorts World Casino New York City COO Scott Molina. “Regulating capacity on the casino floor will allow for easier social distancing, and sanitation stations will make it easy for you to wipe down electronic table games and other common areas before touching them. Once we are back open, we will constantly be evaluating the situation in order to gauge when we can return our full suite of amenities to our valued guests.”
State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato toured the facility yesterday, ensuring that all protocols were up to standard before the official opening.
“I was thankful to learn of Governor Cuomo’s decision,” said Senator Addabbo. “This will result in many of the furloughed casino workers returning to their jobs and providing for their families, while permitting our residents to visit these gaming sites to safely enjoy the amenities during these difficult times. The reopening of casinos will also be an economic generator for revenue and educational funding for our state, as we deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Last weekend, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams enlisted community-based organizations and resident volunteers in a community cleanup effort across the district.
Working in small groups, volunteers beautified and cleaned streets in Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and Jamaica.
Due to recent budget cuts, there has been increased litter on streets and sidewalks across the city.
Community groups that participated included: South Queens Women’s March, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, South East Queens Cleanup Initiative and Hood Love.
“Sanitation is critical to the health and safety of our communities and we each have a role to play,” Adams said. “While we worked to clean up trash, this event was also an opportunity to raise awareness abut the importance of keeping our community clean.”
Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced a new Outdoor Learning initiative for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The program will allow schools to hold classes outdoors in schoolyards, adjacent streets and nearby park space. The program is open to all public, charter and private schools.
Schools in areas hardest hit by COVID-19 with no outdoor space will receive priority.
Beginning on Monday, school principals can submit a request for learning space in school adjacent streets and nearby parks. Schools that want to use their own on-site yards can fill out a survey to notify the Department of Education.
Proposals submitted by Friday, August 28th will receive responses by September 4. Additional requests can be submitted on a rolling basis.
Jamaica, Rockaway and Far Rockaway are some of the Queens neighborhoods that will be prioritized.
Others include Corona, Briarwood and Queensbridge in Long Island City.
This week, NYC Census 2020 launched the NYC “Census Subway Series” and “NYC Counts” census contest, to mobilize New Yorkers to self-respond to the census immediately.
The initiative follows President Trump’s move to cut the census short by one month.
“The 2020 Census will be a critical component of New York City’s recovery after COVID-19. That means we must do everything we can to achieve a complete and accurate count, and fight Donald Trump’s attempts to steal the census,” saidJulie Menin, Director of NYC Census 2020 and Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel, NYC Law Department.
The “Census Subway Series” is a weekly challenge in which two neighborhoods from different boroughs will are pit against each other to see which gains the largest growth in its Census 2020 self-response rate. Competitor will be announced on a weekly basis over a five-week period,based on the latest self-response rate data. .
First to compete are Jamaica, Queens (current self-response rate: 49.4%) and Canarsie, Brooklyn (current self-response rate: 47.9%).
In addition to bragging rights, residents of the competing neighborhoods — as well as any New Yorker who completes the census during the next five weeks — may be eligible to win these prizes:
$1,000 gift card from Seamless (six total)
A $50 Lyft credit voucher and annual CitiBike membership (100 total)
An annual membership to The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 (a $200 value; 25 total)
All New Yorkers must take a photo of their census completion confirmation page and upload it to the City’s website to enter. Complete rules can be found at nyc.gov/censuscontest. The last day to enter is Monday, September 21, 2020.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced last week that 77-year-old Ramon Rodriguez of South Ozone Park has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing two girls at his daughter’s daycare center.
One of the victims was just seven years old when she was abused in 2010. The second was just five years old when she was abused in 2019.
In January, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in the first degree.
He will be required to register as a sex offender.
On Monday, community members celebrated the grand opening of Sheikh Medical Care PLLC in Ozone Park.
Located at 103-02 93rd Street, the practice is led by board certified Dr. Tania M. Skeikh, who boasts a long career as an internal medicine physician.
Among the people who cut the ribbon for the new office was Councilman Eric Ulrich.
“There are so many people in this district that have been looking for a doctor’s office, and we want them to know they have a great option right here in our backyard,” he said. “Dr. Tania M. Skeikh is the epitome of the American dream, having come here from Bangladesh.
Sheikh said she’s grateful to serve the health concerns of Queens.
“It’s long awaited, but the community can rest assured a great and qualified doctor is in your neighborhood,” she said.
For more information, contact Sheikh Medical Care PLLC at 718-487-3944 orSheikhMedicalCarePLLC@gmail.com.
Dr. Sheldon Schwartz celebrated his 101st birthday at his Holliswood home last week with a citation from Councilman Barry Grodenchik.
Schwartz was chief of the Clinic of Arthritis and Rheumatism at Bellevue Hospital for more than 30 years. He became the first chair of rheumatology at Long Island Jewish Hospital.
He then helped build Hillcrest General Hospital and was chief of medicine there for another 25 years.
Born in Brooklyn, Schwartz played football at Richmond High School. He later graduated cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He enrolled at NYU School of Medicine, and later became a professor of clinical medicine and fellow of the Academy of Internal Medicine.
“From building a hospital to winning sports trophies to play a mean game of bridge, Dr. Schwartz teaches us that living life fully is key to a long and bountiful life,” Grodenchik said. “He is a pillar of the medical field, his family and our community.”