Last week, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams hosted a forum for small businesses and minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) at Resorts World Casino NYC.
The panelists included SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop, Jonnel Doris, director of the Mayor’s Office for MWBEs, QEDC Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte, Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Tom Grech and Dr. Simone Lord of the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce.
The event focused on networking and resources for the small business community, particularly MWBEs.
“Small businesses and M/WBEs are the backbone of our community,” Adams said, “and our thriving economy so it is important to understand the challenges these business owners face and help provide the resources that allow them to thrive.”
Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office is organizing a food drive to support local pantries and families in need.
During the Lenten season, his office will collect donations for the food pantry at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Church in Ozone Park, as well as the pantry at St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church in Rockaway and Broad Channel.
These are the food items needed at the churches’ food pantries:
Chili with beans
Corn beef hash
Chicken noodle soup
Beef ravioli sauce
Spaghetti and meatballs
Macaroni and beef
Macaroni and cheese (boxes)
The canned/non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at Ulrich’s district office at 93-06 101st Avenue (Ozone Park), or the Rockaway Park district office at 114-12 Beach Channel Drive, Suite 1.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Community activist Richard David has announced his candidacy for the New York State Assembly.
David will run for the vacant seat in District 31, which encompasses the southeast Queens neighborhoods around JFK Airport: Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Hammels, Richmond Hill, Rosedale, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens and Wakefield.
The position was vacated after former Assemblywoman Michele Titus was elected as a Queens Civil Court judge earlier this year. Titus has served in the Assembly since 2002.
Governor Cuomo is expected to declare a special election in the next few days. The regularly-scheduled primary is set for June 23rd.
David has lived in southeast Queens for 25 yeas, and is currently a district leader for Assembly District 31.
He spent 10 years working in government, and was at one point one of the youngest members of his local community board.
He co-founded a youth-led social justice organization, and led the nonprofit desk of a private government relations firms.
David is also an adjunct history professor at York College.