Health center named after Matilda Raffa Cuomo

Photo courtesy/Brightpoint Health

A Jamaica clinic will be renovated and renamed after the former first lady of New York, and mother of the current governor, Matilda Raffa Cuomo.

Brightpoint Health, a nonprofit healthcare provider, decided to honor Cuomo’s legacy of charitable and humanitarian efforts. She helped found the organization.

The health center will offer integrated behavioral health and primary care services to address mental health and substance abuse issues. The clinic currently serves over 60,000 patients and clients.

The expanded center includes an additional 3,000 square feet.

“My mother has dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate and uplifting New Yorkers in need, and I applaud the renaming of this facility to honor her long career of service,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to hold office hours at Borough Hall

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Beginning this Friday, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) will hold monthly office hours inside Queens Borough Hall.

City officials will begin to provide residents easier access to information and services for the Queens immigrant community.

“Nearly half of our borough’s 2.3 million people were born abroad, and their many contributions to our community are a source of strength and a vital part of the Queens identity,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “More immigrants and more DACA-eligible immigrants call Queens home than any other borough, and in this increasingly uncertain climate, we want immigrant families to know that New York has their backs.”

The upcoming deadline for enrollment renewals for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program is on October 5.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, approximately 28,000 DACA-eligible immigrants live in Queens.

The MOIA team will be in Borough Hall the last Friday of every month. Residents can meet with representatives one-on-one between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

“In the world’s borough, where nearly half of all residents are immigrants, holding monthly office hours at Queens Borough Hall will allow MOIA to be even more accessible to Queens residents,” said Bitta Mostofi, acting commissioner for MOIA. “Immigration status should not be a barrier to accessing resources, and through our legal services programs, IDNYC, access to Know Your Rights forums, among other resources, Mayor de Blasio’s administration is working every day to make New York City a more inclusive city for all.”


Need SAT Prep? Richmond Hill Tutoring Open House this Saturday

With kids back in school, the time to focus on the SATs is here. And getting into college and can be a tough competition.
There are a bunch of options for SAT Prep but Richmond Hill Tutoring offers a wonderful opportunity to bring SAT scores higher than you expected. Instructors at Richmond Hill Tutoring are Ivy League level. With the full program of coursework, homework and practice tests, SAT scores have increased by 200 points.
Stop by Richmond Hill Tutoring’s Open House on Saturday, September 16th, from 10 am-Noon, to check out the programming.
Richmond Hill Tutoring is located at 113-18 Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill.


Resorts World Casino offers new September events

Take advantage of new promotions and events this September at Resorts World Casino New York City.

These are some of the happenings this month.

  • Latin Tuesdays: Salsa lessons at 8:30 p.m., live performances from Tipica 72 on September 19 and Ray Villegas on September 26, both 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Tribute Wednesdays: Anyway You Want It band tribute on September 13, Killer Joe tribute on September 20 and Drive brand tribute on September 27, all from 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Throwback Thursdays: Ninedeez Nite on September 14, Guilty Pleasures on September 21 and White Wedding on September 28.
  • Friday Night Live: Live performances until 11:30 p.m., followed by a DJ and dancers until 2 a.m.
  • Saturday Nights: Bar 360 transforms into a club, with a DJ performing from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Other events include the Moon Festival Concert at 9 p.m. on September 30th, featuring a performance by Pierre Ngo Ka Nin.


Adrienne Adams wins Democratic primary for City Council


City Council candidate and Community Board 12 chair Adrienne Adams emerged victorious in the Democratic primary for City Council.

Adams, backed by county leaders, collected 3,341 votes, representing 38.81 percent, according to the Board of Elections.

Two other candidates, Richard David and Hettie Powell, took home 2,763 votes (32 percent) and 2,483 votes (28 percent), respectively.

All three were vying for the seat vacated by former Councilman Ruben Wills, who was found guilty of public corruption and kicked out of the City Council.

The 28th Council District includes parts of Richmond Hill, Rochdale, South Ozone Park and Jamaica.

Now the race goes to the general election, where the Democratic candidate is almost guaranteed a victory because Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district.

That will likely make Adrienne Adams your next City Council member.


SE Queens kicks off Senior Appreciation Month

Elected officials representing all parts of southeast Queens kicked off the 15th annual Senior Appreciation Month last week in Jamaica.

They announced a calendar of shows, events and cultural experiences hosted through their offices throughout the month, including a Gospel Fest, bowling and a comedy show.

“These older men and women created the communities we all enjoy to live in and I am pleased to be able to work with my colleagues in government to support the quality of life they so deserve,” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller. “This month, our seniors will have the opportunity to socialize, exercise and be entertained with music and comedy.”

Other officials who will participate in the month include Congressman Gregory Meeks, Councilman Barry Grodenchik, Councilman Rory Lancman, State Senator Leroy Comrie, State Senator James Sanders, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, and Assemblyman David Weprin.


Jamaica firehouse gets $500K for window upgrades

Elected officials are investing more than $2 million in capital upgrades for Queens firehouses, including $500,000 for a Jamaica station.

Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Paul Vallone, the FDNY and Community Board 7 announced that $2.075 million has been allocated for the next fiscal year.

“Firehouses hold New York’s Bravest, our heroes who fearlessly run toward danger and crisis when everyone else runs away,” Katz said. “Firehouses are the pillars of the neighborhood, where Queens families turn to for safety and rescue at our most vulnerable hours.”

“We owe an immeasurable debt to our firefighters and first responders,” added Vallone. “The best fire department in the world deserves the best in return.”

“This funding will go a long way to improving these firehouses and is a shining example of what can be accomplished by partnering with our fellow elected officials.”

FDNY Engine 275/Ladder 133 at 111-36 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica will get $500,000 for window upgrades.

The funding will go to these other firehouses:

  • FDNY Engine 307/Ladder 154 at 81-19 Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights (kitchen upgrade)
  • FDNY Engine 295/Ladder 144 at 12-49 149th St. in Whitestone (doors)
  • FDNY Engine 297/Ladder 130 at 119-11 14th Rd. in College Point (doors)
  • FDNY Engine 306 at 40-18 214th Pl. in Bayside (doors)
  • FDNY Engine 313/Ladder 164 at 44-01 244th St. in Little Neck (doors)

Miller announces city funds for seniors

Councilman I. Daneek Miller has secured nearly $200,000 for seniors in his southeast Queens council district.

The following organizations received funding in the city’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget:

  • Queens Interagency Council on the Aging: $50,000
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center of Cambria heights: $25,000
  • Allen Community Senior Center: $10,000
  • Community Bridge Home: $5,000
  • Calvary Baptist Church of Jamaica: $12,000
  • India Home, Inc.: $10,000
  • Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults: $55,000 ($25,000 came from the Queens Delegation)
  • Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP): $10,000
  • NYCHA Conlon Lihfe Towers Senior Advocacy Group: $5,000
  • South Asian Council for Social Services: $5,000
  • Robert Couche Senior Center: $8,000

“By working with our senior centers and faith-based institutions throughout the district, we funded programs and capital projects to expand the services, which will ensure our older residents are well taken care of,” Miller said.

The nonprofits that received funding will use it to support seniors filing for tax credits, organize exercise activities and field trips to cultural institutions, and purchase art and kitchen supplies and computers.


Pols want commuter service for eastern Queens

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Elected officials representing eastern Queens and western Nassau County neighborhoods are pushing for the MTA to create better service for local residents.

Councilman Barry Grodenchik, State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages and Assemblyman Clyde Vanel want either Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or express bus service at Belmont Park.

During the Summer of Hell, when Penn Station was upgrading its tracks and LIRR service was reduced, express bus service was offered from Belmont Park to accommodate commuters. The pols believe this service should be made permanent.

“The establishment of permanent bus or railroad service at Belmont Park would serve as an essential transit hub for communities that have historically been ignored by public transportation programs,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks.

“Largely due to the lack of public transit infrastructure, Queens Village residents super some of the longest commute times in our city,” added State Senator Comrie. “We should be seeking to take full advantage of the limited infrastructure that does exist.”


Resorts Casino announces winner of car giveaway

Folks, we have a winner!
73-year-old Owen Edwards recently won the Resorts World Casino NYC car giveaway. Edwards, a frequent guest of Resorts World, is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. After winning the Lexus NX 200t, Edwards said that he plans to drive to Washington, D.C. to visit his daughter and granddaughter.
The promotion garnered nearly 100,000 entries over a six week promotional period, with the giveaway announced on Friday, August 18. In addition to Edwards’ win, nine winners won up to $10,000 in cash prizes. In order to be eligible for entry, Genting Rewards Club Members at Resorts World Casino NYC had to earn 100 rewards points on a day between July 1st and August 17th.