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Queens Residents Ask New Borough President Elect To Help With COVID-19 Crisis | The NY Journal


Queens is considered the most diverse county in the entire country, and after Brooklyn, is the one with the second largest population in New City York, with more than 2 million 200 thousand inhabitants. This territory east of Manhattan is home to 28% Latino, 26% Asian, 25% White, and 20% Black; it is considered the county of immigrants par excellence.

In its different corners more than 160 languages ​​are spoken, It has the two largest airports in the entire city, an endless gastronomic offer, artistic and cultural manifestations everywhere, crowded beaches, it is the home of the Mets, the headquarters of the United States Tennis Open and houses to Flushing Park.

But it also has neighborhoods with a lot of poverty, schools with overcrowding, trains like 7 that is sometimes insufficient to transport millions of passengers, lack of equal access to services, incomplete health coverage, lack of employment, serious housing problems and salary theft, moles that with the COVID-19 pandemic were much more evident.

This is how the Colombian defines it Juan Mancera, resident of Crown, one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by coronavirus, which put many of the deaths that the health crisis has left in the Big Apple. A crisis that continues to haunt like a ghost and that threatens to strengthen with the increase in infections in several areas.

That’s Queens. That and so much more. We are a county that many white people do not even imagine that it is like this, with all the bad and the good. And although the authorities do not want to admit it, we are the forgotten county, they always leave us last along with The bronx“Said the father of the family, who has been without a permanent job for months.

“This is the county of the search. Just look at all these food stalls, selling water, hats, flowers and even masks that there are On the streets all over the Roosevelt and here by Corona Plaza. If it weren’t for this, more people would be starving and unable to pay rent or services, “added the immigrant.

And precisely in that ‘search’, while selling corn with mayonnaise in a makeshift cart, Elisha Baptist share your neighbor’s opinion.

Eliseo Bautista, Mexican corn seller, in Corona, Queens

Here what is most lacking is employment, health services and shaking hands … it is as if they had forgotten us, as if we did not exist “, assures the Mexican. “The City or the Governor take us into account and we also live here, we also help with the economy and it was good that now with this destruction that the pandemic left in our neighborhoods, things will change.”

Hopes for changes with Richards

Hope, he says, is now on the president. Not the next president of the country: (Biden, as made official), but on the elected president of Queens, current councilman Donovan Richards, an African American son of immigrants, who will replace Sharon lee, who served as acting county head since Melinda Katz moved to the county attorney’s office.

With 380,449 votes, what equates to 67.3% of the electorate who participated in the elections on Tuesday, November 3, the Democratic candidate Richards surpassed his Republican opponent Joann Ariola, who got 173,056 votes and Dao Yin, who received 11,696.

“Let’s see if he finally does something for real, to change things around here. Unless they know that we exist and that they help us to solve the needs we have ”, he adds. Elysium.

And in the words of the new county chairman, who must return to the polls in 2021 To continue in office, his work after taking the reins of Queens will be led by a firm commitment to unity and coverage of the most basic needs.

Assemblyman Catalina Cruz with Donovan Richards, candidate for the presidency of Queens.

“While there were those who looked at how to divide us, those who said to build walls in Queens, here in Queens County, we We are letting them know that we are going to build bridges ”, said the 37-year-old politician, acknowledging that the effects of the pandemic must be urgently addressed.

“As unemployment swarms, supporting food pantries and small businesses will be essential to make sure no one in the county is starving. We have a lot of work to do and we are going to do it, “added the Democrat.

Priority: serving minorities

Diana Moreno, Director of Programs of the NICE Queens organization which helps day laborers and immigrant workers, victims of wage theft and families who lose their homes, called for the problems that have been exacerbated by the pandemic in the county to be addressed as a priority.

“We are concerned about the increase in luxury and corporate development projects displacing long-time residents and local businesses in our Jackson Heights neighborhood. In addition, these development projects tend to hire unscrupulous contractors who steal workers’ wages, and fail to use adequate safety measures resulting in accidents and even fatalities in the workplace, disproportionately impacting workers. immigrant workers ”, mentioned the activist.

Moreno assured that “a county president who understands the importance of defending resources for community organizations in the city budget, as we serve some of the municipality’s vulnerable populations and help prevent the exacerbation of social problems that affect our county.

Latinos in Corona, Queens

The NICE spokesperson He also mentioned the urgency to promote a change in the NYPD’s handling of its relationships with immigrant and less favored communities and that resources are invested in social programs and not in police surveillance.

“In addition, we need a champion who will push the Mayor to defund the New York Police Department and tax billionaires to extend economic relief to excluded workers and expand social programs that will benefit our county for future generations,” he stressed. .

Support from other elected officials

Francisco Moya, a Queens councilor, of Ecuadorian origin, the largest Latino group residing in that county, gave him his vote of confidence President Elect Richards, and also agreed that the damage that the pandemic has already done in those communities must be tackled.

Queens is home to 28% Latinos.

The coming months will be crucial to reverse the negative impact of this pandemic and the xenophobic rhetoric that has affected our community especially immigrants. Queens County Acting President Sharon Lee and former President Melinda Katz They have supported our community and I am confident that this effort and commitment will continue with the new county president, ”said the legislator.

State Assemblywoman for Corona, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst, Catalina CruzNot only was she confident that the county president-elect will help change the face of the needs that exist, but also stressed that as the son of immigrants, she understands more about what happens in those neighborhoods.

The problem in transportation is one of the main needs of Queens

Being who he is and coming from where Donovan Richards has already given us his word to work hard for this county, starting with the accessibility of our people to the government services that are available, and that are the greatest challenge at this time, “said the policy, highlighting that together with Richards they will work on the creation of the Immigrant Welcome Center. “Many people in the county don’t know where to get services and they must go to 35 places to get help housing and others for immigration help and others for health issues. With this plan, all access to services will be under one roof, facilitating that access ”.

The legislator added that in addition, and in order to guarantee that nothing will be left out of his work plan, the new president of Queens promised to create a Transition Commission in order to better plan and develop his work. “I think his arrival brings hope to our county. There is a lot to do and here we will be ready to roll up our sleeves and continue working hard for our people ”.

Queens County in Numbers:

  • 2,358,582 is the estimated population of the county.
  • 28.1% are Hispanic.
  • 26.8% are Asian.
  • 25.0% of the inhabitants are white.
  • 20.7% are black.
  • 62.2% of the Ecuadorians in the city are there.
  • 69.9% of Peruvians in the Big Apple are in Queens.
  • 50.7% of Salvadorans live there.
  • 45.7% of all Mexicans in the city live there.
  • 35.6% of all Colombians live in Queens.
  • 48% of the county’s inhabitants come from other countries.
  • 27% of the total population of the Big Apple lives in Queens
  • 160 languages ​​are spoken in that county.
  • 52% of cities in the United States have more crime than Queens.
  • 7,728 violent crimes per year occur on average in Queens.
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