Mayor to make Queens his office this week
Mayor Bill de Blasio and his staff will set up shop in Queens this
week. It's all part of his "City Hall in Your Borough"
tour. NY1’s Shannan Ferry filed the following report.
From City Hall to the city’s largest borough, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his staff are slated to set up shop in Queens this week for his "City Hall in Your Borough" tour.
"Queens just seems to be the stepchild. I mean, all the attention is to Manhattan," said Oakland Gardens resident Brian Morrissey.
The goal of the initiative is to engage with New Yorkers unable to reach the mayor's office at its location in Manhattan. City officials will operate out of Queens Borough Hall for the week, marking the third stop in the campaign.
In May, the mayor spent a week in the Bronx. In April, he was on Staten Island. Queens residents say there are plenty of issues for him to address in the borough.
"I would like him to possibly take off the bike lines because it puts a lot of traffic near Queens Center Mall," said Elmhurst resident Yani Lisco.
"Definitely the garbage issue, especially in the summertime there should be more pickup," said Flushing resident Salina Nawaz. "There's a lot more the heat, just makes the smell of the garbage terrible."
There will also be several events where residents can voice some of their concerns. On Tuesday, locals can meet with top city commissioners and senior staff at Queens Borough Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The mayor is also scheduled to hold a town hall meeting Wednesday at P.S. 70 in Astoria at 7 p.m.
"I'm very concerned about construction," said Hollis Hills resident Marianne Goggin. "The homes that are being put up -- these 'mcmansions' -- they're really very, very large, very, very ugly."
"There's a lot of prominent robberies, and people being mugged, and I would like him to work on things like that," said Corona resident Maria Medina.
The week is also projected to include a cabinet meeting and various stops throughout the borough.
The initiative comes as de Blasio is up for re-election in November.
If you'd like to sign up for the resource fair, you can visit www.nyc.gov/queens