Economic Development

Housing Secretary Proposes Public Housing Rent Increase

By Editor | April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson made a proposal to make public housing residents pay 35 percent of their income in rent instead of their current 30 percent.  The proposal, which was announced on Wednesday, April 25 must first be approved by Congress.  This proposed increase comes at a time when NYCHA (New […]

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Businesses and Entrepreneurs Gather for Minority and Women Owned Forum

By Editor | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

What are the benefits of becoming M/WBE (Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise) certified?  How does becoming M/WBE certified increase chances of success?  How can partnerships increase the chances at obtaining a government contract?  Those questions, and much more, were answered at a panelist forum on M/WBEs at York College on Thursday, April 5. Downtown […]

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Help is on the way for NYCHA Tenants

By Editor | April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On April 2, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) Housing complexes in the five boroughs.  This order will assist in facilitating the repairs necessary to address what officials are calling a ‘public health crises’ for NYCHA tenants.  The plan will address repairs, upgrades, […]

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Residents Unite for Stake in JFK Redevelopment

By Editor | March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements-Roach Participants were asked to come to the Friday Night March 17 Town Hall meeting with pen, paper and positive attitude.  The goal was to find a means to approach the upcoming $10 billion dollar re-development of JFK International Airport and to ensure that Southeast Queens, its neighboring community, benefits positively as a […]

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Getting a Piece of JFK Development

By Editor | March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

by KAREN CLEMENTS Redevelopment to the tune of $10 billion dollars is coming to JFK International Airport. In order to ensure Southeast Queens, JFK’s neighboring community, its residents and businesses are a part of the development, a collective of Southeast Queens state legislature representatives hosted a community meeting. It was a beginning conversation to […]

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Jamaica Business Improvement District Gets New Executive Director

By Editor | March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District announced its new Executive Director, Whitney Barrat. Whitney’s background includes work in policy, urban planning and at alliances.  She has worked on several projects in Manhattan including the Lincoln Center Development Project.  She served as the Executive Director of the Old Seaport Alliance and the Montague Street BID.  Her […]

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Black Love All the Rage with Black Comix Expo and Black Panther Premiere

By Editor | February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Valentines 2018 has people of color focusing not on eros love, but Super love, namely Black Superheroes.  With the premiere of the movie Marvel Studio’s Black Panther movie days away, Black Comix Expo made its debut in Brooklyn.  The Expo took place at BAM on a warm and rainy pre Valentine’s Day Saturday. It was […]

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Mayor Announces NYCHA Updates to Battle Cold Weather Extremes

By Editor | January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

During the New Year’s Cold Snap, a reported 6,000 ‘no heat’ calls were made to the 311.  Many of those callers were residents of NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) complexes that suffered boiler breakdowns and long periods of heating lost.  Including residents of Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway who had been battling heating issues […]

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Governor Expands Opportunities for Minority Businesses to Obtain Government Contracts

By Editor | January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On December 29, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Minority and Women Owned Business (M/WBE) Bill S6513B.  The law will increase the City’s discretionary spending to $150,000 from its previous level of $20,000.  It will also allow the City to consider a firms M/WBE status when using the best value procurement.  This can be a […]

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Black Businesses Path to Government Contracts in 2017

By Editor | January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements Government funding and large scale projects came to Southeast Queens in 2017. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $10 million dollar grant for Downtown Jamaica revitalization. The City Council approved a zoning plan for housing and commercial districts in Far Rockaway. The Long Island Rail Road’s (L.I.R.R) $1.9 billion dollar third track […]

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