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The truce is holding between Korean-American seniors and the McDonald’s at Northern and Parsons boulevards.
That’s the status report from Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), who last week brokered a deal so that the seniors will not monopolize space in the McDonald’s during peak business hours.
Supporting the establishment of Lunar New Year as a legal holiday are Assemblyman Ron Kim, left, Councilman Paul Vallone, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Rep. Grace Meng and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein.
Learning how to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese could prove more useful than ever, as the wheels are in motion to recognize the Asian Lunar New Year as a legal holiday, meaning schools would be closed.
Nearly a dozen elected officials representing all levels of government were on hand at a press conference on the steps of the Flushing Library last Friday, in a show of growing support for recognizing the cause.
Assemblyman Ron Kim, at podium, with state Sen. Toby Stavisky, left, Congresswoman Grace Meng, center right; Kwang Kim and Linda Lee of Korean Community Services, left and Byung Uk Cho, right rear, a Korean-American senior.
A McDonald’s is not a senior center. It’s a business.
And while its parent corporation is a global giant, an individual McDonald’s franchise is a small business. Like the one at Northern and Parsons boulevards in Flushing, where some area seniors have been driving the owner nuts by sitting there all day without ordering much. Often he has had to call the police to try to get them to leave. They threatened a boycott in response.
An ongoing dispute between elderly Koreans and a Flushing McDonald’s over seating was resolved Monday after an intervention by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing).
Kim, who is a Korean American, held a press conference in the morning across the street from the fast-food eatery on Northern and Parsons boulevards, surrounded by other elected officials and representatives from the Korean community.
Korean-American Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) announced Monday morning that he had brokered a truce between Korean seniors and a Flushing McDonald’s over seating rights.
One in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer a serious fall this year. Nearly three-quarters of these falls will occur at home. Falls are the leading cause of injuries, both fatal and nonfatal, in older adults.
Those are but a few of the sobering statistics presented at a Dec. 18 seminar entitled, “Preventing Falls Among Seniors,” sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The event was held at the YMCA on Northern Boulevard in Flushing.
Assemblyman Ron Kim
In office a little under a year, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) says he has already addressed 11,000 questions and complaints from constituents.
Elected last year to fill the vacancy created by Grace Meng’s moving on to Congress, Kim previously worked for elected officials in city and state positions. He is proud of his first year in elected office, especially following in the footsteps of Meng, who was known for working on constituent complaints.
Assemblyman Ron Kim, center, here joins merchants near the Murray Hill Long Island Rail Road station after they recently cleaned up the area.
The group gathered to pick up refuse and power wash the station area and nearby streets. They will continue to clean the area every Saturday.
After months of pleas for help, it looks like St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing will be getting some assistance soon from the MTA.
The historic church on Main Street has been complaining since last spring that bus drivers, primarily on 38th and 39th avenues, have been urinating on the walls of the facility and leaving garbage from their meals on its sidewalks.
Congresswoman Grace Meng addresses the audience regarding Obamacare at a session recently at Flushing Hospital. At the table are Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, left, Dr. Robert Crupi, Chairman of, Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory Care; Bruce Flanz, hospital president; state Sen. Toby Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo and Assemblyman Ron Kim
Assemblyman Ron Kim, second from right, with state Sen. Toby Stavisky, left, Councilman Peter Koo, right, and volunteers kick off a power wash program outside St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing last week.
A new initiative to clean up Flushing got underway last week outside the historic St. George’s Episcopal Church on Main Street.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) organized area elected officials, volunteers and Home Depot to get behind his project to power wash streets for a cleaner and less smelly environment.
Following a contentious head-to-head battle in the 19th Council District, Democratic candidate Paul Vallone defeated his Republican opponent Dennis Saffran 57 to 43 percent in a bid to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year and did not seek re-election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Vallone’s vote count stood at 12,791; Saffran had 9,582 votes.
During its monthly meeting on Monday night, Community Board 7, in two separate overwhelming votes, approved proposals for the construction of a visitor center at Flushing’s historic Bowne House and the co-naming of a street to honor a local family.
Julie Nymann, deputy director of Architecture Capital Projects for the Parks Department, made a PowerPoint presentation detailing the proposed design for the new visitor center on the Bowne House property, which she said serves as a “reminder of the nation’s religious history.”
The relocated Mitchell-Linden Library officially opened Monday, led by lion dancers and elected officials from the old location to the new.
Shown are a lion dancer from Chinese Theatre Workshop; Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante; Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik; City Councilman Peter Koo; Assemblyman Ron Kim; state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky; and Queens Library Board Chairwoman Jacqueline Arrington.
All the bigwigs came out to the ribbon cutting of Fidelis Care’s new community office in Flushing.
The space at 36-36 Main St. will offer free and low-cost health insurance, which comes just in time for open enrollment for Obamacare’s healthcare exchange, which starts on Oct. 1, and for Medicare Advantage, which starts enrollment on Oct. 15.
The hotly contested five-way race to become the Democratic nominee for the District 19 City Council seat came to a nail-biting conclusion Tuesday night, with attorney Paul Vallone narrowly edging his closest rival, Austin Shafran, 31.1 to 29.5 percent, with 99 percent of the votes counted.
Shafran, a first-time candidate, has spent most of his career working for the Democratic party. He said Wednesday morning that the election “was way too close to call” and with such a small margin, “we will continue to make sure all votes are counted.”
The responsibilities of a borough president have recently become the subject of debate. While some have said these borough-heads who cannot make any decisions on legislation are irrelevant, Queens borough president candidate Barry Grodenchik says the position is about more than rules and regulations.
“The job is about bringing people together,” Grodenchik said in a sit-down with the Queens Chronicle editors last Thursday. “We live in the most diverse place in the country and probably the world, and while it’s easy to scream and rant, the tougher job is to work with the people.”
For all the talk about North Korea’s possible ability to deliver a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile, there appears to be only a slight fear of war breaking out in the region — at least among members of the Korean community in Queens.
And for all his bluster, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who took over that country’s reins upon the death of his father late in 2011, doesn’t even seem to be rattling many nerves. In fact, the extent of his power is being questioned by many.
Lawmakers, city officials and Queens activists cut the ribbon for a new comfort station at the Rachel Carson Playground located in the Kissena Corridor Park on Colden Street between Juniper and Geranium Avenues, in Flushing.
The $1 million comfort station was funded by the City Council. It features sustainable design techniques to make the building energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Good Fortune, an Asian supermarket, is “coming soon,” according to a bilingual sign above what had been the Key Food at 25-03 Parsons Blvd. The store will open in mid-May, according to Quanguo Yang, the owner of the Maspeth-based chain.
When the Key Food closed its doors last June, community members were left without access to staple food products. There are no other traditional American supermarkets nearby, but there are several other Asian markets, including an H-Mart on Union Street.
The state Assembly voted 101-44 to hike the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour — a move that Queens lawmakers support as way to help working families get above the poverty line — but whether the increase will pass the Senate and be approved by Gov. Cuomo is an open question.
The bill that passed would also allow for automatic increases tied to the rate of inflation.