Ridgewood Congresswoman Grace Meng is still calling for more COVID-19 vaccination sites in her district, which spans west, central and northeast Queens.
New York State hosted a two-day pop-up vaccination site in Bayside earlier this month, which she called a “good first step.” But Meng said she wants more and permanent locations for her constituents.
“There are many venues here in the sixth congressional district that can accommodate additional sites, and I am continuing to work with the governor and mayor to push for more vaccination spots,” she said.
Not only was Meng’s district the epicenter of the pandemic at the outset, but her district is also home to one of the city’s largest senior populations.
Many seniors live in transportation deserts and cannot travel via public transportation or find other methods of transit vaccination sites that are far away.
Meng’s district ranges from Bayside, Flushing and Forest Hills to Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood.
Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who represents a sliver of Ridgewood, is backing an insurgent candidate for City Council.
Reynoso is endorsing Juan Ardila, who is challenging incumbent Bob Holden in District 30, which represents Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and the other part of Ridgewood.
“I am proud to endorse Juan’s candidacy and look forward to fighting with him to make sure no one in the community is left behind,” Reynoso said.
Ardila’s endorsements include elected officials like State Senators Michael Gianaris and Jessica Ramos and Councilman Brad Lander. He’s also backed by the NY Working Families Party, SEIU 1199, Make the Road Action, CVH Power, Churches United for Fair Housing, QUIP and Run for Something.
Borough President Donovan Richards is now accepting applications to serve on the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board.
QSWAB is tasked with advising the borough president on issues such as waste, recycling, resiliency and environmental equity.
Find the QSWAB application online at queensbp.org/swab. The application deadline is February 26.
QSWAB will meet monthly. The group must consist of no fewer than 20 members chosen by the borough president. Members will represent community boards, recycling and carting industries, environmental organizations, property owners, labor, tenant groups and members of the public.
Each appointed term lasts two years and members are eligible for reappointment at the end of the term.
“We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to ensuring environmental justice for all Queens communities,” Richards said, “especially for our long-underserved neighborhoods and those areas most endangered by the perils of climate change.”