Thursday, August 5, 2010

News from Community Events of NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer...

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Speaker Christine Quinn Visit the Sunnyside Library to Celebrate the Biggest Funding Restoration in History

Students present posters of thanks to the Council Member and the Speaker for keeping their libraries open.

Queens Library summer reading participants at Sunnyside Community Library present posters of thanks to Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for saving their libraries. (From Left to Right: Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Sunnyside Community Library summer reading participants.)

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens), City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante and community leaders joined Sunnyside Community Library children and teens at their summer reading programs on Wednesday, August 4th. Together, they saw first hand the wonderful programming made possible by the historic $61M budget restoration for Libraries, which has saved hundreds of jobs and dozens of libraries from closing citywide.

The youngsters from Sunnyside Community Library had an opportunity to show what they’ve been up to all summer, including a teen “Book Slam” discussion and arts & crafts. In addition, the children presented the Council Member and Speaker with letters of support that they had written and posters of thanks for keeping their libraries open.

Nothing means more than preserving the invaluable services and programs that enrich our communities,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “I am so proud that the historic budget restoration which we have fought hard to make possible will keep libraries open and such wonderful programming available for our communities.”

With the highest circulation in the United States, the Queens Public Library serves thousands of residents across the borough as a place for literacy, employment and community engagement,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “Preserving funding for this irreplaceable New York City resource sends the strong message that our city is providing crucial cultural services even in the toughest of times.”

Council Member Van Bramer and Congressman Crowley Recognize “National Night Out Against Crime” By Fighting Graffiti With Woodside on the Move

Van Bramer Secured $10,000 in City Funds for Neighborhood Beautification Efforts...
Council Member Van Bramer and Congressman Crowley join forces with the Woodside On The Move to remove graffiti in the neighborhood. (From Left to Right: Woodside on the Move Volunteers, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Congressman Joseph Crowley.)
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) and Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) participated in Woodside on the Move’s graffiti removal efforts on Tuesday, August 3. Together, they saw first-hand how the $10,000 Council Member Van Bramer secured in city funding has been put to use. Woodside on the Move is a not-for-profit community development organization that promotes neighborhood stabilization, economic growth and improvement in the quality of life for those who live, attend school, or work in the Woodside community.

I would like to thank Woodside on the Move for their proactive involvement in restoring the quality-of-life in our neighborhoods by removing these eyesores,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “Graffiti in our communities will not be tolerated and today's efforts are just the beginning of a community campaign to remove graffiti once and for all.”

Creating a safe and welcoming community is truly a collaborative effort, and Woodside on the Move has made great strides in bringing the neighborhood together to cultivate such an environment,” said Congressman Crowley. “I am pleased to see how the Federal funding I secured has been put to good use, as these beautification efforts create opportunity for business and improve the overall quality of life for Woodside’s families.”

Graffiti can paint an inaccurate portrait of a neighborhood as it gives the perception that the community is on the decline,” said Rosa Reyes, Executive Director of Woodside on the Move, Inc. “Our graffiti removal program empowers the youth involved by providing an opportunity to join their peers in a positive activity, all while improving the overall quality of the neighborhood for local businesses and residents.”

Both Council Member Van Bramer and Congressman Crowley had secured $10,000 each in city and federal funding, which is $20,000 combined to fund the organization’s graffiti removal and other area beautification projects.


After successfully allocating $10K for the Ravenswood Resident Association, Council Member Van Bramer also brings the Moveable Museum to Family Day...
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joins Ravenswood Houses residents for their Annual Health Fair & Family Day in Ravenswood, Queens. (From Left to Right: President of the Ravenswood Resident Association Carol Wilkins and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.)
On Saturday, July 31st Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined Ravenswood Houses residents for their Annual Health Fair & Family Day. Friends and neighbors gathered together to enjoy a fun filled day of games and food and hands-on health tips complete with free on-site blood pressure testing.

Council Member Van Bramer was pleased announce the successful allocation of $10,000 for the Ravenswood Resident Association, who hosted Family Day and many other community programs throughout the year. In addition, Family Day was made even more special this year by the presence of the Museum of Natural History’s Moveable Museum. As a result of Council Member Van Bramer’s efforts to bring the Museum to Ravenswood, children had the opportunity to enjoy the museums mobile interactive exhibit focusing on dinosaurs at the Family Day Event. The mobile museum travels to schools, libraries, and community organizations within New York City's five boroughs.