For decades southeastern Queens has been a thriving community that produced generations of homeowners, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and legendary professionals. It is still a community that produces many independent business persons, media personalities, professionals, city administrators and even Olympic medalists.
With all of the outstanding achievers that these communities have produced and still has to offer; we could be so much more, if we had community advocates with a vision to develop projects that would maximize the potential of our youth and the millennials while sustaining quality programs for our aging population.
Opportunities to resist the destruction of educational programs, the continuous implementation of homeless and hotel shelters, not to mention the lack of community centers for our youth are items that our electeds have failed to advocate for.
Our community needs representatives who will maintain an effective challenge against developers and government policies that seek to negatively impact our community.
To resist the city’s practice of placing an unfair share of minimally supervised, underserviced, shelters in our neighborhoods; I took the lead for a coalition of community groups that collected thousands of petitions, staged weekly protests and challenged the process in the Supreme and Appellate Court as well as presenting complaints to the New York State Attorney General’s office and the United States Attorney Generals office.
I believe that city resources that flow into our neighborhoods should be used to:
- Improve our educational infrastructure – Providing comprehensive & vocational programs and facilities for students in our community.
- Increase the availability of truly affordable housing – Decreasing the need to warehouse people in hotels and homeless shelters is more economical and improves the quality of life for all involved.
- Development of an economic incubator – To, in general, support small business, youth employment and to generate venues where the talents located in southeastern Queens can prosper and work for the people in southeastern Queens.
- Develop a community resource hub – Where community residents can have access to representatives from multiple city agencies. Giving residents ways to address such issues as the lack of or over enforcement of regulations and policies such as police community relations, and DEP issues of lead in our drinking water and environmental injustice.
WORDS THAT DON’T MATCH DEEDS ARE MEANINGLESS……Doing what was done before will not bring different results. Addisleigh Park, Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, Queens Village, Saint Albans and Springfield Gardens are names of neighborhoods in southeastern Queens that can lose their integrity if we don’t have someone who believes we are worthy of true representation. Please help me Save our Community by voting for me on Primary Day, September 12, 2017.
As your councilman, I, Anthony Rivers, will be an advocate for this community,
SAVE OUR COMMUNITY.