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US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Addresses Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce; then Honored for her "Community Leadership"

Maloney installs Officers and Directors, then HONORED for her "Community Leadership"



US Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney speaks at Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce 10/18/2012

 


(R)Hon. Carolyn Maloney receives (L) Arthur Rosenfield, President of the LIC Chamber reads the Resolution of Incorporators and the Board of Directors.

 


Tokumbo Shobowale is the Chief Business Operations Officer of the City of New York. In this role he serves as the Bloomberg Administration’s lead official in implementing business-friendly practices.

 

 

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Keynote Speaker: US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney LIC Chamber 20121018

Keynote Speaker: US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce 20121018




Tokumbo Shobowale, Chief Business Operations Officer NYC at LIC Chamber 20121018

Tokumbo Shobowale, Chief Business Operations Officer NYC at LIC Chamber 20121018




Resolution to Honor Carolyn Maloney 20121018

Resolution to Honor Carolyn Maloney 20121018




Installation of Officers and Directors of Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce 20121018

Installation of Officers and Directors of Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce 20121018




Renos Kourtides Chairnan, LIC Chamber of Commerce 20121018

Renos Kourtides Chairnan, LIC Chamber of Commerce 20121018




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Introduction of Carolyn Maloney, US Congresswoman 20121018

Introduction of Carolyn Maloney, US Congresswoman 20121018

 

 

Long Island City, NY October 18, 2012 -

Carolyn B. Maloney, US Congresswoman, spoke before the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, and then installed the first Officers and Directors of the newly incorporated organization with a "Charge and Oath".

Arthur Rosenfield , President, introduced Congresswoman Maloney by noting how much change there has been in Long Island City. He said "You can see the changes when you look out any window.  The thing that strikes me the most when you look out those windows is that no matter which window you stand at to look out in Long Island City, you are looking at Carolyn Maloney's work.  No matter what window you look out...The work that she has done, first as a City Council Member, and then as a US Congresswoman, and the money she has brought to the community from her good efforts, and the inspiration of leadership that she has brought to the community, her hand, and leadership, and investment has made Long Island City something very special as a community."

Following the installation, the Hon. Carolyn Maloney was surprised by a ceremony during which the organization presented her with a "Community Leadership Resolution" which recognized her accomplishments and results for the Long Island City community, and appointed her as a Lifelong Member of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to Maloney, Tokumbo Shobowale, the newly appointed Chief Business Officer addressed the Chamber and was available for Q&A.

New York State Assembly Member Cathy Nolan participated in the meeting, and answered questions during the Q&A.

OurLIC makes available video segments of the meeting with this article, as well as photos.

This OurLIC NEWS article is made available while it is in progress. Please return here for more as it is loaded, including HIGHLIGHTS.

HIGHLIGHTS OF US CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY ADDRESS

  • Maloney recognized Sal Anzalone, who she said she became close friends with in 1992 when she first ran for office, calling him a "wonderful man and a real trailblazer in the community", and noting that his son, Andrew (a Director of LIC Chamber), was at the meeting.
  •  "Long Island City is where it is at!" and that is why I am moving my Congressional Office to Jackson Avenue. Ed Babour is Chief of Staff for Queens.
  • Maloney noted that there is so much planned for Queens,a nd that the Mayor is totally committed to economic development and expanding jobs...and making them happen ( in Queens).
  • Citing another investment in Long Island City,  Maloney said "We recently came together for the Library at Hunters Point, which had a commitment from the Federal, State and City government, and the private sector to donate to this extraordinary library. It may be one of the most beautiful in the world."
  • Refering to the BID, she told the story about the origin of the renovation of instructure at the Queensboro Bridge.  Queens Plaza Park has recently been opened.  Everything is a joint effort. The Federal Government put in $54 million of funding for the overall renovation project.
  • Maloney invited the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce to come up with the NEXT Long Island City beautification project,a nd said that she would go to work on it.
  • She referred to the challenges in the Federal Government, especially the Federal deficit. "We have to cut that deficit. Cut our debt." she said.
  • We need to plan ahead for what is invested in Long Island City.
  • Just last night there was a meeting for the community regarding two new schools for Long Island City. "That is how much it is bursting".
  • "Since I have been in office, I have helped create another school at Queens West, and a senior housing project there."
  • Discussing a meeting with a high-tech investor who had help to build 350 businesses in NYC's high tech sector. He told her that he "was challenged to find qualified workers to take positions."  That is one reason that Congresswoman Maloney is so thrilled that Cornell Technion site is on Roosevelt Island. Part of the plan is strategic focus on high tech and to stregthen the Silicon Alley (New York City).
  • We have to make sure that New York City remains a strong center of Capital and Finance...and a leading Financial Center for the entire world.
  • One area that Maloney has contributed support is the Water Taxi.  She alluded to improvements that might be made.
  • The two largest construction project in the UNITED STATES, are in Carolyn Maloney's District.
  • The 2nd Avenue Subway, $4.00 billion, will relieve the traffic on the Lexington Avenue line. Long range it will connect the more of Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. It is the first subway built in NYC in over 50 years.
  • The Queens Access Connector is another very important project with huge scale. This connects the LIRR with the subway system on the East Side at Grand Central.
  • Maloney raised one problem with the Access Connector. She said she wanted the Chamber members to raise it with the Mayor's Office and other elected officials.  The problem is that there is no stop planned to be located in Queens. When it was planned, there was a stop. The environment studies had been done.  "What is lacking is the money."   Maloney said that we need to get behind, and push for a stop in Sunnyside. That would help to grow our business district. It would be very, very important for Queens economic development. She appealed to the Mayor's Office (pointing to Tokumbo Showbowale, Chief Business Operations Officer, attending the meeting), and suggested that there should be a task force pull that together and make that happen.
  • She said "I can't think of anything that would help grow our financial community more, here in Queens, than a stop connecting these two business districts."
  • Maloney said she recently was able to get a $350 million grant for High Speed Rail between New York and Boston. the States do not have money. The Cities do not have money. "We need to look for a public, private partnership to build that" she said.
  • Cutting the travel time from four hours to two hours, or an hour and a half, would have a big impact on the economies.
  • Maloney is author of the Consumer Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights. Money Magazine called her "The best friend a Credit Card holder every had." Her bill will save consumers $10 billion a year.
  • All of Europe and China are ahead of the US in high speed rail. We have to make this a priority.
  • Maloney was authors of the bill used to form "Business Improvement Districts" when she worked as an aid to two speakers and the Democratic Party leader in the NY Senate.  This was the idea that businesses, coming together with government, that it was possible to take care of some of the problems of inner cities. Some of the original think was based around the scarcity of parking.  "Urban areas were dying." The Business Improvement District would be a way to create parking and beautification."
  • JetBlue came to Maloney and told her they might be interested in the Queens Plaza area, but it was "They said it looked messy outside. Now it is beautiful. It has improved the values of all of the properties there. Queens has become THE PLACE."
  • Part of the reason why "Queens is the Place" is because of the PEOPLE.  Maloney told a story about the Cornell Technion decision, and the fact that she had to help keep the US POST OFFICE open on Rosevelt Island.
  • "We have to think about how we are going to expand".  Maloney gave background about the her role of support in the formation of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, and her conversations with Arthur Rosenfield. She said "I talk to people all of the time. Often nothing ever happens." She said that Rosenfield is "A can do guy, in a can do city."
  • New legislation mandates that financial institutions are required to have their back-up materials in locations other than their headquarters. Maloney wants these institutions to locate these back-up facilities in Queens.
  • Maloney believes that Queens will become the most important business district in NYC. Part of the reason is the team of elected officials we have. "We all work together. We all back up each others projects. We all work in a very positive way."
  • Also, she says "The businesses and the people are saying 'WELCOME. Come here. We are thrilled that you are here.'  The impact on Roosevelt Island has been that it is coming alive. This is going to be a huge economic benefit to Roosevelt Island...and to Queens."
  • We want people to start businesses and stay in New York City.  What happens with the Biotech industries is that the geniuses in the hospitals and schools develop things, and then they move to another state. We want them to saty here.
  • There is a proposed incubator project from Plaxall for that is being reviewed by the City.   This a a project that the State (Nolan's Office) and the Federal government (Maloney's office) can get behind.  The state is looking to fund a high tech incubator in the metropolitan area.
  • "As Arthur Rosenfield said,  'When you help other people, you are helping yourself. You are helping the community'.
  • Wanting to focus on the vibrance of small businesses, Maloney said "Small Businesses accounted for 40% of the private sector JOB GROWTH last year. In NYS nearly 450,000 small businesses employ more than 7.5 million people."
  • US Congresswoman announced that she has authored a new BILL, Investing in America Small Businesses Act. It promises to provide $50,000 in capital available to entrepreneurs, and is based on the successful Grameen Bank concepts that were tested in Bangladesh.  She also worked with her colleagues to pass a JOBS BILL to provide capital for start up businesses.
  • A large portion of large company CEO's have immigrant background.  The same is true for start up companies.
  • Following the Congressman's adress, the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, in a demonstration of "Can Do", passed a RESOLUTION to become an advocate and sponsor that supports efforts and legislation to create a Queens stop on the East Side Access project in a neaby location or Sunnyside so that Greater Long Island City could benefit from this new transportation system.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: TOKUMBO SHOWBOWALE, Chief Business Operations Officer, NYC

  • Tokumbo Shobowale commented on the importance of the new Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, saying that it was an organization committed to making real change within a tremendous community.
  • He acknowledged that Congresswoman Maloney has been a real partner with the city in its focus on Long Island City.
  • Starting with the rezoning, there have been ten's of millions of dollars that have been invested by the city.  In his prior job as Chief Operating Office of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, Tokumbo had a hand in "architecting" the plan for Long Island City including Hunters Point South and the Queens Plaza Development.
  • At the time of making the decision, he said "The real appeal of Roosevelt Island was that it was connected to Queens." What Cornell University and Technion really liked was that it was connected to Queens.
  • The work at Roosevelt Island will start in 18 months.
  • The Chief Business Operations Officer position is newly created.   Tokumbo was asked to take the job in June 2012. Previously, he was Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor Steel.
  • Basically, it is the Mayor's effort to make the City more "business friendly". Business people want an environment to be good for the long term.  It is about making making the regulations faced by small businesses, EASIER, CLEARER, and FASTER.
  • There is no reduction in the City's commitment to regulation that makes people safe. Goverment needs to make it easier to do the right thing.  The Mayor knows this personally...at a very basic level becasue of his own business experience as an entrepreneur.
  • What does this mean?
  1. Make "Planning a new business" simpler. You should not need to be a PHD to start a business.
  2. Permits and Applications should be simpler. You should not need to travel all over the city to get these.  The goal is that the internet will be able to process 80% of applications online by the end of next year. This will also mean the city will take payments online.
  3. Inspection and correcting issues.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP RESOLUTION: Hon. Carolyn B. Maloney

Community Leadership Resolution

By Resolution of the Incorporators and Board of Directors of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce, Inc.:

In recognition of your exemplary career in public service as United States Congresswoman who has dedicated herself to the improved quality of life for all citizens of the United States, and the advancement of our economy;

And, to recognize the commitments and sacrifices to achieve the highest standards of public service;

And, to recognize the results of your service and leadership as a former City Council Member of the City of New York;

And, to acknowledge the enormous, collective result and impact of you work on behalf of diverse small businesses owners and employees;

And, to thank you for your vision and foresight to encourage and support the formation of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce;

The Incorporators and Board of Directors hereby presents you with this Community Leadership Resolution.

It is hereby Resolved that Hon. Carolyn B. Maloney is a Lifelong Honorary Member of the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce.

Hereby recorded and presented October 18, 2012 by:

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Arthur Rosenfield
President & CEO

Renos Kourtides
Chairman
      
Erhan Bahceci
Vice President

John Dallaire
Secretary      

Rigoberto Cardosa
Treasurer   
     


Incorporators and Officers

President and CEO: Arthur Rosenfield

Chairman of the Board: Renos Kourtides

Vice President: Erhan Bahceci

Secretary: John Dallaire

Treasurer: Rigoberto Cardosa

 

Board of Directors
Effective October 18, 2012

Andrew Anzalone - Vernon Blvd Commercial Property Owner
Erhan Bahcecr - Foodcellar Market
Vasile Badaluta - Bucharest Restaurant, Romanian Journal
Chuck Bellotti – Court Square Conference and Training Center  (Reserved)
Marvin Berk - West Group Creative
John Dallaire - MaidPro
Allison Duval - The Foundry
Mark Entler - Uncle Louie G LIC
Paul Finnegan - Irish Center of New York
Dr. Debra Guthrie, MD - Ophthalmology
Paul Halvatzis - Halvatzis Real Estate
Renos Kourtides - Alma Bank
Glenn Laga - Guardian Data Destruction
Shi Lee - SHI
Linda Marr - Queens County Savings Bank / New York Community Bank
Tony Mazzarella - Waterfront Crabhouse
Brendan McNulty - New York Minute
Brent O'Leary - Attorney
Pat Olmstead - Urban Explorations
Ravi Patel - Ravel Hotel
Miriam Porto - Madera Cuban Grill
Elias Psarros - Sheraton Four Points / UTOG
Tony Raouf - Riverview Restaurant
Arthur Rosenfield - OurLIC / Founder
Joshua Schipper - Vernon Blvd Pharmacy
Raquel Salas - Big City Graph-x & Printing
Ciaran Staunton - Molly Blooms
Bishop Mitchell Taylor- ERDA / Federal Credit Union
Ivan Urgiles - TF Cornerstone
Nick Vaglica - Nationwide Insurance / Vaglica Agency

 

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