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District 32

Joann Ariola

Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, South Ozone Park, West Hamilton Beach, Woodhaven

Hundreds turned out to celebrate Columbus Day and Italian heritage on Sunday, October 9th, during the 2022 Festival Italiano along Cross Bay Boulevard.

The event, sponsored by Councilwoman Joann Ariola and the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation, saw several businesses and local leaders come together to provide the community with a day of fun, food, games, and excitement.

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Over the past two weeks, our office has been honored to take part in three separate street co-naming ceremonies, each of which honors local individuals who dedicated their lives to their communities.

On September 24, we took part in the co-naming of the corner of Tahoe Street and Eckford Avenue in Ozone Park to Paul Russo way, honoring the life of 33-year old Paul Russo who passed away in 2018 after a long battle with cancer.

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On Friday, September 23, my office was honored to host a reception at City Hall to honor the 40th Anniversary of the first female firefighters joining the New York City Fire Department.

These women faced extreme adversity as they fought to carve out a place for themselves and every other woman who followed after them, and they serve as true pioneers in the fight for female equality.

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After more than 130 fires and multiple lives lost this year alone due to lithium-ion battery-related fires, it is clear that action needs to be taken to enhance the safety of these devices and minimize the damage their misuse can create. To that end, I have signed on as a co-sponsor for Int 0663-2022 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the sale of storage batteries for powered mobility devices.

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By Katie McFadden, September 22, 2022

After years of complaints about conditions on Beach 116th Street, Councilwoman Joann Ariola is spearheading efforts to make changes, and by the turnout at a recent meeting with business owners on the block, they’re eager to see that change.

The backyard of Rogers was packed on Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t for happy hour.

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By Duncan Freeman, September 20, 2022

The city’s private businesses will no longer have to require their employees to be vaccinated against Covid, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday, a pronouncement seized on by the heads of several municipal unions, who demanded that mandates for city workers also be lifted. The labor leaders characterized the new exemptions as a betrayal of municipal employees, many of whom rode out the worst days of the pandemic while on the job.

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By Deirdre Bardolf, September 14, 2022

Near the New Howard Beach-Lindenwood border, an area is being cultivated that will serve as a permanent reminder and lesson for younger generations of the sacrifices made as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks.

A sapling taken from the Survivor Tree, a Callery pear tree rescued from Ground Zero, now stands beyond the Belt Parkway overpass on 156th Avenue.

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By Ayana Harry, September 9, 2022

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Former city workers fired over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate rallied at City Hall for their jobs as several city agencies struggled with staff shortages.

Councilmember Carmen De La Rosa noted the city’s difficulty hiring and retaining staff has “weakened vital parts of our essential services.”

A report compiled by the New York City Council showed the Department of Health with a job vacancy rate of 19% and the Department of Emergency Management with a 22% job vacancy rate.

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Lenin, Stalin, Joe Biden

The latest announcement from the Biden administration that the Internal Revenue Service is hiring roughly 87,000 agents should be a terrifying wakeup call for the entire country. This new influx of agents – nearly half the size of the US Marine Corps – should be seen as nothing short of an attempt by the President and his cronies to further their war against the middle and working classes.

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