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District 23

Linda Lee

Bayside Hills, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Holliswood, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens, Queens Village

June 24, 2022, Council member Lee talks state’s mental health , QNS

New York City Council Member Linda Lee on June 23 discussed the mental health crisis occurring in the city with New York State Attorney General Letitia James. As The Chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addictions, Lee was one of several panelists of community activists, health professionals and elected officials who testified on the matter.

June 15, 2022, 51 Council Members in 52 Weeks: District 23, Linda Lee , WNYC

May 27, 2022, Council Backs State Legislation That Would Hike Fines on Trucks Parked Overnight in Residential Areas, Queens Post

The New York City council voted Thursday in support of state legislation sponsored by two Queens legislators that would increase the fines commercial truck owners would have to pay who park their vehicles on residential streets overnight.

May 26, 2022, J-51 Tax Abatement Could Live On-And Help Climate Change, Habitat Magazine

On the eve of the expiration of the J-51 tax abatement, which has helped moderate-income co-ops and condos pay for vital capital projects, state Assembly member Edward Braunstein, a Democrat from northeast Queens, has introduced legislation that would extend the program and, critically, expand eligibility.

May 26, 2022, Council hesitant on speed cameras, Queens Chronicle

State lawmakers came to an agreement on legislation regarding speed cameras in school zones late last week. Though the bill — which would expand the city’s speed camera program to 750 school zones and extend it for three years — is poised to pass, the final decision rests with the City Council. And among its members, the issue is far from settled.

May 24, 2022, Four Queens Lawmakers Introduce resolutions to mark Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month , QNS

The largest group of AAPI New Yorkers ever elected to the City Council introduced two resolutions on Thursday, May 19, to celebrate the role of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in New York City in honor of AAPI Heritage Month. 

May 23, 2022, It’s Time to Deliver Our Neighborhoods from Illegal Commercial Truck Parking , GothamGazette

No matter where you look in Eastern Queens, it seems like there’s a commercial truck illegally parked. Whether it’s along a highway or in a quiet residential neighborhood, these four-ton vehicles are hard to miss. Now, it seems like this long-standing problem is reaching a crisis level citywide. Fines and enforcement alone won’t solve this problem — we need a comprehensive solution that involves government agencies, elected officials, and the private sector to solve this problem for the long-term.

May 20, 2022, Advocates, Council Members Call on City Government to Better Support Asian Communities, GothamGazette

Asian-American social-service providers want to be more involved in city policy-making around mental health and language access as the city grapples with an ongoing surge in anti-Asian hate crimes.

May 19, 2022, New York City Council Members, community advocates push to require AAPI education in schools, increase access to mental health services for community CBSNews

 City leaders and community advocates gathered in City Hall Park on Thursday, calling attention to the issues the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is facing, sharing with CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis changes they’re pushing for.

May 3, 2022, Power of Diversity: New wave of Asian Americans seizing elected office, City & State

Taiwanese and Hong Kong immigrants broke through a generation ago. Other groups are now making progress.

May 3, 2022 Councilwoman Lee announces initiatives to crack down on illegal dumping in eastern Queens, QNS

City Councilwoman Linda Lee announced an initiative addressing illegal dumping sites across her eastern Queens district. This initiative marks the third in Lee’s Spring Cleaning Series, aimed at restoring and beautifying District 23.

May 2, 2022, New York City Council calls for $5 million for hate crime prevention NY Jewish Week

Speaker Adrienne Adams and other New York City Council members called for $5 million in funding for hate crime prevention at a press conference on Friday.  

April 25, 2022, In budget asks, City Council tailors its message to the mayor, City & State

Council members sounded like Eric Adams Monday, ahead of his executive budget reveal.

April 25, 2022, NYC City Council preempts Mayor Adams with $1.3B spending demands a day before second budget draft

The preliminary budget Mayor Adams proposed in February clocked in at $98.5 billion. If he were to fully incorporate the Council’s demands in his executive budget, it would bring the city’s total spending plan to $99.8 billion for the next fiscal year which begins in July.

April 5, 2022, Queens Pols Say Group Handling Inmate Release Hotel Program Must Go, TheCity

Since the start of the pandemic, 1,700 inmates released from city jails and state prisons have stayed in hotel rooms at taxpayers’ expense, including more than 200 who have been checked in for more than a year, according to new data obtained by THE CITY.

April 4, 2022, Council member Linda Lee officially inaugurated as District 23 representative, QNS

Council member Linda Lee was inaugurated into her position Sunday, April 3, at Queensborough Community College’s Student Union. Lee, a Democrat, now represents District 23 after emerging victorious among seven other candidates in the Democratic primaries last June and the general election in November.

March 28, 2022, Gillibrand announces plan to slash prescription drug prices during Flushing visit, QNS

As pharmaceutical companies have implemented drug price increases on hundreds of prescription medications, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her policy package to lower the cost of drug prices during a press conference at the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS) in Flushing on Monday, March 28. 

March 28, 2022, Elected Officials Call for Community Response Following Shooting of 16-Year-Old Student Near Cardozo High School Forest Hills Post

Council Member Linda Lee, joined by Congresswoman Grace Meng and Council Member Vickie Paladino, held the press conference to call on city officials to address public safety with a coordinated response.

March 22, 2022, Queens lawmakers, religious leaders call for expanded Empire State Child Tax Credit, QNS Queens elected officials were joined by religious leaders, advocates and impacted families on the steps of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens on Sunday, March 20, calling on New York state to include the expanded Empire State Child Tax Credit in the final enacted budget.

March 15, 2022, Queens councilwoman on tackling city’s mental health crisis CrainsNewYork

City Councilwoman Linda Lee has spent decades working to improve access to mental health care and social services for New Yorkers, first as a camp counselor for the city’s at-risk youth and most recently as chief executive of Korean Community Services, a Queens-based nonprofit that runs a bilingual mental health clinic and targets the Korean population.

March 17, 2022, Ukrainian relief off to refugees in Poland Queens Chronicle

Over the last two weeks, several Queens councilmembers — including Francisco Moya (D-Corona), Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone), Selvena Brooks-Powers (D-Laurelton), Linda Lee (D-Oakland Gardens), Nantasha Williams (D-St. Albans) and Sandra Ung (D-Flushing) — used their district offices as Ukrainian donation centers, according to Councilmen Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) and Jim Gennaro (D-Kew Gardens Hills)

March 2, 2022, Queens nonprofit opens new adolescent mental health clinic: “It’s really stigmatized, especially if you’re a kid”

A Queen’s nonprofit is tackling this head on, opening a new mental health clinic.

February 27, 2022, Increase in Hate Crimes Against Asians

It’s been two years since COVID-19 caused havoc in our lives, and there is an increase of hatred, discrimination, assault and even murder against Asians around the world. Recently, a Korean-American woman was murdered in her apartment in Chinatown in Manhattan, New York City. We connect with a council member in New York City to take a closer look at this issue.

February 25, 2022, Councilwoman Lee on the city’s efforts to improve mental health care and resources, Spectrum News

Councilwoman Linda Lee sat down with NY1 political anchor Errol Louis on “Inside City Hall” on Friday to weigh in on what the city needs to do to improve the mental health services it offers to New Yorkers in need.

February 25, 2022, Council sets table for open dining, Queens Daily Eagle

Permanent al fresco dining is now one step closer to becoming a reality in Queens and the rest of the city after the City Council approved a bill amending the city’s zoning laws Thursday.

February 15, 2022, Christina Lee’s Alleged Killer Had Arrests, but No Mental Health Intervention, The City

At a vigil near stabbing victim’s Chinatown building, Asian leaders and groups demand action on mental illness and women’s safety.

February 15, 2022, Queens lawmakers and community leaders condemn surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans, QNS

Several Queens lawmakers were joined by Asian American community leaders for a rally in Manhattan on Friday, Feb. 12 to support a South Korean diplomat who was brutally assaulted in front of the United Nations building last week. 

February 9, 2022, Queens Council Member on Increasing Access to Mental Healthcare, City Watch

“Access means a lot of different things, and language access is a huge part of it,” Councilmember Linda Lee, who now chairs the committee on mental health, told WBAI’s City Watch.

February 9, 2022, Williams, Lee elected co-chairs of Queens delegation to City Council, QNS

Council members Nantasha Williams and Linda Lee were elected to serve as co-chairs of the Queens delegation to the City Council by their collogues on Friday. The duo will replace former Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who chaired the delegation from 2015 to 2021, when she was term limited out of office.

February 8, 2022, Council Members Williams and Lee Elected Co-Chairs of Queens Council Delegation, Sunnyside Post

Council Members Nantasha Williams and Linda Lee will be leading the Queens Council Delegation.

February 3, 2022, SBS boss meets merchants, vows fewer fines, Queens Chronicle

Councilwomen Williams and Lee join walk along Jamaica Avenue.

February 1, 2022, Max Politics Podcast: The New City Council Chairs for Public Health and Hospitals, Gotham Gazette

Newly-elected New York City Council Members Linda Lee, Mercedes Narcisse, and Lynn Schulman, are, respectively, the new chairs of Council’s Committees on Mental Health; Hospitals; and Health. The lawmakers discuss their backgrounds, vision, and plans for for chairing these independent and overlapping committees that are charged with considering legislative and budget funding, holding oversight hearings and more.