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District 19

Vickie Paladino

Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Beechhurst, College Point, Douglaston, Flushing, Little Neck, Malba, Whitestone

“Bay Terrace Shopping Center Hosting Job Fair,” QNS – June 9, 2022

“Councilwoman Vickie Paladino and Cord Meyer Development will be holding a job fair at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center on Thursday, June 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Bay Terrace Job Fair is being organized to help identify employment opportunities for residents of Bayside, Whitestone and the surrounding communities, but those from other communities are still encouraged to attend.

“Whether it’s part-time summer jobs or full-time career positions, everyone deserves to enjoy the rewards of employment,” Paladino said. “Full employment benefits the entire community, from the individual being hired to the many mom-and-pop shops and corporations in northeast Queens actively seeking job candidates. I want to thank Cord Meyer Development for sponsoring The Bay Terrace Job Fair and working with my office on this important initiative.”

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“A Clean Slate or a Public Safety Hazard?” Queens Chronicle – May 26, 2022

“Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone) thinks the bill is an attack on public safety and there are better ways to provide second chances that balance accountability with compassion.

‘Law-abiding citizens, such as employers and neighbors, have an absolute right to know if an individual has serious criminal convictions, especially for violent crimes,’ Paladino said to the Chronicle. ‘While I do believe in second chances and generally support programs which can help ease integration into society for those with past convictions, the answer is most definitely NOT to arbitrarily erase criminal records wholesale as this bill intends to do.’”

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“Bayside Historical Society Honors Civil War Veteran at Dermody Triangle” QNS – May 24, 2022

“The Bayside Historical Society, along with the Company K 67th Volunteers Association, community leaders and American Legion members, paid tribute to Civil War Captain William Dermody at his memorial site in Bayside’s Dermody Triangle on May 23.

Among the local leaders on hand were Councilwomen Linda Lee and Vickie Paladino.

Company K, dressed in Union soldier uniforms and armed with replica Civil War rifles, performed a present arms salute for Dermody. Afterward, a wreath was hung on the memorial by members of the Bayside Historical Society and Company K to honor the captain and all other veterans who fight for the United States.

“’We so often take all of [our freedom] for granted,’ Paladino said. ‘We need to cherish the men and women who serve each and every day for us.’”

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“Bayside Restaurant Owner Earns ‘Bravery Award’ for Helping to Stop Teens Who Harassed Customers and Stole Drinks” QNS – May 20, 2022

“The owner of Bayside’s Amy’s Chinese Restaurant, Cathy Lu, was presented with a Bravery Award by the Asian American Voters Alliance (AAVA) on May 20 for her actions a few weeks prior when she bravely chased a group of young thieves and stood in the way of the bus they jumped into until the police arrived to arrest them.

In addition to being joined by representatives from local community leaders Christine Colligan and Kenneth Chiu, Lu was also recognized by representatives of several local leaders, including Rep. Grace Meng, Sen. John Liu, Sen. Robert Ortt and Councilwoman Vickie Paladino.”

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“The 2022 Queens Power 100” City and State – May 16, 2022

“The Republican Party made a notable comeback during last year’s elections. That rebound was apparent in Queens, where New York City Council Members Joann Ariola and Vickie Paladino prevailed in their respective races. Ariola, who previously helmed the Queens Republican Party, kept her district seat red in an overwhelming victory. And Paladino – who since taking office has faced controversy for not disclosing her COVID-19 vaccination status – managed to flip a Democratic seat.”

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“Adams Administration Officials Outline Preparations for Massive Influx of Federal Infrastructure Funding,” Gotham Gazette – April 20, 2022

“Council Members Linda Lee and Vickie Paladino, a Democrat and a Republican of Queens, spoke of the need for parking for commercial trucks in their districts. Though Carry said part of the solution may be greater enforcement of DOT regulations, he also spoke of a larger vision to shift freight from trucks to rail and boats to reduce truck traffic.”

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“CAFA, Chronicle at MAGNA,” Queens Chronicle – 4/14/22

“The China America Friendship Association in the USA and the Chronicle teamed up on April 8 for a networking event at Flushing’s Magna Ristorante, which 35 people attended. At top are some of those who made it possible, including the Chronicle’s Ree Brinn, left, Magna Ristorante owner Tony Pecora and Victoria Savitt and Frank Xiao of CAFA.

Attendees, including Kesan Ruan, Ph.D., above left, Councilwoman Vickie Paladino and Jie Viviano of NYPQ Laboratories, also got a preview of an April 14 event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum regarding World War II’s Flying Tigers, as well as a brief history lesson on the subject from retired philosopher and historian Jacob Rotkowitz. Representatives from several businesses such as Flushing Bank, US Mortgage, Rochdale Village Shopping Center and Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel were also present. Helium Image provided balloon decorations and keepsake favors that matched the theme.”

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“Cops Not Solidarity, Bayside Leader Says After Brooklyn Subway Attack,” Patch Media – 4/13/22

‘It’s long past time to reign in the chaos — and not with half-measures and progressive wishcasting,’ wrote Bayside City Council Member Vickie Paladino several hours after a gas-masked shooter detonated smoke grenades and fired at least 33 shots into an N train car — an incident that she later described as a ‘terror attack.’

The day after the attack, Paladino clapped back against so-called ‘progressive wishcasting’ again, after Public Advocate Jumanee Williams said that the city must move forward in solidarity.

‘What does that even mean?’ Paladino wrote. ‘This is the completely out-of-touch progressive BS that turned NYC into a total basket case. No solutions, just abstractions.’

The Bayside leader went on to reject the notion that solidarity is important in response to Tuesday’s attack.

‘Solidarity’ isn’t going to keep our subway safe — cops and tough prosecutors are. And nobody laying on a bloody subway platform with a bullet in their shoulder cares about your ‘solidarity’. We need real ACTION. Not progressive bromides,’ she wrote.'”

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“Student at Cardozo Shot, Maybe by a Peer,” Queens Chronicle – 3/31/22

“Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Councilmember Linda Lee (D-Oakland Gardens) and Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone) held a press conference addressing the incident Monday morning.

Paladino, who has been forthcoming about her tough-on-crime approach and unwavering support of the NYPD, took the opportunity to push for increased personnel in the precinct. “There are only 100 police officers with the 111th Precinct,” she said. “That’s not how it should be.” At the same time, she called the shooting “an isolated incident.”

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“Empleados de NYC despedidos piden a alcalde no tener que cumplir con mandato de vacunacion,” The Epoch Times – 3/31/22

“Vickie Paladino, miembro del Consejo Municipal de Nueva York y representante republicana de Queens, organizó la manifestación.

Paladino dijo que espera que Adams permita que “los ciudadanos comunes” que no se vacunaron recuperen sus puestos de trabajo.”

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“Queens Councilwoman Paladino Calls on Mayor to Lift COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Civil Servants,” QNS – 3/29/22

“Queens Councilwoman Vickie Paladino hosted a large gathering of civil servants in front of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Tuesday, March 29, to call upon Mayor Adams to lift the vaccine mandates in their departments and allow them to return to their jobs.

Those in attendance included teachers, sanitation workers, hospital and EMS workers and members of the NYPD, FDNY and MTA, among others.

Paladino stressed the importance of these workers, with many of them having worked throughout the height of the pandemic when most people stayed home.

“These people are the backbone of New York City,” Paladino said, adding that she would love to see each civil servant be able to return to work.

Paladino emphasized that the press conference was not a slight toward Adams but rather to show him just how big of an impact his vaccine mandates on civil servants have on them and the city as a whole.

“I’m calling upon [Mayor Adams] to rise up and give these people back their jobs,” Paladino said. “These people are the heartbeat of New York City and we slowly watched the heartbeat stop over the last two years.”

But Paladino does not want lifting vaccine mandates to stop with civil servants, saying she believes all mandates in the city need to be rolled back and the unvaccinated workers rehired.”

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“NYC workers fired over vax mandate rally for jobs, backpay: ‘Our bodies are sacred,'” 1010 WINS – 3/29/22

“Mayor Adams, you can come out a hero today,” said Queens Council Member Vickie Paladino, who organized the rally at the Unisphere attended by hundreds of demonstrators on a sunny, chilly morning.

Addressing the crowd of former city workers, Paladino said “everyday people” like them rose to the occasion during the height of the pandemic only to get booted when they wouldn’t get vaccinated.

“You guys showed up each and every day for work when it was at its worst. And how were you rewarded? You were rewarded with a pink slip,” Paladino said.

Paladino and others at the rally, including Brooklyn Council Member Inna Vernikov, said they applaud the mayor for allowing unvaccinated pro athletes and performers to work but they now want it applied universally.

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“Elected Officials Call for Community Response Following Shooting of 16-Year-Old Student Near Cardozo High School,” Forest Hills Post – 3/28/22

“Council Member Vickie Paladino was also at the press conference and said that the rise in gun violence stemmed from poor government policy.

‘Unfortunately, this is the direct result of years of bad policy decisions which have rewarded and excused criminal behavior. My office is committed to reversing these policies and working closely with police, prosecutors, and the local community to restore public safety.'”

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“Douglaston-Little Neck JMart is official,” Queens Chronicle – 3/24/22

“That, it seems, is going to change: Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone) announced last Thursday afternoon that JMart is moving forward with its plan to open a location in the old Stop & Shop storefront.

‘I am very pleased with what has come out of our discussion with the J Mart owners, and I look forward to a fruitful, transparent, and collaborative working relationship with them throughout this whole process,’ Paladino said in a prepared statement. ‘As I always say, I am committed to ensuring that my constituents’ voice is heard in each and every endeavor all across my District.’

Paladino’s press release notes that JMart developers are not proceeding with an earlier plan to add a second story with a restaurant, an underground parking garage and expand the front of the building. Since that is no longer being pursued, the project will continue as of right.

According to Nicole Kiprilov, Paladino’s chief of staff, the councilwoman was planning to have a “meet and greet” with JMart officials and community leaders in hopes of establishing “a productive and transparent relationship” between the two on Wednesday.”

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“City moving forward with proposed Queens Greenway connecting parks for cyclists, pedestrians,” QNS – 2/8/22

“The proposal would create a route for cyclists and pedestrians from Flushing Meadows Corona Park through Kissena Park, Cunningham Park, Alley Pond Park and Joe Michaels Mile in Bayside.

‘This initiative will create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists to travel and visit the landmark parks with friends and family, especially as we get closer to the warmer months,’ Councilwoman Vickie Paladino said. ‘Flushing Meadows Corona Park was home to two World’s Fairs and remains a refuge for families to spend time away from the bustling city streets. Especially along waterfronts, these greenways will promote greater accessibility for the community.'”

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