Tag: councilman-robert-holden

Holden urges Mayor Adams and DOE to fully utilize school facilities for after-school programs

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Feb. 28, 2024 By Anthony Medina Council Member Robert Holden, co-signed by 36 of his council colleagues, penned a letter to Mayor Eric Adams last week calling on the Department of Education to open up its school facilities for after-school and recreational purposes. The letter, sent Feb. 20, calls on Adams and New York City Department of Education Chancellor David Banks to open school facilities for after-school and recreational programs for children to help revitalize communities and the city’s youth, especially after the mental and physical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We believe that the city has a responsibility to…
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Holden rails against city council for failing to pass horse carriage ban

Queens City Council Member Robert Holden speaks about horse carriage ban bill

Dec. 6, 2023 By Dean Moses

City Council legislation designed to outlaw the horse carriage industry in New York City has failed to garner support after more than a year of advocacy and a slew of infamous incidents, prompting on Wednesday heavy criticism from the bill’s sponsors and equine advocates.

Annual Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Festival returns to Middle Village this month


Oct. 18, 2023 By Anthony Medina A trunk-or-treat and Halloween festival event to remember is fast approaching in Middle Village. Council Member Robert Holden, in collaboration with the New York City Parks Department, will host his annual truck-or-treat event and Halloween festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Juniper Valley Park for hundreds of children and families. The morning festivities will begin with a costume parade starting at Little Park, located at the 74th Street Playground and Juniper Boulevard South, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then, the parade will march down to the trunk-or-treat, where troves of costumed children will…
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Queens Councilman Holden introduces two bills addressing quality-of-life and public safety issues


Sep. 15, 2023 By Anthony Medina Queens Councilman Robert Holden introduced two bills aimed at helping city agencies punish businesses selling cannabis illegally and another making the city’s Open Streets program available to first responders, at a city council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14, Holden’s bill, Intro 1172, would allow the Commissioner of Consumer and…
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Councilman Holden, local partners donate over 200 backpacks to families in Maspeth

Aug. 30, 2023 By Anthony Medina Councilman Robert Holden, in collaboration with the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council and Crifasi Real Estate Realtors Andrew and Fran LaSala, hosted a back-to-school backpack giveaway outside of his district office on Tuesday, Aug. 29.  Nearby residents and locals began forming a line outside the councilman’s doors, on 58-38 69th St. in Maspeth hours before the event was set to start at noon, according to staffers. In under 30 minutes, the line full of anticipating parents with their children quickly dissipated and so too did the more than 200 backpacks.  Queens legislators and civic groups…
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Councilman reignites call to shutter men’s shelter in Glendale after death of 25-year-old denizen

Aug. 23, 2023 By Anthony Medina Glendale residents who live only blocks away from the men’s shelter on Cooper Avenue are well-informed on the recurring issues emanating from shelter inhabitants. A local business owner who spoke with QNS, who wished not to be identified, said although they’ve been fortunate enough not to have any problems with the shelter occupants, locals continue to complain about overall safety and trespassing on private property. Residents who spoke with QNS emphasized more concerns over shelter residents seen walking into their backyards, asking for money and loitering in front of storefronts. The recent death of…
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Holden to screen silent film ‘Speedy’ at Juniper Valley Park featuring live-performance

Aug. 8, 2023 By Anthony Medina Councilman Robert Holden will once again send Middle Village into The Roaring Twenties with another free screening of the silent movie classic, “Speedy,” along with an accompanied live-piano performance, at Juniper Valley Park on Thursday, Aug. 17.  Steve Sterner, a legendary New York City silent film accompanist and resident…
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