So Meng decided to take a more proactive approach, and for the past five months has been holding "Congress on Your Corner" events where she meets with constituents individually. Last Wednesday, she held one at the Queens Library in Glendale.
“I just feel that people want to talk about their own problems,” Meng said.
So far, Meng has held events in Middle Village, Bayside, Fresh Meadows and Pomonok, and found that each neighborhood has its own set of specific issues.
Overall, Meng said meetingone-on-one with her constituents has been productive. People have talked about Medicare, veteran’s benefits, transportation in the borough, the proposed Glendale homeless shelter, afterschool programs, and immigration reform.
After a person brought her a toilet seat a few years ago, she always expects the unexpected.
“After that, nothing fazes me,” she said.
Glendale resident Susan Chen spoke with Meng about the proposed homeless shelter for the neighborhood. Chen said she was surprised the city wants to put a homeless shelter in a residential area surrounded by schools, and not develop the defunct factory into a place that can provide people with jobs.
“I think they should have something that can benefit our community,” Chen said.