There must have been 30 or more city agencies represented there. Although 311 is a great resource for residents to communicate with city agencies, there is nothing like dealing with a real person who has a face and a name and contact information.
I would encourage the city to hold these resource fairs more often. Perhaps one could be scheduled for evening hours or a weekend, so that people with 9-to-5 weekday jobs could attend as well.
At the fair, I spoke to Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver regarding the need for a for a fitting memorial at the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground, representatives from the Department of Education regarding the need to return PS 130 for use by local children, Queens Borough Commissioner Derek Lee of the Buildings Department regarding the problem of illegal conversions.
I was impressed with all of the agencies that we have here in the City of New York and all of the help and information available. From health issues to veterans’ concerns, from housing matters to help for seniors and people with disabilities, we are truly an incredible city. We should all take advantage of these resources as we need them.
As taxpayers, we all pay for these city services and we should not be afraid to ask for help. Working with our community boards, our civic organizations and community groups like the Queens Civic Congress, as well as the city agencies, there is help available to address any problem that one encounters.
Often, the “outer” boroughs seem to be ignored. We are not “outer” anything, we are all part of the City of New York and should be treated with the same dignity and respect as our friends and neighbors in Manhattan.
The Community Resource Fair that was held at Borough Hall really made me feel that Queens was a true partner in the functioning of our city.
Henry Euler is a resident of Bayside.