Blog: Matt’s Musings

Matt’s Musings

On primary day 2010, Matthew Silverstein became the  Democratic State Committeeman for the 26th Assembly District.

Matt began a career in public service as an Inspector for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. As an Inspector, Matthew worked to uphold the landmark New York City Consumer Protection Law. He then became the Executive Assistant to DCA Commissioner Jonathan Mintz.

In 2007, Matthew became the Project Analyst for America Works of New York – an exciting private/public partnership that has been at the front of social policy issues for nearly 25 years. America Works was the pioneering company whose work led to the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, moving national welfare programs from subsistence to back-to-work programs. America Works has community offices in New York City, Albany, Baltimore, Chicago, Newark, Oakland and Washington D.C.

At America Works, Matt finds employment for Veterans, Welfare Recipients, Food Stamp Recipients, and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, people receiving SSI /SSDI Benefits, youth aging out of foster care, homeless/sheltered individuals and people living in NYCHA Housing. Matthew is also responsible for all political outreach for America Works network of companies. He has also worked inside New York State Prisons – helping formerly incarcerated individuals remain out of prison by keeping full time jobs – and works with our nation’s veterans.

Matthew has worked to protect the quality of life for residents of North East Queens for many years. Matthew is currently the 2nd Vice President for the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, and a member and former officer of the Friends of Fort Totten Parks.

From 2008 – 2010, Matthew served as President of the New York State Young Democrats and is a proud part of community activities of both the F.D.R. & Jefferson Democratic Clubs, serving on the Board of Directors of both organizations.

A true product of New York’s public school system, Matt is a graduate of CUNY Baruch College, where he studied Political Science. He earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from CUNY Hunter College. Matthew is a charter member of the Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club.  Matthew currently lives in Bay Terrace. In January of 2012, Matthew was named as one of the Queens Courier’s rising stars.

Horses in the streets of the city today don’t make sense
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 3/11/2014 at 2:57PM

This Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said “Horses in the streets of the city today don’t make sense.” I completely agree with Mayor de Blasio on this statement but I do not agree that we should completely end the horse drawn carriage industry. Mr. Mayor, here are some suggestions on how [...]

There’s no place like home
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 12/13/2013 at 2:14PM

If home is truly where the heart is, then my heart is in Bay Terrace. I moved to Bay Terrace when I was five years old. Bay Terrace is the only home I have ever known. When I read Andrea Peyser’s New York Post column “‘Wolf of Wall Street’ can’t shake Queens roots” on Monday [...]

Some ideas on preservation for the next Queens borough president
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 8/30/2013 at 12:45PM

Preservation (noun) 1. The action of preserving something. “The preservation of the city’s green spaces” The issue of neighborhood preservation was the main topic at Monday night’s Queens Borough President forum sponsored by the Queens Historical Society at Flushing Town Hall. All four of the remaining candidates for Queens borough president presented their ideas for [...]

Queens is not an outer borough
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 6/12/2013 at 3:54PM

Last Friday I was honored to attend The Queens Courier’s Power Breakfast 2013 NYC Mayoral Forum as a guest of The Courier’s owner Vicki Schneps. This was the first Mayoral Forum in which every candidate was on the same stage as each other at the same time. Thanks to Vicki, I was able to get [...]

Don’t forget our veterans this Memorial Day
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 5/20/2013 at 3:41PM

President Abraham Lincoln in his second Inaugural Address said “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” These words would be adopted by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 1959 as its motto. These immortal words are still as powerful today, as they were when [...]

The next Queens Borough President
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 4/22/2013 at 11:20AM

It has been about four months since the 2012 Presidential election in which President Barack Obama was re-elected to another four year term. Did you know that in 2013 there is yet another election for President? This time it’s for the office of Queens Borough President. 2013 is a very important year for the City [...]

My nana’s Gefilte Fish
My nana’s Gefilte Fish
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 3/25/2013 at 12:09PM

Let me start of by wishing everyone a Happy Pesach! Pesach is a time where the Jewish people commemorate our liberation from slavery in Egypt. As far as I can remember, my family always came together for Passover Seder on the first two nights of the holiday. The one food item that has been on [...]

Historic rise in NYC homelessness
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 3/14/2013 at 11:33AM

Last week the Coalition For The Homeless released a report on the state of homelessness in New York City for 2013. The report was disturbing and alarming. According to the report 50,000 New Yorkers are sleeping each night in the shelter system. A shocking statistic is that of those New Yorkers sleeping in the shelter [...]

We must find a cure for pancreatic cancer
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 2/25/2013 at 12:56PM

It has been nearly two months since my mother passed away after losing her battle with cancer. I would like to thank all my friends, family, neighbors and readers for their warm wishes, thoughts and prayers. This has been the most difficult time of my life but my family and I are getting through it [...]

Hard times in Far Rockaway
Hard times in Far Rockaway
Matt's Musings Matthew Silverstein 11/12/2012 at 5:54PM

Many of you know, I am the director of public affairs for America Works of New York, Inc. We are a private employment company that helps low income and hard to serve New Yorkers get back into the workplace. We have four offices in New York City including a large office in Far Rockaway, Queens. [...]