Councilmember Julissa Ferreras

New Corona school building to ease overcrowding
New Corona school building to ease overcrowding
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 8/30/2013 at 9:27AM

A new school in Corona is set to ease the burden of overcrowded classrooms in the area. According to the Department of Education (DOE), P.S. 330, currently located within a building at 86-37 53rd Avenue in Elmhurst, will move into a brand new location at 111-08 Northern Boulevard just in time for the beginning of [...]

USTA gets OK to expand Tennis Center, pledges $10M to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
USTA gets OK to expand Tennis Center, pledges $10M to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Top Stories Melissa Chan 7/24/2013 at 2:41PM

The U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) has agreed to pledge more than $10 million to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as part of a deal struck with the City Council. “This deal was a long time coming,” said Councilmember Julissa Ferreras. “I can say with confidence that we will all benefit from this expansion.” USTA officials needed the [...]

Op-Ed: School buildings need adequate funding
Education & Kids Op-Ed 7/08/2013 at 11:46AM

BY COUNCILMEMBER JULISSA FERRERAS Long before I was elected to office, I was the Beacon Program director at P.S. 19 in Corona, known at the time as the most overcrowded school in the country. My years of work engaging our neighborhood children helped me understand the effect of school building conditions on their academic performance. [...]

Council enacts paid sick leave law with veto override
News Cristabelle Tumola 6/27/2013 at 1:49PM

In a 47-4 vote, the City Council enacted the New York City Earned Sick Time Act Thursday, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the legislation. The bill will eventually give paid sick leave to approximately one million New York employees who do not currently have it, and will protect them from being fired for taking [...]

Pols ask FTC to investigate global nutrition company Herbalife
Pols ask FTC to investigate global nutrition company Herbalife
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 6/24/2013 at 9:45AM

They come to this country looking for a better life, but promises of quick cash often allegedly go unfulfilled. Officials throughout the U.S. have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Herbalife, a global nutrition company which has been accused of operating an “abusive” pyramid scheme targeting minority groups. “Herbalife seemingly goes after largely [...]

Jackson Heights, Corona get ‘taste’ of better living thru business improvement district
Jackson Heights, Corona get ‘taste’ of better living thru business improvement district
Business Angy Altamirano 5/27/2013 at 2:44PM

Businesses, property owners and residents along Roosevelt Avenue and Junction Boulevard are getting a taste of how being a business improvement district (BID) can improve their quality of life. Councilmember Julissa Ferreras announced sanitation and graffiti removal services for the areas. They come as part of her New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue, which promised a [...]

Education task force takes on overcrowding
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 5/05/2013 at 2:08PM

The newly–formed District 21 education task force held is first meeting to discuss concerns such as overcrowding. On Thursday, April 25, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras gathered with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, local educators, parents and education advocacy groups at the Langston Hughes Library for the inaugural meeting of the Educational and Overcrowding Improvement Task Force. It [...]

Op-Ed: BID will improve quality of life, economics
News Op-Ed 5/03/2013 at 4:09PM

BY SETH TAYLOR Earlier this year, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras announced a “New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue,” a holistic seven-point plan that aims to revitalize what is widely known as one of New York City’s most bustling, yet uncared for, commercial corridors. Among the seven points is the creation of a “better business environment.” To accomplish [...]

Queens Museum of Art to change name, expand
Queens Museum of Art to change name, expand
Arts & Music Maggie Hayes 3/27/2013 at 3:11PM

The Queens Museum of Art (QMA) is getting a major makeover. This fall, the international art space will double in size and shorten its name. “This is a time of tremendous change for the Queens Museum,” said executive director Tom Finkelpearl. Come October, the institution will total 105,000-square-feet. It will have new galleries, artist studios, [...]

82nd Street Partnership expands business improvement district
82nd Street Partnership expands business improvement district
News Angy Altamirano 3/21/2013 at 12:31PM

The 82nd Street Partnership will now extend all the way through 114th Street as part of the New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue announced by Councilmember Julissa Ferreras. “The 82nd Street Partnership is thrilled to announce this endeavor of expanding our business improvement district to include the major commercial corridors of Roosevelt Avenue, Junction Boulevard, 103rd [...]