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LIC Partnership Executive Director to retire


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Photo Courtesy the Long Island City Partnership

After 14 years of dedicated service to the Long Island City community, Gayle Baron is celebrating her retirement.

Baron is the Executive Director of the Long Island City Business Improvement District (BID) and President of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation (LICBDC).

She helped lead the LICBDC in creating the BID in 2005, which is now known as the Long Island City Partnership.

“She really believes in community service,” said Gary Kesner, chair of the board of the LIC Partnership. “She has worked tirelessly with all the constituents to make sure that this community is one that is the center of the city.”

According to Kesner, Baron has brought together stakeholders involved from business to the arts to build what is now a strong and growing Long Island City.

Baron recently received the BID Leadership Award at the 12th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards presented by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, and New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh.

“We will miss her, but her legacy has been established,” said Kesner. “She has been the glue that holds it all together. We wish her a wonderful retirement. We know that she has made the organization so strong that we are able to move on forward.”

On Wednesday, August 7 the LIC Partnership will be celebrating Baron’s retirement at SHI Restaurant at 47-20 Center Boulevard in Long Island City from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

 

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Two Queens BID leaders receive Leadership Award


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Courtesy of the New York City Department of Small Business Services

Two local business improvements districts (BIDs) took home distinguished awards at the 12th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards.

On July 15, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, and New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh presented the 2013 awards at Gracie Mansion to honorees from the five boroughs for their tremendous impact on New York City’s neighborhoods.

Laurel Brown, executive director of the Jamaica Center BID, and Gayle Baron, executive director of the Long Island City BID and president of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation, were two of three individuals who each received the BID Leadership Award.

Other categories include the Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur Award, Norman Buchbinder Placemaking Award, Adaptive Reuse/Preservation Award, the Cultural Award, the Workforce Service Award, and this year’s new category called the Helping Hand Award, given to a business, organization, or individual that went beyond in helping those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“For the past 12 years the Neighborhood Achievement Awards have spotlighted the remarkable small businesses, individuals, and organizations helping to strengthen neighborhoods in all five boroughs, and this year we are also recognizing those that went above and beyond to help after Hurricane Sandy,” said Walsh.

 

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Mount Sinai Queens hospital CEO honored by the Kiwanis Club


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For Caryn Schwab, contentment comes from the knowledge that she is positively impacting her community.

The Mount Sinai Queens hospital CEO was recently named “Woman of the Year” by the Kiwanis Club of Astoria and Long Island City, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in the area.

“As a leader of a community hospital, our work here is enormously important,” said Schwab, who has served as Mount Sinai Queens CEO for 12 years and is also a member of the board of directors of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation and the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “Hundreds of thousands of people depend on us in times of emergency and when they are ill. Having the respect and support of our community, neighbors and partners is something that my team and I have worked hard to earn. To be recognized in this way is an affirmation that we’ve been able to make a difference.”

The Kiwanis Club presents the “Woman of the Year” award to those who have dramatically improved the well-being of the residents of Queens.

“Since 1999, [Schwab] has worked tirelessly to enhance health care service and quality in our community and to improve and expand the facilities and programs at Mount Sinai Queens,” said Donna Furey, president of the Kiwanis Club of Astoria and Long Island City. ”As if that was not enough, she continues to lead efforts to further expand and modernize the facility to better serve the Queens community.”

Mount Sinai Queens is a 235-bed, adult care community hospital located in Long Island City. The staff of nearly 500 physicians primarily serves the residents of western Queens, a task that Schwab does not take lightly.

“Our patients put their trust in us to take the very best care of them when they are most in need,” she said. “Since I arrived at Mount Sinai in 1999, we’ve been working diligently to improve the quality of care, expand programs and upgrade the facilities. We’ve made enormous progress, and there’s more to be done. When I visit patients, and they share their experiences at the Hospital, it makes it very personal. There’s nothing that brings more satisfaction to me than when a patient shares they are getting excellent care and being treated well.”