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PAGE 10                                                   THE QUEENS TIMES                                        THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020


          New York State Launches New State Parks Explorer                                         Senator James Sanders Jr. Leads in
                                Mobile App For Visitors                                                Protecting Southeast Queens
                                                                                                     Community From COVID-19 . . .

        Free New York State Parks Ex-  download for iOS and Android  Preservation to share technology   (Continued from page 7)  Southeast Queens community for
        plorer  App  Connects  Visitors  devices. To download, visit:   that makes it easier for residents                   a long time.
        with the Outdoors            https://play.google.com/store/  to visit parks across New York  protected during this challenging       “I would like to thank China’s
                                     apps/details?id=gov.ny.its.   State. The Parks Explorer App  time.”                     Consulate General and Ambassa-
                  This  week  the  New  York  nysparks  or  https://apps.apple.  allows  residents  to  plan  new       Ambassador Huang Ping even  dor Huang Ping for their generous
        State Office of Parks, Recreation  com/us/app/ny-state-parks-ex-  outdoor adventures prior to visit-  extended a personal invitation to  mask donation, which will give
        and Historic Preservation (State  plorer/id1496803341      ing parks and demonstrates how  the students and faculty of PS 354  many here in the community peace
        Parks) marked the beginning of       “This season more than ever,  NYS is harnessing the power of  to take a trip to China in the future.  of mind that they will have some
        the  summer  season  by  launch-  people are looking to spend time  technology to bring New Yorkers  “When we get over this pandemic,  protection in the fall as students
        ing a new mobile app for smart  in the outdoors whether taking  closer to nature.”      I welcome you to China to see Chi-  may return to school and the coro-
        devices to provide visitors and  nature breaks, day trips or over-       For the first time, this season  na’s 5,000 years of culture,” he said.  navirus will likely continue to be a
        prospective visitors useful infor-  night getaways,” said State Parks  also  marks  the  introduction  of  “I believe you will find the Chinese  pervasive issue,” Sanders said. “It is
        mation about the variety of des-  Commissioner  Erik  Kulleseid,  user-friendly credit-card accep-  people are just like the people of  my belief that we have to take what
        tinations and activities available  “and this new Parks Explorer App  tance at collection points includ-  America. We are all very, very  we have learned from these past
        throughout  the  Empire  State’s  is a helpful tool for families on the  ing  pay  stations,  park  offices  good people. We can establish a  few months and use that knowl-
        parks and historic sites.    go to plan the perfect adventure  and staffed lanes, so visitors are  very good friendship. We can work  edge to prepare for what will be a
             The New York State Parks  with ease.  To stay in the know  encouraged to take advantage of  together. We can play together, and  tough road ahead. I will continue
        Explorer  App  is  a  free,  user-  and make the most of your park  this cashless alternative.  Before  we can build together.”   my proactive efforts to ensure that
        friendly resource for visitors to  visit, I encourage New Yorkers to  heading to a state park or historic       Senator Sanders, who was in  everyone in my district who can be
        plan  outdoor  adventures  while  download the app today.”  site, visitors are also reminded  Albany for an emergency legisla-  protected from coronavirus, will be
        staying connected to long-time       New York State Executive  to  practice  social  distancing,  tive session on the budget, also at-  protected.”
        favorite  parks  and  sites.  Users  Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi  bring and wear a face covering,  tended the event virtually via Zoom       Sanders’ Chief of Staff, Marvin
        can learn more about top destina-  said, “With an unparalleled col-  respect  the  rules,  and  do  their  and agreed that unity between the  Holland, and Constituent Liaison,
        tions and discover new must-see  lection of parks, historic sites and  part to keep the parks, beaches  nations is important. He added that  Kristen Holness transported the
        locations with rotating curated  recreation trails across the state,  and campgrounds open and safe  Ambassador Huang Ping and the  masks to the school on Senator
        content, and will enjoy quick ac-  exploring New York’s State Parks  for everyone.      consulate have been a friend to the  Sanders’ behalf.
        cess to park information, includ-  system is a perfect complement       The New York State Office
        ing directions, hours, amenities,  to  any  Empire  State  vacation.  of  Parks,  Recreation  and  His-  MTA Announces Innovative Barriers to
        fees and rates, trail maps, helpful  The  new  State  Parks  Explorer  toric Preservation oversees more
        know-before-you-go details, and  App will offer information and  than  250  parks,  historic  sites,  be Installed on Local and Express Buses
        the ability to receive important  suggestions that help keep New  recreation  trails,  golf  courses,   to Further Enhance Operator Safety
        updates and alerts.          York a top travel destination for  boat launches and more, which
             Visitors can also link directly  residents and visitors alike.”  are visited by 77 million people
        to online camping reservations            Interim  New  York  State  annually. For more information   (Continued from page 7)       Rear door boarding was imple-
        and  easily  access  select  State  Chief Information Officer Jeremy  on any of these recreation areas,              mented March 23 on local buses
        Parks’ social media channels to  Goldberg, “The Office of Infor-  call 518-474-0456 or visit www.  for Buses of MTA New York City  to protect all frontline employees
        share their experiences. The New  mation Technology Services is  parks.ny.gov, connect with us on  Transit and President of the MTA  from the spread of COVID-19.
        York State Parks Explorer mobile  proud to partner with the Office  Facebook, or follow on Instagram  Bus  Company.  “Together  with  The new barriers will protect bus
        app  is  available  at  no  cost  for  of Parks, Recreation and Historic  and Twitter.  our union partners, we continue  operators as front door boarding
                                                                                                to do everything we can to keep  resumes.  As  these  barriers  are
         Rep. Maloney Speaks in Favor, Votes to Pass the Emergency                              employees  and  customers  safe  installed, the vinyl protective cur-
                          Housing Protections and Relief Act                                    during the pandemic.”        tain separating the front of the bus
                                                                                                     Starting this week, the MTA  will come down, allowing added
                                                                                                is installing a full-length vinyl  capacity buses and more room to
             Before voting to pass H.R.  economic and housing relief for  or by Fannie Mae and Freddie  sliding curtain on 1,000 express  ensure passengers are able to so-
        7301,  the  Emergency  Housing  millions of Americans. It expands  Mac.                 buses to isolate the bus operator  cially distance from one another.
        Protections and Relief Act, Con-  the eviction moratorium to protect  •    Rep. Maloney is a cosponsor  when  passengers  board.  Upon       Bus ridership surpassed 1 mil-
        gresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney,  all  renters  and  the  foreclosure  of The Rent and Mortgage Cancel-  boarding, the operator will slide it  lion for the first time since the
        senior member of the House Finan-  moratorium to protect all hom-  lation Act of 2020 which would  forward and then push it back once  pandemic started on Friday, June
        cial Services Committee, spoke on  eowners, it creates a $100 billion  suspend rent payments during the  they are ready to proceed driving  19 with ridership of 1,035,200.
        the House floor in strong support  emergency rental assistance fund,  COVID-19 crisis.  forward. Express bus customers  Bus ridership on Monday, June 29
        of bill.                     and provides nearly $13 billion tar-  •    The Congresswoman is also  will continue to board through the  was 1,083,976. The MTA’s average
             Below are the Congresswoman’s  geted money for homeless grants  supportive  of  Rep.  Nydia  Ve-  front door, but will not be permit-  weekday bus ridership in 2019 was
        remarks as prepared for delivery:   and Housing Choice Vouchers for  lázquez’s  Ensuring  Affordable  ted to sit in the first row of the bus  2.2 million. For daily ridership
             “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in  people  experiencing  homeless-  Housing  Security  During  the  to ensure a safe distance is kept  numbers click here.
        support of H.R. 7301, the Emer-  ness and survivors of domestic  Coronavirus Emergency Act to  from the bus operator.        During New York City’s Phase
        gency Housing Protections and  violence.      “Nobody should lose  suspend  rent  payments  for  ev-       Additionally, on certain local  2, bus service levels are operating
        Relief Act.                  sleep worrying about how they  eryone living in Section 8 and  buses, a full-length polycarbonate  at regular weekday/closed school
              “Through no fault of their  will keep a roof over their head  NYCHA housing.      slider is being installed by the op-  service levels in all boroughs.
        own, New Yorkers and Americans  while they are suffering through  •    At the local level, the Congress-  erator’s compartment. The MTA is       Across all agencies, the MTA
        across this country are struggling  a pandemic. I urge my colleagues  woman has advocated and voiced  installing a second prototype on  has distributed 3.8 million masks,
        to pay their rent or make mortgage  on both sides of the aisle to support  her strong support of Senate Bill  other local buses – a full-length  6 million pairs of gloves, 37,000
        payments.  Even  worse,  people  this necessary and important bill,  S8125A to suspend commercial  vinyl  curtain  –  which  the  bus  gallons of hand sanitizer, 122,000
        experiencing homelessness and  and I yield back.”          and residential rent payments for  operator can slide back and forth  small hand sanitizer bottles, 3.5
        survivors of domestic violence       Background            New Yorkers financially impacted  when passengers board.   million  individual  sanitizing
        have seen their limited options for  •        In  March,  Rep.  Maloney  by  COVID-19.  The  Congress-            The  Department  of  Buses  cleaning wipes, 125,000 gallons
        safety and shelter dwindle due to  successfully won a moratorium  woman is also supportive of Senate  Engineering Department worked  of  cleaning  solution  and  9,000
        the pandemic’s impact on social  on foreclosure and eviction pro-  Bill S8140A and Assembly Bill  with  manufacturers  to  develop  face shields.
        services.                    ceedings for more than 70% of  A10248 to establish a COVID-19  these specific and immediate so-       A face covering is required for
             “The bill is a bold – and nec-  homeowners who have mortgages  emergency rental assistance pro-  lutions to protect heroic frontline  all employees and customers while
        essary – step toward providing  backed by the federal government  gram.                 employees.                   riding on public transit.
                  Message from Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz on Immigration Specialist

             June being Immigration Heri-  as a vital resource to all Assistant  dialing 718-286-5931.  and Brooklyn District Attorney  on Immigration Worker Resources
        tage Month, I thought it prudent to  District Attorneys in my office on       In addition, I would like to high-  Eric Gonzalez spear-headed this  during COVID-19 along with De-
        inform you of an important recent  matters dealing with immigration.  light the recent advances related to  lawsuit and you can read more about  partment of Consumer and Worker
        addition to my office: Immigration       A St. John’s Law grad, ADA  immigration protections:  this win on the Attorney General’s  Protection and Catholic Migration
        Specialist, Assistant District At-  LaRosa started out in the private  •    On June 10th, a federal judge  website.  Services. You can still watch the
        torney Richard J. LaRosa.    sector, soon specializing in immi-  ruled to immediately end the Trump  •    On June 28th, the Supreme  webinar in full by clicking here and
             Immigration issues bring unique  gration matters, representing clients  Administration’s policy that previ-  Court ruled against the Trump  access important documents related
        challenges to the criminal justice  before the U.S. Citizen and Immi-  ously allowed U.S. Immigration  Administration’s efforts to end the  to worker rights and protections on
        system. ADA LaRosa has a key  gration Services and the Executive  and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  Deferred Action for Childhood  my website.
        role in assisting every Bureau in my  Office for Immigration Removal. In  agents to interfere with New York  Arrivals (DACA) program, which       Please do not hesitate to reach out
        office in handling such cases while  2108, he joined the Kings County  State case proceedings. This means  provides legal protections to young  to my office for any legal assistance,
        protecting the rights of immigrants  District Attorney’s Office, where  that ICE agents can no longer make  immigrants of this country - known  no matter your current immigration
        with businesses before the court.  he served as Immigration Counsel  arrests in and around State court  as Dreamers.  status.
        He is part of the Appeals and Spe-  and Senior ADA prior to joining my  houses.              And in case you missed it, I re-  Stay safe.
        cial Litigation Division and serves  team. You may reach his office by  •    Attorney General Letitia James  cently hosted a Virtual Town Hall  Melinda Katz
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