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PAGE 4                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                 THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2022

        Meng And Bowman Lead Request to Biden Asking For Help                                      Speaker Adams Statement on Mayor
                 In Fighting NYC’s Latest Rise in Covid-19 Cases                                     Adams’ Veto of Intro. 2443A-2021

        Lawmakers, joined by other NY       “Rapid COVID-19 tests pro-  continue to keep schools open,                        especially affordable housing pro-
        Members of Congress, send letter  vide New Yorkers not only with  safely. For our school communi-                     duction, invest in arts and culture,
        to the President             the ability to test in the comfort  ties to be healthy  and safe for                     and create a neighborhood that is
                                     of their own home, but also help  everyone, we further encourage                         more economically vibrant and
             Reps. Grace Meng (D-Queens)  alleviate the hours-long lines we  your administration to issue guid-               equitable. There were concerns
        and Jamaal Bowman (D-Bronx/  have seen at brick and mortar  ance that complements rapid test                          about the accompany bill that was
        Westchester) led a request to  and mobile testing sites since late  kits such that when a student tests               advanced at the City Council’s last
        President Biden asking him to help  December,” the lawmakers wrote.  positive for COVID-19, it is al-                 Stated Meeting in December 2021,
        New York City battle the latest  “Without COVID-19 rapid test  ways communicated to the school                        and we agree it could benefit from
        surge in COVID-19 cases.     kits, New York City is not able to  and that the student quarantine at                   a fuller discussion with various
             In a letter spearheaded by Meng  sustain its current efforts to limit  home. At this time, testing of NYC        stakeholders, including residents in
        and Bowman, and signed by other  the spread of the virus. We further  students is limited and we need to              SoHo and NoHo. We look forward
        members of New York’s congres-  emphasize the need to ensure  make every effort to prioritize and        “The Council passed the his-  to working with Mayor Adams’
        sional delegation, the lawmakers  at-home tests are made available  protect the health and well-being   toric SoHo/NoHo rezoning to  administration to respond to those
        asked the President to provide free  free of charge to remove barriers  of everyone who is a part of our   increase housing production and   concerns over the coming months.”
        rapid test kits to New York City,  that may otherwise prevent people  school communities.”
        and issue additional guidance for  from receiving the care they need       Those who signed the letter   Velázquez Tests Positive For COVID-19
        schools to ensure that they are  and keeping our communities  include New York Reps. Adriano
        safe. The letter also asked for rapid  healthy and safe. Additionally,  Espaillat, Ritchie Torres, Thomas        The Office of Congresswoman  She continues to experience symp-
        test kits to be accompanied with  access to COVID-19 rapid test  Suozzi, Carolyn Maloney, Nydia   Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has  toms and is recovering at home.
        translations to make sure that all  kits that are accompanied with  Velázquez, Jerrold Nadler, Alex-  released the following statement:  The Congresswoman has received
        communities in New York City  translations and support to pro-  andria Ocasio-Cortez, Gregory        “Congresswoman Velázquez  three doses of the vaccine and
        can access and understand how  mote fidelity of implementation  Meeks,  Hakeem  Jeffries  and   has tested positive for a break-  encourages all New Yorkers to do
        to use the tests.            to help ensure New York City can  Yvette Clarke.           through infection of COVID-19.  the same.”

                 Attorney General James’ Statement on MLK Day
             New York Attorney General   the pandemic. We are still fight-  right to vote and have their vote
        Letitia James released the follow-  ing for social justice. We are still  counted. In honor of Dr. King,
        ing statement in honor of MLK  watching efforts to deny sacred  that means passing the Freedom
        Day:                         rights, like the right to vote, from  to Vote Act and the John Lewis
             “At this time of year when we  too many Americans.    Voting Rights Advancement Act,
        celebrate what would have been       “None of us is brave enough,  which are essential to ensuring
        Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 93rd  smart enough, or prophetic  that our elections are fair, our bal-
        birthday, and at this moment in our  enough to be Dr. King, but at  lot boxes are accessible, and the
        history as a nation, I am thinking  our best we are continuing his  voices of all Americans are heard.
        about the words Dr. King spoke  work. That means exercising our  In order to truly safeguard our
        on his last full day of life. On that  most basic democratic right to  democracy, we must safeguard
        evening in Memphis, Dr. King  vote whenever we have the op-  the right to vote.
        told us that we would someday  portunity. That means doing all       “America has marched a long
        get to the ‘promised land.’ After  we can to protect that same right  road, and we still have a long road
        the year we just had, the promised  for all Americans. Now is the  ahead, but when we join together
        land can seem further and further  time to do away with any obstacle  in the spirit of Dr. King, someday
        away. We are still struggling with  that infringes upon the people’s  we will get to the promised land.”
           Alicia Monson and Weini Kelati Will Battle Again at

                                   114th Millrose Games

        Alicia Monson is all smiles after finishing first during the 2019 Millrose Games
        Women’s 3000m. Monson recently won the USATF Cross Country Championships,
        and  she’ll  expect  a  strong  challenge  from  USATF  Cross  Country  runner-up
        Weini Kelati during the 114th Millrose Games at The Armory New Balance Track
        & Field Center. Monson photo by John Nepolitan; Kelati photo by Kirby Lee.

             The 114th Millrose Games are  will be Alicia Monson and Weini  Big Ten titles and was the 2019
        less than two weeks away, sched-  Kelati, fresh off their January  NCAA champion in the 5000m.
        uled for Saturday, January 29th at  9th duel at the USATF Cross  Most recently, she won the USATF
        The Armory’s New Balance Track  Country Championships where  cross country title in convincing
        & Field Center. Dozens of Olym-  they finished first and second,  fashion, earning her first victory
        pians and world-class fields have  respectively.           since turning professional.
        already been announced for this       Monson is a 2020 Olympian in       “I’m so thankful to be compet-
        historic event, and several more  the 10,000m and the 2019 Millrose  ing again at Millrose,” Monson
        will join them in the Women’s  Games champion in the 3000m.  said. “Winning the 3000m at my
        3000m.                       While competing for the Universi-
             Leading this outstanding field  ty of Wisconsin, Monson won five   (Continued on page 9)
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