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                                           Published for the Borough of Queens

          VOLUME 29, NO. 21                                       THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024                                                   25 CENTS

                                                                                             Memorial Day:
            Spring Jobs Spring Will Lead to a
                   Summer of Opportunity                                Honor All U.S. Military Personnel

                New York City is in the middle of an economic boom,
              breaking record after record when it comes to creating jobs
           and opportunity. Just last week, we celebrated another record
           high for private-sector jobs in our city, with unemployment
           falling to 4.8 percent. There is also good news on the equity
           front, with Black unemployment at its lowest point in half a
           decade, having decreased by 26 percent since the start of 2022.
                There is no question: our economy is strong. But we are com-
           mitted to building on our success and expanding the scope of
           opportunity for all. That is why we are announcing our “Spring
           Jobs Sprint,” an all-out effort to connect New Yorkers with jobs.
                We are not waiting around — we are bringing the jobs to
           the people.
           Every month, we host hiring halls to bring both public- and
           private-sector job opportunities to neighborhoods across the
           five boroughs.
                We have also recently launched “Run This Town,” a multi-
           media advertising campaign to engage diverse New Yorkers
           and help them apply for thousands of available city govern-
           ment jobs. The announcement follows the launch of “Jobs
           NYC,” a multi-pronged citywide effort to reduce barriers to
           economic opportunities and deliver workforce development           Memorial Day: 1.1 million reasons to remember and honor
           services directly to communities that are experiencing high
           unemployment.                                                Memorial Day (originally known   observed on May 30. Since 1971,  claimed by Commander in Chief
                                                                   as Decoration Day) is a federal   it is observed on the last Monday  John A. Logan of the Grand Army
                           (Continued on page 2)                   holiday in the United States for   of May.                of the Republic to honor the Union
                                                                   honoring and mourning the U.S.        The first national observance  soldiers who had died in the Civil
                                                                   military personnel who died while   of Memorial Day occurred on May  War. This national observance
               Night at The Opera                                  serving in the United States Armed   30, 1868. Then known as Decora-  (Continued on page 3)
                                                                   Forces. From 1868 to 1970, it was
                                                                                                tion Day, the holiday was pro-
                                                                    PS 22Q Students And Elected Officials

                                                                         Cut Ribbon On New Traffic Signal

        Pictured at the Queens Symphony Orchestra recent performance
        at Russo’s on the Bay is Council Member Joann Ariola; Maestro
        Martin Majkut and Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
             The Queens Symphony Orches-       Queens District Attorney
        tra, founded by Queens District  Melinda Katz Thanked Council
        Attorney Melinda Katz’s  late  Member Joann Ariola for spon-
        father, never fails to impress the  soring this wonderful tradition of
        audience. Their recent perfor-  bringing music to the community.
        mance at Russo’s on the Bay was  The brilliant work and vison of  Students lobbied elected officials for street safety improvements after their classmate
        no exception, leaving the attend-  Maestro Martin Majkut will in-  was hit by  car. After year of advocating for  street  safety improvements, PS 22Q
        ees in awe.                  spire generations.            students  and  elected  officials  cut  ribbon  on  new  traffic  signal.  See  story  on  page 2.
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