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THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2024                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                                            PAGE 9



          District Council 9 Painters And Allied Trades To Conduct                                QBP Richards, Queens Chamber Of
             Drywall Finisher Apprenticeship Recruitment In June                                 Commerce Announce Long Island City
                                                                                                    Improvement Planning Open Call
        The union will welcome 500 ap-  training facility.         hear and understand instructions
        plicants for a Drywall Finisher       “District Council 9 is dedicated  in English, and being physically   $10 million in Downtown Re-  Long Island City residents to learn
        recruitment at its training center  to year-round apprenticeship re-  able to perform the work of their   vitalization Initiative funding  about the DRI and put forth their
        in Long Island City, Queens.   cruitments that lead hardworking  intended trade. For specific re-  secured for LIC   proposals, as well as an online
                                     New  Yorkers  into  prosperous  quirements by trade, view post-                         community survey.
             District Council 9 will be con-  careers in the trades,” said Joseph  ings online from the NYS Depart-       Following Governor Hochul’s       The first public workshop will
        ducting a formal Drywall Finisher  Azzopardi, Business Manager/  ment of Labor for the Drywall   February 2024 announcement  take place this Thursday, June
        apprentice recruitment beginning  Secretary Treasurer. “Our top-  Finishers recruitment.  that Long Island City will receive  13, from 6pm to 8pm at MoMA
        June 18th. The recruitment is be-  notch apprenticeship programs       About DC 9 - District Council   a $10 million grant through New  PS1, located at 46-01 21st Street
        ing conducted at the union’s train-  offer extensive training, equipping  9 is a chapter of the International   York State’s Downtown Revital-  in Long Island City. Public pre-
        ing center in Long Island City, NY.  us to build a skilled workforce and  Union of Painters and Allied   ization Initiative (DRI), Queens  registration is not required. The
        The recruitment will last from  open pathways to the middle class  Trades, an organization of paint-  Borough President Donovan  date and location of the second
        June 18 to July 1, 2024.     for many New Yorkers. We are ex-  ers, decorators, wall coverers,   Richards Jr. and the Queens  public workshop, as well as a pair
             The District Council 9 Finish-  cited to initiate our recruitment for  drywall finishers, sign painters,   Chamber of Commerce an-  of local outreach events, will be
        ing Trades Institute of New York  Drywall Finishers and welcome  metal polishers, bridge & struc-  nounced the launch of the public  announced in the coming weeks.
        offers apprentices on-the-job and  our newest union members.”  tural steel painters, civil service   planning process to determine       Individuals interested in sub-
        in-classroom training to ensure       Apprenticeship Recruitment  painters, lead abatement workers,   how that funding should be al-  mitting proposals can do so online
        every apprentice is prepared to  Information:              glaziers & architectural metal   located.                 at www.licdri.com beginning on
        tackle the complex building mar-  •    Needed: Drywall Finishers  glassworkers, paint makers and        “Long Island City has been  Thursday, June 13 after the con-
        ket. DC 9 apprenticeships offer  •    When: June 18, 2024 – July  allied trades. The International   a  shining  symbol  of  Queens’  clusion of that evening’s public
        New Yorkers a pathway to a stable  1, 2024 | Monday – Friday, 9:00  Union of Painters and Allied   economic growth in recent years,  workshop.
        career with family-sustaining  AM – 3:30 PM                Trades is dedicated to securing   but it is critical we ensure that       Project submissions will first
        wages and benefits.          •    Where: Finishing Trades In-  and improving wages, benefits,   growth is equitable and benefi-  be evaluated by the LIC DRI Local
             The recruitment will occur  stitute of New York, 45-15 36th  and overall working conditions   cial to every family who proudly  Planning Committee — a group
        over a ten-day period or until  Street, Long Island City, NY  for its members.          calls this community home,” said  of community leaders appointed
        500 applications are distributed,       Additional information is avail-       For more information on DC   Borough President RICHARDS.  by the State and co-chaired by
        whichever comes first. Applica-  able HERE. Applicants must meet  9’s continuing efforts to provide   “I am proud to have this $10 mil-  Borough President Richards and
        tions will be distributed in person  certain requirements, including  pathways to the middle class for   lion grant through the Downtown  Queens Chamber of Commerce
        on a first-come, first-served basis,  being 18 years of age, holding a  New York’s residents visit www.  Revitalization Initiative program  President and CEO Tom Grech
        at the District Council 9 Finish-  high school diploma or equivalent,  districtcouncil9.net or on Face-  and I’m excited to work with our  — leading to the development of a
        ing Trades Institute of New York  passing a drug test, being able to  book, Twitter and Instagram.  neighbors on projects that will  Strategic Investment Plan and the
          QBP Richards, Queens Chamber Of Commerce Announce                                     further improve this neighbor-  State’s selection of projects to fund
                                                                                                                             through the $10 million grant.
                                                                                                hood.”
               Long Island City Improvement Planning Open Call                                       “Vibrant downtowns with       Meetings of the Far Rockaway
                                                                                                bustling commercial corridors  LPC are also open to the public.
        $10 million in Downtown Revital-  to spend this money in a way that  evaluated by the LIC DRI Local   are a sign of thriving communi-       The public submission process
        ization Initiative funding secured  will make the neighborhood an  Planning Committee — a group   ties. We are delighted that the  is open now and will close on Fri-
        for LIC                      even better place to live, work and  of community leaders appointed   State has allocated $10 million to  day, August 2. To be eligible for
                                     play,” said Queens Chamber Presi-  by the State and co-chaired by   the Long Island City Downtown  consideration, proposals should be
             Following Governor Hochul’s  dent and CEO TOM GRECH. “I  Borough President Richards and   Revitalization Initiative, and we  geared toward:
        February 2024 announcement that  am looking forward to serving as  Queens Chamber of Commerce   invite members of the community  •    Streetscape, wayfinding and
        Long Island City will receive a $10  co-chair with Borough President  President and CEO Tom Grech   to come forward with ideas on  transportation improvements.
        million grant through New York  Richards  on  this  initiative  and  — leading to the development of   how to spend this money in a way  •    New and upgraded parks,
        State’s Downtown Revitalization  seeing what ideas the brilliant,  a Strategic Investment Plan and   that will make the neighborhood  plazas, green infrastructure or
        Initiative (DRI), Queens Borough  creative people of Long Island  the State’s selection of projects   an even better place to live, work  public art.
        President Donovan Richards Jr.  City come up with!”        to fund through the $10 million   and play,” said Queens Cham-  •    The development or redevelop-
        and the Queens Chamber of Com-       The open call for project pro-  grant.             ber President and CEO TOM  ment of property for mixed-use,
        merce announced the launch of the  posals is open to any organiza-       Meetings of the Far Rockaway   GRECH. “I am looking forward  commercial, residential, not-for-
        public planning process to deter-  tion or individual with ideas for  LPC are also open to the public.   to serving as co-chair with Bor-  profit or public uses that will be
        mine how that funding should be  projects that would strengthen the       The public submission process   ough President Richards on this  catalyst for job creation, housing
        allocated.                   community’s commercial corri-  is open now and will close on Fri-  initiative and seeing what ideas  production or community service
             “Long Island City has been  dors. This open call will include a  day, August 2. To be eligible for   the brilliant, creative people of  expansion.
        a shining symbol of Queens’  pair of public workshops to allow  consideration, proposals should be   Long Island City come up with!”  •    Downtown branding and com-
        economic growth in recent years,  Long Island City residents to learn  geared toward:        The open call for project pro-  munity marketing.
        but it is critical we ensure that  about the DRI and put forth their  •    Streetscape, wayfinding and   posals is open to any organiza-       Property acquisition, expenses
        growth is equitable and benefi-  proposals, as well as an online  transportation improvements.  tion or individual with ideas for  relating to existing programs and
        cial to every family who proudly  community survey.        •    New and upgraded parks,   projects that would strengthen the  expenses related to an organiza-
        calls this community home,” said       The first public workshop will  plazas, green infrastructure or   community’s commercial corri-  tion’s operations and maintenance
        Borough President RICHARDS.  take place this Thursday, June  public art.                dors. This open call will include a  are not eligible to receive funding
        “I am proud to have this $10 mil-  13, from 6pm to 8pm at MoMA  •    The development or redevelop-  pair of public workshops to allow  through the DRI program.
        lion grant through the Downtown  PS1, located at 46-01 21st Street  ment of property for mixed-use,
        Revitalization Initiative program  in Long Island City. Public pre-  commercial, residential, not-for-  OGS Announces Free Summer Tours
        and I’m excited to work with our  registration is not required. The  profit or public uses that will be
        neighbors on projects that will fur-  date and location of the second  catalyst for job creation, housing   Of The Empire State Plaza And
        ther improve this neighborhood.”  public workshop, as well as a pair  production or community service      NYS Capitol
             “Vibrant downtowns with  of local outreach events, will be  expansion.
        bustling commercial corridors are  announced in the coming weeks.  •    Downtown branding and com-  (Continued from page 8)  Where: State Street Lobby visitor
        a sign of thriving communities.       Individuals interested in sub-  munity marketing.                              information desk
        We are delighted that the State has  mitting proposals can do so online       Property acquisition, expenses  minutes.  When: Monday to Friday at 10
        allocated $10 million to the Long  at www.licdri.com beginning on  relating to existing programs and  Reservations: Reservations are  a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.
        Island City Downtown Revital-  Thursday, June 13 after the con-  expenses related to an organiza-  not required. Walk-ups are per-  Reservations: Reservations are
        ization Initiative, and we invite  clusion of that evening’s public  tion’s operations and maintenance  mitted. Larger groups of 10 or  not required. Walk-ups are per-
        members of the community to  workshop.                     are not eligible to receive funding  more should call (518) 474-2418.  mitted. This tour is reserved for
        come forward with ideas on how       Project submissions will first be  through the DRI program.  (empirestateplaza.ny.gov)   individuals and smaller groups of
                                                                                                Capitol Tours                less than 10. Larger groups of 10
          Council Member James F. Gennaro Statement on NYC                                           Sitting atop Albany’s State  or more should call (518) 474-2418.
             Water Board’s Resolution to End Rental Payments                                    Street hill, the New York State  (empirestateplaza.ny.gov)
                                                                                                Capitol has served as the seat of  •    First Friday Capitol Tour
                                                                                                government for New York since  Evening tours are offered as part
                                          “In direct response to my testi-  ‘backdoor tax.’ I applaud the Water   the 1880s. The building is a mar-  of First Friday Albany, a monthly
                                     mony and continued advocacy on   Board for taking a strong stance   vel of late 19th-century architec-  celebration of arts and  culture
                                     the issue, earlier today, the NYC   against this unjust practice, which   tural grandeur, built by hand of  around the Capital Region.
                                     Water Board unanimously passed   financially burdens all New York-  solid masonry over a period of 32  Where: State Street Lobby visitor
                                     a Resolution calling on the City to   ers, but most especially low-income   years. Highlights of the 45-minute  information desk
                                     cease its requests for rental pay-  families. This is only just the begin-  tours can include the legislative  When: Every first Friday of the
                                     ments because ‘it does not adhere   ning, and I will stop at nothing until   chambers,  Hall  of  Governors,  month, June 7 to December 6 at
                                     to the principles of climate budget-  this hidden tax is done away with.   Governor’s Reception Room, Hall  5:30 p.m.
                                     ing and the stated climate goals   I look forward to working with my   of New York, historic staircases,  Reservations: Reservations are not
                                     of the City.’  This is a promising   State colleagues to seek a legisla-  and carvings.   required. Walk-ups are permitted.
                                     development in our fight to ensure   tive solution to end these rental   •    Weekday Walk-In New York
                                     New Yorkers are not subject to a   payments once and for all.”  State Capitol Tour           (Continued on page 11)
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