I hope you and your families are doing well and in light of the Covid-19 new variants, to get vaccinated, wear a face mask while indoors and in public, and help our city beat this virus once and for all.
Last week we helped light the first candle in the Menorahs in our District from the Albert Einstein Hospital, Bronx House, Loreto Park and Pelham Parkway. The lights of the menorah serve as a reminder that despite the darkness of the world, there is hope that with each positive action we can create a brighter, stronger and more resilient world.
As Chair of the Committee on Small Business I held alongside the Committee on Veterans, and it’s chair, my friend and colleague, Councilman Eric Dinowitz, a hearing to examine the challenges facing veteran entrepreneurs and ways that the administration can support their prosperity. Out of this discussion it became clear that the city needs to make veteran-specific designations for business support and improve outreach efforts about existing programs. I’d like to thank all who testified and advocated, offering their wisdom to us, including leadership from the American Legion and District 13’s very own Lt. Col. Ron Watson, Navy veteran Gene DeFrancis and Sgt. 1st class Peter C Del-Debbio.
I am grateful that through my NYC Council funding Seniors in our District from North East Bronx Senior Center, PSS City Island and Bronx House are enjoying the Holiday Train Show and Luncheon at the beautiful NY Botanical Garden.
With the end of the year festivities approaching I am glad to sponsor Christmas Tree Lightings and Toy Giveaways around the district.
Please remember we are here for you, contact my office with issues or concerns at 718-931-1721 or email at MGjonaj@council.nyc.gov.
NYC Councilman Mark Gjonaj
District 13, Bronx