Sunday, April 4, 2021

Councilman Mark Gjonaj's NYC Moving Forward Week in Review - 4/2/2021


Dear Friends,

As we are finally excited to see more sunshine, tulips and daffodils springing up-the warmer season and Easter are significantly a time of hope, new life and new beginnings. While we were humbled to safely celebrate Easter and bring the Easter Bunny last week on Pelham Parkway, and among students and staff of St Joseph’s School for the Deaf, this new sense of freedom is also a reminder of the journey we have gone through and that we still have to be cautious, get tested and vaccinated, wear masks and social distance. 

The COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. This week I was proud to get my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at Jacobi Hospital. In an effort to stop the spread and help communities gradually and safely return to normalcy, we are glad to bring more vaccination appointments to all those eligible in District 13. Please call our office at 718-931-1721 to schedule yours.

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and I took the opportunity to visit one of the local autism centers in our District to further pledge my support and raise awareness about its challenges, as we further promote acceptance and inclusion. We need to continue to work to create more spaces where everyone is given equal opportunities to succeed.

We wrapped up March-Women’s History Month, by announcing the winners of our Essay Contest with middle and high school students in District 13. Congratulations to Karen Avanesov from PS 71, Ryan Almeda and Arsi Tinaj from St. Francis Xavier School, who will be receiving Amazon Fire 7 Tablets.

You can still take advantage of our Free Tax Preparation for constituents in District 13 in partnership with Urban Upbound as the IRS has postponed the Tax Deadline to May 17th. 

We are proud of serving you and being with you throughout this pandemic. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any issues or concerns at 718-931-1721 or email at


NYC Councilman Mark Gjonaj
District 13, Bronx

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