As Fall just is just around the corner, schools are finally in and the City is fighting to return to normalcy, I hope you and your families are doing well.
September 15th kicked off the National Hispanic Heritage Month, a month long celebration to recognize and appreciate the contributions and influences of Hispanic Americans in all walks of life as well as a celebration of history, culture, and heritage.
As Chair of the Committee on Small Business this week I convened a hearing to receive administrative, private sector and community input on a set of important bills designed to provide our small businesses with relief. Stakeholders offered insight about the opportunities and challenges ahead for small businesses and what we can do to make recovery easier including my very own Intro 2000-2020, which would ensure that the borough-to-borough distribution of emergency business aid is equitable.
Our office has continued to help residents in our District who have been dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. If you still need help, please check theses links: The NYC Page, the FEMA page and the Comptroller Page.
This week I was humbled to co-sponsor an NYPD Appreciation Dinner Cruise with the NYPD 45th and 49th Community Councils and the Westchester Square BID. I want to extend thanks to all the officers who joined as well as the NYPD Explorers, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
As every year the City Island Clam Chowder Festival was a hit. I was glad to a be a Judge and co-host the Festival with the City Island Chamber of Commerce. Here were my top picks from this weekend: Best New England Chowder-Johnny’s Reef and Best Red Manhattan Chowder-Sammy’s Fish Box.
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