Saturday, November 27, 2021

Councilman Mark Gjonaj's NYC Moving Forward Week in Review - 11/26/2021


Dear Friends,

I hope you and your families are doing well as we just passed Thanksgiving, a day to stop, reflect on the many ways in which the community inspires us to be thankful and give back, as we finished our largest turkey giveaway in District 13.

Tomorrow November 27th is Small Business Saturday, an annual holiday that celebrates small businesses and encourages consumers to shop locally at the start of the holiday shopping season. As Chair of NYC Council Small Business Committee, I encourage everyone to shop small, patronize the small independent shops and businesses in our community, help support local economies that are the backbone of our City.

This week we held a joint hearing with the NYC Council Committee on Technology, chaired by Council Member Robert Holden focused on the film industry’s impact on the NYC’s economy, city residents, and small businesses. While we thank the film industry for choosing NYC, small businesses are obviously at the center of what makes this city great. Blocking a small business’s visibility, closing down a street or not giving them enough notice can be a hindrance to daily small business operations. Let’s be considerate of those needs first and allow them both to thrive together.

On a different legislative note, NYC Council Housing and Resiliency committees tackled waterfront resiliency and heard my bill Intro 2189 that would initiate a feasibility study into moving remaining above-ground power underground. Whereas Manhattan moved their power lines completely underground over a century ago, the rest of the city lags behind, leaving their power vulnerable to storms and evincing the “tale of two cities” narrative that so consistently rings true. We cannot allow such disproportionate impact and my bill gets the ball rolling towards more equitable and just storm resiliency infrastructure.

With the end of the year festivities approaching I am glad to sponsor Menorah Lightings and Christmas Tree Lightings around the district.

Please remember we are here for you, contact my office with issues or concerns at 718-931-1721 or email at

In honor of Albanian Independence Day coming up this weekend, I am proud to continue a tradition I started 12 years ago lining Albanian and American Flags around the Bronx and wish all Albanian Americans a Happy Flag Day!


NYC Councilman Mark Gjonaj
District 13, Bronx

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