Get ready to see much more of Mayor Bill de Blasio in Queens.
The mayor announced on Monday that he would be running the city out of Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens the week of Monday, July 17, as part of his “City Hall in Your Borough” initiative.
De Blasio will be bringing deputy mayors and senior officials to Queens to manage the city’s day-to-day operations while also focusing on issues around the “World’s Borough.” Earlier this year, he held similar initiatives in Staten Island and the Bronx.
“As we move City Hall from borough to borough, we hope to continue building a closer relationship between New Yorkers and their city government,” said de Blasio, who’s seeking a second term as mayor this November. “In Queens, we will continue focusing city resources on the borough’s most pressing needs.”
De Blasio’s agenda for the week in Queens includes a cabinet meeting, a resource fair and a town hall meeting at a yet-to-be announced location. He will also make the rounds in Queens, stopping at points of interest and events being held at that time. Chirlane McCray, the city’s first lady, will also hold events in Queens during the week.
Both de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced the “City Hall in Your Borough” Queens initiative in posts to their Twitter accounts on Monday, June 27.
“Queens welcomes the administration to Borough Hall and the opportunity to engage on the needs and challenges unique to the ‘World’s Borough,'” Katz said. “With 2.3 million residents, there will be much ground to cover for the families of Queens.”
The full itinerary of Queens events will be announced in the days to come, according to the mayor’s office.