Hundreds of Queens Chamber of Commerce members and a total of more than 400 participants took part in the inaugural Queens Day in Albany on May 8.
The event acted as a lobbying day during which Queens leaders met with state lawmakers to draw attention to the borough’s needs, but also to provide a showcase for its diversity, cultural sites, food and educational institutions.
For far too long, Queens has been overlooked. An expense and budget-priorities report released earlier this year by the Queens Borough Board found that the borough consistently ranked last or second to last in a majority of city services.
Queens Day gave borough leaders the opportunity to make the case that the borough, which is the most diverse county in the world, deserves its fair share. During their visits with lawmakers representing the borough, participants spoke about everything from infrastructure to business regulations and taxes.
The lobbying day was an important step toward the borough’s getting long-overdue attention. We commend Queens Borough President Melinda Katz for bringing this day to fruition as it enabled lawmakers to learn about Queens’ successes, but also to understand that a borough with a population as diverse as Queens has a wide variety of needs.
The Queens Chamber of Commerce and all of Queens Day’s sponsors also deserve credit for making the day a success. And special thanks go out to Resorts World Casino for providing transportation to Albany. We’re looking forward to next year’s Queens Day event, which will be bigger and better.