ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

For more information, please contact:

Shurn P. Anderson
Director of Economic Development
(718) 286-3157
[email protected]

Updated: May 22, 2020

Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee has announced a second extension and expansion of “Fuel the Frontlines,” the joint initiative in partnership with the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) and the Queens Night Market to provide thousands of freshly-prepared, individually-packaged and ready-to-go meals to hospital workers, EMS workers and now MTA bus operators on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally a one-week initiative funded by Borough President Lee to support a dozen local small food service businesses and workers across Queens’ nine hospitals, “Fuel the Frontlines” has now extended cumulatively to two months and expanded to serve first responders and MTA workers, while partnering with an additional dozen small businesses.  See the full distribution list of the over 8,000 “Fuel the Frontlines” meals prepared and delivered thus far to frontline workers in the past four weeks, updated daily, below.

The additional extension pulls “Fuel the Frontlines” through Friday, May 22 and expands the meal deliveries to hundreds of MTA workers across five Queens bus depots. The extensions have been made possible due to generous contributions ranging from $5 to $40,000 from numerous individual and corporate donors, including from Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park — bringing the total amount of funds raised to more than $88,000 since the launch of the initiative on March 29.

“Queens is deeply grateful to all the partners who have made this two-month extension possible in support of small business, frontline and essential workers here in the Borough of Families, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Borough President LEE. “It’s a hyper-local, collaborative effort to stem the tide and bend the curves of this unprecedented public health and economic crisis. This virus has left very few unscathed, and every effort counts in this race against time.”

Individually packaged meals will continue to be prepared by small businesses either enrolled in QEDC’s innovative Entrepreneur Space (E-Space) commercial kitchen incubator in Long Island City or vendors who participate in the seasonal Queens Night Market in Flushing Meadows Corona Park — some of whom will continue to prepare meals at Kommissary, a commercial kitchen in Long Island City.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will continue to transport many of the meals to the hospitals. Both QEDC and the Queens Night Market will continue to waive any administrative costs associated with the “Fuel the Frontlines” initiative for participating small businesses.

“Fuel the Frontlines” aims to both support the tireless medical professionals working long, difficult hours on the frontlines, while also supporting Queens’ small businesses facing severe economic disruption stemming from social distancing measures taken to combat the public health crisis. Unemployment claims have reached historic levels over the last four weeks, with more than 1.4 million claims filed in New York State and more than 26 million filed nationwide between the weeks ending March 21 and April 18, according to the federal Department of Labor.

“Fuel the Frontlines” hopes to continue inspiring subsequent funding commitments from corporate and individual sponsors in order to extend or expand the initiative. To make a monetary, tax-deductible donation in support of “Fuel the Frontlines,” click the button at the top of this page.

Completed meal deliveries include:

  • Sunday, March 29
 
  • Monday, March 30
    • 250 meals to Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center prepared by Two Tablespoons
 
 
  • Wednesday, April 1
    • 125 meals to Mount Sinai Queens prepared by Magnolia Cafe
    • 125 meals to Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Forest Hills prepared by Magnolia Cafe
    • 125 meals to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital prepared by KINI
    • 125 meals to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital prepared by Roast n Co
 
 
  • Friday, April 3
    • 125 meals to NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens prepared by Roast N Co
    • 125 meals to NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens prepared by Korilla BBQ
 
  • Monday, April 6
 
  • Tuesday, April 7
    • 125 meals to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens prepared by Makina Cafe
    • 125 meals to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens prepared by KINI
 
  • Wednesday, April 8
 
  • Thursday, April 9
 
  • Friday, April 10
    • 250 meals to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital prepared by Korilla BBQ
    • 250 meals to NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens prepared by Bourbon Street
 
  • Monday, April 13
    • 300 meals to Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center prepared by Two Tablespoons
    • 80 meals to FDNY EMS Station 46 in Elmhurst prepared by RESOBOX
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 45 in Woodside prepared by Makina Cafe
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 47 in Far Rockaway prepared by RESOBOX
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 49 in Astoria prepared by Makina Cafe
 
 
 
  • Friday, April 17
 
 
  • Tuesday, April 21
    • 150 meals to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center prepared by Harissa Grill
    • 150 meals to Flushing Hospital Medical Center prepared by Dilena’s Dolcini
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 50 in Jamaica prepared by RESOBOX
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 54 in Springfield Gardens prepared by RESOBOX
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Queens Tactical Response Group in Jamaica prepared by RESOBOX
 
  • Wednesday, April 22
    • 125 meals to Mount Sinai Queens prepared by Get’N Sauced.
    • 125 meals to Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Forest Hills prepared by Roast N Co
    • 125 meals to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital prepared by Terry & Yaki
    • 125 meals to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital prepared by Teranga
 
 
 
 
  • Tuesday, April 28
    • 200 meals to the MTA Flushing bus depot prepared by Korilla BBQ
    • 200 meals to the MTA Flushing bus depot prepared by Kiyas Delicias
    • 150 meals to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center prepared by Moffle Bar
    • 150 meals to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital prepared by Pabade Bakery
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 50 in Jamaica prepared by Eat Gai
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 54 in Springfield Gardens prepared by Eat Gai
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Queens Tactical Response Group in Jamaica prepared by Eat Gai
 
 
  • Thursday, April 30
    • 400 meals to the MTA Queens Village bus depot prepared by Eat Nom Squared
    • 150 meals to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center prepared by Makina Cafe
    • 125 meals to Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Forest Hills prepared by Nansense
 
  • Friday, May 1
    • 150 meals to Flushing Hospital Medical Center prepared by Good Food Works
    • 125 meals to NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens prepared by Arepalicious
 
 
  • Thursday, May 7
    • 125 meals to Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Forest Hills prepared by Moffle Bar
    • 125 meals to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center prepared by Arepalicious
 
  • Friday, May 8
 
  • Tuesday, May 12
    • 80 drinks to FDNY EMS Station 46 in Elmhurst prepared by Tea & Milk
    • 50 drinks to FDNY EMS Station 45 in Woodside prepared by Tea & Milk
    • 50 drinks to FDNY EMS Station 47 in Far Rockaway prepared by Tea & Milk
    • 50 drinks to FDNY EMS Station 49 in Astoria prepared by Tea & Milk
    • 50 drinks to FDNY EMS Station 50 in Jamaica prepared by Tea & Milk
    • 50 drinks to FDNY EMS Station 54 in Springfield Gardens prepared by Tea & Milk
    • 50 drinks to FDNY EMS Queens Tactical Response Group in Jamaica prepared by Tea & Milk
 
  • Wednesday, May 13
    • 150 meals to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center prepared by Chori & Chimi
    • 150 meals to Flushing Hospital Medical Center prepared by Arepalicious
 
 
  • Friday, May 15
    • 150 meals to Flushing Hospital Medical Center prepared by Good Food Works
 
  • Wednesday, May 20
    • 150 meals to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center prepared by Warung Jancook
    • 150 meals to Flushing Hospital Medical Center prepared by King Souvlaki
    • 80 meals to FDNY EMS Station 46 in Elmhurst prepared by Brazilicious
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 45 in Woodside prepared by Brazilicious
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 47 in Far Rockaway prepared by Brazilicious
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 49 in Astoria prepared by Brazilicious
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 50 in Jamaica prepared by Brazilicious
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Station 54 in Springfield Gardens prepared by Brazilicious
    • 50 meals to FDNY EMS Queens Tactical Response Group in Jamaica prepared by Brazilicious 
 
  • Thursday, May 21
    • 150 meals to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center prepared by KINI
    • 125 meals to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital prepared by Makina Cafe
 
  • Friday, May 22
    • 150 meals to Flushing Hospital Medical Center prepared by Arepalicious
    • 150 meals to NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens prepared by Chori & Chimi

The Queens Borough President’s Office works strategically and collaboratively to support the Queens business community, which includes Chambers of Commerce, the 13 Business Improvement Districts, non-profit organizations and the local development corporations to enhance the business community, and to support workforce development to advance and promote the growth of the borough of Queens.

The June 24th Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair program is as follows:

  • Introductions: Presented by Borough President Lee
 
  • Event Management Opportunities: Presented by Brittany Padmore, HR Recruiter, and Allison Sakiotis, HR Recruiter, at the United States Tennis Association.
 
  • Support Service Opportunities: Presented by Andrej Drofenik, Assistant Manager at the Young Adult Institute.
    • Hiring now: Approximately 40 positions in support services for individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
 
  • Child Development Opportunities: Presented by Shoshana Cheddie, Recruitment Coordinator at The Child Center of New York
    • Hiring now: Approximately 130 positions in teaching, tutoring, psychiatry, peer advocacy and custodial services.
 
  • Healthcare Opportunities: Presented by Michele Allison, Director of Talent Acquisition at NewYork-Presbyterian.
    • Hiring now: Positions in nursing, nursing support, security, environmental and food service, facilities maintenance, respiratory care, clinical laboratory and administrative services.
 
  • Airport Opportunities: Presented by Verdia Noel, Director of Business Development at the Council for Airport Opportunity
    • Hiring now: Approximately 150 positions across Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in retail, food service, security, transportation, storage and maintenance and more.
 
  • Personal Support Opportunities: Presented by Michelle Jenkins, Assistant Director of Human Resources at Queens Centers for Progress.
    • Hiring now: Approximately 50 positions in direct professional support and supervisory services
    • Contact Michelle Jenkins at [email protected] for more information.
 
  • Retail/Service Opportunities: Presented by Nancy Konipol, Senior Community Relations Manager, and Christine Nunez, Site Lead Account Manager, at Queens Workforce1 Career Center
    • Hiring now: Approximately 50 positions in grocery retail, insurance, sales, marketing and transportation 
    • Contact Christine Nunez at [email protected] for more information.

 

  • 2020 Census Opportunities: Presented by Jennifer Dublin, Assistant Regional Census Manager at the U.S. Census Bureau’s New York Regional Census Center
    • Hiring now: Census takers, clerks, recruiting assistants and Census field supervisors.

 

  • Security Opportunities: Presented by Frances Velazquez, Director of Human Resources & Corporate Compliance, at Watch Guard 24/7

 

  • Industrial/Transportation Opportunities: Presented by Sarah Tapia, Community Partner Coordinator, andVictoria Elie, Account Manager, at Workforce1
    • Hiring now: Approximately 40 positions in warehousing, delivery services, carpentry and electrical services.
    • Contact Sarah Tapia at [email protected] for more information.

 

  • Questions & Answers

The June 3rd Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair program was as follows:

  • Introductions: Presented by Borough President Lee

 

  • Educational Opportunities: Presented by Mary N. Duperval, HR Recruiter and Training Specialist at Queens College.
    • Hiring now: 5 positions at Queens College in teaching, enrollment, administration and training.
    • Contact Mary Duperval at [email protected] for recruiting questions.

 

  • Event Management Opportunities: Presented by Brittany Padmore, HR Recruiter, and Allison Sakiotis, HR Recruiter, at the United States Tennis Association.

 

  • Support Service Opportunities: Presented by Andrej Drofenik, Assistant Manager at the Young Adult Institute.
    • Hiring now: Approximately 40 positions in support services for individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

 

  • Contract Tracing Opportunities: Presented by Annabel Palma, Chief Equity Officer of the City’s COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps
    • Hiring now: More than 100 positions in contact tracing to support the City’s COVID-19 response.

 

  • Child Development Opportunities: Presented by Shoshana Cheddie, Recruitment Coordinator at The Child Center of New York
    • Hiring now: Approximately 130 positions in teaching, tutoring, psychiatry, peer advocacy and custodial services.

 

  • Airport Opportunities: Presented by Verdia Noel, Director of Business Development at the Council for Airport Opportunity
    • Hiring now: Approximately 150 positions across Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in retail, food service, security, transportation, storage and maintenance and more.

 

  • Personal Support Opportunities: Presented by Michelle Jenkins, Assistant Director of Human Resources at Queens Centers for Progress.
    • Hiring now: Approximately 50 positions in direct professional support and supervisory services
    • Contact Michelle Jenkins at [email protected] for more information.

 

  • Retail/Service Opportunities: Presented by Nancy Konipol, Senior Community Relations Manager, and Christine Nunez, Site Lead Account Manager, at Queens Workforce1 Career Center
    • Hiring now: Approximately 50 positions in grocery retail, insurance, sales, marketing and transportation 
    • Contact Christine Nunez at [email protected] for more information.

 

  • 2020 Census Opportunities: Presented by Jennifer Dublin, Assistant Regional Census Manager at the U.S. Census Bureau’s New York Regional Census Center
    • Hiring now: Census takers, clerks, recruiting assistants and Census field supervisors.

 

  • Security Opportunities: Presented by John Rafferty, CEO, and Frances Velazquez, Director of Human Resources & Corporate Compliance, at Watch Guard 24/7

 

  • Industrial/Transportation Opportunities: Presented by Sarah Tapia, Community Partner Coordinator, and Leonidas Korachais, Account Manager, at Workforce1

 

  • Questions & Answers

The May 13th Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair program was as follows:

  • Introductions: Presented by Borough President Lee
 
  • Airport Opportunities: Presented by Verdia Noel, Director of Business Development at the Council for Airport Opportunity
    • Hiring now: Approximately 150 positions across Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in retail, food service, security, transportation, storage and maintenance and more.
 
  • Retail/Service Opportunities: Presented by Nancy Konipol, Senior Community Relations Manager, and Christine Nunez, Site Lead Account Manager, at Queens Workforce1 Career Center
    • Hiring now: Approximately 50 positions in grocery retail, insurance, sales, marketing and transportation 
 
  • Healthcare Opportunities: Presented by Angela Regalado, Recruitment Account Manager at Workforce1
    • Hiring now: Approximately 50 positions in nursing, respiratory therapy, social work, laboratory services and home health services.
 
  • Industrial/Transportation Opportunities: Presented by Sarah Tapia, Community Partner Coordinator, and Victoria Elie, Account Manager, at Workforce1
    • Hiring now: Approximately 40 positions in warehousing, delivery services, carpentry and electrical services.
 
  • Child Development Opportunities: Presented by Shoshana Cheddie, Recruitment Coordinator at The Child Center of New York
    • Hiring now: Approximately 130 positions in teaching, tutoring, psychiatry, peer advocacy and custodial services.
 
  • Personal Support Opportunities: Presented by Michelle Jenkins, Assistant Director of Human Resources at Queens Centers for Progress
    • Hiring now: 14 positions in supportive services assisting adults with developmental disabilities.
 
  • 2020 Census Opportunities: Presented by Jennifer Dublin, Assistant Regional Census Manager at the U.S. Census Bureau’s New York Regional Census Center
    • Hiring now: Census takers, clerks, recruiting assistants and Census field supervisors.
 
  • Security Opportunities: Presented by John Rafferty, CEO, and Frances Velazquez, Director of Human Resources & Corporate Compliance, at Watch Guard 24/7
    • Hiring now: Approximately 12 security guard positions.
 
  • Questions & Answers

The April 22nd Queens Virtual Recruitment Fair program was as follows:

  • Introductions: Presented by Borough President Lee
 
  • Airport Opportunities: Presented by Verdia Noel, Director of Business Development at the Council for Airport Opportunity
    • Hiring now: Approximately 170 positions across Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in retail, food service, security, transportation, storage and maintenance and more.
 
  • Retail/Service Opportunities: Presented by Nancy Konipol, Senior Community Relations Manager, and Sana Shafaat, Community Partner Coordinator, at Queens Workforce1 Career Center
    • Hiring now: Approximately 40 positions in grocery retail, insurance, sales, marketing and transportation 
 
  • Healthcare Opportunities: Presented by Angela Regalado, Recruitment Account Manager at Workforce1
    • Hiring now: Approximately 50 positions in nursing, respiratory therapy, nutrition, social work, laboratory services and home health services.
 
  • Industrial/Transportation Opportunities: Presented by Sarah Tapia, Community Partner Coordinator at Workforce1
    • Hiring now: Approximately 25 positions in warehousing, delivery services, carpentry and construction.
 
  • Child Development Opportunities: Presented by Shoshana Cheddie, Recruitment Coordinator at The Child Center of New York
    • Hiring now: Approximately 130 positions in teaching, tutoring, psychiatry, peer advocacy and custodial services.
 
  • Law Enforcement Opportunities: Presented by Trooper Kemar Francis and Trooper Amanda Garcia, Recruitment Officers at Troop NYC of the New York State Police Department
    • Hiring now: Approximately 500 positions. 
    • Text “Join NYSP” to 518-240-3959
 
  • 2020 Census Opportunities: Presented by Jennifer Dublin, Assistant Regional Census Manager at the U.S. Census Bureau’s New York Regional Census Center
    • Hiring now: Census takers, clerks, recruiting assistants and Census field supervisors
 
  • Questions & Answers