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GatewayJFK is where logistics and cargo, hotel, food service, retail, other industries, and a lively community, call home. We are a Business Improvement District in Southeast Queens that is home to over 600 businesses and 150 single family households. Our mission is to create a space in New York where the air cargo businesses can expand, thrive and be a good neighbor.

GatewayJFK Begins Limited Snow Removal Service

This week GatewayJFK began providing a limited snow removal service to help businesses and residents dig out from the massive snow storm that hit NYC from February 1st to 3rd and dropped an estimated 17 inches of snow on our community.

The snow removal effort is intended to improve the amount of parking in the area and remove large piles of snow that limit visibility and impact the turning radius of commercial vehicles in the district. The new program is a supplemental service that focuses on cleaning up the edges that remain after the NYC Department of Sanitation performs its regular plowing service, and that remain after individual property owners dig out private driveways and parking lots.

GatewayJFK is currently using a skid steer and two small dump trucks to clean the main thoroughfares, and will move to clean up side streets as the weeks continue. GatewayJFK's efforts have been gradual and methodical due to the scale of the most recent storm, and due the size of the district which has approximately 7 linear miles of roadway within its boundaries. In the future the organization plans to improve upon this service by hiring additional vehicles to cover more than one area of the district at a time.

87% of business owners cited snow removal as a top priority during the 2014 survey that led to the eventual creation of GatewayJFK. This is the first major storm to hit New York City since the GatewayJFK began operations in the spring of 2018.

Civics to Host Council Candidate Forum,
Local Business Encouraged to Join Q&A

On Thursday, February 11, 2021 the Spring Jam Civic Association and the United Neighbors Civic Association will be hosting a forum for candidates seeking to fill the vacant seat in New York City Council District 31. The event will feature a live question and answer period that will allow community members to interact directly with the candidates. All declared candidates have been invited to the event.

The majority of GatewayJFK is located within the 31st Council District and GatewayJFK has signed on to be a sponsor of the event. Business owners and local workers are encouraged to attend so they can express their concerns and pose questions about policy positions whether they are eligible to vote in the election or live outside of the district.

The event will be held from 6:30pm until 8:30pm and will be hosted as a zoom meeting webinar. Attendees can join by using the Zoom application on their computer or smartphone and using the Webinar ID: 955 7928 8896. No password or RSVP is required to attend. The event will also be livestreamed on GatewayJFK' s Facebook page.

The special election will be held on February 23rd and early voting taking place between February 13th and 21st. The election will be an early example of New York City’s new Ranked Choice Voting system that allows individuals to rate candidates from 1 to 5 in order of preference instead of choosing just one. Ranked Choice Voting is intended to prevent the spoiler effect that can occur when more than two candidates are on a ballot, and guarantee that anyone holding office has the support of at least 51% of voters. The event on February 11th will feature a short informational video to describe the process.

The 31st Council District seat is currently vacant due to the former councilmember Donovan Richards being elected as the new Queens Borough President.
 

2 Months of Construction Expected at Rockaway & 157th St. 

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) expects the repairs of a 36” sewage main located at the at the intersection of 157th St. and Rockaway Blvd. to take up to 2 months. 
 
The City has made the following traffic adjustments to accommodate construction:
  • All trucks have been rerouted to 159th St.
  • Two lanes of traffic on South Conduit Ave. have been closed at the approach to Rockaway Blvd.
  • Southbound traffic has been moved to the Northbound side of the median between South Conduit Ave. and 157th Street.
DEP expects this traffic pattern to last for the duration of the work.
 
DEP has directed that their contractor to work 24 hour shifts in order to accommodate the two month schedule. This schedule also means that current detours will be in place around the clock.

NYC Small Business Services Connects You to Relief Funds

This January the NYC Department of Small Business Services announced Fair Share NYC, a targeted campaign to connect small business owners to federal relief funds including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance.  
 
Through this campaign, participants can access: 
  • Daily webinars to review the PPP and EIDL Advance programs and how to apply 
  • One-on-one assistance to find the best financing option for your business and get help filling out the application  
  • Connections to PPP lenders 
  • Information about additional SBA Resources that can help your business 
 
Learn more and get the assistance you need by visiting nyc.gov/ppp.  

About the PPP 
$284 billion was just allocated for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable business loan offered through the federal government’s Small Business Administration that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This new package provides additional funding for businesses that did not receive PPP money in the first round, especially minority- and women-owned businesses. 

About the EIDL 
The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance is a grant of up to $10,000 for businesses in low-income communities who apply for the EIDL. 

 
Visit nyc.gov/ppp

Upgrading or Expanding Your Fleet?

Earn up to $185,000 per truck through NYC Clean Trucks Program

In an effort to give local businesses an incentive to modernize their trucking fleets and reduce diesel truck emissions. The New York City Department of Transportation recently launched the New York City Clean Trucks Program.

Funding is available from $12,000 up to $185,000 per truck replacement, depending on fuel type and truck class size.

The NYC Clean Trucks Program is focused on businesses that move goods and commercial truck operators located in designated New York City Industrial Business Zones like GatewayJFK.

The program works with truck dealerships who can help walk businesses through the process of the incentive program. Authorized dealerships include Gabrielli Truck Sales which has two locations in and near the GatewayJFK district. 

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the program, please reach out to Executive Director Scott Grimm-Lyon at scott@gatewayjfk.org or visit the program website at www.nycctp.com.

 
Learn More About Getting $$$ to Upgrade Your Fleet

Report Quality of Life Issues at GatewayJFK.org

If you’d like to schedule our Security patrol to visit your home or business, please email our Executive Director Scott Grimm-Lyon at scott@gatewayjfk.org and he will set up a meeting.

If you would like GatewayJFK to take care of another quality of life issue, please contact Dieusita Jean our Operations Manager at dieusita@gatewayjfk.org, or use our Quality of Life Webform to make a report.
 
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