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Queens BP Donovan Richards to Give ‘State of the Borough’ Address Wednesday

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards (Photo: RichardsforQueens)

March 2, 2021 By Christian Murray

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards will be presenting his first State of the Borough address Wednesday night when he will outline the borough’s road to recovery in the wake of the pandemic.

The event, which will be held virtually, will take place at 6 p.m. and will be streamed online at www.queensbp.org as well as on Richards’ YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Richards, who took office in December following a special election, says he plans to discuss a “comprehensive vision of a borough freed of long-standing injustices in healthcare delivery, housing, transportation, environmental police and more.”

He released an excerpt of his speech in a press release Monday.

“Our message today to all, hear it loud and hear it proud: Queens will lead the way out of this pandemic. Queens will lead the efforts to address health disparities, economic disparities, and racial and gender disparities,” Richards will say in his address.

“We will create a more just society, a more just borough, and together we will improve the quality of life for all who call Queens home.”

The address will be filmed at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

The event will include a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by students from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria and a performance by Cambria Heights saxophonist Ashley Keiko, the founder of music academy Keiko Studios in Queens Village.

Deputy Borough President Rhonda Binda will make some remarks.

The event is expected to last about an hour.

Richards is currently seeking re-election, with his term ending Dec. 31. He faces a competitive Democratic primary in June.

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MRLIC

The state of the borough right now is it SUCKS. Overpriced And
Under served. Rents way too high.Prices not the greatest.

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