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 January 29, 2019St. Albans, NY – Since last December, there have been several deadly fires in neighborhoods of Southeast Queens represented by Council Members I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Adrienne Adams (D-South Jamaica).

In response to the recent tragedies, the two members partnered with the New York City Fire Department, New York City Emergency Management, the Department of Buildings, the Human Resources Administration, the American Red Cross Greater New York Region, and Allstate Insurance to co-host a Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness Forum at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans.

Those in attendance heard first from Chief Edward Baggott, FDNY Queens Borough Commander, about important tips regarding the placement of space heaters, installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, cooking safety, and escape planning. Other participants provided complimentary information on how to avoid hazardous building modifications, preserve important personal documents and apply for social safety net supports, make an emergency plan, and ensure homeowners are insured for fire damage.

“It takes a community to keep the community safe,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller. “My district has suffered two fire related deaths over the last month, and ten over the last four years, but a single life lost is simply one too many. We’ve demonstrated our commitment to keeping each other safe by organizing fire safety events in the past, but we as a community can always do better, and sought to take a holistic approach on this particular occasion. Council Member Adams and I thank our many partners for their help in organizing this forum. We sincerely hope those in attendance tonight will share this information with their neighbors so future incidents can be prevented.”

“Fire prevention is more than smoke alarms and fire escape plans,” said Council Member Adrienne Adams. “True fire prevention means assessing the cause of fires and taking proactive steps to minimize the potential for these tragedies in homes. We have suffered a series of unfortunate residential fires in Southeast Queens recently, and I am happy to partner with my colleagues to co-host this valuable program for our community.”

“Recent tragedies in our community have reminded us of the importance of being fully educated on the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide in the home,” said Senator Leroy Comrie. “I commend Council Member Miller for bringing together our partners at the FDNY, NYCEM, and the Red Cross to host this critical forum for the community.”

“The importance of having a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, creating an escape plan, and knowing how to prevent a fire are lifesaving lessons that FDNY members teach to New Yorkers throughout the city every single day,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Fire safety education saves lives, and we’re grateful to Council Members Miller and Adams, and Senator Comrie for hosting this important forum to help deliver these critical messages directly to the residents of Southeast Queens.”

“One of our most important roles at New York City Emergency Management is preparing the public for many possible emergency situations,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “That’s why we are excited to partner with the FDNY, The American Red Cross and local elected officials to share tips with residents that can keep them safe, ready, and resilient in the event of an emergency.”

“At the America Red Cross, we know all too well the impact that home fires have on our communities every day. That’s why we have made fire safety such a priority. We are proud to stand alongside our NYC partners to help get our neighbors safer and more prepared,” saidAmerican Red Cross Greater New York Region CEO Josh Lockwood.

“I would like to thank Councilman Miller, Councilwoman Adams and others for presenting an outstanding Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness Forum to address the recent rash of serious fires in CB12,” said event co-sponsor Clifton Stanley Diaz, QueensCommunity Board 12 Public Safety Committee Chair.

Ten souls have been lost to fire emergencies in Council District 27 in nearly five years:

 Ruth Andrade – 84 years old – January 2019

Lamonies Smith – 16 years old – December 2018

 Chayce Lipford, 2 years old; Rayshawn Matthews, 10 years old; Jada Foxworth, 16 years old; Melody Edwards, 17 years old; Destiny Dones, 20 years old – April 2017

 Andre Reid – 69 years old – April 2016

John and Andrew Kavanagh, ages 11 and 6 – Oct 2014

 Learn how to become #FDNYSmart and keep your family safe by visiting www.fdnysmart.org

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Our World Hour of Power with Special Guest – Brendez Wineglass (Social Broker)

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A native New Yorker and Howard University graduate, Wineglass is a dedicated and proven leader with 10 years of professional experience in the healthcare, tech, and events industries. Upon graduation, Wineglass elected to expand her horizons launching a
diverse career excelling in the areas she was most passionate; community advocacy, social engagement, and event production.

After earning her Sports Medicine degree at Howard, Wineglass began her professional career climbing the ranks in the healthcare field. She rose from volunteer to Manager of Patient Transportation at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in an impressive four-year timespan in which she was the youngest person in a management role at the hospital. Brendez was trusted by the Center’s Senior Executive and Executive teams to revise hospital policies, implementing effective healthcare practices to improve the overall quality of the hospital. Wineglass’ drive to expand her career brought her to Black Enterprise, holding a pivotal role as Events Producer independently coordinating events and working with top brands like Nationwide, State Farm, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, FedEx, and PepsiCo. She also worked with celebrities and important community leaders including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Judith Smith, Don Thompson, Susan Taylor, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Audrey Smaltz, Don Thompson, Michael Lee-Chin, Steve Harvey and Mellody Hobson to name a few. These successful experiences strengthened her capacity to build relationships and connect leaders, companies, and consumers through life-changing events across the nation. Since 2017, Wineglass has held the impressive position of Project Manager at the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, leading the community of Jamaica in New York to one of strength and stability through several impressive initiatives. She has secured several hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations from some of the nation’s top companies – Goldman Sachs and Con Edison respectively – and has leveraged those funds into large scale small business improvement projects and neighborhood revitalization programs.

Wineglass serves on several boards including the executive board of the Howard University Alumni Club of Greater New York , Community Mediation Services of NYC, Is a 2018 Art Commissioning Producer with the Queens Council, a 2018 Innovative
Cultural Fellow, and a member of influential organizations such as For (bes) The Culture, Google Partners, BWOI (Black Women of Influence), ColorComm, Silicon Harlem, and Black Tech Women. She has been a thought leader and advocates in the areas of
community engagement, arts & culture, fiscal equity, entrepreneurship, leadership & development, and technology. Wineglass continues to build her legacy of giving back to younger generations and contributes to improving the world around her.

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Dawn Kelly – 2019 Microbusiness Person of the Year

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Jamaica, Queens’ The Nourish Spot to receive federal small business award from SBA

 New York – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New York District Office has selected Dawn Kelly, owner of The Nourish Spot in Jamaica, Queens as its Microbusiness Person of the Year for 2019.  A microbusiness is a company that’s been in business at least one year and employs fewer than five employees.

Kelly was selected as SBA’s Microbusiness Person of the Year for her unique, innovative and creative health food store. After failing to be profitable in 2017, The Nourish Spot netted its first profit in 2018. People discouraged Kelly from starting her company, fearing that the neighborhood would not support a health food business, but she followed her dream and is proving that her creative leadership and unique idea can make the business a success. The Nourish Spot offers a selection of natural fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, salads, soups, sandwich wraps and more.

 WHAT: Beth Goldberg, Director of the New York SBA District Office, will present Dawn Kelly a certificate for Microbusiness of the Year and tour the restaurant to learn more about the business and how it has overcome diversity to grow.

Ms. Kelly will discuss her entrepreneurial journey and what it has been like to grow her business in Jamaica Queens.

 WHEN: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.

 WHERE: The Nourish Spot – 107-05 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11433

WHO: Beth Goldberg, New York District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Director; Dawn Kelly, The Nourish Spot, Inc., Owner.

 WHY: Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the vitality of our communities and neighborhoods by celebrating National Small Business Week (May 5th – May 12th). Small Businesses employ over 50 percent of the nation’s workforce; two out of every three new jobs are created by a small business. View SBA’s 2019 Small Business Week Awards press release here.

Dawn Kelly is being recognized as the New York District SBA Office’s Microbusiness of the Year for 2019; we hope the media will help us celebrate this great achievement.

 For more information or to RSVP, contact Bailey Wolff at (202) 815-4481 or by email at  bailey.wolff@sba.gov.

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