The Queens Power 100
When the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit New York, Queens quickly became an epicenter of the deadly virus. But thanks to the collective efforts of public officials, civic leaders and everyday New Yorkers, the borough is on the rebound. State Sen. Michael Gianaris, the No. 2 in the state Legislature’s upper house who also represents western Queens, has championed legislation instituting new protections for workers and tenants. State Sen. Jessica Ramos, who hails from Jackson Heights, spearheaded a measure that delivers badly needed assistance to undocumented immigrants. And Queens’ own Rep. Grace Meng has been speaking out loudly against rising xenophobia and hate crimes directed at Asian Americans during the pandemic.
These three lawmakers are among the many government officials – along with health care professionals, business executives, nonprofit leaders, union chiefs, advocates and activists of every stripe – who have responded forcefully to the public crisis as well as the economic shutdown that ensued. City & State’s latest Queens Power 100, which was researched and written in partnership with freelance journalist Clarissa Sosin, highlights the diverse array of leaders in the borough who are bringing it back from the brink.
22. Carolyn Maloney
Member of Congress
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Guerin Blask )
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a member of the House of Representatives for nearly 30 years, represents a large swath of western Queens along with much of eastern Manhattan. She also chairs the House Oversight Committee. In recent years, Maloney helped push for expanded NYC Ferry service for Astoria, and secured federal funding to help New York City recover from the pandemic and to expand 3-K across the city. Maloney just started a new term in January 2021, but she’ll soon face another challenge to her seat in the 2022 Democratic primary.