Saturday, 30 July 2011 11:39
Leaders of the Asian-American Advisory Council (AAAC) joined Council Member Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Peter Koo (R-Flushing) at a meeting today at Halloran’s District Office in Whitestone. Over a dozen members of the AAAC were in attendance, including the Council’s chairman, John Ha, and its counselor, Terence Park.
Halloran and Koo discussed a wide range of issues that affect the Asian-American community, including their mutual efforts to preserve firehouses in Queens and save the jobs of public school teachers. Bayside’s FDNY Engine 306, which serves a large Asian-American community, was one of 20 fire engines that faced potential closure in the City’s 2012 budget, but was preserved through the efforts of Halloran and Koo.
AAAC leaders spoke of their desire to increase the Asian-American police presence at the 109th and 111th NYPD precincts, and discussed Halloran and Koo’s proposed English signage laws. The Council Members have co-sponsored two laws that would require small businesses to include basic information in English. The laws would save lives and property by cutting emergency response times to these businesses, and would foster growth among the many Asian-American small businesses of Eastern Queens.
“Our Asian-American community is vibrant and growing, and Council Member Koo and I are keenly attuned to their concerns,” Halloran said. “We will continue working with the Asian-American community to help its business community continue to grow, while making sure Asian-American families enjoy a high quality of life.”
“Council Members Halloran and Koo share our community’s goals of creating jobs and housing,” Park said. “We look forward to working with them to improve our community.”