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The City: These Council Members Want To Be NYC’s Next Borough Presidents. How Do Their Records Stack Up?

BY CLAUDIA IRIZARRY APONTE, GABRIEL SANDOVAL, ANN CHOI, CHRISTINE CHUNG AND CLIFFORD MICHEL JUN 16, 2021, 10:32PM EDT

Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria) Endorsements include: Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Queens), New York Communities for Change, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Van Bramer, in his third term in the Council, leads the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations and is a founding member of the Council’s Progressive Caucus. Now the Council’s deputy leader, he previously served as majority leader during his second term. He has introduced 150 bills, with 20 enacted into law. Among them is a measure requiring schools to release traffic safety reports and reduce food waste, stiffening civil penalties for individuals leaving a vehicle accident scene without reporting it to authorities, and requiring city agencies and schools to distribute information on how to sign up for library cards. This year, he sponsored a unanimously approved bill creating an Open Culture Program, allowing artists to perform on city streets participating in the city’s Open Streets program. Van Bramer’s office has processed 2,221 constituent service requests per year from 2015 to 2020, according to CouncilStat. His office’s average is more than three times as high as the city’s.

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Gay City News: LGBTQ Candidates Get Out the Vote Ahead of Primary Day

By Matt Tracy | Posted June 16, 2021

LGBTQ candidates are also running in different borough-wide races. Queens Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is zigzagging his own borough in a bid to unseat incumbent Borough President Donovan Richards. The city has never elected an out LGBTQ borough president. Van Bramer, who is in the final year of a decade-long stint on the City Council, said he and his husband went to their polling site on Saturday to “cast our votes to elect the first out queer Queens borough president — me!” “I have been and will be talking to voters across the borough — from Astoria to Ozone Park — about my plans for community board diversity, real affordable housing, more accessible senior care, and my progressive vision for small business recovery, workers’ rights, and immigrant justice,” Van Bramer told Gay City News.

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Queens Post: Van Bramer Endorses Amit Bagga to Succeed Him in the City Council

June 16, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has endorsed Amit Bagga from a sea of candidates vying for his seat in the City Council. “In a crowded field, which includes several terrific candidates, I was proud to rank Amit Singh Bagga #1 when I went to vote this past Saturday,” he said in a statement. “Amit is smart, thoughtful, progressive, and has experience in government that will make him effective on day one.” Van Bramer said he identifies with Bagga—both being members of the LGBTQ community. The council member was the first openly gay person to be elected to the 26th Council District in 2009.

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Queens Post: Several Workers Advocacy Groups Endorse Van Bramer for Borough President

June 14, 2021 By Christina Santucci

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer picked up several endorsements in his bid to become borough president from workers advocacy organizations – ahead of the start of Early Voting this past weekend. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU); Make the Road Action; and New York Communities for Change all said Friday that they are backing Van Bramer for the seat.

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QNS: Op-Ed: Seniors deserve better care post-pandemic

By Jimmy Van Bramer | Posted on May 27, 2021

My 81 year old mother has become a superstar on the campaign trail. Voters and political candidates are always super excited that she is joining me at an event. I feel lucky to have her by my side. I’m also one of her caretakers. There are over a million New York City residents over the age of 65— and every eight seconds, an American turns 65. As the city moves out of the pandemic, we need to do a better job providing the necessary care-infrastructure for families. That starts with housing security, home care relief, and fully funded senior programs.

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Queens Daily Eagle: Queens waste committee lays out plan for zero waste future

By Rachel Vick | May 25, 2021

Earlier this month, City Council passed a bill sponsored by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer mandating the DOE to develop and implement a plan to prevent food waste by Oct. 1.

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Queens Post: Asian Man Shoved Onto Subway Tracks at 21st Street-Queensbridge Station, Possible Hate Crime

May 24, 2021 By Allie Griffin

“This is an absolutely horrific hate crime,” Van Bramer said. “The level of violence directed toward our AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) community is frightening and has to end. We have to defend our AAPI neighbors and friends. Throwing someone in front of the subway train is the ultimate act of violence. It is disgusting and disgraceful.”

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Patch: New York City Council Votes To Restrict Use Of Plastic Straws And Reduce School Food Waste

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"The Department of Education must confront food waste in order to create a more environmentally sustainable City," said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. "Food waste prevention plans will help cut the amount of excess food our schools and city sends to land fill, finding ways to instead donate, compost, and reduce surplus. These plans are a step towards more sustainable schools system and a less wasteful New York."

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Queens Post: Van Bramer Passes Bill That Aims to Reduce Food Waste at Public Schools

May 13, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

The legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, aims to reduce the amount of food that is wasted at public schools—which serve more than a million meals a day to students. The bill calls on the DOE to come up with a plan to cut waste. “Food waste prevention plans will help cut the amount of excess food our schools and city sends to landfills, finding ways to instead donate, compost, and reduce surplus,” Van Bramer said.

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QNS: Queens World Film Festival salutes Elmhurst Hospital workers with ‘Spirit of Queens Award’

Gabriele Holtermann Posted May 11, 2021

“But not everyone in the world has always known that. But, in part, because they have now seen the courage, absolute courage of Elmhurst Hospital workers and nurses and doctors and staff, the world knows of your courage and your dedication and your talent,” Van Bramer said.

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Patch: 2 Astoria, LIC Libraries Reopen For Browsing, Research

Kayla Levy Posted Tue, May 11, 2021

Long-time Long Island City Councilmember and former QPL library organizer Jimmy Van Bramer, who is running for Queens borough president, joined Astoria City Council candidate Tiffany Cabán outside the QPL Astoria branch on Monday to welcome back patrons and appreciate staff.

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NRDC Blog: Plastic Straws Only On-Request Coming to NYC

Most New Yorkers who order take-out food do not usually need throw-away utensils and single-use condiments; many are frustrated when they receive such items automatically, only to toss them in the trash unused. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer’s thoughtful utensils-on-request legislation would eliminate this problem. And it would save money for a restaurant industry that is still recovering from the economic jolts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NY1: Library leaders decry millions in proposed budget cuts

ARI EPHRAIM FELDMAN | MAY 10, 2021

City Council members decried the proposed budget cuts to the libraries, saying they threatened New York City’s economic recovery. “I think all of us know that New York City doesn't ever fully come back unless our public libraries are well funded, they are open, they are strong,” Council Member James Van Bramer, head of the Council’s cultural affairs committee, which oversees libraries, said at the hearing.

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The Rockaway Wave: The Heart Of Rockaway Report

The Wave on May 07, 2021

Queens Borough President candidate Jimmy Van Bramer and staff member Trent Seubert visited Rockaway. The Heart of Rockaway Civic (THOR) hosted his visit to their catchment area which is from Beach 59th Street to Beach 81st Street & from the beach to the bay.

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Patch: Jimmy Van Bramer And Rana Abdelhamid Co-Endorse Each Other

Kayla Levy 5/6/2021

Van Bramer is the first sitting elected official in the 12th District — which encompasses the Upper East Side, East Village, and parts of western Queens and north Brooklyn — to get behind Abdelhamid’s campaign

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Queens Post: Van Bramer and Justice Democrats-backed Activist Rana Abdelhamid Cross Endorse

May 6, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

A well-known Queens progressive and an up-and-coming name in left-wing political circles announced that they have cross endorsed one another as they both seek to topple incumbents in upcoming primaries. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Rana Abdelhamid, from Astoria, announced today that they are backing one another in their respective bids for office. Van Bramer is running in the Democratic primary to be the next Queens Borough President, while Abdelhamid aims to represent New York’s 12th congressional district— which covers Western Queens, North Brooklyn and the East Side of Manhattan.

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Queens Post: Progressives Jimmy Van Bramer and Brad Lander Cross Endorse

May 4, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

“Jimmy Van Bramer fights passionately for the things he cares about – for the diverse communities of Queens, for thriving neighborhoods where residents and not developers shape the future, for the libraries and cultural groups that fill our neighborhoods…for working people from janitors to taxi drivers, and for the fully equal rights of every single New Yorker,” Lander said.

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The Forward: This progressive Queens candidate roots his support for Jews, Israel in a lifelong friendship

May 4, 2021 by Jacob Kornbluh

“I have felt persecuted because of who I am, because of who I believe I was made to be,” Van Bramer said in a recent interview with the Forward. “And so I feel very strongly that I have a particular role to play and an obligation to stand up against all forms of hatred, including antisemitic attacks and rhetoric against the Jewish people.”

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Queens Daily Eagle: Local leaders protest Southeast Queens UPS plant after 10 workers fired

April 29th by David Brand

“UPS management put these warehouse workers in an untenable position: work overtime without pay or be fired and lose your health insurance,” said Queens Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, a candidate for Queens borough president who attended the rally with his mother, a former union grocery worker. “It's plainly outrageous in a pandemic, but it's also personal for me.”

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AM NY: Unloved labor: Teamsters rally in Queens in support of fired UPS employees

By Dean Moses | Posted on April 28, 2021

The Laurelton UPS warehouse in Queens was inundated with fuming Teamsters Local 804 and supporters on Wednesday after 10 part-time employees were given the boot. The essential workers’ dismissal, after a year of much-needed service during the pandemic, has union members steaming with anger, so much so that they took the fight to the delivery service’s doorstep at 136-40 Springfield Blvd.

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New York Times: No Cars on Sidewalks. Unless You’re N.Y.P.D.

Sasha von Oldershausen | Apr. 27, 2021

Anyone else would get a ticket. Mr. Van Bramer continued: “How do you get enforcement when you are talking about the people who do the enforcement?”

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QNS: AOC discusses Green New Deal during Earth Day celebration at Astoria Park

By Angélica Acevedo | Posted on April 27, 2021

More than 100 people gathered at Astoria Park to celebrate Earth Day and the re-introduction of the Green New Deal with Queens/Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — while calling for a full stop to the proposed Astoria power plant — on Saturday, April 24.

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Queens Chronicle: Van Bramer pushes BP primary to the left

by Max Parrott, Associate Editor | Apr 22, 2021

Van Bramer has framed his candidacy as the left lane in the primary race, pointing to his refusal of real estate campaign donations as a clear difference between himself and Richards. “I think one of the defining issues of our time is housing, is development, are the ways in which that impacts people’s lives and exacerbates inequality. And so I think not taking real estate money is very important,” he said.

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World Journal: 亞裔長者想打疫苗難預約 皇后區盼增供應

Asian elders want to get vaccinations but find it difficult to make appointments, Queens hopes to increase supply

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, who is running for Queens Borough President, said, “The Asian-Pacific elders in Queens are working hard to recover from the double blow of the epidemic and the hatred of Asians. If you want to overcome this epidemic, New York The city must vaccinate as many people as possible, regardless of background, status, or income level, so we need to mobilize local community organizations to participate."

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Sing Tao: 紐約僅17%亞裔耆老接種一劑疫苗 民代和社區組織籲增多語言服務

17% elders received a dose of vaccine are Asian. Democratic and community organizations call for more language services

Van Bramer said that about 27% of the residents of Queens are Asian. They are experiencing the double blow of the epidemic and anti-Asian hatred. The city government must give priority to expanding the accessibility of vaccines and multilingual services, regardless of any immigrant status and income. Everyone should be able to get vaccinated easily. He called on the city government to mobilize and authorize community organizations to meet the needs of more people. He wrote to Mayor Bai Sihao on March 4, suggesting that the municipal government and community organizations cooperate to promote the fairness of vaccine distribution. Van Bramer also pointed out that the Chinese American Independent Practice Association received 550 doses of Pfizer vaccine last month and set up a temporary vaccine station in Flushing City Hall to use up the vaccine within two days. Community organizations like this are vital, and they provide important services to people whose native language is not English. At present, the website of the Municipal Health Bureau recommends that people use Google Translate to make online appointments. More than half of the families in Queens speak languages ​​other than English. The lack of comprehensive multilingual services makes it impossible for many local residents to make appointments for vaccines on their own.

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US China Press: 65岁以上亚裔仅17%打疫苗 民代吁为社区增供应量

17% of Asians over 65 are vaccinated

Van Bramer pointed out that the City Health Department website uses Google's translation system to translate vaccination information, while the New York State Vaccination website is only available in English. More than half of the families in Queens do not have English as their native language, and it is difficult for them to make an online appointment for vaccination independently. Therefore, relevant government departments should increase the types of languages ​​used to visit government websites, and at the same time allow more community organizations that understand the people to participate and guide the people to vaccinate, which will help increase the vaccination rate of the elderly.

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QNS: Van Bramer endorses Juan Ardila for City Council District 30

By Dean Moses | Posted on April 16, 2021

“I am thrilled to endorse Juan Ardila for City Council District 30 as we fight for a Queens that works for all of us! Ardila will be a vocal champion in the Council for affordable housing, education equity, small businesses, and working families,” Van Bramer said. Both Van Bramer and Ardila have had their boots on the ground meeting with local business and speaking with Queens working families. Much of their discussions have focused on rent control, pandemic relief — especially providing paid sick leave for essential “gig workers” — and protections for small businesses.

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AM NY: Year of stalling: Progressive candidates in NYC elections seek paid sick leave for gig workers

By Dean Moses | Posted on April 14, 2021

“Our city has relied on essential workers to provide services through the pandemic and long before, and in return, these workers deserve dignity and workplace protections like everyone else. No one should have to choose between going to work sick and bringing back this deadly disease to their families and paying rent or putting food on the table. I’m proud to co-sponsor this extension of paid sick leave for delivery workers, day laborers, and nail salon workers because if we’re truly committed to creating a city that works for all, we prioritize workers' lives,” said Jimmy Van Bramer, Deputy Leader of the New York City Council and candidate for Queens Borough President.

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Queens Daily Eagle: Van Bramer and Choe cross-endorse ahead of Flushing business tour

By David Brand | April 03, 2021

Jimmy Van Bramer, a Western Queens councilmember running for borough president, and John Choe, a nonprofit leader vying for a Flushing council seat, touted their support for commercial rent control and their opposition to the Special Flushing Waterfront District luxury development project.

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​World Journal: 法拉盛商家訴苦「3重打擊」 布萊默、崔容準參選聽民意

Flushing merchants complain about "three blows"; Bramer and John Choe endorse each other

Candidate for Queens Borough President, Van Bramer and City Council candidate for the 20th district, John Choe, visited Korean and Chinese businesses in downtown Flushing to listen to the demands of the people; the two said they agree with each other’s political ideas, endorse each other.

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China Press: 崔容隼布莱默走访法拉盛小商家 仇恨亚裔事件缅街公车道致客流量减少

John Choe and Van Bramer visited Flushing small business; discuss Asian American hate, Main Street bus lanes

Queens Bourough President candidate Jimmy Van Bramer and New York City Council's 20th district councilor candidate John Choe visited small businesses in Flushing , listened to the problems encountered by small businesses during the new COVID epidemic, and endorsed each other. The waiter of the Korean restaurant Shanshui Jiashan on Union St said that since the outbreak of the COVID epidemic, the restaurant’s business has fallen sharply. Not only did the restaurant not receive any rent subsidies, but the inspections from various departments of the city government made the restaurant’s business worse. For example, due to cultural differences, the officials of the City Health Bureau could not understand why Korean restaurants kept kimchi at room temperature.

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Korea Daily: 존 최 후보, 밴 브래머 시의원과 협력하기로

Candidate John Choe endorses City Councilman Van Bramer

On the 3rd, the two candidates visited downtown Flushing, Lim Bo-seok, Sansu-gapsan restaurant, and Dabo Glasses to meet business owners, and if elected, they actively pursue small business relief measures such as commercial rental control and relief from novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). Candidate Choe and Rep. Van Bramer each run for the city council and borough elections, respectively, but they share in common that they openly oppose the Greater Flushing Waterfront Development Plan, which was approved by the New York City Council in December last year.

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WNYC: City Councilmembers and Candidates Call On Speaker To Release $200,000 Sexual Harassment Audit

Mar 30, 2021 · by Brigid Bergin

Council members and candidates want Speaker Corey Johnson to release an audit — paid for by taxpayers — on sexual harassment in the legislative body.

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Gothamist: After Two Years And $200,000, Council Still Has No Sexual Harassment Policy Audit

BY BRIGID BERGIN, WNYC

“It is a good thing that we surveyed staff on our policies regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer who led a virtual press conference on Tuesday,“ but if we do nothing with those findings, we have actually sent a horrific message to the staff, that we actually pretended to listen.”

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NY1 Noticias: Políticos lavan los pies a trabajadores en huelga de hambre en demanda de ayuda económica

BY SPECTRUM NOTICIAS NY1 | APR. 01, 2021

On this Holy Thursday I joined colleagues to wash the feet of excluded workers on the 17th day of their hunger strike. It was an emotional experience. A relative few have so much, while so many fight just to survive. It’s immoral. We must #FundExcludedWorkers now!

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QNS: ‘An impossible position’: Despite precautions, petitioning exposed Queens City Council campaigns to COVID-19

By Jacob Kaye & Angélica Acevedo | Posted on April 1, 2021

About a month later, Van Bramer was one of several candidates across New York City to contract COVID-19 during petitioning. “Given my extreme caution as a caregiver for my mother, I believe I contracted COVID from petitioning, which the governor refused to cancel despite the public health emergency and a lawsuit from candidates,” Van Bramer said. “We suspended our volunteer petitioning operation after I tested positive, and prior to that, our campaign had taken precautions, such as making rubber gloves and hand sanitizer available, used different pens and standing six feet apart.” Van Bramer ended up collecting more than 4,300 signatures, almost four times the required 1,200 for borough president candidates. Like many candidates, he called on opponents not to challenge each other’s signatures, a process that might further put campaign workers at risk.

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Queens Daily Eagle: Councilmembers demand results of 2019 sexual harassment review

By Rachel Vick | March 31, 2021

“We are not asking for anything that is outrageous, difficult or impossible,” said Queens Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, a candidate for borough president. The audit results have taken on new urgency as Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a mountain of misconduct and harassment accusations from staffers who say he kissed, touched and spoke to them inappropriately. Van Bramer, an early advocate for removing King from office, said the city council was “not immune” to sexual harassment. “We know that the City Council has, at times, failed to protect our own staff from abuses,” he added.

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Queens Post: Van Bramer and Council Candidates Call on Speaker Johnson to Release Findings of Sexual Harassment Audit

March 30, 2021 By Allie Griffin

“We have a responsibility to our staff and constituents to make the Council a harassment-free workplace and that means publicly reviewing the findings of this taxpayers-funded audit so we can update our policies accordingly,” Van Bramer said during a press conference on Zoom Tuesday morning.

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NY1: City Candidates Face Challenges Getting Petition Signatures Because of Pandemic

BY CLODAGH MCGOWAN | MAR. 30, 2021

“This was such an exercise in insanity,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, who is running for Queens Borough President. Van Bramer believes he contracted COVID-19 while petitioning. He says he regularly tests for the virus because he cares for his 81-year-old mother. “Having been negative for a year and tested negative 20 different times, the only thing that changed in my life was the fact that I was out on the streets petitioning, talking to hundreds of people, if not more than hundreds of people,” said Van Bramer. Van Bramer is one of more than 100 candidates who filed a lawsuit attempting to cancel requirements for physically gathering signatures.

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