Queens CB Adds an Immigration Committee

Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza in Queens Community Board 3, which recently started a new committee to address the needs of the neighborhood’s immigrant residents. (Photo by Sadia Haque via City Limits)

Located in one of the most diverse regions in the country, Community Board 3 of Queens has established a new committee to give voice to immigrants and address issues of importance “including affordable housing, senior housing, public transportation and adult English education,” writes Sadia Haque for City Limits.

The board — which represents residents in the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, and North Corona —  introduced the new Committee for Immigration Affairs in March, and it held its first official meeting on May 9. The committee is led by board member Lobsang Salaka, who is an immigrant himself as well as a veteran.

“I am myself immigrant, I know what it means to be an immigrant,” says Salaka. “We need a committee to build relations among various ethnic backgrounds and have a dialogue to promote our interest.”

CB3 is known for its diversity: both Corona and Elmhurst are among the New York neighborhoods with the most immigrants, according to city data. Jackson Heights is home to Diversity Plaza, a two-block pedestrian walkway on Broadway and 37th Road that was named to honor the neighborhood’s role as “crossroads of the world.”

Why now – what inspired the CB3 to start the committee? What ideas does the nine-member group have in mind? Find out at City Limits.

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