Council Member Vallone Announces Four Year Plan for
Continuing Work with Korean American Community
Announces Community Partnership with KAAGNY, KAAQ, KCS and KABCNY
October 18, 2017
On Wednesday, Council Member Vallone announced the first steps of his four year plan, focusing on small business assistance, for continuing to work with and empower the Korean-American Community. Council Member Vallone has worked to bridge the gap for the Korean-American Community to achieve mutual goals, further expand their cultural and economic contributions and provide support for the many organizations that serve them. Council Member Vallone’s four year plan will build upon these successes and advance the welfare of the Korean-American community.
In his first four years, Council Member Vallone organized a round table of community, business and non-profit leaders from the Korean-American community to discuss the biggest issues facing them. He held meetings and fostered relationships between these leaders and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens District Attorney’s office in order to connect them with city leaders and increase the voice and visibility of the Korean community. He was successful in partnering with the Borough President and the City Council to allocate $2.5 million to establish and upgrade the Korean Community Services’ new building in Bayside. He has also worked closely with the Korean American Business Council of New York on unique issues affecting Korean-American small businesses.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Council Member Vallone focused on his plan for small business assistance and announced a partnership between his office and the organizations who were in attendance. He was joined by Minsun Kim, President of the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY), Thomas Kim, President of the Korean American Association of Queens (KAAQ), Kwang S. Kim President of Korean Community Services (KCS) and Sangho Lee President of the Korean American Business Council of New York. YoungJin Kim was introduced as the liaison who will coordinate between Council Member Vallone’s office and the community partners to identify critical small business issues and create realistic steps to resolve them. Going forward, Council Member Vallone will work to increase overall awareness of the critical role played by Korean-American businesses in providing goods and services to the city and continue building additional support for these businesses among Government and City leaders. In the coming weeks, Council Member Vallone will announce additional partnerships and details of his four year plan focusing on non-profit assistance, youth networking and seniors.
“Today’s announcement is just the first step in what is a comprehensive plan to continue working with and supporting our Korean American community,” said Council Member Vallone.“Partnering with these incredible organizations will be critical as the combined knowledge, experience, and passion expressed by all of the leaders present today will benefit not just the Korean-American community but all of Northeast Queens.”
“Over the last four years, KAAGNY and many other Korean organizations have attended the round table discussions at Councilman Paul Vallone’s Office. It is at these discussions that problems and solutions of our organizations and our community were discussed,” said Minsun Kim, President of KAAGNY. “I’m happy to hear of the continuation of the round table talks with Councilman Vallone. The talks give opportunities for our Korean community to get more involved to voice our concerns. Thank you, Councilman Paul Vallone for your support of our community.”
“I look forward to our partnership with Council Member Vallone and I thank him for the leadership and initiative he has shown in his first term,” said Thomas Kim, President of KAAQ.“Working together will allow us to effectively address the issues and concerns of the Korean-American small business community.”