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Tribune Honors 8 At Glass Ceiling Awards

The Queens Tribune and PRESS of Southeast Queens held the annual Glass Ceiling Awards on Tuesday night, honoring eight women who have risen through the ranks in their fields and displayed vision and courage in their workplace.
The theme for the awards ceremony—which was held at Douglaston Manor—was enhancing women’s rights and promoting gender equality. Each of the event’s speakers and nominees spoke about the challenges that women have faced along the road toward equality and the next steps in that struggle.
The eight honorees included New York’s Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul; Tonya Boyd, the deputy chief of the city’s Fire Department; Susan Browning, the executive director of Long Island Jewish Forest Hills; Lidija Nikolic, CTP, the senior vice president of global commercial banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Merle Hoffman, the president and CEO of Choices Medical Center for Women; Rhonda Nelson, the recorder for UFCW Local 1500; Lori Vavrinec, the director of marketing for Fidelis Care New York; and Vandana Sharma, the regional manager for Americas, Air India.  Read More

Queens Tribune/Press of Southeast Queens Honors Five For Black History Month
BY NATHAN DUKE  | Photo Gallery

The PRESS of Southeast Queens and Queens Tribune honored five individuals across a variety of professions who have given back to their community as part of the papers’ annual Black History Month awards ceremony and breakfast.
Honorees during the event—which was presented by Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology and held at Jamaica’s Greater Allen AME Church of New York—included NYPD Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes; Darryl Towns, the regional director of government affairs for American Airlines; Roger Milliner, the deputy executive director of marketing for MetroPlus; J-CAP (Just Caring About People) and its CEO, Diane Gonzalez; and Tanya Cunningham, an executive board member for Local Union 3, IBEW.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and city Public Advocate Letitia James spoke during the event, which was also attended by state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and City Council members Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica). Read More



Queens Tribune Hosts Healthcare Heroes Awards Event

2017 Queens Tribune Healthcare Heroes Awards Event

Assemblyman David Weprin, NYC Health + Hospital/Queens CEO Christopher Roker with honorees David L. Reich, MD, Melissa Powell, Victor Politi, MD, Councilman Costa Constantinides and Michael Nussbaum. Photo by Michelle Kawkaw

The Queens Tribune honored three people leading the way in the field of healthcare during the paper’s annual Healthcare Heroes Awards at Douglaston Manor on Tuesday.
This year’s three honorees included Dr. David Reich, the president and chief operating officer of Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens; Dr. Victor Politi, the president and CEO of NuHealth System; and Melissa Powell, the chief operating officer of The Allure Group.
The event’s quest speaker was Christopher Roker, the CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens.
During his speech, Roker touted the work of his colleagues at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens and discussed the state of healthcare in New York.
“We’re 11 hospitals strong,” he said of the hospital system. “We’ll focus on the transformation of our own system, ambulatory care and the shrinking bed capacity. Queens Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility. We’re on a journey to be great. We make a lot of mistakes, but that’s healthcare. I’m trying to bring standardization to our hospital. We’ve been here 82 years and hope to be there another 82 to 100 years.” Read More

Queens Tribune Honors Eight At Real Estate Awards

(Back row) Honoree Moses Seuram, Assemblyman David Weprin, honoree Sidney Luu, Michael Nussbaum, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and honoree Wellington Chen; (Front row) Honorees Sam Chang, John Lam, Xuejie Wong, Sam Suzuki and Louie Liu

The Queens Tribune honored eight emerging real estate leaders who are transforming the city’s skyline during the paper’s Real Estate Marketplace Awards and Reception on Oct. 26 in Flushing.The Queens Tribune honored eight emerging real estate leaders who are transforming the city’s skyline during the paper’s Real Estate Marketplace Awards and Reception on Oct. 26 in Flushing.
The event was held at the New Mulan Restaurant, where New York Building Congress president and CEO Carlo A. Scissura acted as guest speaker. The Queens Tribune honored Sam Chang, founder of McSam Hotel Group LLC; John Lam, a hotel developer and founder of the Lam Group; Louie Liu, CEO of Really Management; Sidney Luu, president and CEO of Clean Tech Service Solutions; Xuejie Wong, founder of Research Institute Joint Affiliation with China Real Estate Club; Sam Suzuki, founder of Suzuki Capital LLC; Moses Seuram, secretary of the New York State Association of Realtors and the group’s 2018 president-elect; and Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown Partnership. Read More

Queens Tribune Celebrates Caribbean Heritage Month
BY TRONE DOWD  | Photo Gallery

“We are a great city of diversity,” Queens Tribune publisher Mike Nussbaum told attendees. “We’re proud of that. We take pride in our cultural roots. It’s a significant part of who we are and each of the immigrants who have come to this borough here has a story.”
The ceremony drew a number of special guests, including city Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clark (D-Brooklyn), city Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop and consulate generals of Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados.
Bishop recalled the journey that his grandmother took when she immigrated to New York City from a politically ailing Grenada, pushing his mother at a young age to do all that she could. He said that his mother attended college, while ensuring that her children had the same values that her mother taught her. He said that he was proud of the role that he has in “helping small business and entrepreneurs,” many of whom come to the city from abroad to start anew. Read More

Queens Tribune Honors Six For Women’s History Month
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The Queens Tribune held its first-ever Women’s History Month awards ceremony last week that honored six women who have paved the way and cracked what was once seen as an unbreakable glass ceiling.
The “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” ceremony, which was held on March 30, included a cocktail hour, dinner and awards.
For their contributions, the Queens Tribune honored Stella Aquino, the business director of Empire BlueCross BlueShield’s Actuarial Valuation; Barbara Armand, founder, president and CEO of the Armand Corporation; Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica); Vasundhara Kalasapudi, geriatric psychiatrist and executive director of India Home; Jenifer Rajkumar, director of Immigration Affairs and special counsel for the New York Department of State; and Claire Shulman, the first woman to be elected as Queens borough president. Read More

Tribune/Press Honor Seven At Black History Month Event

The Queens Tribune and PRESS of Southeast Queens honored seven individuals for their work with the southeast Queens community during the papers’ fourth annual Black History Month event on Tuesday.
More than 300 people packed into Jamaica’s Greater Allen AME Church of New York for the event, where guest speakers included city Police Commissioner James O’Neill and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
This year’s honorees included York College President Marcia Keizs, Resorts World Casino public relations director Michelle Stoddart, NYPD Patrol Borough Queens South Deputy Chief Kristel Johnson, Jamaica Performing Arts Center general manager Courtney Ffrench, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce President Phil Andrews, actress and TV show host Colby Christina and Patrick B. Jenkins, a partner at Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates. The event’s theme was “Ambassadors for Change.” Read More


Queens Tribune Honors Health Heroes
Staff Writers

On Tuesday night at the Healthcare Heroes Awards, the Queens Tribune and the PRESS of Southeast Queens shone the light on nine health leaders, all of whom have one thing in common: They have successfully helped to improve and to better shape the healthcare industry, while saving lives. “I welcome you to what we’re [Queens Tribune] trying to do today, which is step out from what we do every day [journalism] and honor some people, both institutions as well as individuals, for things that they’ve done in the healthcare field,” said Michael Nussbaum, publisher of the Queens Tribune.  … Read More

Queens Tribune Holds The 2016 Real Estate Marketplace Awards | Photo Gallery

On Oct. 19, the Queens Tribune honored members of Queens’ real estate community at the Real Estate Marketplace Awards at Terrace on the Park. Interspersed with appearances from elected officials, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz, the Tribune’s publisher, Michael Nussbaum, presented awards to real estate experts who have contributed to Queens’ booming marketplace…. Read More

Queens Tribune Honors Hispanic/Latino Community Leaders
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The honorees (from left to right): Excecutive Director of the Thalia Spanish Theatre Angel Gil, Queens Chamber of Commerce President Mayra DiRico, Attorney and past President of the Queens County Women's Bar Association Lourdes Ventura, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, President of the Latin American Cultural Center Nayibe Berger, and Queens College President Felix Matos Rodriguez. Photo by Bruce Adler

Photo by Bruce Adler

Last night, in honor of both Hispanic Heritage Month and the number of successful Hispanic leaders who serve and help to shape our community for the better, the Queens Tribune hosted a Champions For Change & Leadership Awards at Queens College, where they celebrated and promoted the values of growth, success, service and endurance...Read more




Bratton Talks Policing During Keynote Address at Black History Month Breakfast
BY LUIS GRONDA | Photo Gallery
Staff Writer

Police Commissioner William Bratton discussed the importance of Black History Month and how it intertwines with police during his keynote address at the PRESS of Southeast Queens awards breakfast Tuesday morning. Bratton’s most telling comment, and the one that got significant media attention earlier this week, was when he noted that the past and the relationship between police and the black community needs to improve. “Many of the best parts of America’s history would have been impossible without police. All the freedoms we enjoy — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear — sit on a foundation of public safety,” Bratton said. …Read More

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