It has not been the best of times to hope for positive economic growth, but it seems as though Queens has survived, not only literally weathering a storm, but surviving a recession that has crippled a good portion of the country.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s overview of the Queens economy was a pat on the back for those that have struggled, either due to the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, or just from suffering the setbacks of the tough economic climate. Regardless of the circumstances, it seems that Queens has not only survived, but thrived.
Employment levels continue to grow, the population continues to grow and prospective jobs are, according to the Comptroller, at a record level. Queens officials, business owners and employees have a lot to be proud of.
The challenge, of course, is continuing the momentum.
New administrations will come in to Gracie Mansion and Queens Borough Hall come Jan. 1, and we hope that whatever policies these administrations enact over the next four years will give us the same opportunities to prosper.
Queens has a lot to offer its residents and the rest of the City, no one from Queens would ever deny that. Now it is time to make sure the rest of the City sees that as well.