Floral Park, NY – Candidate for City Council Debra Markell announced her pledge to expand a transportation program that provides seniors with free rides to medical and vaccination appointments. Entering its fifth year, the program is provided by Selfhelp Community Services which has seen support to the tune of $90,000 from Councilman Paul Vallone’s office in addition to $50,000 from Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Robert Holden. Markell pledged to allocate a similar figure from her office if elected to expand the program in eastern Queens.
“From COVID-19 to the transportation desert, eastern Queens faces several challenges that would be tackled by expanding this initiative. Seniors do not have the same technological skills that our COVID-19 vaccination rollout is over-relying on, which is simply discriminatory.” Markell said on her support of the initiative. “I am incredibly grateful to every elected official continuing this program. If elected to the Council I promise to dedicate my office’s resources to continue this program.”
Recently Councilman Robert Holden, who also funds the initiative, announced his endorsement of Debra Markell. “Debra is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for Queens residents. There is no one more experienced and qualified to represent the residents of Council District 23 in tackling COVID-19, keeping the city safe and taking care of our seniors. Debra has my full support and I look forward to working with her in the City Council,” said Holden.
Debra Markell is running to replace outgoing Councilman Barry Grodenchik in the 23rd Council District. CD-23 represents Bayside Hills, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Holliswood, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens, Queens Village. In addition to Councilman Holden, Debra Markell has received endorsements from US Congressman Tom Suozzi, Former US Congressman Steve Israel, NYS Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, NYS Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, Nassau County Legislature Joshua Lafazan, and the Asian American Alliance of New York.