NEW YORK:___Following her recent pledge to continue funding towards a program that provides free transportation to seniors for medical and vaccination appointments, Councilman Paul Vallone commended Markell for her promise to continue the initiative which was spearheaded by his office. 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.
“Faced with a public health crisis, we must ensure that our most vulnerable populations are protected and kept healthy and safe. When I launched this successful senior transportation program, I hoped that it would grow and expand beyond our district and now that is starting to become a reality.” Said Councilman Vallone on the initiative. “I commend Debbie Markell for pledging to fund this program as a Council Member which provides additional avenues for our seniors to become vaccinated or be transported to vital medical appointments.”
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, and Queens Village.