Cyperstein Campaign Shows Appreciation With Supercars For SuperHeroes

Cyperstein Campaign Shows Appreciation With Supercars For SuperHeroes

Cyperstein Campaign Shows Appreciation With Supercars For SuperHeroes

Ahead of this past weekend, Avi Cyperstein teamed up with Smiles Through Cars and its founder Josh Aryeh, AKA Batman, to spread cheer at Queens Hospital Center, a division of NYC Health + Hospitals. They paired up to highlight the devotedness of our frontline workers that continue to risk their lives as new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic spread.

Together with 107th police precinct community affairs officers, the group delivered breakfast and freshly brewed hot coffee to nurses and doctors in the emergency room bay at the former home of Queens General Hospital.

“The healthcare workers were excited to come out and greet us; we must never forget those who give of themselves each day on the frontlines,” explained Cyperstein, a Democratic candidate for the district 29 City Council seat. “At the start of the pandemic, New Yorkers saw the dedication of first responders and watched in awe as these men and women exposed themselves to save our friends, family, and neighbors in our borough at the epicenter of the virus. Today, we are experiencing a new wave of the virus and these same medical professionals remain steadfast in their devotion to curing the public.”

Smiles Through Cars often brings supercars to ease the pain and suffering of those who need it most. Often their crew visits children with special needs or those who are languishing with illness. Their team is praised for bringing instant smiles that are recalled long after the moment passes, and these same spirits shined in the bright eyes of the healthcare workers on the morning of Thursday, January 21. 

“I embrace the role of Batman to do my part in making the world a happier place,” said Aryeh. “Today, we showed up in supercars and gave of our time to give back to Queens’ healthcare superheroes and show that they are appreciated. We must be grateful for our health, as we never know what the next morning may bring.”

The medical staff enjoyed the small token of appreciation featuring Aryeh’s exotic Batmobile and an exquisite Lamborghini Aventador along with a moment of distinction recognizing their sacrifices. The volunteers anticipate visiting many more local hospitals and continuing to spread messages of positivity in the weeks ahead.

Cyperstein understands the health concerns of the neighborhood and intends to address the rise in drug abuse and addiction especially in the wake of COVID-19. When elected, Cyperstein will institute productive outreach to help our community flourish.

“I encourage all of Queens to thank those on the frontlines who continue to fight to gain full control of the pandemic,” said Cyperstein.

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Cyperstein Announces Dominating Position In Opening Campaign Filing

Cyperstein Announces Dominating Position In Opening Campaign Filing

Nearly $50,000 raised from 429 supporters in just two and a half months

Avi Cyperstein’s City Council campaign for the district 29 seat announced that it has amassed significant funding for its campaign efforts, raising nearly $50,000 since declaring candidacy. In just two and a half months, his grassroots coalition effort has brought together 429 supporters, nearly 40% from his campaign district, nearly 70% from Queens and 93% from New York, making the campaign eligible for matching funds of $168,888 from New York City.

“It is very exciting to see my strong support in our communities. These numbers surely give me the momentum to push onward with renewed passion,” said Cyperstein. The diverse group of contributors was focused in the council district and expanded to other areas of Queens and breached these borders into other areas of New York showing Cyperstein’s influence spreads far and wide.

“I am delighted and thankful that the community has come out to show their support as contributors and cherish the values that the campaign stands on,” stated Cyperstein.

Cyperstein has devised his campaign on the platform of making real and lasting accomplishments for the residents of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill.

Cyperstein is advocating for a new vision for senior programming, workforce reform that encourages more ethnic groups, young adults and women to thrive, and a COVID-19 recovery program that helps businesses recover and individuals deal with their mental health needs.

“Even at this early stage, it is our values and innate messaging that continues to resonate exceptionally well within our community. It is encouraging to work together and build lasting alliances with community members, leaders, and our treasured institutions.”

The campaign has seen an influx of individuals reaching out to get involved from all corners of the district. “We are exactly where we are supposed to be and are poised to win this race. I am exhilarated with each new volunteer and refreshed that so many locals are comfortable to engage with our campaign and its platform,” said Cyperstein.

Cyperstein, a community activist, built a career in healthcare management and launched his drive to the City Council on the steps of Queens Borough Hall on Sunday, October 25, 2020, after experiencing the devastating effects of the coronavirus in Queens and the mismanagement of lawmakers.

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Cyperstein Proposes Affordable Senior Living For Disgraced Kew Gardens Hotel

Cyperstein Proposes Affordable Senior Living For Disgraced Kew Gardens Hotel

2021 was set to bring in wonderful change and optimism, but for residents of Kew Gardens, New Years was fraught with more of the same violence that has disturbed the peace of the neighborhood over the last number of months. Like residents and local politicians, Avi Cyperstein, City Council Candidate (D-29), is extremely disturbed by the negative national news story the triple-shooting brought to the area. In the most ironic of realities, the vilest acts of crimes, including sex trafficking, prostitution and drug dealing, continue directly across the street from the Queens Criminal Courthouse and detention center as well as Queens Borough Hall. “We must find a useful and safe way to utilize this location in a way that benefits all in our community,” said Cyperstein.

As the violence persisted, the anger and rage have been heard by local elected leaders and demands have been made for City Hall to react stronger. “I applaud Mayor de Blasio calling for the hotel’s closure and instructing his team to take these steps in his Monday press conference. The legal powers exist to take the steps necessary to bring closure to this disreputable hotel. I agree with the mayor that ‘It’s been a blight on the community and should not be that going forward’.

Cyperstein has been a strong advocate to focus on bringing down crime and has been at the forefront of support for the NYPD. “The triple-shooting, one of the first acts of gun violence of the new year, is a sign that we must remain laser focused on enhancing quality of life in District 29,” noted Cyperstein. “The noncompliance of hotel ownership is beyond alarming. I propose using the spacious hotel for the betterment and benefit of the community. “Now that the Mayor has called for the closure of the Umbrella hotel, I would like to suggest that the city have a discussion and negotiation with the ownership to explore opportunities to make this location available for senior or affordable housing,” explained Cyperstein. “It is time we help our community and change an eyesore into a beacon of hope and comfort for Queens Boulevard.”

Cyperstein stands for stopping the defunding of senior services and bringing money back into senior programming, a bloc that has been tremendously hurt by the effects of COVID-19. “Today’s seniors worked tirelessly to build our wonderful city. It’s time to ensure that they get appropriate funding. “With my vast knowledge and understanding of healthcare regulations and policies, I will demand that senior programming be restored,” explained Cyperstein

Cyperstein took notice of the ongoing nuisance the hotel has brought to the community and reached out to its management this past September to no avail. “I desired to unify our community and the hotel management to bring about a peaceful resolution that addresses public safety and the deteriorating health issues in the establishment’s immediate area,” said Cyperstein. The collective September efforts resulted in 15 summonses, fines, and court appearance tickets following a multi-agency MARCH response out of the mayor’s office.

“I have lost sleep knowing that my district was victim to the first homicide in New York City,” added Cyperstein. “Bullets flying about in Kew Gardens will never be tolerated. It is time for action at the front lines and to provide more care for our senior society.”

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Cyperstein Proposes Affordable Senior Living For Disgraced Kew Gardens Hotel

Cyperstein Proposes Affordable Senior Living For Disgraced Kew Gardens Hotel

2021 was set to bring in wonderful change and optimism, but for residents of Kew Gardens, New Years was fraught with more of the same violence that has disturbed the peace of the neighborhood over the last number of months. Like residents and local politicians, Avi Cyperstein, City Council Candidate (D-29), is extremely disturbed by the negative national news story the triple-shooting brought to the area. In the most ironic of realities, the vilest acts of crimes, including sex trafficking, prostitution and drug dealing, continue directly across the street from the Queens Criminal Courthouse and detention center as well as Queens Borough Hall. “We must find a useful and safe way to utilize this location in a way that benefits all in our community,” said Cyperstein.

As the violence persisted, the anger and rage have been heard by local elected leaders and demands have been made for City Hall to react stronger. “I applaud Mayor de Blasio calling for the hotel’s closure and instructing his team to take these steps in his Monday press conference. The legal powers exist to take the steps necessary to bring closure to this disreputable hotel. I agree with the mayor that ‘It’s been a blight on the community and should not be that going forward’.

Cyperstein has been a strong advocate to focus on bringing down crime and has been at the forefront of support for the NYPD. “The triple-shooting, one of the first acts of gun violence of the new year, is a sign that we must remain laser focused on enhancing quality of life in District 29,” noted Cyperstein. “The noncompliance of hotel ownership is beyond alarming. I propose using the spacious hotel for the betterment and benefit of the community. “Now that the Mayor has called for the closure of the Umbrella hotel, I would like to suggest that the city have a discussion and negotiation with the ownership to explore opportunities to make this location available for senior or affordable housing,” explained Cyperstein. “It is time we help our community and change an eyesore into a beacon of hope and comfort for Queens Boulevard.”

Cyperstein stands for stopping the defunding of senior services and bringing money back into senior programming, a bloc that has been tremendously hurt by the effects of COVID-19. “Today’s seniors worked tirelessly to build our wonderful city. It’s time to ensure that they get appropriate funding. “With my vast knowledge and understanding of healthcare regulations and policies, I will demand that senior programming be restored,” explained Cyperstein

Cyperstein took notice of the ongoing nuisance the hotel has brought to the community and reached out to its management this past September to no avail. “I desired to unify our community and the hotel management to bring about a peaceful resolution that addresses public safety and the deteriorating health issues in the establishment’s immediate area,” said Cyperstein. The collective September efforts resulted in 15 summonses, fines, and court appearance tickets following a multi-agency MARCH response out of the mayor’s office.

“I have lost sleep knowing that my district was victim to the first homicide in New York City,” added Cyperstein. “Bullets flying about in Kew Gardens will never be tolerated. It is time for action at the front lines and to provide more care for our senior society.”

Screenshot of initial email sent from Avi Cyperstein to Umbrella hotel in September 2020
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Kew Gardens Sees Increase In Crime, with 3 Stores Broken Into In 48 hours

Kew Gardens Sees Increase In Crime, with 3 Stores Broken Into In 48 hours

Tuesday December 1, 2020- As the crippling effects of Covid-19 continue to linger leaving many store owners on the brink of despair, the last thing anyone is prepared for is an increase in local crime. In the last 48 hours, 3 stores within just blocks of each other were broken into. Store owners on Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens reached out to Candidate for City Council Avi Cyperstein, to let him know about the devastating news. One store owner mentioned that he has not experienced a break in, in over 30 years at his location. In the last few weeks, Kew Gardens has seen an uptick in crime, with a number of homes being burglarized. Just two weeks ago someone was arrested for two attempted rape incidents which occured within hours of each other. 

“At a time when many people are coming out to shop local to support the local businesses, it is time to ensure that our communities are safe and free from crime as well. It’s time to help small businesses. It’s time to keep crime down. It’s time to make our communities safe again” said Avi.

“More than ever we need to do everything we can to come out in support of our local businesses and be a source of strength for each other” said Cyperstein. “Our community is experiencing serious changes and now is the perfect time to elect someone to City Council with a history of getting things done for this community. I’m not waiting to be elected to help out because that’s what I’ve always done and that’s what I will continue to do” he concluded.

Cyperstein hopes to be elected to City Council for the 29th district to replace Karen Koslowitz who is term limited. Cyperstein calls himself a “doer”, someone who is not just words and a voice for the community but someone who will take action and stand up to make sure people are safe and given opportunities to thrive and succeed.

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Hate Crime Plagues Forest Hills During Hannukah Holiday

Hate Crime Plagues Forest Hills During Hannukah Holiday

Hate has come to Forest Hills, Queens in the worst possible way. Avi Cyperstein, candidate for city council (D-29) took action at a local hate crime.

At 10:25 a.m. this morning New York State Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal (D-27) was contacted by a Forest Hills resident via social media of vulgar anti-Semitic graffiti on a neighborhood fence. On arrival just a few short minutes later, Rosenthal became aware that the homeowner had not been made aware and that NYPD was not alerted. When the homeowners departed at 10:15 a.m. there was no sign of damage.

Within minutes Avi Cyperstein was with the homeowners and was soon joined by Queens Borough Safety Patrol – Shmira and their coordinator Yoni Fricker along with the local 112th Precinct.

The homeowners were distraught, “We are extremely upset and distressed by these circumstances. My father recently passed; this had been his home.” The homeowners were bothered by their home being used to spread anti-Semitic messages. “It disturbs us to know that our home was used to disseminate hate,” explained the homeowner.

The NYPD’s Bias Unit, Evidence Collection Unit and investigators arrived and spoke with Cyperstein who described the situation.

Eli Love, a member of Chaveirim of Queens, a local volunteer-based assistance crew, joined Cyperstein at a local hardware store, Safehouse Locksmith, where the owner, Michael khiyayev agreed to donate materials to remove the despicable wording, once cleared by the NYPD. By 2:00 p.m. the hatred was removed, but the pain is ever so fresh.

Cyperstein commented, “There is no room for hate of any kind in Queens. There is no acceptance for vandalism at any level. It is most disturbing to see property being defaced. I call upon our community to stand up against hatred and prejudice like the unfortunate circumstances that unfolded in Forest Hill today. I am so proud of the swift response by the NYPD, Shmira, and Chaverim volunteers. I am a “doer” not a laker, and I am running for NYC Council to get things done.”

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Additional photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AviCyperstein/posts/10164654710625594

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Candidate for City Council Urges Locals To Shop Local

Candidate for City Council Urges Locals To Shop Local

Wednesday November 25, 2020- Severe local regulations established as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has crippled many of our small businesses forcing many to close and leaving others struggling to survive. Small business owners make up a large percentage of our citizens and many are being crushed by the burden of having to pay rent and other costs of doing business but with limited to no income.  Many people talk about the need to help out local small businesses but talking is not enough. We need people to actually do what they can to help local businesses stay alive, survive, and thrive. Queens community activist Sorelle Idels and her brother Michael from Brooklyn started a boots on the ground initiative to bring attention to local small businesses with a program to promote locals to shop local and support local stores. The initiative called #riseupredzone, is meant to bring attention to locals to help our local stores recover from the losses sustained while going through stages and weeks of closure as a result of government and local mandates in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative is now a movement being promoted in various parts of the city. Candidate for City Council of District 29 Avi Cyperstein joined up with Sorelle to go from store to store in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, to hang up signs in the local stores and to tell locals walking the streets about the initiative. 

“We met at least one person who shared with us that they were going to buy something online /amazon that evening but instead chose to purchase it locally because of the initiative’ said Avi. “Just being on the street promoting this brought more business from a local to a local business. That’s how we can make a difference. One person at a time. One purchase at a time, one store at a time” continued Avi. 

One shop owner Boris expressed how the City came to shut him down when they deemed him non essential and in an Orange zone. He showed the inspectors that they were mistaken and that he was in fact in a Yellow zone and permitted to be open. They made him close his store for 2 weeks anyway. 

“He was literally crying as he told us this-How will I pay my rent? How will I pay my bills? The bills still come but the city doesn’t let me do business” said Avi as he recounted what the store owner said to him. 

Another store owner told how his side of the street was a red zone but the other side was a yellow zone and when the city came to shut him down, he pointed out how people were crossing the street from a yellow to a red zone without restriction. “It makes no sense” the store owner, Moses said.

“As a volunteer first responder during Covid-19 I know how hard our neighborhoods were hit and I think we need to do everything we can to recover as quickly and safely as possible” said Avi.”When elected to NYC Council I will do everything in my ability and power  to ensure that all options are entertained to ensure the longevity of our small businesses in a way that is safe for everyone. There are many ways to operate safely and we should never have to close these stores down again if we can exercise appropriate safety standards when shopping.” 

Avi Cyperstein who is running for city council of district 29 which covers Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, and Richmond Hill, concluded by saying “Now more than ever our local stores need our support. Please help our local stores stay open by shopping locally. Many of the local stores are now open again and we need to help these store owners survive. Please shop local. Eat local. Enjoy local. Support local”.

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Avi Cyperstein Announces Bid for 29th NYC Council Seat

Avi Cyperstein Announces Bid for 29th NYC Council Seat

Avi Cyperstein is running for City Council in the 29th

Sunday October 25, Kew Gardens, NY – Avi Cyperstein, who has been instrumental in providing volunteer services to the Queens community for over a decade announced his candidacy for NYC Council District 29 in front of Queens Borough hall amongst family, friends, and a long line of early voters.

As a healthcare professional assisting seniors and those struggling with mental health, Avi has been able to effectively help so many people all over the city.

As a small business owner he knows the challenges businesses face, especially as they navigate the overwhelming challenges brought on by the Coronavirus.

He is also a volunteer first responder for a local ambulance company. His experience has prepared him to be the type of leader our community can depend on. During these turbulent and unprecedented times we need to elect a City Council member we can depend on.

Avi has a proven track record of getting things done for people often in their time of greatest need. As Council Member of the 29th district he will continue to get things done for his community.

Avi grew up in a home where public service is a natural way of life. His father was elected as a school board member covering Forest Hills, Rego Park, and Kew Gardens. His father also interned at the Queens District Attorney office, where he subsequently moved on to Assistant Attorney General of NY and then served as the Director of Senior, Health, and Human Services for the Queens Borough President under Melinda Katz’s leadership. He is now the general counsel for one of the largest non profits in NYC. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Avi, like many other New Yorkers, felt that a lack of leadership was not just costing people their businesses, but also their lives. “I just felt that I could and should be doing something more for the people I care about and the community around us” said Avi at his announcement on Sunday afternoon.

Avi wants to SOS- Save Our Seniors by making more funding and programming available for them especially after the neglect during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s time to reverse the defunding of senior programs. As a small business owner, Avi understands the need and importance of supporting our small businesses especially those that are women and minority owned. Avi has continually voiced his opposition to building a jail in Kew Gardens, especially now during a pandemic where the billions of dollars initially allocated should be used to help the hardworking families, residents, and small businesses who so desperately need those funds.

“We are also on the verge of a mental health crisis of tremendous proportion and with proper funding and programming we will be able to avoid and address many potential issues that have arisen” said Avi.

As his father facilitated the implementation of Universal Pre K to the local public schools and community based organizations, Avi will continue that legacy by bringing 3-K to our community as well.

Avi is getting to work for his community and is ready to represent the citizens of District 29.

The election for City Council is scheduled for June 2021. to learn more about Avi and to get involved in his campaign, visit his website at CypersteinForCouncil.com

His campaign announcement can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BECmaEfZbN8

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