Queens Jewish Alliance for Action Endorses Avi Cyperstein For City Council, Joining Leading Rabbis, Educators, Community Leaders

Queens Jewish Alliance for Action Endorses Avi Cyperstein For City Council, Joining Leading Rabbis, Educators, Community Leaders

The Queens Jewish Alliance for Action (QJAA) announced their endorsement of Avi Cyperstein for district 29 of the New York City Council. The QJAA is an influential coalition of Orthodox Jewish community leaders and advocates based in Central Queens known for a commitment to organizing and getting out the vote for candidates they endorse. The QJAA was widely influential in deciding a City Council election by turning out thousands of Jewish voters in a February special election for now-Council Member James F. Gennaro. QJAA includes community activists like Nechemia Hoch, Sorolle Idels, Meshulam Lisker, Jennifer Martin, and Alan Sherman.

QJAA member Rabbi Yaniv Meirov said, “Avi has a longstanding history of staunch dedication to the Jewish community and to Queens at large through his consistent advocacy and non-profit work. Avi has been hard at work since the day he announced his candidacy building deep connections to all facets of the district and within all confines of the Jewish community. I am thrilled and confident that Avi will be a force in improving the quality of life for Jews across Queens and New York City.”

QJAA member Shabsie Saphirstein said, “We are proud to support a product of our neighborhood. Avi lives, works, volunteers as a first responder, runs the local non-profit Chaverim of Queens that he co-founded, and has been educated in our community. We are excited to support his candidacy that stands directly in line with our values and those of the institutions we hold dearest.”

Cyperstein’s unwavering support from the Detectives Endowment Association solidifies his commitment to community safety, quality of life issues, and safer streets. The endorsement comes as Cyperstein’s momentum among Jewish Queens residents continues to accelerate. Recently, Cyperstein earned the coveted Jewish Press endorsement.

Cyperstein’s candidacy holds strong the needs of our youngsters and seniors, highlighting his long standing professional work in the healthcare industry and his passion for mental health advocacy.

Cyperstein is available for further comment at [email protected] or via phone at 347-684-1155.

Follow the City Council candidate Cyperstein via  @ItsTimeForAvi on Twitter and @AviCyperstein on Facebook and @cypersteinforcouncil on  Instagram and itstimeforavi.com.

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Cyperstein Vaccinates Over 300 Queens Residents

Cyperstein Vaccinates Over 300 Queens Residents

Queens recently reached an astounding milestone being the first area of New York State to inoculate over one million residents. AVI CYPERSTEIN (D-CD29) took on a major role in this effort dedicating his time during a busy campaign season to become a registered vaccinator.

As a volunteer first responder, Cyperstein demonstrated his instinctual habits to respond to a community necessity. “One needs not only proper training and ongoing refreshers, but quick instincts to react swiftly under tremendous amounts of pressure to ensure a successful outcome,” said Cyperstein. “I directly rely on this training when responding to emergencies or calls from neighbors for assistance. Eventually it becomes a part of you and quick thinking and immediate response becomes instinct.”

It is this type of response that compelled Cyperstein to become a State-certified vaccinator. “When NYS put out a memo back in January that more vaccinators were needed as soon as possible, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to help our community,” explained Cyperstein. “I stayed up into the early morning hours taking the necessary classes to obtain my vaccinator certificate.” Two weeks ago, under the guidance of the Centers Health Care Queens location, Cyperstein completed his vaccinator training and went right to work that very day inoculating over 300 people. Afterwards, Cyperstein has assisted at a vaccination event in Forest Hills, amongst other similar citywide programs.

On a recent Sunday Cyperstein joined a local pharmacy to offer first-come-first-serve vaccines to residents. “Everything I do, all the experience I have in business, healthcare management, nonprofit and even politically, are experiences which make me well prepared and duly qualified for the City Council position,” noted Cyperstein. “There are a lot of people who make promises, but not a lot of doers – especially when it comes to politics. That is what sets me apart from the rest; I have a history of getting things done for people when they call for my assistance.”

Cyperstein has committed to making time to not only assist those who need to schedule their vaccine, but also in administering the doses. “I am not waiting for day one in office to start helping my community, I already am,” said Cyperstein.

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Cyperstein Calls on City of New York: Bring 3-K For All Childhood Services To District 29

Cyperstein Calls on City of New York: Bring 3-K For All Childhood Services To District 29

Earlier this month Mayor de Blasio announced a New York City Department of Education program to
expand the 3-K For All Childhood Services into neighborhoods hardest hit by the Covid pandemic. This
list fails to include the areas of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Richmond Hill that were once included in
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s red and orange zone ZIP code map. Avi Cyperstein (D-City Council candidate,
District 29) expressed outrage at the proposal plan, “Our neighborhoods were labeled as the hardest hit
and not being included is an inexcusable error.”
Since the announcement, Cyperstein has spoken with school administrators and parents of affected
youth who all shared similar concerns. “Early childhood programs are a pivotal support system for the
children and families of Queens in their time of need. We must continue to expand access for early
childhood education and invest in our youngsters as they start off in life,” said Cyperstein.
Cyperstein then held a press conference on March 10 on the steps of P.S. 99 Annex at the intersection of
Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard along with community activists and leaders where he made a
verbal request for the City of New York to include former red and orange zoned areas in the expanded 3K
project.
“As COVID recovery becomes the main topic for the future of our city, it is sad and unacceptable to me
that our district was left out of the 3K program which would help us recover tremendously,” decried
Cyperstein.
Those in attendance echoed his concerns explaining that any area indicated as hardest hit should be
eligible for 3K. “We are not even eligible to apply,” said one mother with her soon to be three-year-old
son in hand as she walked off to a babysitter. This mom had just been offered a job after having been laid
off at the start of the pandemic.
Cyperstein persisted with the question, “Why were we left out?” When this City mentions areas that
have been hardest hit by COVID-19, all programming should include the ZIP codes of council district 29:
11374 (Rego Park, Queens, NY), 11375 (Forest Hills, Queens, NY), 11415 (Kew Gardens, Queens, NY), and
11418 (Richmond Hill, Queens, NY). “It must not be forgotten that these areas were subject to
specialized rules that shuttered businesses deemed non-essential on a prolonged schedule, including
regulations for schools and dining,” added Cyperstein. Parents gathered by P.S. 99 were dismayed that
local government failed to make the areas labeled hardest hit by COVID-19 eligible for 3K. They repeated
Cyperstein’s sentiment, “Why can’t we get 3K! This is not equitable. We were red and orange zoned with
businesses being forced to close and our local economy has been shattered.”
Over the days that followed, Cyperstein met more families who await a change that would allow 3K to
come to their neighborhood. Parents still hold out hope that the City will reverse their decision and bring
the major help of a 3K expansion to city council district 29 (School District 28) as part of the recovery
effort and stand by the proposal for new contracts that calls for “a more unified, equitable system for the
City’s youngest learners” that contain crucial benefits for children, families and programs. Cyperstein
gathered these families and their neighbors to sign a petition
(https://www.change.org/p/mayor-de-blasio-bring-3k-programming-to-forest-hills-rego-park-kew-garden
s-richmond-hill) that garnered a hundred signatures in mere hours. Looking back to the summer, Queens was identified as the borough most affected by COVID-19, yet still
has the fewest hospitals per capita. Then as fall set in, Rego Park was mentioned to have increased
positivity rates, despite overall city rates decreasing during the same time. A similar phenomenon played
out throughout the district as various areas were “painted” red, orange, and yellow zones, subjected to
measures that devastated a slew of businesses beyond repair.
Cyperstein reached out to the Dept. of Education and has yet to receive a reply to his inquiry.
“Simple research on early childhood will prove that institutional preschool is superior both socially and
academically to childcare,” concluded Cyperstein.

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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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