My name is Mike Budabin, and I am honored to be the new Chair of Community Board 11 here in Northeast Queens.
I was born and raised in New York City and attended Hunter College High School. After high school, I served in the Marine Corps and then became an attorney here in New York. I settled down in Bayside with my wife and two children. We have lived here since 2008.
Queens Community Board 11 represents the great neighborhoods of Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston, East Flushing, Hollis Hills, Little Neck and Oakland Gardens, and the members of the Board are residents of these areas. We are here to address the needs of these communities in the context of Queens and New York City as a whole. We cooperate with the various other City agencies and offices, and act as a liaison between them and the members of the public in an effort to plan for the growth, improvement and development of Northeast Queens.
The community board can play many roles. For example, we can provide you information and updates regarding New York City initiatives and programs, we can assist you in accessing governmental agencies and programs to address your particular needs, and we are a great forum for you to raise local concerns that may require cooperation or input from our City government. We are here to be a resource to you on local matters big and small.
Community Board 11's monthly meetings are open to the public, and are generally held on the first Monday of every month (other than July and August) at 7:30 PM at the Korean Community Services Center at 203-05 32nd Avenue. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, monthly meetings will be held by telephone/video conference for the time being. Please check our website for information on how to participate in these meetings by phone or video, and for updated information on when in-person Board meetings will resume.
I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created unusual and complex problems and considerations for many residents of our area, and open communication between our government and our residents has never been more important. We are here to help you deal with those issues. Since the onset of the pandemic on March 17th, our district office was the first in the borough to begin working from home in conjunction with the City's social distancing effort. Our amazing staff has been working remotely during that time to bring personal protection equipment donations to St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside, provide regular updates to residents via email, and host our meetings digitally via Zoom. Additionally, we are reachable during regular business hours through our usual contact information by email, phone and mail, and we remain committed to addressing the needs of our community through this pandemic.
We're all in this together.