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District 23 City Council candidate Harpreet Singh Toor calls for end to attack ads


Bellerose, Queens: Calling for an end to the hateful attack ads by a group from outside Council District 23 against one of his opponents, City Council Candidate Harpreet Singh Toor issued the following statement, “My campaign is built on bringing people together.  That is the only way we will solve the problems facing District 23, and put an end to the epidemic of hate crimes plaguing our communities.
So when an ugly piece of hateful mail dropped in my mailbox, viciously attacking a young member of our community who also is running for City Council in District 23, I naturally was extremely disturbed.  Many of you may know I do not support this candidate, or agree with her policies.  At the same time, however, I am proud that a young woman from our community has made the decision to become engaged in the political process and run for office.  And I am appalled that a group of wealthy Manhattanites, with no connection to our community, is attempting to decide our future by launching a smear campaign against one of our own.

I invite these smart, successful people to join me in a tour of District 23.  I would happily show them how they can direct their considerable philanthropic activities to our senior centers, our food banks, our schools and libraries.  How they might use their experience as major real estate developers to solve our problem of lack of public transportation, or even help build the hospital we so desperately need.

Working together we can accomplish much. And I hope that is how they decide to truly help the voters of District 23.”

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New York street co-named Punjab Avenue in honor of Punjabi community

New York: The day October 23, 2020, would go down as one of the most significant days in the history of the Punjabi community of New York when a part of a busy avenue was named Punjab Avenue.

101 Avenue, from 111 Street to 123 Street has been co-named as Punjab Avenue.

The inauguration was done on October 23 by Council member Adrienne Adams who had moved the motion in the New York City Council for the renaming of the Avenue, in view of the strong presence of the Punjabi community in the area.

It may be mentioned that the two largest Sikh shrines (Gurudwaras) are situated between Lefferts Boulevard and 113 Street. Besides, the entire stretch has businesses run by Punjabis.

Among those present at the inauguration were Assemblyman David Weprin, managing committee members of Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society and Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Sikh Center, and prominent members of the Punjabi community, including Herman Singh, President of Omni Mortgage, H.S. Toor, and Jay Jasbir Singh.

According to CBS New York, the street that has now been co-named as Punjab Avenue was a two-year joint effort of several South Asian groups and City Council Member Adrienne Adams.

“This community has been underserved, not really recognized… Invisible, which is a travesty, knowing everything that all of our community brings to this wonderful district,” said Adams and added that the Punjabi community deserved to be acknowledged as they have helped to build Richmond Hill.

“Some of the hardest working people are of the South Asian community… Folks who have been here for a very long time,” Adams said further as quoted by CBS New York.

Harpreet Singh Toor, former president of the Sikh Cultural Society said, “Just because we look different, it doesn’t mean that we are not humans or we are lesser Americans.” Rajwinder Kaur, a member of the Community Education Council, District 28 echoed the same sentiment and added, “It means a lot. We really feel respectful that we are recognized.” (ANI)

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