55 THE QUEENS COURIER • APRIL 1, 2022 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
What a wondrous world it
is to see Eric Adams rise
to mayor in the greatest
city on Earth. I feel privileged to
Last week, I had the honor of visiting
the historic and majestic City
Hall building. Walking through the
security “cabin,” I was struck by the
powerful site of the building, sitting
in the middle of Foley Square.
It’s where our mayors and the City
Council have conducted their
business since 1803.
As I walked through the unguarded
striking front doors, I was struck
by the towering entrance foyer and
the silence of the marble walls.
Standing in the massive rotunda, I
turned to the right wing of the building
where City Council Speaker
Adrienne Adams has an impressive
offi ce. Th e City Council also has
their offi ces in that wing.
Coming back into the rotun-
An extraordinary week
My heart bursting with pride
Last week was the celebration of
Purim, a Jewish holiday when
we remember how Queen
Esther saved the Jewish people from
Th ere are celebrations and my kids attended a carnival at my daughter
Elizabeth and my grandchildren’s synagogue, Congregation
Jonah is about to celebrate his bar mitzvah and, in honor of it, he is
raising money for All Hands and Hearts, a group that gives 95 cents
of every dollar raised to help the most vulnerable children fl eeing
I am so proud of him!
A powerful night of Power Women
Last Th ursday, I was so proud to
present “Vicki” awards to the
Power Women of Manhattan.
I’m so grateful to my superb
events team, who worked tirelessly
to create the memorable night.
Kudos to Elizabeth, Demetra,
Toni, Joseph and Josh Levin!
My beautiful longtime
friend Rosanna Scotto, an
award-winning TV anchor
and journalist who has been
on “Good Day New York” since
1990, appearing every morning, is
beloved by all her fans. Everyone
wanted a photo with her!
She walked the red carpet
fi rst since she gets
up at 3 a.m. every day.
I was so happy to recognize
her as one of our
Power Women and honor
her for award-winning work!
She had brought her cameraman
to the event, and the next morning,
I was delighted that they had
taken snippets from the event and
featured it on her early morning
show. Check it out fox5ny.com/
Our diverse group of exceptional
women and their guests — all being
honored at Bryant Park Grill —
got to hear from our distinguished
Attorney General Letitia James,
then Ingrid Lewis Martin and
longtime friend Manhattan
Seawright, all of whom were
As the women were introduced
to each other during the
“Power Hour,” I was impressed to
hear about each person’s unique
contributions to our communities.
These women have
helped young people
achieve their dreams.
Th ey are overseeing the
rebirth of JFK Airport,
leading law and lobbying
fi rms and NYC & Company, the
city’s tourism arm. Each is special
in their own way, but they share
the same drive, ambition and work
ethic to make our world a better
Congratulations to the honorees!
da, when I turned to my left , that
is where the mayor’s offi ces are
Walking through the iconic
building, it was easy to feel
all the history that has been
Ingrid Lewis Martin, a
longtime confi dante and
adviser to the mayor,
greeted me and gave
me a fast tour. Her
offi ce is contiguous
to the mayor on
one side and on the
other side of the
mayor’s offi ce is
an offi ce belonging
to Frank Carrone,
the mayor’s chief of
I shut my eyes and
imagined all the powerful
people who have
passed through their
doors. Th at day, the mayor was racing
from one meeting in City Hall to
another one outside. But I did get a
warm hug in his new “home.”
It’s actually more of a home
offi ce because he’s a 24/7 mayor.
He even has his own weight
lift ing equipment and ironing
board, which allows him to
look perfectly groomed all
day, every day.
I was doubly grateful and
appreciative that Mayor
Adams is totally focused
on bringing back our
safe streets, something
he has repeatedly said is
his highest priority!
I’m asking all my
readers to reach out to
their elected city and
state offi cials to help
the mayor make us all
feel that our city is safe
Mayor Adams’ offi ce is his home away from home!
I was struck by the
powerful City Hall building.
Martin at City
The mayor follows his
workout routine in the
basement at City Hall.