In the Community

Joe works hard every day to improve the quality of life for residents of New York’s 14th Congressional District. From his efforts to open up economic opportunities for businesses to his fight to keep residents safe and secure, Joe is committed to keeping Queens and the Bronx great communities to live, work, run a business, and raise a family.

Joe is working on behalf of communities in Queens and the Bronx by:

  • Establishing the Crime Stoppers program in 2002 to support local organizations that are working to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Through this initiative, Joe has delivered more than $1 million in federal funding to the Bronx-Queens community for graffiti clean-up, after-school programming, and civic patrol efforts
  • Delivering over $7.2 million in federal assistance to Queens residents and businesses after the massive storms and subsequent flooding in August 2007
  • Bringing home $500,000 in federal funds for New York City Department of Transportation to carry out the Maspeth Bypass traffic study to explore alternate routes for commercial trucks and improve the quality of life for residents of Maspeth
  • Successfully fighting to keep Westchester Square Medical Center open so that residents can access the quality health care services they need
  • Obtaining federal funds to support efforts to alleviate traffic congestion in Jackson Heights and help make the community a safer place to live and do business in
  • Securing a new home for the Bronx Council on the Arts, which will allow the organization to expand and thrive, by bringing together public and private sector stakeholders to facilitate the sale and transfer of the new property
  • Working to rename the post office at 1449 West Avenue in the Bronx after Private Isaac T. Cortes, an Army soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Cortes grew up in Parkchester and attended Christopher Columbus High School
  • Negotiating a deal with the federal housing regulator to allow a range of banks to make home loans in the communities of Silver Beach and Edgewater Park, as well as raising the cap on the number of loans Citibank can provided in the area so homeowners have access to much-needed financing
  • Spearheading the effort to transform the six-acre site formerly known as the “Elmhurst Gas Tanks”, located at the corner of Grand Avenue and 74th Street in Maspeth, into a beautiful community park – KeySpan Park  
  • Successfully advocating in 2003 for the Juniper Park neighborhood to be included in the Middle Village 11379 zip code

More on In the Community

September 11, 2018 Press Release
Seventeen years ago, our country and our city suffered an unimaginable loss. While no amount of time will ever ease the pain of that day, we still can find peace and comfort by honoring the memories of those we lost. As we reflect on this solemn day, we must remember that there is far more that unites us than divides us and that we are stronger as a nation when we come together.
August 3, 2018 Press Release
Six years ago, the lives of six innocent and peaceful worshippers were taken in a senseless act of hate. We owe it to the victims of the Oak Creek tragedy to come together and renew our commitment to fighting intolerance whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head. Every person in this country, no matter where they come from, what they look like, or who they pray to, deserves to live in peace.
June 21, 2018 Press Release
“Today, House Republicans chose to abandon rural communities and hungry Americans across the country. This partisan bill does nothing to help our country’s struggling farmers and leaves families to fend for themselves by gutting the critical anti-hunger benefits they rely on."
June 20, 2018 Press Release
“From day one, the Trump administration has launched attack after attack on our immigrant families, and I stand with the thousands of immigrants living in Queens and the Bronx who have been targeted by President Trump’s xenophobic agenda."
June 19, 2018 Press Release
“We owe our veterans a debt we can never truly repay, and we must do more to support the heroes who have sacrificed so much for our nation."
June 19, 2018 Press Release
“Our city’s libraries are vital to enriching our communities, but many of our branches do not receive the funding they need to help our children and students grow."
June 19, 2018 Press Release
“This is an important moment for Queens residents, like myself, who have been dismayed by the quality of subway service in our borough.”
June 19, 2018 Press Release
“Today, we commemorate Juneteenth, which marks the final emancipation of slaves in the United States, ending a dark and painful chapter in our nation’s history."
June 15, 2018 Press Release
“I send my warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in Queens, the Bronx, and around the world. Eid is a joyous time to reflect on the meaning of the Holy Month of Ramadan, a time for spiritual renewal, gratitude, and generosity."
June 13, 2018 Press Release
Congressman Crowley released the following statement on the passage of a New York State Assembly bill that would eliminate cash bail for misdemeanor and non-violent felonies.