Meng heads into her second year in office
by Andrew Shilling
Jan 22, 2014 | 828 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Now in her second year as a member of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Grace Meng is settling into her two borough offices.

Split across opposite ends of her Queens district, Meng spends three days out of the week at her offices in Flushing, located at 32-26 Street, and her Forest Hills office at 118-35 Queens Boulevard.

“We knew that we wanted try to have two locations that were somewhat central for people in the district,” Meng said. “It’s small, but we wanted to have two, even if it was a mobile office on the street. People don’t want to have to travel to the other side of the district. A lot of people don’t have cars.”

From her 16th floor office in Forest Hills, Meng's office offers her Queens constituents immigration services, federal tax assistance, help with obtaining federal grants, small business assistance, and emergency passport or visa issues.

“I view elected office like church,” she said. “You always want to be open for business and be able to welcome new people. If no one is coming in, that’s a problem.”

With her team of a little more than 10 staffers and interns in her two modestly sized offices, Meng said she is proud to be serving the community where she was raised and currently lives.

Although the former assemblywoman spends a four days a week in Washington D.C., she continues to work with the people of Queens and carries the issues from her hometown to help guide policy.

“If I had the choice to work on a federal issue that could get me a lot of attention nationwide, but doesn’t necessarily help my constituents, I would choose the local issues because that’s what the constituents care about,” she said. “Day to day, it’s the local issues that keep me up.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng and her team at her Forest Hills office at 118-35 Queens Blvd.

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