Flushing, New York , United States
Jan 24, 2005 08:59pm
|Info||Jimmy Meng was elected in 2004 to represent the 22nd Assembly District, which includes parts of Flushing lying east of the Van Wyck Expressway, from the Long Island Expressway to several blocks north of Northern Boulevard. Winning over 70 percent of the vote, Meng made legislative history by becoming the first Asian-American elected to New Yorkís State Assembly. |
Born in the Shandong Province in China, Meng received his bachelorís degree from the National Taiwan Normal University. He came to the United States in 1975. He later entered Audrey Cohen College, where he received his masterís degree.
Meng has long worked to improve the Flushing community by serving as the President of the Flushing Business Association, a member of former Mayor Rudolph Giulianiís Small Business Advisory Council, and the chairman of the Asian American Coalition of Queens. He authored the original plan to create a downtown Flushing Business Improvement District for cleaner, safer streets, and partnered with the Community Board 7 to hold the Lunar New Year parade in Flushing to celebrate and unify diverse cultures.
To improve the quality of life for Flushing children, Meng supported after-school programs, worked with the Queensborough Community College to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students, and served as a Board Member of the Queens Public Library.
Meng also raised over $150,000 in 9/11 relief funds for the families of police and firefighters, and helped the 109th Precinct raise money for winter coats and bicycles as part of their crime fighting programs.
In recognition of his contributions to the community, Meng was awarded the 2004 Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the Outstanding Community Service Award from former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; the Person of 1998 Award from Governor George E. Pataki; the Outstanding Community Award from the Queens Borough Presidentís office; and the Award of Appreciation from the Flushing Senior Citizen Center.
He, his wife and three children have lived in Queens for over 25 years.