Mayor de Blasio Meets with Prominent Local Business Leaders in Tour of Sutphin Boulevard

City Councilmember Daneek Miller (D-27), State Senator Leroy Comrie (D-14), Sutphin Boulevard BID Executive Director Glenn Greenidge and Zara Realty Vice President Tony Subraj were among local business and elected leaders welcoming Mayor de Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz to Jamaica as part of the mayor’s summer tour of neighborhoods across the five boroughs.
The Mayor came to Sutphin Boulevard to meet local merchants and residents. Among those they met were principals of Zara Realty, one of southeast Queens’ most prominent landlords and a family-owned business for 35 years. The company is the owner of some 2.6 million square feet of residential and retail space and one of the region’s leading providers of affordable housing.
Among the reasons Zara was chosen is because it is illustrative of the opportunities New York offers for immigrants that come to the city to work hard and build a better life for themselves and the community around them.
The Subraj family, which founded Zara Realty emigrated from Guyana in 1982 in search of a better life.
“It was an honor to meet with Mayor de Blasio and speak to him about all of the positive, dynamic things that are happening in and around Jamaica,” said Tony Subraj, Vice President of Zara. “It is very clear that Southeast Queens is evolving rapidly and it’s a community in high demand by new residents and businesses. The wonderful diversity of our community in particular is what is so unique.”