Interns Kevin Yoon and Michelle Kim are explaining the change in parking regulations along Northern Blvd to a storeowner.

Interns Kevin Yoon and Michelle Kim are explaining the change in parking regulations along Northern Blvd to a storeowner.

On August 23, 2013, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) interns visited stores and businesses located along Northern Blvd (Eastbound) to conduct the “8080” and rush-hour parking restrictions awareness campaigns.

The “8080 Campaign” is KACE’s new long-term initiative that aims to increase the voter registration and voter registration rates for Korean Americans to 80%. Currently, about 50% of the Korean Americans in the Greater New York Area are registered to vote but only about 40% actually go out to the polls. This initiative consists of voter registrations, civic participation, civic education, and other programs. KACE is also recruiting Korean interpreters for elections in New York City.

KACE interns distributed pamphlets explaining the 8080 Campaign and the 2013 New York City/State elections as well as absentee ballot applications to store owners that find it difficult to leave their businesses on Election days.

To increase participation in the September 10th Primary Election, KACE is embarking on an absentee ballot campaign.

Absentee ballots can be requested by voters that cannot make it to their poll sites due to sudden circumstances or their absence from their local poll sites.

There are two methods of using absentee ballots: A direct absentee ballot or a mail-in ballot.

A direct absentee ballot is requested from the Board of Elections and one uses the ballot to vote before the election starts. Therefore, a vote can be placed a month before the actual elections.

A mail-in ballot is requested when an application is sent seven days before the election at the latest (postmarked), and voting with the mail-in ballot and sending it to the Board of Elections.

The deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the 2013 Primary Election is September 3, 2013.

Coordinator Chae No is explaining the importance of voting through absentee ballots to a store owner.

Coordinator Chae No is explaining the importance of voting through absentee ballots to a store owner.

Starting on August 26th, the Rush Hour Parking Restrictions on the eastbound direction of Northern Boulevard (4pm to 7pm) will cease to be in effect.

This change will take place between Parsons Blvd and Utopia Parkway along Northern Blvd. The DOT Commissioner stated that the removal of signs will begin on August 26h and this process will take about two weeks. However, the no parking regulations on the corner on 162nd Street will be changed to “No Standing Anytime” for safety reasons.

Parking is restricted along Northern Boulevard during 7-9am on the westbound direction and 4-7pm on the eastbound direction because of concerns about traffic congestion. However, from 4-5pm, the amount of traffic that moves on the eastbound direction of Northern Boulevard is not as much and there were no vehicles that actually used the outer lanes. In fact, traffic agents who double-parked near the outer lanes were the ones causing traffic disruption. In addition, the parking restrictions severely impacted store and small business owners located alongside Northern Blvd. The purpose of this project was to deliver the complaints of the local citizens to the Council and the government to benefit the community.

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