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Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the southwestern end of Long Island, and to Nassau County further east on Long Island; in addition, Queens shares water borders with the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. The borough of Queens is the second-largest in population (after Brooklyn), with a census-estimated 2,339,150 residents in 2015. Queens County also is the second-most populous county in New York, behind the neighboring borough of Brooklyn. Queens is the fourth-most densely populated county among New York City's boroughs, as well as in the United States. If each of New York City's boroughs were an independent city, Queens also would be the nation's fourth most populous city, after Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn. 

Queens was established in 1683 as one of the original 12 counties of New York. It was named after the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza (1638–1705), Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland.It became a borough of New York City in 1898.

Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with a Census-estimated 2,636,735 residents in 2015.It borders the borough of Queens at the southwestern end of Long Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, the most populous county in New York, and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after the county of New York (the borough of Manhattan).

With a land area of 71 square miles and water area of 26 square miles, Kings County is New York's fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among the city's five boroughs.Today, if each of the five boroughs were a separate city, Brooklyn would rank as the third-most populous city in the U.S., behind Los Angeles and Chicago.

An active fall and winter for Queens/Brooklyn Chapter, including Town Hall and holiday

By Matthew G. Gallagher
Queens/Brooklyn Chapter President

The past few months have been active ones in the Queens/Brooklyn chapter. As we now have slowed a bit to finish out tax season, it’s great to look back and see what we’ve accomplished. On Nov. 8, we had our annual Ethics CPE course, taught by Debbie A. Cutler at St. John’s University. Debbie gave us a great presentation and went into detail regarding the recently enacted annual ethics CPE requirements, which we will all be subject to beginning in 2020, provided that the Board of Regents approves them this year.

On Nov. 29, we held our annual Town Hall and Professional Issues update at Palo Santo Restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Between great food and drinks, Society President Jan C. Herringer and President-elect Ita M. Rahilly gave a presentation on the status of our profession, on the national and state levels. They also discussed some items on the state legislative agenda and other items that may come up in 2019. It was great having both of them join us and get to interact with our membership.

We held our holiday party on Dec. 13 at Bowlero, a bowling alley in Woodside, Queens. Fortunately, we had a great turnout from associate members who are new to our chapter and want to get more involved. The evening mixed social activities with professional networking and was a new venture for our chapter that worked out very well.

The chapter’s fall/winter events concluded on Jan. 22 at St. John’s University: The board held its final meeting before tax season and discussed the future of our chapter going forward into the 2019–2020 fiscal year. The meeting was followed by a 3-credit tax update CPE taught by Doreen M. Inserra from the Staten Island Chapter. Doreen outlined in detail the changes for this year as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what we as preparers can expect in dealings with our clients and with governmental agencies.

Our chapter is ever growing, and we are always looking for members to get more involved. Please contact me with any questions or any willingness to serve. I hope that everyone is having a good tax season and will soon see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Queens/Brooklyn Chapter Installation Dinner

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Upcoming Events

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Chapter Queens/Brooklyn Chapter- Foreign Taxation, Asset Protection, and Cryptocurrencies
8/27/2019 5:00:00 PM
St Johns University, Jamaica
Queens/Brooklyn - NYS Residency Tax Audits
9/24/2019 8:00:00 AM
St. John's University, Jamaica

For a full list of CPE Courses available for this chapter, visit myCPE.

The NYSSCPA's Queens/Brooklyn Chapter cordially invites you to attend our annual Legislative Breakfast.

Tuesday, August 28 |
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the Queens/Brooklyn Chapter


St. John's University
D’Angelo Center, Rm 401
8000 Utopia Pkwy
Jamaica, NY 11439

The Legislators attending are still being finalized but the following elected officials have been confirmed:

  • Senator Tony Avella

  • Assemblyman David Weprin

RSVP to our Government Relations department at or, for immediate assistance, contact our General Counsel, Joanne Thelmo at 212-719-8364.

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Chartered January 1, 2009, this chapter encompasses Queens and Kings counties.
Matthew Gallagher- QueensBrooklyn President
The presiding President of the Queens/ Brooklyn Chapter is Matthew Gallagher.
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