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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.

Looking forward to CPE, other events in the fall

By Matthew G. Gallagher
Queens/Brooklyn Chapter President

I hope you had nice summer and are breathing a sense of relief that another tax deadline has come and gone. The weather may be cooling down, but our activity in the Queens/Brooklyn Chapter is heating up as the fall gets underway. We were happy again this year to welcome law firm Forster Boughman, based in Orlando, Fla., for a 3-credit CPE course on “Foreign Taxation, Asset Protection and Cryptocurrencies,” held at St. John’s University on Aug. 27. Attorneys Gary Forster and J. Brian Page spoke on asset protection trusts and the potential use of cryptocurrencies with those trusts. The seminar was very interesting and relevant, given the surge in the use and accounting for cryptocurrencies, which are now at the forefront of our profession.

We continued our sole practitioner roundtables on Thursday, Sept. 19, with a 2-credit CPE course at Capital One Bank in Union Square. These roundtables have been a great resource for all CPAs in our chapter, and they have given our members a sounding board for discussing issues relevant to the sole practitioner, especially the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and peer review. Past president and current board member Brian T. Gordon will be presenting a 2-credit breakfast CPE course on “NYS Residency Tax Audits” on the morning of Tuesday,  Sept. 24, at St. John’s.

Monday, Oct. 28, will see the return of Debbie A. Cutler to our chapter to present our annual 2-credit ethics CPE course, also to be held at St. John’s. We had great feedback on Debbie’s presentation last year and are looking forward to having her present to us this year again.

On the social side, we will welcome President Ita M. Rahilly, President-elect Edward L. Arcara and Executive Director Joanne Barry to our chapter on Tuesday, Nov. 12, for our annual Professional Issues Update. This evening will include a 2-credit CPE education component and update on what is happening at the state level and what the officers hope to accomplish during their term; it also gives us a chance to socialize with them and other chapter members over dinner. We are also working out details for our Christmas/holiday party to be held later in the year. Stay tuned to our webpage for the final details and locations for these events to be announced.

Our all-day 8-credit CPE tax conference will be held this year on Tuesday,  Dec 3, at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance offices at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn. We have a great lineup of speakers as usual, and will take the lessons we learned from last tax season and apply them to the upcoming next tax season. If you cannot make that event or would like some additional CPE to begin the new decade, please join us on Tuesday, Jan 14,  2020, for a 3-credit tax CPE course  to be held at St. John’s. Doreen M. Inserra will be returning to our chapter again this winter to provide a quick tax update at the brink of a new tax season.

Please stay tuned to our chapter webpage, as these events are finalized and signups are made available. There’s always room for more participation, so please feel free to reach out should you have any questions on these events or would like to get involved.

gallaghm@stjohns.edu

Queens/Brooklyn Chapter Installation Dinner

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Upcoming Events

Please click on any course title for more information or to register.

Chapter Queens/Brooklyn Chapter CPA Ethics Update
10/28/2019 6:00:00 PM
St. John's University - Ozanam Lounge, St. Vincent Hall, Queens
Queens/Brooklyn Chapter - Professional Issues Update
11/12/2019 6:00:00 PM
Watty & Meg, Brooklyn

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

Location:

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 govtrelations@nysscpa.org or, for immediate assistance, contact our General Counsel, Joanne Thelmo at 212-719-8364.

Queens/Brooklyn Chapter Member Directory

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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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