Haron Hargrave knows a thing or two about running the transition game.
For this former point guard at Campus Magnet High School, Sacramento State, and playing professionally abroad, the chance to see the open court more clearly and dish out a timely assist is an area Hargrave has perfected in basketball and through his on-going community outreach.
Now the Queens native is part of a bigger squad as the Ballin' 4 Peace Founder was recently named to Queens Borough President Donovan Richards' 130-person transition team. Made up of 14 committees, the group of advisers includes a diverse range of interests ranging from government, to nonprofit leaders, and community activists.
"Since the onset of the Coronavirus back in March, Ballin'4 Peace made it a goal to continue providing support and outreach through sports to those in Queens and our surrounding communities during these difficult times," said Ballin' 4 Peace Founder, Haron Hargrave
"Now as we look ahead to 2021 and the chance to move forward together for the betterment of Queens, we are very appreciative for the chance to serve on Queens Borough President Donovan Richards' transition team."
For the transition team, the policy issues addressed include committees on immigration, community boards, education, transportation, economic development, seniors and veterans affairs, youth and a committee dedicated to tourism, arts, parks, entertainment and sports. The transition team also includes more administrative committees dedicated to advising on appointments, the hiring of a new staff, public communications and community affairs.
Donovan Richards was formally sworn in as Queens Borough President by New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday, Dec. 6, during an outdoor ceremony at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. Taking over 67% of the vote during November’s General Election, Richards previously served in the City Council representing the 31st District in Queens. Donovan ran in a special election to replace former Queens Borough President Melinda Katz who was elected to Queens County district attorney in 2-19 after the death of former DA Richard Brown.
Richards is the first Black man to serve a Queens borough president. Last week, he unveiled his transition team which includes Assembly Member Catalina Cruz, former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger and Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott.