EMBCA, AHEPA District 6, Chambers of Commerce Present Informative Webinar (Vid)

March 14, 2021

NEW YORK – The Eastern Mediterranean Business and Culture Alliance EMBCA hosted a successful and informative webinar on February 25, with guest speaker New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) Commissioner and the City of New York Chief Administrative Judge Hon. Jodi Kletter. The event was moderated by Richard Khuzami, President of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association (OANA).

EMBCA, along with its associated partners, offered this webinar to all New Yorkers, as a community service for homeowners, businesses, and individuals to gain some much needed insight on receiving a summons in the City of New York. The recorded live broadcast may be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LPsDXfoP8aw.

“I am very thankful that the New York City leadership of the Hellenic community invited me to speak at this multicultural and diverse, citywide grassroots webinar event. OATH’s continuing mission is to provide fair and neutral administrative proceedings which protect the due process rights of all litigants- the public at large. Matters adjudicated at OATH are akin to civil trials without a jury. The procedural rules are streamlined, but pre-trial discovery is available,” said Commissioner Kletter.

The event was in association with George Zouvelos, the elected AHEPA District 6 Warden, and the Executive Producer of Fiat Lux Pictures and Film Studios; the AHEPA Hermes Ch. No. 186 of Astoria New York City; OANA; AHEPA New York Empire State District 6; Hellas-FM Hellenic Radio’s Dimitris Filippidis; Greek American Homeowners Association President George Alexiou; the American Sephardic Federation; the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce; the Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island Chambers of Commerce; New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes, and NYS Assembly Member Michael Tannousis, as well as other local community and business leaders.

“Over 50,000 different types of violations can be issued by more than a dozen New York City agencies to individuals, homeowners and businesses. That is why I deemed it crucial and agreed to host this informative and free event, in association with our grassroots community and business partners,” said Louis Katsos, EMBCA President/Founder, AHEPA District 6 Governor, and Member of the Board of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

The “NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) Community Service” Panel Discussion event was organized by George Zouvelos, along with OATH Deputy Commissioner of Legislative Affairs John Castelli Esq., and Special Assistant to the Commissioner Rachel Amar, who together with other OATH staff assisted in organizing this free Public Service event.

“Only by continually working together, we will keep making New York City an amazing place to live, raise families, and own businesses,” said Zouvelos.


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