LONG ISLAND CITY, NY – Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris recognized western Queens residents who stepped up to help their neighbors during his Western Queens COVID-19 Heroes ceremony on August 25 in Rainey Park.
“So many people stepped up to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic in so many different ways – providing food, organizing small businesses, distributing needed supplies – that we should thank them for the efforts that saved lives and kept our community together,” said Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris. “I appreciate all their efforts and their partnership in the last year. The western Queens community emerged stronger and better able to tackle the serious challenges we continue to face.”
During the pandemic, Senator Gianaris focused his local efforts partnering with local mutual aid organizations and food pantries to deliver food and supplies to seniors and other local residents in need during this crisis. He also worked with area small businesses and tenants organizations to deliver rent relief.
Queens Liberation Project
Kelli Craig, of LIC Relief
Roseann McSorley of Katch Astoria
Otis and Finn Barbershop
Kate Petersen of Proud Astorian
K. Bain of Queensbridge 696
Community Activist Lashawn “Suga Ray” Marston
Rocky, the Astoria Pug
Jamie Faye Bean of Sunnyside Shines
Ridgewood Tenants Union
Kambri Crews of QED
Mohamed Jabed of the Astoria Welfare Society