You are reading

Western Queens Leaders Honored For Charity Work During Pandemic

State Sen. Michael Gianaris with some of the local leaders who were honored for their charitable work at an event in Astoria Wednesday (Photo provided by State Sen. Michael Gianaris)

Aug. 27, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

A number of western Queens leaders who have helped residents in need during the pandemic were honored at an event in Astoria Wednesday.

The event, called Western Queens Heroes of COVID-19, was organized by State Sen. Michael Gianaris and took place at Rainey Park – a waterfront park located on Vernon Boulevard between 33rd Road and 35th Avenue.

Gianaris said many of the honorees distributed food and supplies to residents who had fallen on hard times, due to the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

Others helped small businesses like restaurants stay afloat by enlisting them to cook meals, which were then delivered to local charities and public housing developments.

“So many people stepped up to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic in so many different ways…that saved lives and kept our community together,” Gianaris said.

The lawmaker presented more than a dozen honorees with a plaque award at the event in recognition of their work. Some awards were given to organizations.

“The western Queens community emerged stronger and better able to tackle the serious challenges we continue to face,” he said.

The full list of honorees is below:

Queens Liberation Project
Queens Together
Kelli Craig, of LIC Relief
Roseann McSorley, of Katch Astoria
Otis and Finn Barbershop
Kate Petersen of Proud Astorian
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

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Gunman who fired shots at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City remains at large: NYPD

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria and PSA 9 are continuing their search for a gunman who allegedly opened fire at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City last month.

The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 18, when officers responded to a 911 call and a ShotSpotter activation for multiple shots fired at 21-25 35 Ave. at the Ravenswood Houses NYCHA complex just after 2 a.m., according to authorities.

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.