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PAGE 10                                                   THE QUEENS TIMES                                 THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2022

              With New York’s Rental Relief Portal Now                              Alicia Monson and Weini Kelati Will Battle
              Reopen, Legal Aid Urges Tenants to Apply                                        Again at 114th Millrose Games

        New Yorkers with Pend-   relief funds.”          ing for federal funds to be   (Continued from page 9)  ist and American outdoor  City non-profit institution,
        ing Applications will be       Background - OTDA is  fully distributed.                           record holder Athing Mu,  with the mission of “Keep-
        Protected  from  Eviction  responsible for the admin-       This lawsuit was filed  nounced for the 114th Mill-  American indoor record  ing Kids on Track.” Each
        Proceedings              istration of funds under  on behalf of four individual  rose Games. The Millrose  holder and Olympian Ajee’  season The Armory – the
                                 ERAP,  which  was  estab-  tenants, on behalf of all  Games is anticipated to be  Wilson and Jamaica mid-  proud home of the Millrose
             The Legal Aid Society  lished via legislation in  tenants who are eligible for  the most thrilling edition of  dle-distance sensation and  Games – hosts more than
        has urged New Yorkers  2021.  Since  its  creation,  ERAP but who were barred  the meet to date, with dozens  Olympian Natoya Goule-  100 track & field meets
        in need of rental assis-  ERAP has paid $1.25 billion  from  applying for  relief  of Olympians  competing  Toppin who will be com-  and welcomes more than
        tance to apply for the state’s  in rent arrears for 100,000  due to OTDA’s premature  on The Armory’s “Fastest  peting in the highly antici-  220,000 visits. Among its
        Emergency Rent Relief  families and approved an  closure of the program to  Track in the World.”   pated Jack and Lewis Rudin  many youth sports and edu-
        Program (ERAP), which  additional $770 million to  new applicants. Housing  Athletes confirmed for the  Women’s 800m.     cational programs, includ-
        reopened on Tuesday, Janu-  pay the arrears of an ad-  Court Answers and Coali-  114th Millrose Games in-  •    Cole Hocker, Edward  ing the acclaimed Armory
        ary 11, after a court ruling  ditional 62,000 families  tion for the Homeless were  clude:        Cheserek, and Conner Man-  College Prep program, The
        in Hidalgo v. New York  whose landlords have not  organizational plaintiffs.   •    Defending champion  tz headline a Who’s Who  Armory runs the leading
        State Office of Temporary  yet completed paperwork       Under the state’s ERAP  Elle Purrier St. Pierre and  of NCAA champions and  collegiate indoor track meets
        and Disability Assistance  needed for release of the  statute, tenants who have  2019 champion Konstanze  Olympian distance runners  with the Dr. Sander Invita-
        (OTDA)  —  class  action  payments. However, over  submitted ERAP applica-  Klosterhalfen will highlight  in the Men’s 3000m.  tional Columbia Challenge
        litigation brought by Le-  400,000 New York families  tions are protected against  the WHOOP Women’s Wa-  •    World record holder Keni  and the HBCU Showcase,
        gal Aid—which ordered  remain behind on their rent,  eviction proceedings pend-  namaker Mile. This signa-  Harrison leads a Women’s  and hosts the largest high
        OTDA to resume accepting  but did not apply for ERAP  ing a decision on their ap-  ture race includes all three  60m Hurdles field that fea-  school indoor track meets
        applications.            before the portal closed,  plication. However, due to  athletes who represented the  tures six Olympians.  with the U. S. Air Force
        ERAP portal: https://otda.  and without today’s ruling,  the closure of the ERAP  United States in the Tokyo  •    Olympic bronze medalist  Hispanic Games, The New  those families would have  portal, families who oth-  Olympic 1500m.    Gabby Thomas is the head-  Balance Games, New Bal-
        cy-rental-assistance/    been vulnerable to eviction  erwise could have applied  •    Olympic bronze medal-  liner in the Women’s 60m  ance Nationals Indoor, the
             “New York’s ERAP  when New York’s statewide  for ERAP would have been  ist Josh Kerr and Olympic  •    Olympic gold medalist  Energice Coaches Hall of
        portal has reopened, re-  moratorium expires on  vulnerable to eviction when  finalist Ollie Hoare lead  Katie Nageotte will face off  Fame Invitational and Ma-
        suming access to rental as-  January 15, 2022.   the state’s eviction mora-  the charge in the WHOOP  against defending cham-  rine Corps Holiday Classic.
        sistance for our clients and       Although New York  torium expires on January  Men’s Wanamaker Mile.  pion Sandi Morris in the  New York Road Runners is a
        countless other families at  State has spent or commit-  15, 2022, even though fed-  •    The top two shot put  Women’s Pole Vault.  proud sponsor of all athletic
        risk of eviction,” said Ed  ted all its current ERAP  eral funds may not yet have  athletes and Tokyo Olym-       Tickets can be purchased  events at The Armory. The
        Josephson, Supervising  funds, it will be eligible to  been fully allocated, much  pic gold and silver medal-  by going to https://www.  Armory runs the Columbia
        Attorney in the Civil Law  apply for additional fund-  less distributed.  ists, Ryan Crouser and Joe  & NewYork – Presbyterian
        Reform Unit at The Legal  ing this Spring from an       The lawsuit argued that  Kovacs, are entered in the  ets          Indoor Marathon Team Re-
        Aid Society. “We urge all  $18 billion national pool of  OTDA’s refusal as of No-  Thorne Men’s Shot Put.       For more information on  lay presented by New York
        New Yorkers  in  need  of  unspent ERAP funds.     vember 15, 2021 to accept  •    World record holder in the  all Armory Track events go  Road Runners, which is
        rent relief to immediately       On December 13, 2021,  further ERAP applications  60m Christian Coleman, the  to  the world’s largest indoor
        apply  for  funds  through  The Legal Aid Society  despite a pending request to  fastest man in the world in  Follow the Millrose Games  marathon relay. The Ar-
        the OTDA web portal, as  sued OTDA, arguing that  the federal government for  2021 Trayvon Bromell and  on  mory is also the home to
        a pending application will  closing ERAP to new ap-  additional funds, was arbi-  Jamaica’s 2016 Olympic gold  and The Armory on Face-  the National Track & Field
        provide temporary protec-  plicants before all funds are  trary, capricious, beyond  medal winner in the 110m  book, Twitter and Instagram  Hall of Fame and dozens of
        tion from eviction, regard-  exhausted violated OTDA’s  the scope of their authority  hurdles Omar McLeod will  at @armorynyc.  very large education-focused
        less of whether the state  duties  under  the  ERAP  under the ERAP statute.  challenge for the Millrose       About The Armory  events. For more: Please visit
        receives additional fund-  statute and exceeded its       On January 6, the court  Games Men’s 60m title.   Foundation - The Armory  Armory.NYC and Armory-
        ing. We are proud of our  lawful authority. Their ac-  ordered a preliminary in-  •    Olympic gold medal-  Foundation is a New York
        advocacy on behalf of our  tions, moreover, violated  junction directing OTDA to
        clients and all low-income  the Legislature’s clearly ex-  begin accepting new ERAP   Gillibrand, Colleagues Call on Biden Administration
        New Yorkers, and will con-  pressed intent of protecting  applications within three
        tinue to monitor the imple-  eligible families from being  days or by Tuesday, Janu-  To Mobilize Covid Assistance to New York
        mentation of statewide rent  evicted while they are wait-  ary 11, 2022 at the latest.
                                                                                      Amidst a surge of CO-  battle this latest surge in  need to ensure at-home
         Rep. Maloney Applauds $6.2 Billion Award to the                         VID hospitalizations and   COVID-19 cases and pro-  tests are made available
                                                                                                          vide guidance that ensures  free of charge to remove
         New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority                          deaths in New York, U.S.   school communities are  barriers that may otherwise
                                                                                 Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
                    Under the American Rescue Plan                               joined 12 of her colleagues   safe,” wrote the lawmakers.  prevent people from receiv-
                                                                                                          “The need for COVID-19  ing the care they need and
                                                                                 in writing a letter to Presi-
        This aid will help avoid  continue to recover from  MTA  will  help  maintain   dent Biden urging the ad-  rapid test kits in New York  keeping our communities
                                                                                                                                  healthy and safe.”
                                                                                                          is palpable. Rapid CO-
                                                                                 ministration to provide
        rate hikes, maintain nor-  the COVID-19 pandemic.  service and preserve the                       VID-19 tests provide New       The letter was also signed
        mal service levels, and keep  This award comes at a  jobs of the agency’s 66,000   more COVID rapid testing   Yorkers not only with the  by Representatives Jamaal
                                                                                 kits for New York State.
        New Yorkers moving.      crucial moment as agencies  employees—who served                         ability to test in the comfort  Bowman (NY-16), Grace
                                 nationwide are facing the  approximately 3.8 billion   The letter calls on the ad-  of their own home, but also  Meng (NY-06), Brian Hig-
             Congresswoman Carolyn  challenge of a new variant.  trips in 2019—and of those   ministration to provide   help alleviate the hours-  gins (NY-26), Sean Patrick
        B. Maloney (NY-12) ap-        “Throughout the COV-  passengers who rely on the   adequate rapid testing sup-  long lines seen at brick and  Maloney (NY-18), Jerrold
                                                                                 plies to slow the spread of
        plauded U.S. Department of  ID-19 crisis, New Yorkers –  agency’s transit services to             mortar and mobile testing  Nadler (NY-10), Thomas R.
        Transportation (USDOT)  and especially our frontline  get to work.       COVID-19 and emphasizes   sites since late December.  Suozzi (NY-03), Carolyn B.
                                                                                 the need to ensure that tests
        Secretary Pete Buttigieg for  heroes – have relied on the       This funding is part of           Without an adequate sup-  Maloney (NY-12), Nydia
        sending a $6.2 billion award  MTA to get from point A  more than $30 billion for   are free and available to all   ply of COVID-19 rapid test  M. Velázquez (NY-07),
                                                                                 those who need them.
        of American Rescue Plan  to point B,” said Congress-  public  transportation  in                  kits, our efforts to limit the  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
        (ARP) funds to the New  woman Maloney. “This  the American Rescue Plan        “We are writing to   spread of the virus are com-  (NY-14), Adriano Espaillat
                                                                                 respectfully ask that your
        York Metropolitan Trans-  funding from President  Act which was signed into                       promised and all but ensure  (NY-13), Gregory Meeks
        portation Authority (MTA),  Biden’s American Rescue  law by President Biden last   Administration provide the   continued surges and loss.  (NY-05), and Mondaire
                                                                                 necessary COVID-19 rapid
        which employs tens of thou-  Plan will help avoid rate  March. The funding comes                  We further emphasize the  Jones (NY-17).
        sands of people and has  hikes, maintain service lev-  from the $26.6 billion allo-  test kits to help our state
        provided billions of trips in  els, protect transit employ-  cated by statutory formulas
        recent years. The award is  ees from layoffs, and keep  to urban and rural areas,   Pheffer Amato Welcomes New Constituent Liaison
        the largest one-time grant  New Yorkers moving. As  tribal governments, and
        ever awarded by USDOT’s  our City rebuilds from the  for the enhanced mobility       Assemblywoman Stacey  son’s love for Queens and  always wanted to focus on
        Federal Transit Adminis-  COVID-19 crisis, I thank  of seniors and individu-  Pheffer Amato (D-South  serving the community will  serving the people of this
        tration (FTA). ARP transit  the USDOT and Secretary  als with disabilities. The  Queens) announced the hir-  prove to be a vital asset to  fine borough,” Jason con-
        funds are intended to help  Buttigieg for providing this  Act also included $2.2 bil-  ing of Jason Greenberg to  everyone in our district.  tinued.
        transit agencies around the  much needed shot of hope  lion for additional transit  serve the roles of Constitu-  I’m incredibly excited to       Jason is one of two new
        country maintain service  straight to the MTA.”   pandemic-associated need,  ent Liaison and Scheduler.  have an energetic presence,  staffers joining Assembly-
        and keep workers on the       The $6.2 billion grant  which will be awarded later  Jason is a lifelong resident  like Jason, join our staff,”  woman Pheffer Amato’s
        payroll as communities  award to the New York  this year.                of Queens and has experi-  Assemblywoman Pheffer  team. Jason graduated from
                                                                                 ence in the public sector  Amato remarked.       Binghamton University in
                                                                                 across all levels of govern-       “The Assemblywoman  the midst of the pandemic
                                                                                 ment.                    has done fantastic work  where he earned his bach-
                                                                                      “Jason will be a strong  for the people of South-  elor’s degree in political sci-
                                                                                 addition to our staff here  ern Queens,” said Jason  ence. He interned with Con-
                                                                                 in Assembly District 23,”  Greenberg. “I am eager to  gresswoman Grace Meng
                                                                                 Assemblywoman Stacey  serve the people of District
                                                                                 Pheffer Amato said. “Ja-  23. I love Queens and have   (Continued on page 11)
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