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PAGE 4                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                        THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020

         NYS Legislators Urge Senate Leaders McConnell & Schumer
            to Support Legislation to Extend Mortgage Forbearance                               BP Lee, Goya Foods, I.S. 61Q of Corona
                  Protections to Every Homeowner in the Country                                      Partner to Fight Food Insecurity

             A bipartisan group of more than  New York, reopen our economy,  ¬¬give homeowners options to  Over 1,800 Pounds of Food to be  Lee and Goya Foods, the largest
        50 New York State legislators, led  thousands of people are still fac-  catch up on their payments with-  Distributed to Families in Need  Hispanic-owned food company
        by State Senators Brian Kavanagh  ing a dire financial future and the  out additional financial strain, fear         in the United States, facilitated
        and Todd Kaminsky and Assem-  last thing they should be worry-  of foreclosure actions, or damage            Acting  Queens  Borough  the distribution of 1,829 pounds
        blymember Nily Rozic, penned  ing about is how they will make  to their credit. This change will  President Sharon Lee this week  of donated food, including red
        a letter to U.S. Senate Majority  their  mortgage  payments  once  go a long way to help many New  announced  a  partnership  with  pimientos, lentils, black beans,
        Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S.  the  dust  settles,”  said  Senator  Yorkers stay in their homes in the  Goya Foods to donate nearly one  chick peas, vegetable barley soup
        Senate Minority Leader Charles  Kavanagh, Chair of the New York  face of an economic recession.”  ton of food to the I.S. 61 school  and more.
        E. Schumer urging them to sup-  State Senate Housing Commit-       The group applauded actions  community in Corona, one of the       The Port Authority of New
        port federal legislation to extend   tee.  “This legislation provides  already  taken  by  the  House  of  communities hardest hit by the  York & New Jersey assisted in the
        mortgage  forbearance  protec-  real relief to our neighbors and  Representatives to address this  COVID-19 pandemic, as Queens  transportation of food to Queens
        tions to every homeowner in the  ensures  they  come  out  of  this  crisis. The Health and Economic  continues  its  all-encompassing  from Goya’s storage facility in
        country.                     pandemic healthy—both literally  Recovery Omnibus Emergency  push to meet the needs of families  New Jersey.
             The group pointed to a mort-  and financially. I urge our United  Solutions  Act  (H.R.  6800,  or  struggling with food insecurity.        Goya’s critical donation of
        gage forbearance bill passed by  States  Senate  leaders  to  enact  “the HEROES Act”), which the       The generous donation augments  nearly one ton of fresh food aug-
        the New York State Legislature  these provisions on the federal  House recently passed, includes  the dedicated efforts of many I.S.  ments Queens’ ongoing effort to
        and signed into law by Governor  level and apply them to all home  the provisions of the COVID-19  61 teachers who, throughout the  stem the tide of food insecurity
        Andrew Cuomo on June 17th as  mortgages Congress has jurisdic-  Mortgage Relief Act (H.R. 6741  pandemic, have gone above and  exacerbated  by  the  COVID-19
        a model.  Under the New York  tion over, not just those that are  -  Clay),  which  would  provide  beyond by purchasing groceries  pandemic and the subsequent eco-
        State law, those with mortgages  backed by federal agencies. Doing  mechanisms similar to the State  and delivering them directly to  nomic emergency — more than 1.3
        through New York state-regulated  so will help relieve the financial  legislators called for, for every  the homes of students and their  million New York City residents
        financial institutions will receive  stress that many homeowners are  homeowner in America to both  families.        have filed unemployment claims
        forbearance for a period of up to  currently facing and contribute to  receive forbearance and to delay       “Food insecurity is real, persis-  between the weeks of March 14
        180 days, plus an additional six  a rapid recovery once this public  repayment  of  that  forbearance  tent and deep here in the Borough  and June 20, according to the New
        months if needed, and will have  health crisis passes.”    well into the future, as now al-  of Families,” said Borough Presi-  York State Department of Labor.
        the option of postponing those       “Protecting Long Island hom-  lowed by the New York State law.  dent LEE. “Goya Foods has been       To date, Borough President
        payments until the end of the loan  eowners during this period of eco-       The HEROES Act also prohib-  a tremendous partner in helping  Lee’s ongoing partnership with
        term or amortizing the deferred  nomic turmoil is essential,” said  its any negative credit reporting  to stem the tide here in Queens,  FreshDirect since March 24 has
        payments over the life of the loan.  Senator Todd Kaminsky. “That’s  resulting  from  the  election  of  as have the devoted teachers of I.S.  resulted in the distribution of more
             The group noted that while the  why I worked with my colleagues  any  forbearance  option;  and  it  61, who have gone extra miles with  than 31,000 grocery boxes to 102
        New York State law will help keep  to pass strong protections for ho-  ensures  that  homeowners  will  love to support their kids and fami-  different CBOs — including I.S.
        tens of thousands of New Yorkers  meowners into law, giving New  not be charged additional fees or  lies in communities hardest hit by  61, which received 100-box dona-
        with state-regulated mortgages  Yorkers with state-backed loans  penalties, or be forced to pay any  this devastating public health and  tions on May 18 and June 10 —
        from losing their homes, a large  the ability to defer their mortgage  more  interest  than  they  would  economic crisis.”  across all 14 Queens community
        majority of homeowners in New  payments. I urge Congress to fol-  have paid under their original loan       On June 30, Borough President  districts.
        York and around the nation hold  low our lead and provide mortgage  agreement.
        mortgages that are not issued or  forbearance protections for every       The group also acknowledged   Flushing Town Hall to Present Part
        serviced by a financial institution  American homeowner as our na-  Senator Schumer’s work in ensur-
        regulated by the state in which  tion continues its recovery from  ing that the CARES Act addressed   Two of its Virtual CrossCurrent
        they live. “We are therefore calling  the COVID-19 crisis.”  New Yorkers’ needs, as well as his
        on you to support legislation that       “With the COVID-19 pan-  support of the provisions in the   Choreographic Festival on July 3
        would extend these protections to  demic  continuing  to  cause  un-  HEROES Act. They called upon
        every homeowner in the country,  precedented financial hardship,  Senators Schumer and McConnell            Flushing  Town  Hall  will  to bring these inspiring chore-
        regardless of who issued or ser-  homeowners deserve the ability to  to work together with Senators of  continue its celebration of New  ographers to a global audience.”
        vices the loan,” the group said in  make the soundest financial deci-  their respective parties to ensure  York’s diverse and vibrant Asian       While Flushing Town Hall’s
        the letter.                  sions,” stated Assemblymember  mortgage forbearance legislation  American dance scene with Part  FTH at Home! virtual programs
             “As various states, including  Nily Rozic. “This legislation will  is enacted as soon as possible.  Two of its Virtual CrossCurrent  are presented to audiences free
                                                                                                Choreographic Festival, stream-  of  charge  while  the  venue  is
            Kupferberg Center For The Arts Announces Live at The                                ing live this Friday, July 3 at 7:00  temporarily  closed  due  to  the
             Gantries Online Performances Every Tuesday During                                  PM. Produced by the Nai-Ni Chen  COVID-19 pandemic, viewers are
                                                                                                Dance  Company  and  focused  invited to make a tax-deductible
                                  July and August at 7pm                                        exclusively on emergent chore-  donation to the nonprofit’s Step
                                                                                                ographers, the festival includes  Up for Flushing Town Hall cam-
             Kupferberg Center for the Arts  Diaz and world-class oboist Toyin  European art music the Crickets  performances and panel discus-  paign to help supplant the loss of
        (KCA)  at  Queens  College,  the  Spellman-Diaz for a classical sound  will take you on a centuries-long  sions with the participating artists  earned revenue from ticket sales.
        largest multi-disciplinary cultural  with a contemporary flair. This  sound  journey.  August  18  will  and selection committee.        Flushing Council on Culture
        complex in Queens, announces its  show will be followed by a short  bring Mexican songstress Claudia       Part One was held on June 26  and the Arts dba Flushing Town
        Summer 2020 Live at the Gantries  master class on Batá percussion.  Valentina’s stirring performance  and featured dance artists Rourou  Hall is a not for profit organiza-
        Online Concert Series. Tradition-  The thrilling New York-based jug  of classic boleros, rancheras, son  Ye and Yuki Ishiguro.  tion which receives major support
        ally held at Gantry Plaza State  band, The Salt Cracker Crazies,  jarocho, cumbias, and indigenous       Part Two will feature “Algo-  from the National Endowment for
        Park in collaboration with the De-  will offer their bone rattling, floor  pieces. The season will come to a  rithm: randomforest” by Chaery  the Arts; New York State Council
        partment of Parks and Recreation,  shaking, gut thumping jug-centric  close on August 25 with a perfor-  Moon, “Aravani” by Barkha Pa-  on the Arts with the support of
        Queens Theatre in the Park, Plaxall,  skiffle on July 21. Their songs about  mance by Grammy award winner  tel, and “Equanimity” by Chien-  Governor Andrew Cuomo and the
        Inc., and Council Member Jimmy  unicorns, fireworks, and all sorts of  Dan Zanes and Haitian-American  Ying Wang & Paul C. Ocampo.  New York State Legislature; New
        Van Bramer, this series is moving  party-related themes will definitely  jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes. A show       The festival’s goal is to in-  York  State  Assembly  Member
        online in 2020 to offer eight world-  make audiences want to dance in  perfect for the whole family, it will  crease the visibility of Asian and  Ron Kim; New York City Depart-
        class performances every Tuesday  their living rooms.      feature Dan’s greatest hits as well  Asian  American  dance,  foster  ment of Cultural Affairs, Mayor
        at 7pm during July and August       Brooklyn Raga Massive’s (BRM)  as folk and blues classics from their  cross-cultural dialogue, and pro-  Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough
        2020 that will stream on KCA’s  Tradition to Innovation program,  popular new songbook entitled Dan  vide a more equitable context for  President Melinda Katz; Coun-
        Facebook and YouTube pages. Live  will  showcase  a  wide  range  of  Zanes’ House Party!: A Family  discussing dance and its role in  cil Members Adrienne Adams,
        Q&A sessions with the artists will  sounds inspired by jazz and tra-  Roots Music Treasury.   New York communities.  Costa  Constantinides,  Daniel
        follow each event.           ditional Indian Classical and raga       All shows will stream Tuesdays       “Flushing Town Hall has been  Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter
             This year’s Live at the Gantries  music on July 28. BRM has been  at 7pm EST, followed by live artist  a strong advocate of arts equity  Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco
        Online concert series kicks-off on  hailed as “Leaders of the Raga Re-  Q&A and discussion.  since 1979. We support local, im-  Moya, and Paul A. Vallone; and
        July 7 with Nixtaband, an exciting  naissance” by the New Yorker and  Nixtaband, Tuesday, July 7  migrant, and international artists,  the Howard Gilman Foundation,
        contemporary jazz ensemble com-  praised by The New York Times  Kalunga, The Duo Sessions, Tues-  developing partnerships and col-  the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samu-
        posed of Queens College alumni  for  “preserving  the  past  while  day, July 14        laborations that enhance our ef-  els  Foundation,  and  the  Booth
        and musicians based in New York  blurring genres in an inventive  The Salt Cracker Crazies, Tuesday,  forts in supporting the global arts  Ferris Foundation.
        City and Mexico. Nixtaband fuses  spirit.” On August 4, Puerto Rican  July 21           community,” says Ellen Kodadek,       Flushing Town Hall’s facilities
        Afro-Cuban,  South  American,  singer-songwriter Fernandito Fer-  Brooklyn Raga Massive, Tuesday,  Flushing Town Hall’s Executive  are temporarily closed to the pub-
        Afro-American,  and  Mexican  rer will offer his personal take on  July 28              &  Artistic  Director.  “We  have  lic in accordance with COVID-19
        rhythms to deliver a modern sound  Nueva Canción through the use of  Fernandito Ferrer, Tuesday, Au-  partnered with the Nai-Ni Chen  safety regulations.
        deeply steeped in the jazz and folk  loops, pedals, and all kinds of cool  gust 4       Dance  Company  for  six  years       For more information, please
        traditions. On July 14, Kalunga,  props to accompany his delightful  The Chivalrous Crickets, Tuesday,  now and this year’s festival was  visit our website at www.flush-
        The Duo Sessions will bring an  voice. The Chivalrous Crickets will  August 11          to take place at Flushing Town,  or  call  us  at
        eclectic  and  exciting  blend  of  perform on August 11. Creating  Claudia Valentina, Tuesday, Au-  Hall but was moved online due  (718) 463-7700 x222
        Afro-Latin music and crossover  a unique sound based on the mix  gust 18                to COVID-19 theatre closure. We       We are in the heart of Queens
        chamber music in the hands of  of Appalachian, Old Time, tradi-  Dan + Claudia Zanes, Tuesday,  are thrilled to partner with Nai-Ni  New  York  at  137-35  Northern
        award-winning percussionist Javier  tional English and Celtic, and early  August 25     Chen’s company once again and  Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354
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