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PAGE 6                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                 THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2022

         Statement From Comptroller Brad Lander on Governor
                    Hochul’s Proposed FY 2023 State Budget
                                                                                                       JAMES F. LISA
                                     stabilize our communities and our       “In her State of the State ad-             IN LOVING MEMORY
                                     economy. While there are positive  dress, Governor Hochul rightly
                                     signs of growth in the economy,  highlighted  421-a  as  a  costly
                                     we must be laser-focused on en-  boondoggle that does not achieve     AUGUST 25, 1919 – JANUARY 8, 2022
                                     suring a recovery that reaches all  our affordable housing goals. It
                                     New York communities.         can’t simply be modified slightly
                                          “Our spending priorities for  and renamed again. Instead, we
                                     the coming years must guarantee  should end 421-a, eliminate ineq-
                                     that inclusive recovery. I’m glad  uities behind rentals and condos
                                     to see investments in our essential  through property tax reform, and
                                     healthcare workforce and clean  then utilize housing tax benefits
             Following the release of Gover-  energy. And I support Governor  to create truly affordable housing
        nor Hochul’s proposed Fiscal Year  Hochul’s plans to build up state  for those who need it most – scaled
        2023 budget for the State of New  reserves.                appropriately to the depth and
        York, New York City Comptroller       “Housing remains an urgent  length of affordability.
        Brad Lander issued the following  issue for New Yorkers, and I’ll be       “I look forward to reviewing
        statement:                   closely watching to push for smart  the Governor’s budget propos-
             “The New York State budget  use of the State’s affordable hous-  als in detail and speaking to the
        process is beginning as we turn a  ing dollars and the plan to spend  legislature about New York City’s
        corner on the current wave of the  the $25 billion over the course of  needs and prospects in the coming
        pandemic, which continues to de-  five years.              weeks.”

         Queens Botanical Garden Announces Evie Hantzopoulos as
                                  New Executive Director

                                     and program development. Until  completely aligns with the mission
                                     recently, she served for 11 years  of the Garden as being the place
                                     as Executive Director of Global  where plants, people, and cultures
                                     Kids, Inc., a non-profit organiza-  meet.”
                                     tion that develops youth leaders       An Astoria resident since
                                     through dynamic global educa-  1999, Hantzopoulos is actively
                                     tion and leadership development  involved in community affairs
                                     programs. During her tenure,  and serves on Community Board
                                     she led the organization to un-  One Queens. She co-founded
                                     precedented programmatic and  Frontline Foods Queens in March
                                     financial growth – expanding its  2020, which has provided over
                                     programs to Washington D.C. and  60,000 meals from local restau-
                                     Houston, growing the organiza-  rants to frontline hospital work-
                                     tion’s budget from $3.6 million  ers, food pantries, and NYCHA   James F. Lisa, aged 102, passed away peacefully at his home
                                     to $7.6 million, and receiving the  residents across Queens. She is   on the morning of January 8, 2022. James Frank Lisa was born
                Queens Botanical  Garden  Non-Profit New York Excellence  also a founding member of Astoria   on August 25, 1919 in Corona, NY to James Lisa and Inez Lisa
        (QBG) is thrilled to announce the  in Overall Management Award  Mutual Aid Network, the Astoria   (Roman). James was raised in Corona alongside his younger
        selection of Evie Hantzopoulos  in 2020. Prior to this role, Hant-  Urban Ecology Alliance, and the   brother Frank, and was an avid hockey player and aspiring
        as its new Executive Director.  zopoulos served as the Global  31st Avenue Open Street. This past   journalist. He graduated from the Drake School of Journalism
        Hantzopoulos succeeds Susan  Kids Deputy Director/Director of  election cycle, Hantzopoulos ran   before being drafted into the US Army in September of 1942.
        Lacerte, who retired in September  Programs for 14 years, overseeing  in the District 22 New York City   James served his country proudly in WWII as part of the 31st
        2021, following a 27-year tenure  the development, supervision, and  Council Democratic primary, fin-  Infantry Division. He was awarded a Purple Heart & Bronze
        in the position. Her appointment  expansion of programs in New  ishing second in a six-person race.  Star while stationed in New Guinea and also received a com-
        comes at an exciting chapter in  York City as well as professional       “Queens Botanical Garden is   mendation for heroic conduct in the Philippines. Upon his
        the Garden’s history as the 39-acre  development programs for teach-  such a unique and special place,”   honorable discharge in January 1946 he went to work for the
        oasis prepares to break ground on  ers and youth workers nationally  said Hantzopoulos. “Now more   United States Post Office. James started as a letter carrier and
        its new state-of-the-art Education  and internationally.   than ever, access to public, open   rose to Director of Customer Service prior to his retirement in
        Center this year. Hantzopoulos       “Evie is an educator at heart,”  space is essential to our well-being.   1978. It was while delivering mail to a dress shop in Corona that
        will begin in the role on January  said Rebecca Wolf, QBG Interim  I am honored to have the oppor-  he met Amelia Fasano. James proposed to Amelia at a cookout
        24, 2022.                    Executive Director / Assistant  tunity to build on the authenticity   on Jones Beach and they were married in June of 1950. They
             Hantzopoulos is an award-  Director and Director of Educa-  and expertise of the institution’s   raised three beautiful girls in a small house in Fresh Meadows.
        winning educator and non-profit  tion and Garden Operations. “Her  staff and community members   After retirement, James became a Tax Preparer working for
        leader with extensive experi-  dedication to building inclusive,  and lead the Garden in reaching its   local firms and then continued to provide services to friends
        ence in organizational leadership,  equitable, and sustainable or-                         and family in his home where he lived independently until his
        strategic planning, fundraising,  ganizations and  communities   (Continued on page 9)     passing. He attributed his longevity to continued learning and
                                                                                                   keeping himself busy. James was the cornerstone of his fam-
           Council Member Vickie Paladino Hosts Successful                                         ily, a constant source of support and love. He will be greatly
                                                                                                   missed by all those who had the pleasure to know him. James
                                   COVID Testing Site                                              is survived by his devoted daughter, Inez, his beloved grand-
                                                                                                   children Andrew, Scott (Babette), Graham, Matthew, Timothy
             On Sunday, January 16 the                                                             (Sarah), & Katelyn (Mark) and by loving great grand-children,
        CM Paladino partnered with the                                                             Matthew, Tiffany, Leah, Grant & Cole. James is preceded in
        NYC Health and Hospitals Test                                                              death by his mother Inez, father James, brothers Robert and
        and Trace Corps and Mount Sinai                                                            Frank, his wife Amelia, and his daughters Ann Marie & Janet.
        Hospital to set up a COVID testing
        site inside CM Paladino’s district                                                          Statement by NYC Councilwoman
        office at 20-15 Francis Lewis
        Blvd in Whitestone. Testing was                                                           Selvena N. Brooks-Powers on Federal
        provided all day from 10am to                                                                        Funding for the MTA
        5:30 pm. Dozens of local residents
        braved the frigid weather to take                                                                                    continuous fight to ensure New
        advantage of the opportunity to                                                                                      Yorkers are re-enfranchised as
        get tested.                                                                                                          we aim to strengthen our social
             Council Member Paladino re-                                                                                     and capital infrastructure. This
        marked, “I am very grateful to the                                                                                   unprecedented $6 billion FTA
        Test and Trace Corps for working                                                                                     grant to the MTA, as part of the
        with my office to offer additional                                                                                   American Rescue Plan, is an op-
        testing availability for the people  make sure that we safeguard the  January 30 from 10am to 5:30pm                 portunity investment to address
        of northeast Queens, who have  public’s health by continuing to  and on Monday, January 31 from                      service cuts and our crumbling
        been shortchanged on testing sites  offer accessible COVID testing  9am to 4:30pm. Anyone exhibiting                 infrastructure. Transporta-
        and have suffered with excessively  for anyone who needs it.”  symptoms and needs to get tested                      tion, when done right, is the
        long lines in the freezing cold just       Additional dates have been  should feel free to take advantage            great  equalizer;  connecting
        to get tested. I will continue to  announced for testing at CM  of this opportunity.                                 communities across the City
        work with the great people at Test  Paladino’s office. The Test and       For more information people        “I applaud the New York con-  to economic opportunities and
        and Trace and at Mount Sinai to  Trace team will return on Sunday,  may call (718) 619-8611.  gressional delegation for their  much more.”
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