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THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2022                                THE QUEENS TIMES                                                             PAGE 7

          Pheffer Amato Distributes at Home Covid-19 Self-Test Kits                                NYS Senator John Liu Statement on

                                     Queens) distributed Covid-19  tests are safe, reliable and provide   Fatal Subway Attack of an Asian Woman
                                     self-test kits to residents and  timely results,” Assemblywoman                         high-profile attacks on Asians -
                                     members of the community. The  Pheffer Amato said.                                      one on the eve of Korean Ameri-
                                     testing kits, which have FDA       The Assemblywoman’s team                             can Day when a good samaritan
                                     emergency use authorization,  had recently partnered to provide                         was assaulted as he attempted
                                     were passed out at a weekly  testing kits to senior citizens in                         to help a man shivering in the
                                     food distribution at the Nativity  Broad Channel, Edgemere Com-                         cold, then an elderly woman was
                                     Church in Ozone Park, Queens.   munity Civic Association, Ocean                         viciously shoved to the ground in
                                          “As Covid-19 cases continue  Park Tenants Association and The                      Queens resulting in serious inju-
                                     to rise, one of our best tools  Campaign Against Hunger. Ad-                            ries, and finally today’s horrific
                                     to defend ourselves is to not  ditionally, the Assemblywoman                            and fatal attack in the subway. In
                                     only get vaccinated and receive  and her staff distributed hand                         addition, Yao Pan Ma, a 61-year-
                                     the booster shot, but to ensure  sanitizer and masks to small local                     old who was collecting cans when
                                     we have adequate testing op-  businesses.                                               he was attacked eight months ago,
                                     tions,” said Assemblywoman       The Office of Assemblywoman                            sadly succumbed to his injuries
                                     Stacey Pheffer Amato. “I have  Pheffer Amato received a limited                         this  week.  Mayor  Adams  has
                                     been working with my colleagues  amount of Covid-19 at-home tests                       shown tremendous promise in
                                     on the federal, state and city lev-  and plans to distribute them to lo-                his commitment to address pub-
                                     els to increase testing sites, and  cal organizations and individuals        New York State Senator John  lic safety, but hatred doesn’t care
             The Office of Assemblywoman  now I have the ability to provide  in need across the 23rd Assembly   C. Liu stated the following regard-  about who’s in office. Our city
        Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-South  free at-home testing kits. These  District until supplies last.  ing last week’s string of attacks  clearly needs to act immediately
           Award-Winning Broadway Stars Celebrate Black History                                 on Asians across New York City.    to address these unending attacks;
                                                                                                     “It’s 2022 and Asians in New  do more to connect mental health
             Month in Flushing Town Hall’s Black History Trilogy                                York City and around America  services to those who so desper-
                                                                                                still suffer from relentless and  ately need them, and redouble our
                                                                                                hate-fueled attacks on a regular  efforts to improve and expand
                                                                                                basis. Just this week, there have  education about the Asian Ameri-
                                                                                                been at least three despicable and  can community and experience.”

         Jimy Bleu, Larry Marshall, and Tina Fabrique pay homage to Jimi Hendrix, Bert Williams, and   To read GIA online in English and Italian
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             This February, Flushing Town Hall celebrates Black History Month with the return of its Black History   Servicing The Tri-State Area and Long Island, Florida and Italy
        Trilogy, a three-part series featuring outstanding performers paying tribute to influential African-American
        musicians, entertainers, and musical traditions.  Story continue on page 9.
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