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PAGE 10                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                               THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2022

             Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar Inducts                                 Hofstra Lecture on Systems Design And
            Schmidt’s Candy Into State Historic Business                                          Broadcast Engineering
                             Preservation Registry
         (Continued from page 6)       Vance Barbour of the  ment here in South Queens.   (Continued from page 7)  other degree-holding candi-  WRHU, asked Grossman
                                 Woodhaven Residents’  We are lucky to have her.”                         dates pursuing work in the  how  students  should  go
        more than earned this rec-  Block Association, whose       Queens Economic De-  things — primarily fixing  industry.      about networking.
        ognition from her family’s  grandmother worked for  velopment Corporation   setups. His company, Bar-       Many Hofstra students,  Grossman mentioned that it
        decades of contributions  Schmidt’s Candy, said:  Public Relations Director   ryG Technologies LLC,  ranging from freshman  is essential to start creating
        to the community. The  “Margie Schmidt is a pillar  Rob MacKay said: “This   provides a combination of  to seniors, attended the  a Linked profile and con-
        confectionery exemplifies  of our community. She was  was a good news day. I   services. For example, he  event.  They  asked Barry  stantly update it with new
        how Woodhaven is home  one of the first inductees  was so happy for this mo-  offers broadcast and event  personal and professional  information.
        to some of the city’s most  into the Woodhaven Resi-  ment. Thank you to As-  engineering  services  for  questions and also solic-       All students ended the
        historic businesses and  dents’ Block Association  semblywoman Rajkumar   media outlets, live events  ited general life advice.  informative night by thank-
        hardest-working owners,  Hall of Fame. My neighbor  for making this happen.   and broadcasting setups, as  Mariama Kabbah, Isabella  ing Grossman for coming
        and I will ensure that they  Assemblywoman Rajkumar  Schmidt’s is so much more   well as audiovisual services.  Ehrhardt, Nick Costanzo,  to Hofstra. Many students
        receive the support they de-  has now taken that recog-  than a chocolate shop. It is        In addition to discussing  Michael Ventrice, Estelle  noted how he offered many
        serve. This holiday season,  nition to new heights by  a part of the community.   his career, Grossman gave  Barbieri, Matt Trasverso,  words of wisdom for the
        Schmidt’s Candy will again  adding Schmidt’s Candy  Margie is always taking   students advice about enter-  among others, were some  next generation of engineers
        be packed as people from  to the state historic reg-  part in all the events and   ing the professional world of  of those students who had  interested in systems design
        across the State enjoy these  istry. She is making sure  festivals in Woodhaven.   technology and design engi-  their questions answered  and broadcasting. They ex-
        sweet chocolates.”       Woodhaven gets its right-  She earned this place in   neering. He recommended  by Grossman. In addition  pressed interest in continu-
             Kevin D. Kim, Commis-  ful place in the history  the registry with her work   that students gain profes-  to the student guests, Cav.  ing to come to events hosted
        sioner of the New York City  books. I still remember  in the shop and in the com-  sional experience through  Josephine A. Maietta, host  by the radio station, making
        Department of Small Busi-  when the Assemblywoman  munity, and Assembly-  internships or summer jobs  of the Italian Cultural Music  this week’s Tech Thursday
        ness Services said: “Small  passed the resolution this  woman Rajkumar saw to it   in order to stand out from  Show “ Sabato Italiano” at  a big hit!
        businesses like Schmidt’s  year honoring Woodhaven’s  that Margie would have her
        Candy are what makes  birthday. I thank her for her  moment in the sun.”      Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas to
        New York City unique.  dedication to promoting our       State Senator Joseph P.
        Congratulations to Mar-  neighborhood’s history and  Addabbo, Jr. said: “What   Introduce Bill in the Assembly to Decriminalize
        gie Schmidt on the well-  businesses.”           an honor it is for this com-
        deserved induction into the       Queens Together found-  munity staple to officially   Sexual Activity of People With STIs
        New York State Historic  er Jonathan Forgash said:  be recognized in the New
        Business Preservation Reg-  “Today, Schmidt’s being  York State Historic Busi-  (Continued from page 4)  of just and affirming public  It’s now time for New York
        istry. Here’s to another 97  recognized for not only  ness Preservation Regis-                    health law, and look forward  state to repeal PHL 2307”
        years!”                  its history but its cultural  try. Schmidt’s Candy has   disproportionate risk by  to creating it collaboratively  - Alisha Kohn Director
             Margie Schmidt said:  significance in Woodhaven.  been serving the people   such laws that criminalize  with our partners. - John  of Queers for Justice at
        “When my grandfather  Queens is filled with living  of Woodhaven since 1925.   sexual expression. This law  Yates, Founder and Execu-  The Newburgh LGBTQ+
        founded Schmidt’s Candy  cultural and culinary mon-  Throughout the years the   is not based on the abun-  tive Director of PODER  Center.
        97 years ago, he would have  uments, such as Schmidt’s,  family has kept this small   dance of infectious disease  HIV criminalization laws       “For 76 years, New
        never imagined that the  that represent where we are  business open and operat-  prevention research and  offer a false sense of pro-  York’s PHL 2307 has un-
        confectionery would liter-  from. The rich diversity of  ing, and today we have   undermines harm reduction  tection  and  safety  under  justly criminalized indi-
        ally make the history book.  Queens is showcased in our  Margie Schmidt — grand-  efforts used by people who  the guise of public health.  viduals living with an STI
        Thank you to Assembly-   restaurants and small busi-  daughter of the original   trade sex.” - Mariah Grant,  Laws like PHL §2307 cause  or HIV. This law is not
        woman Jenifer Rajkumar  nesses. Congratulations  owner, Frank ‘Grandpa’   Director of Research and  unjust harm to people who  only outdated but grossly
        for being the one who made  to Margie Schmidt for her  Schmidt — to continue   Advocacy, The Sex Workers  use drugs, sex workers,  undermines public health
        this happen and for her  much-deserved honor, and  the family tradition. As a   Project of the Urban Justice  TGNCNB folks, and Black  and safety and ignores de-
        tenacious advocacy for our  thank you to Assembly-  fan of Schmidt’s Candy, I   Center.           and Brown folks. To end the  cades of scientific advance-
        neighborhood’s small busi-  woman Rajkumar for mak-  congratulate the Schmidt        The continued crimi-  HIV epidemic in New York,  ment in infectious disease
        nesses and its people. She is  ing it possible.”  family on this historic oc-  nalization of HIV  defies  we need to stick to proven  prevention. Repealing this
        also the only person I know  Community Board 9 Chair  casion, and I wish them all   advancements in modern  interventions  that  do  not  harmful law is vital to ad-
        who works more hours than  Sherry Algredo said: “To-  the luck going forward for   medicine. PHL 2307 con-  disincentivize testing and  vancing New York’s public
        I do, and I will always be  day we gathered to com-  another 97 years!”  tinues to perpetuate  dis-  instead decrease stigma and  health goals and to end the
        grateful for her work.”  memorate and celebrate the       Councilwoman Joann   criminatory misconcep-  discrimination associated  discriminatory treatment of
              Queens Chamber of  famous Schmidt’s Candy  Ariola said: “Schmidt’s   tions about people living  with HIV & AIDS. - Tay-  people living with HIV &
        Commerce President Tom  on its historic milestone.  Candy  is a staple  of the   with HIV - that are histori-  lor Edelmann, LGBTQIA+  AIDS.” Christine Khaikin,
        Grech said: “I was hon-  This event was only pos-  Woodhaven community   cally felt by queer and trans  Health & Harm Reduction  Senior Health Policy At-
        ored to participate in this  sible because of Assembly-  and we are so happy to   people of color. HIV is not a  Manager, National Harm  torney at The Legal Action
        momentous occasion for  woman Jenifer Rajkumar.  be celebrating 97 years of   crime and we look forward  Reduction Coalition  Center.
        Schmidt’s in Woodhaven  She is always there for us,  their sweet success. They   to working with our part-        Criminalization is       “Criminalization is a bad
        today. Thanks so much to  always advocating for our  have been able to withstand   ners to repeal this outdated  never an appropriate re-  substitute for public health
        Assemblywoman Jenifer  needs, and always here in  many of the obstacles that   and backwards law. - Elisa  sponse to a healthcare is-  initiatives,” said Tyrone
        Rajkumar for leadership  the community. This was  mom and pop shops face   Crespo, Executive Director  sue. PHL §2307 increases  Hanley, NCLR Director
        and devotion to small busi-  just one of the many ways  and people from all over   of the NEW Pride Agenda   the criminalization of trans  of Racial and Economic
        nesses in the great County  she has brought so much  Queens travel to Jamaica        As someone who has  people, especially Black  Justice Initiatives. “Not
        of Queens.”              more activity and engage-  Avenue to visit this store.”  been living with HIV for  trans people, and is counter  only is it ineffective, but
                                                                                 the  past  11+  years,  PHL  to best practices in public  it also perpetuates stigma
          Gillibrand Pushes to Close $3.6 Billion Funding                        2307 has been one of the  health. People living with  and discrimination against
         Gap in 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program                           scariest things about my  HIV and other STIs deserve  unpopular groups. This is
                                                                                 diagnosis. Not only was I  care, compassion, and sup-
                                                                                                                                  a reason why the LGBTQ
                       in End-Of-Year Spending Bill                              worried about staying alive,  port, not violent policing  movement has a long his-
                                                                                 but I was incredibly fearful  and punishment that harms  tory of resisting efforts to
         (Continued from page 9)  tim Compensation Fund.  was set to run out of funding   of becoming a criminal be-  these community members.  criminalize our community
                                 In 2010 she authored and  before its expiration date in   cause of my sexuality. This  New York should join the  and violence by the state, in-
        the bipartisan Never Forget  passed the James Zadroga  2020, Senator Gillibrand,   type of stigma, trauma, and  growing number of states  cluding the police. Repeal-
        the  Heroes: James  Zad-  9/11 Health and Compensa-  joined by Senators Gardner   violence disproportionately  recognizing this reality and  ing New York’s law which
        roga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis  tion Act that both created  and Schumer and Repre-  burdens Queer, Trans, Non-  repeal PHL §2307. - Milo  criminalizes people living
        Alvarez Permanent Autho-  the WTCHP and reopened  sentatives Maloney, Nadler,   Binary people of color and  Inglehart, Staff Attorney,  with sexually transmitted
        rization of the September  the September 11th Victim  and King, introduced a bi-  does nothing to advance the  Transgender Law Center  infections is a part of that
        11th Victim Compensation  Compensation Fund (VCF).  partisan bill to permanently   health of the public, which       “For decades Queers New  legacy and the law deserves
        Fund Act in 2019, which  In October of 2018, follow-  reauthorize and fund the   is the very purpose of Public  Yorkers have been criminal-  to be put into history books
        fully funded and extended  ing the announcement that  VCF for 9/11 heroes and   Health Law. We are worthy  ized for having HIV/AIDS.  – where it belongs.”
        the September 11th Vic-  the September 11th VCF  their families.
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