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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022                                     THE QUEENS TIMES                                                            PAGE 7


         Senator Gillibrand Announces Groundbreaking Fabric Act to                                 Assemblyman Colton Informs The
                  Reinvigorate The Garment Industry in The U.S.                                   Community That The Heap Cooling

         Strengthen Garment Workers’ Rights, Drive Wage Growth And Promote Equity                   Assistance Program is Now Open
             U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
        announced the introduction of her                                                                                         “Every year my office helps
        groundbreaking Fashioning Ac-                                                                                        qualified households to apply for
        countability and Building Real In-                                                                                   the HEAP Cooling Assistance
        stitutional Change (FABRIC) Act.                                                                                     program. If you are eligible and
        Garment workers are a corner-                                                                                        would like to apply for the cooling
        stone of the American economy                                                                                        program, then you can come into
        and, for far too long, have faced                                                                                    my office for help at 155 Kings
        unsafe working conditions, wage                                                                                      Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223,
        theft, and piecework pay, which                                                                                      or call 718-236-1598 for more in-
        often prioritizes fast fashion over                                                                                  formation. The cooling assistance
        the safety of workers. Supply                                                                                        benefit helps eligible households
        chain disruptions caused by the                                                                                      buy and install an air conditioner
        pandemic have only exacerbated                                                                                       or fan up to a cost of $800.00.
        these ongoing issues, which are                                                                                      You may receive one cooling
        disproportionately shouldered                                                                                        assistance benefit per applicant
        by women, people of color, and                                                                                       household for the purchase and in-
        immigrant workers. Gillibrand’s                                                                                      stallation of an air conditioner or a
        FABRIC Act would protect nearly                                                                                      fan to help your home to stay cool
        100,000 American garment work-                                                                                       during hot summer days. Applica-
        ers and help revitalize the garment                                                                                  tions are accepted from May 2 to
        industry in the United States by  cut-and-sew apparel manufactur-  demic, we need to invest in them       Assemblyman William Colton  August 31, 2022,” Colton stated.
        improving working conditions  ing industry, making up 61% of  and this crucial industry.  (D – Gravesend, Bensonhurst,       “Air conditioners are given on
        and reforming the piece-rate pay  workers, and following heavy job                      Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights)  a first-come, first-served basis
        scale. Women are leaders in the  losses for women during the pan-  (Continued on page 9)  is notifying the community that  to eligible applicants. Applicants

                  Meng Helps Secure $3 Million For New                                          the 2021-2022 HEAP Cooling  are only eligible for a Cooling
                                                                                                Assistance program opened on  Assistance benefit once every five
                                                                                                                             years,” Colton added.
                               Labor & Delivery Wing                                            May 2, 2022.

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             In honor of Women’s Health
        Month, U.S. Congresswoman
        Grace Meng and representatives                                                                            Read Our Paper Online and Play Sudoku
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        woman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
        visited NYC Health + Hospitals/
        Elmhurst’s Women’s Pavilion to
        mark the announcement of $3
        Million in federal funding they
        secured for a new Labor and Deliv-
        ery Unit on the hospital’s 5th floor.
             Congresswoman Meng led a
        “wall-breaking” ceremony to kick
        off the project, and she toured the
        current Labor and Delivery Unit
        to see where the renovations will
        take place. Federal funding for the
        initiative, made available under  families deserve a modern, safe,  received additional federal fund-
        the Community Project Funding  and equitable maternal health care  ing to support moms and babies at
        Program that Meng and Ocasio-  experience, and investments like  our hospital, and I want to thank
        Cortez championed in the House  this are needed to ensure that the  Senators Gillibrand and Schumer,
        of Representatives, also came  hospital can continue to provide  along with Congress Members
        through the offices of Senators  efficient, high-quality and state of  Meng and Ocasio-Cortez, for
        Gillibrand and Schumer.      the art services that local residents  their support,” said NYC Health
             Construction is scheduled for  need and deserve. It is also crucial  + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s Director
        the spring and summer of 2022.  to meet the growing needs of the  of OB/GYN Services Dr. Frederick
        The project will support Elm-  area. When the COVID-19 crisis  Friedman. “We deliver over 2,200
        hurst’s goal of improving health  began, NYC Health + Hospitals/  babies per year at Elmhurst, but
        indicators for pregnant women  Elmhurst was in the heart of the  this number is expected to increase
        and decreasing maternal and infant  epicenter, and this project is an ex-  significantly due a growing de-
        mortality rates in underserved  ample of how we must build back  mand for our OB/GYN services.
        communities.                 better and stronger as we work to  The ability to modernize and up-
             Meng also took part in a patient  recover from the pandemic. I’m ex-  grade our Labor and Delivery suite
        baby shower co-hosted by Metro-  cited for this renovation to begin,  and optimize our birthing program
        PlusHealth that featured educa-  and look forward to the upgrades  will support a new generation of
        tional presentations on prenatal  benefiting Queens families for  healthy, flourishing kids in our
        care, breastfeeding, Safe Sleep,  decades to come.”        community.”
        nutrition, and the hospital’s doula       “I am beyond ecstatic and       “A lack of access to high-quality
        program, along with tabling by  grateful to Senators Gillibrand  maternal health services in com-
        community-based organizations  and Schumer, and to Representa-  munities results in challenges aris-
        such as CommonPoint Queens  tives Meng and Ocasio-Cortez, for  ing from the social determinants of
        and the Queens Museum. After  their commitment to our hospital  health, contributing to disparities
        the presentations, patients had  and to improving the lives of our  in maternal health care for women
        the opportunity to win prizes by  patients,” said NYC Health +  of color and their babies,” said
        answering trivia questions related  Hospitals/Elmhurst CEO Helen  Steven Mitchell, Senior Director
        to well-baby care.           Arteaga-Landaverde, MPH. “Our  of Sales at MetroPlusHealth. “We
             “I was proud to help secure $3  expectant mothers and newborns  have teams across New York City
        million for NYC Health + Hos-  will greatly benefit from these  and NYC Health + Hospitals’ loca-
        pitals/Elmhurst to renovate its  investments in infrastructure and  tions educating and informing ex-
        delivery unit which will be a major  improving patient care and patient  pectant mothers about their health
        boost in expanding access to care  satisfaction at our facility. We look  insurance coverage, benefits, and
        and ensuring healthier families.  forward to working closely with  resources.”
        Elmhurst plays a critical role in  our federal legislators to ensure       For more information about pro-
        the health and wellbeing of our  that Elmhurst has the resources it  grams and services at NYC Health
        communities, and I cannot wait  needs to meet the growing health-  + Hospitals/Elmhurst, please call
        until the renovation is completed,”  care demands of our community.”  844-NYC-4NYC or visit www.ny-
        said Congresswoman Meng. “All       “I am very happy that we have  chealthandhospitals.org/Elmhurst.
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