On Wednesday, New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas visited the Marine Terrace and Central Astoria apartments to listen to residents’ concerns about issues affecting the neighborhood and inform them about impending changes to state benefits programs.
The discussion, part of Simotas’ monthly “Mobile District Office” series, took place in the conference room of Central Astoria Property Management on 19th Street and 21st Avenue. Proceeding in a “town hall”-style format, Simotas fielded questions from constituents while her staff collected contact information and took notes in order to follow up on specific concerns.
A portion of the meeting was devoted to addressing local issues such as noise concerns along Shore Boulevard and pet ownership in rent-subsidized housing. Simotas encouraged the residents to attend civic association and 114th Precinct Community Council meetings, where representatives from the NYPD often attend and receive feedback from the community. Simotas also continued her efforts to inform the senior community about impending changes to their state-provided health care benefits, especially the EPIC prescription drug assistance program.
“I always enjoy the chance to visit Astoria residents where they live and let them know that my office is a resource for them,” Simotas said after the event. “These events help me as well. The best ideas for legislation and community initiatives often come straight from my constituents, and today was no different.”