Adams distributes masks, hosts vigil for principal
by Benjamin Fang
Apr 01, 2020 | 1797 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in New York City, Borough President Eric Adams has remained active in the borough.

Last Tuesday, Adams joined the Shorefront Coalition and the Pakistani American Youth Society to help prepare more than 1,500 meals to distribute to first responders.

Local restaurants that participated in the “Feed First Responders” initiative included OPera Cafe and Lounge, Memo Shish Kebab and Lahori Chilli Restaurant. The meals were dropped off at New York Community Hospital, 60th Precinct, 61st Precinct, 71st Precinct, the MTA’s Flatbush Bus Depot and NYC Health+Hospitals/Coney Island.

“It is so heartwarming to see food service establishments and local organizations come together during this difficult time around the common goal of feeding our first responders who are on the front lines of this public health crisis,” Adams said in a statement. “In times of adversity, Brooklynites look after one another and show a shared spirit of giving and charity.”

Steven Saperstein, co-founder of Shorefront Coalition, a nonpartisan volunteer group dedicated to promoting civic engagement, said it was special to witness the community coming together.

“We hope to expand this initiative across the city,” he said, “and are calling on others to step up and show their support.”

Later that week, the borough president distributed masks to transit workers, public housing residents at the Wyckoff Gardens Houses, and school employees at PS 307 in Vinegar Hill.

Adams also hosted a virtual candlelight vigil in honor of Dez-Ann Romain, the principal at Brooklyn Democracy Academy , who passed away on March 23 due to coronavirus complications. She was 36 years old.

The vigil offered a chance for Department of Education (DOE) officials, union leaders and the family and friends of Romain to celebrate her impact.

“Her work was dedicated to uplifting students at a transfer high school in Brownsville, one of our borough’s most underserved communities,” Adams said. “Too many in our society have written off the young scholars under her stewardship, but where others saw problems she saw promise and potential.”

The beep noted that he and Romain collaborated on an urban farming program at the school, where students grow fresh produce.

“Every soul we lose in this pandemic is a tragic loss for our world,” he added. “The loss of Principal Romain is particularly painful for the Brooklyn Democracy Academy family, our larger public school community, and a borough grateful for her service.”

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza also expressed his condolences to the school community and her family.

“We’re all experiencing a deep sense of confusion, uncertainty and sadness, and it’s more important than ever to provide support to one another,” Carranza said. “We’ll be there for the students and staff through whatever means necessary during this impossibly difficult time.”
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