BY VICKY FERREIRA
CHAMBER OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
In collaboration with the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz distributed free masks, face shields and bottles of hand sanitizers to small businesses on Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights.
Cruz and Queens Chamber President and CEO Thomas Grech visited a number of South Asian-owned businesses. They were joined by Jackson Heights Bangladeshi Business Association director Rahad Solaiman and Rommy Pennella and Charito Cisneros of the New York Hispanic Cosmetology and Beauty Chamber of Commerce.
“We are hopeful that these resources will assist them in taking care of their family, employees, business, and community,” said Cruz.
Many business owners explained the difficulties and issues they face as they reopened. Many are struggling, but hopeful at the same time.
“Queens is our home, and we are working to help small businesses safely resume operations and deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Grech.