Queens Chronicle: QICA, at 48, honors senior advocates

QICA, at 48, honors senior advocates | April 4, 2019: As Queens Interagency Council on Aging marked 48 years of advocating on behalf of seniors at its annual anniversary celebration last Thursday evening, it paused to pay tribute to three leaders for their outstanding commitment to the population the organization serves.

The group honored state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and Queens County Clerk of the Queens County Supreme Court and Commissioner of Jurors Audrey Pheffer.

Addabbo and Pheffer Amato shared the Rose Kryzak Legislative Award, named in remembrance of the former QICA board member credited with spearheading the successful statewide lobbying effort to enact EPIC, the state’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage plan.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz paid tribute to the organization in a message printed in QICA’s annual journal.

“This evening’s event gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the success QICA has had in serving as a borough-wide coalition that brings together more than one hundred organizations and individuals who provide vital services to senior citizens.”

She was represented by Brent Weitzberg, director of Health and Human Services and Seniors, who reiterated Katz’s continued support of seniors.

An estimated 100 guests were in attendance at the event, held in a large reception room at the Queens Community House in Kew Gardens.


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