2014-04-16 / Features

Simotas, Maloney Celebrate Women’s History Month


Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (l.) and Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (r.) celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring (l. to r. after Simotas); New York City School Construction Authority President and CEO Lorraine Grillo, Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn Schwab and Civic leader and cancer survivor Anna Kril, the founder and president of SHAREing and CAREing, for their achievements in civic leadership, community service, and public health, respectively. Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (l.) and Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (r.) celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring (l. to r. after Simotas); New York City School Construction Authority President and CEO Lorraine Grillo, Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn Schwab and Civic leader and cancer survivor Anna Kril, the founder and president of SHAREing and CAREing, for their achievements in civic leadership, community service, and public health, respectively. On April 11, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Congressmember Carolyn Maloney hosted “Celebrating the Women of Western Queens”, to commemorate Women’s History Month at The Astor Room in Astoria.

“It is a testament to our honorees and our community that so many joined us to honor these remarkable women,” Simotas said. “Our distinguished honorees are proof that Western Queens is home to countless impressive and effective women leaders who are committed to public service, community support, and improving the well-being of others. Congresswoman Maloney, along with each of these individuals, is a personal inspiration to me and a role model to our next generation of strong women.”

Maloney said, “I am happy to be celebrating Women’s History Month with such strong, talented and accomplished women like Assemblywoman Simotas and our three honorees: Lorraine Grillo, who at the helm of the New York City School Construction Authority, has championed investment in building and revitalizing public school buildings, which has expanded capacity of a rapidly growing system; Anna Kril, the remarkable breast cancer survivor who created an organization to support other women living with the disease and Caryn Schwab, who is leading the effort to expand Mount Sinai Queens and make it an even better hospital to serve our community. These women work tirelessly day in and day out for the betterment of Western Queens, and are absolutely deserving of this recognition.”

New York City School Construction Authority President and CEO Lorraine Grillo was presented with the “Gloria D’Amico Award for Civic Leadership”, named after the late Queens County clerk who was a force in Queens politics for decades. Grillo, who is a lifelong resident of Astoria, has overseen the opening of 65 new school facilities since 2010, resulting in the creation of 45,000 school seats for children across New York City. Thirty one of those facilities are located in Queens. “I represent a group of people that make me so proud and work so hard for the benefit of our children; they get little or no recognition and I am enormously grateful that this award represents their work,” Grillo said. “My goal now is to instill confidence and drive in the talented young women that work with me in what has always been a male-dominated industry; now we are in charge and we are not about to let go.”

Civic leader and cancer survivor Anna Kril received the “Community Service Award”. Kril, the founder and president of SHAREing and CAREing, has worked extensively to form local partnerships to raise awareness and offer comprehensive services for women seeking information and those diagnosed with cancer. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Assemblywoman Simotas and Congresswoman Maloney as part of their Women’s History Month Celebration,” Kril said. “Throughout history, women have made significant contributions to society From page 15 and it is important for us to recognize and acknowledge those contributions, past and present. It is equally important to educate young women about these contributions and encourage and nurture them to follow their dreams, no matter what challenges they may face.”

Mount Sinai Queens Executive Director Caryn Schwab was honored with the “Excellence in Public Health Award”. Schwab is leading the effort to modernize and expand the hospital, focusing on major facility upgrades, program expansion, and quality improvements. Her work has been instrumental in increasing Mount Sinai Queens’ outreach to the community through health screenings, educational lectures and workshops. “I’m honored to be recognized by Congresswoman Maloney and Assemblywoman Simotas as part of Women’s History Month,” Schwab said. “It’s important to celebrate thePereffortsInsertion of all of the people who have opened the door to equality for women and recognize that the door still needs to open wider. As a healthcare leader, I’m proud that at Mount Sinai Queens two-thirds of our managers are women and more than half are minorities.”

Simotas and Maloney offered their gratitude to Kaufman-Astoria Studios and specifically to President Hal Rosenbluth, Vice-President Tracy Capune and Mark Atkocaitis of The Astor Room for their generous support in making the event a success.

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