2016-03-30 / Features

Celebrate Women’s History


Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney celebrate Women’s History Month and honor Carol Scarano, Elizabeth Lusskin, and Ana Rodriguez for achievement in community service, business and politics. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney celebrate Women’s History Month and honor Carol Scarano, Elizabeth Lusskin, and Ana Rodriguez for achievement in community service, business and politics. On March 24, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney hosted a luncheon to commemorate Women’s History Month in The Astor Room at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The two legislators co-hosted the event to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of three remarkable women for their outstanding contributions to the communities of Western Queens.

The Honorees are:

Carol Scarano, District Leader representing Part B of the 36th Assembly;

Elizabeth Lusskin, President of the LIC Partnership and Executive Director of the LIC Business Improvement District; and

Ana Rodriguez, Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services at Mount Sinai Hospital Queens.

“Today’s honorees and Congresswoman Maloney are an inspiration for me. They inspire me to continue my focus on serving the needs of my community and putting my heart and soul into that work, as each of them has done in their own unique ways. Throughout our nation’s history, women have fought for justice and equality and these three women motivate me to continue the fight for future generations of women,” said Assemblywoman Simotas.

Congresswoman Maloney said, “I am happy to be celebrating Women’s History Month at the beautiful Astor Room with such strong, talented and accomplished women like Assemblywoman Simotas and our three honorees: Carol Scarano, Elizabeth Lusskin, and Ana Rodriguez. These women work tirelessly day in and day out for the betterment of Western Queens, and each of them embodies the highest ideals of the movement for women’s equality in the United States. They are certainly deserving of this honor.”

Carol Scarano has been a remarkably active civic leader in Astoria for decades. Among many other positions, Ms. Scarano is the District Leader representing Part B of the 36th Assembly District and co-executive leader of the Taminent Regular Democratic Club. She is also one of the founders of SHAREing and CAREing, which provides support services for cancer patients, and the Vice President of the United Community Civic Association. She is an active member of the Ravenswood Lions, the Kiwanis Club of Astoria/Long Island City and the Boys and Girls Club. She does all those things on top of holding a full time job at the Martin De Porres School which serves special needs children.

“I thank Congresswoman Maloney and Assemblywoman Simotas for hosting this luncheon and I am deeply honored to be one of the women being recognized. We can all celebrate the accomplishments that the women's movement has made through the years. Although we have come a long way, we must continue this fight to ensure the future of those who will come after us. As an educator working with troubled youth I recognize the need to ensure that these young women receive the education they will need to succeed in life. Our youth are the future and we are paving the way by all of us uniting together to further the rights of women. Let’s remember the sacrifices that those brave pioneer women made and carry on their work,” said Scarano.

Elizabeth Lusskin is currently the President of the Long Island City Partnership and Executive Director of the Long Island City Business Improvement District. Her leadership has supported the vibrant growth in that community’s commercial, residential and cultural arenas. Lusskin is a renowned veteran of government and non-profit service, working for Governor Mario Cuomo in Washington D.C. as legislative counsel and in the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the NYC

Loft Board. She also served on the

NYC Rent Guidelines Board and was Deputy Commissioner for Programs and Development in the NYC Department of Small Business Services.

“I am so privileged to be working in and for this authentic, unique community in Long Island City,” said Lusskin. “We are so fortunate to have such amazing elected leaders, and to be recognized by Congresswoman Maloney and Assemblywoman Simotas, who are both outstanding and trailblazing women, is a true and humbling honor.”

Ana Rodriguez is the Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services at Mount Sinai Queens, where she guides the hospital in its mission to be a resource for the community and a trusted source of health information and educational programs. Before joining Mount Sinai, Rodriguez was a dedicated advocate for children, working with the Greater New York City Councils, Boy Scouts of America and before that as a social worker providing mental health services to adolescents and adults at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

“I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to be in a position with Mount Sinai Queens where I can serve this community. I am also fortunate that my work creates opportunities for collaborations with inspiring women such as Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. They have both advanced opportunities for women and have worked tirelessly to build a bright future for Queens’ communities and for the girls and women of our great state. I would like to thank them and co-honorees Liz and Carol for their many contributions to advancing a better life for all,” said Rodriguez.

Simotas concluded the event by offering her gratitude to Kaufman Astoria Studios and specifically to President Hal Rosenbluth and Vice President Tracy Capune, as well as The Astor Room for their generous support in making the event a success.

Return to top

Copyright 1999-2018 The Service Advertising Group, Inc. All rights reserved.