2016-07-27 / Features

Simotas’ Office Hopping With Summer Interns


Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas was joined by the college and high school students who have been interning for the summer in her Astoria office. (L. to r., back row); Emily Perez, Tiffany Chu, James Smolic, Cleopatra Papadopoulos, Christina Papadopoulos; (front, seated); Chaya Halberstam, Simotas, Jessica Mendieta, and Amanda Robinson. The following are also interning but were not present for the photo: Max Meneses, Zulakha Rahman, Jillian Kane, and Pauline Morgan. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas was joined by the college and high school students who have been interning for the summer in her Astoria office. (L. to r., back row); Emily Perez, Tiffany Chu, James Smolic, Cleopatra Papadopoulos, Christina Papadopoulos; (front, seated); Chaya Halberstam, Simotas, Jessica Mendieta, and Amanda Robinson. The following are also interning but were not present for the photo: Max Meneses, Zulakha Rahman, Jillian Kane, and Pauline Morgan. Since the beginning of June, the Astoria office of Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas has been hopping with summer interns. The 12 students have been researching legislative issues; contributing to the Assemblywoman’s Facebook page; organizing files on constituents’ community concerns; and fanning out across Astoria checking for quality of life issues. The issues the interns have identified include: potholes and deteriorating pavement; overflowing garbage baskets; leaking and broken fire hydrants; toppled and faded street signs and faded crosswalk markings. Simotas’s staff then files reports with the city’s 311 service and will be doing follow up.

“When I was in college, I interned for the former NYC Council Speaker Peter Vallone, and received invaluable insight into how government can work for everyday New Yorkers. I am so happy to offer that same experience to the next generation of leaders,” Simotas said.

The interns attend the following schools: Baruch College (CUNY), Hunter College (CUNY), Columbia University, Long Island University, Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Manhattan. The internships are unpaid.

Simotas is now hiring interns for the fall. Anyone interested should call 718-545-3889 or email: Makriga@nyassembly.gov. Her office is located 31-19 Newtown Ave. Suite 401, in Astoria.

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