Dozens of Local Seniors Kick Off the Beginning of Summer

Queens – James Johnson, Candidate for NY City Council in District 27, held a COVID-safe Senior Line Dancing Soiree this past Saturday, May 15th, in O’Connell Park in St. Albans.

“Our community was one of the hardest hit with COVID with a lack of testing sites, information of government resources and the shut down of programming that allowed our neighbors to stay connected. This event is to celebrate our community surviving this pandemic and coming back stronger. I look forward to holding more events and highlighting important issues such as the need to reopen senior centers on the campaign trail,” said James Johnson.

Victoria Jones, a senior from Cambria Heights loved the event.

“It was one of the best things they had since COVID,” said Jones. “We had a wonderful, wonderful time.”

Jones believes Johnson is the only candidate looking out for senior citizens.

“He seems to be the only one advocating for senior centers,” said Jones. “We haven’t heard anybody else speak on the topic. When we ask the question about those facilities, no one else responds. He is the advocator for senior citizens.”

Over 150 community residents from Southeast Queens were in attendance. They celebrated and led an intergenerational Line Dance Soiree! The event was organized to allow seniors a safe place to dance, socialize and share in a day of music while the city keeps their senior centers’ doors closed. Small business vendors and other local professional arts and culture groups, including a marching band, performed for residents to celebrate the beginning of summer.

This soiree is the kick-off in a series of public events to help bring back the community by addressing the need to reopen senior centers, afterschool programming and other social activities.

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