ASTORIA, QUEENS — Democratic voters in, which incorporates Astoria, Rikers Island, components of Jackson Heights, Woodside and East Elmhurst, will see six names on their ballots once they vote within the June 22 main election.
A type of names will probably be Evie Hantzopoulos, Govt Director of International Children and Group Board 1 member.
Patch reached out to all candidates within the election to create these profiles. Hantzopoulos’ responses are beneath.
Metropolis Council, District 22
Neighborhood of residence (i.e., East Village, Astoria, and so forth.)
Husband David, and three kids.
Does anybody in your loved ones work in politics or authorities?
• Grasp of Arts, Instructional Theatre, New York College.
• Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Focus in Worldwide Relations, Boston College.
Govt Director of International Children (September 2010-Current), a non-profit that educates, prompts, and evokes youth from underserved communities to take motion on crucial points dealing with our world and prepares them to grow to be group leaders and world residents.
Deputy Director of International Children 1996 – 2010
ASPIRA of NY, Service Chief for AmeriCorps Mission Secure and Sound 1994-1996
Artistic Arts Crew 1990-1994
Earlier or Present Elected or Appointed Workplace
Group Board 1 Queens 2010 – Current. Chair of Housing Committee
Marketing campaign web site
Why are you in search of elective workplace?
I am operating for Metropolis Council in District 22 to be in service to the group and metropolis that I really like and produce my expertise, vitality, and deep dedication to fairness, inclusion, and justice to the Metropolis Council. The choice to run was not simple. I really like my present job and have devoted my life to empowering youth from underserved communities and supporting them of their efforts to develop management, social motion, and civic expertise. I’ve three daughters, a mother with Alzheimers, and a group that counts on me. Juggling all this is not simple, however many ladies, together with these of us within the “sandwich technology” do it, as a result of on this nation our techniques depend on the unpaid labor of girls to do the work that authorities typically ignores. And that is additionally a key cause why I am operating.
Via my work with younger folks, years of group work and organizing, deep group connections with numerous constituencies, my working-class immigrant background, and information of the problems most affecting my district, I am properly positioned to signify and have interaction my constituents, embody them, and work with them to generate efficient options. The selections dealing with our subsequent Metropolis Council will probably be profound, and the onerous work forward will embody critical selections whose options have to be grounded in finances justice and supply our communities with what they should thrive. I am operating to deliver all of the voices in my district to the New York Metropolis Council, the place I will struggle for really inexpensive housing, equitable schooling, small enterprise and the humanities, an setting that’s clear, protected, wholesome and sustainable and a metropolis the place everybody can stay with dignity and thrive.
The only most urgent challenge dealing with our (board, district, and so forth.) is _______, and that is what I intend to do about it.
Reasonably priced housing is probably the most urgent challenge dealing with our district. I’ll:
-Revise obligatory inclusionary housing (MIH) components so housing is actually inexpensive for these presently residing within the neighborhood.
-Fund the Housing and Preservation and Improvement division (HPD) and make sure that they implement fines and use the cash to construct inexpensive housing
-Improve funding for authorized support for tenants
-Abolish the non-public tax lien foreclosures sale, which disproportionately impacts seniors
-Create extra supportive housing
-Penalize builders and landlords who warehouse vacant residences
-Elevate the earnings requirement for the Senior Citizen Hire Improve Exemption (SCRIE) and Senior Citizen Householders Exemption (SCHE) so extra seniors qualify
-Create resident administration companies to handle NYCHA, as an alternative of the blueprint or RAD
-Implement flip taxes
-Convert foreclosed properties into Group Land Trusts
-Develop the pilot basement conversion program so small owners could make extra earnings whereas additionally creating extra protected and inexpensive housing models.
What are the crucial variations between you and the opposite candidates in search of this publish?
Having finished the work in my district, I deliver extra than simply expertise. Cooperation with leaders who’ve deep roots of their communities, with a imaginative and prescient to serve atypical New Yorkers are key to creating any significant change occur with some expediency. My years of service inside the group make me a trusted messenger and ally, and this makes me uniquely positioned to deliver collectively teams within the District who do not ordinarily align round what must be their frequent trigger. Sound insurance policies will not be sufficient – partnerships and the power to affect and produce numerous views to a collaborative desk are crucial. I come from an immigrant and dealing class background, have kids who attended/attend NYC public faculties, have spent my skilled profession within the schooling, youth growth, and social justice discipline, am a working mother, and have credibility as somebody who has been displaying up in our group for over 20 years. I’m able to persuade people who all of us must be afforded and have a proper to well being care, schooling, local weather justice, financial prosperity and talent to stay in dignity no matter our standing, race, or background. I’ve a protracted historical past of standing along with these most affected to struggle for his or her wants, even when completely different from my very own, and can proceed to take action.
In case you are a challenger, in what manner has the present board or officeholder failed the group (or district or constituency)
It is an empty seat.
How do you suppose native officers carried out in responding to the coronavirus? What if something would you’ve got finished in a different way?
The response for our native officers was insufficient. Due to their lack of well timed intervention, a bunch of group members and I responded. I co-founded Frontline Meals Queens, injecting over $700,000 for native eating places and offering 50,000+ meals to Queens hospital employees, meals pantries, nursing houses, and NYCHA. I’m a founding member of the Astoria Mutual Help Community and a volunteer driver for Lifeline Groceries, delivering free contemporary produce and groceries for households who have been unable to obtain authorities help . I’ve additionally labored with Astoria Welfare Society to offer COVID aid and ready meals by Frontline Meals Queens for the Bangladeshi group. I did not sit again and watch: I organized, collaborated with neighbors, and carried out mutual support help of the best integrity and principals and proceed to this present day.
This expertise has allowed me to see precisely what was lacking, and replicate on how I’d have responded. First, there are already ample group teams which are and have been doing on-the-ground work for years, and are trusted group companions; I’d have partnered with them and offered them with the sources they would wish to scale. I’d have acted extra rapidly to make sure that even those that weren’t eligible for federal support may entry the meals they wanted, and pushed the state authorities to contemplate aid for small landlords affected by the lease freeze. Relating to vaccine distribution, I’d have shaped extra partnerships with native mother and pop pharmacies from day 1, which might have additionally infused more cash into the native economic system, in addition to medical clinics in the neighborhood, to extend the numbers of websites administering vaccines, and guaranteeing that they’re simply accessible to extra folks. I’d have financially supported the efforts of area people teams who’re elevating consciousness and educating group members in regards to the significance of being vaccinated. We might use on the bottom companions particularly since language, technical proficiency, mobility, and distrust undermine the power of those that want the vaccine most to get it. As an educator and mum or dad, I’d have demanded that the Division of Training do higher in offering high quality distant studying pedagogy, speedy entry to laptops, and free broadband providers. As well as, I’d have saved the REC facilities open in order that these needing supervision and help through the day for education would have obtained it.
It is vital to notice that COVID is just not over, and we will probably be feeling its results for years to return. This is the reason I help offering enrichment for college kids who’ve fallen behind because of the disruptions in schooling COVID brought on, funding free broadband for all college students, growing funding for community-run aid teams and repair teams which are already doing the work and have the group’s belief (together with NYCHA tenants’ associations – every ought to have their very own pot of emergency funding cash), and growing funding for presidency companies such because the Division for the Growing older, who serve the inhabitants that was most susceptible to the virus. We should develop our group hospital community, restoring beds we have misplaced, opening clinics in underserved neighborhoods, and guaranteeing equitable distribution of funding. The College Well being Program is mainly a group clinic, and must be funded as such. I’ll struggle to develop the funding and staffing of those applications, since in some circumstances they’re the one sources of medical consideration kids will obtain. I’ll push to incorporate faculty well being applications as community-based care facilities per the 1NYC plan, and improve their funding. We additionally must construct communities of care to offer psychological well being, vitamin and wellness providers offered by culturally-responsive group practitioners. We should deal with meals deserts by supporting partnerships to kind community-run gardens, open air produce markets, meals co-ops and different fashions which might present jobs in addition to high quality meals.
Describe the opposite points that outline your marketing campaign platform.
High quality, equitable schooling for all, help for small companies and the humanities, incapacity justice, inclusive public security, local weather justice and environmental points, really protected communities for all, and take care of and inclusion of seniors.
What accomplishments in your previous would you cite as proof you possibly can deal with this job?
I’ve spent most of my 22 years residing in Astoria working to construct a greater, fairer, extra inclusive, and greener group. I’ve organized with my neighbors and strangers to deal with crucial points round public well being, authorities transparency, local weather justice, meals insecurity, schooling and mutual support throughout my time right here and particularly in instances of disaster (from Superstorm Sandy to, COVID-19 aid). Each personally and professionally, I’ve been extensively concerned within the D22 group for a few years in lots of capacities and areas. I’m an inclusive chief with the confirmed capability to construct coalitions for change throughout the District and on this Metropolis.
Housing, zoning, and land use justice
For 10 years, I’ve served on Group Board 1 in Queens, the place I’ve pushed for transparency and rigor as we focus on crucial points, significantly round housing and zoning. I’ve been an advocate for bike lanes and different sustainable infrastructure initiatives. Two years in the past, I used to be appointed Chair of the Group Board Housing Committee as a result of I had a imaginative and prescient for addressing inexpensive housing–which Group Board 1 recognized because the primary challenge dealing with our group. I requested for a Vice Chair who lives in NYCHA housing, bringing a a lot wanted perspective to the Housing Committee. Below my watch, the Housing Committee introduced in visitor audio system who advocate for the homeless with the intention to dispel prejudices amongst Committee and Board members, and held boards in partnership with NYCHA Residents Associations to make sure views and enter from members of this group are proactively represented. I’ve led the cost to reject rezonings that can exacerbate gentrification, and push our elected officers to demand inexpensive housing that’s really inexpensive.
Youth empowerment and local weather justice
Via my 24 years of labor at International Children, together with the previous 11 as Govt Director, I’ve uplifted and supported youth organizing round many human rights points, particularly local weather justice and environmental sustainability, recognizing that younger individuals are those who will undergo most if we don’t undertake radical measures to deal with local weather change. Specifically, I helped deliver the weekly, youth-run Inexperienced Market to District 22, created and carried out a summer time management and paid internship program targeted on local weather justice with Lengthy Island Metropolis HS and William Cullen Bryant Excessive College, and supported youth-led census outreach work for the 2020 Census. Many younger folks from our District 22 group have been a part of International Children’s profitable local weather schooling marketing campaign which culminated within the New York Metropolis Council mandating local weather schooling in New York Metropolis public faculties. Below my watch, International Children has despatched youth leaders to the United Nations Local weather conferences, and to the UN Discussion board on Sustainability. I helped organized a paid vitality justice fellowship for NYC Excessive College college students along side CUNY Legislation, and helped make sure that International Children youth leaders have been deeply concerned within the Folks’s Local weather March and Local weather Strike.
Meals justice and mutual support
On the peak of the COVID-19 disaster in March 2020, I labored with a small staff of Astorians to discovered Queens Feeds Hospitals/Frontline Meals Queens. We raised cash to pay native eating places to make and ship every day meals to frontline employees at six Queens hospitals. We now have delivered over 50,000 meals thus far, and have now branched out to offer meals to meals insecure communities throughout Western Queens (together with NYCHA developments and meals pantries).
As well as, I’m a founding member of the Astoria Mutual Help Community, which now has over 1,500 neighbors who’ve self recognized in wanting to supply and settle for help from each other. Via our mutual support, we offer meals, groceries, help with housing points, group constructing occasions, free group ebook gala’s, a free retailer, and extra.
Final fall, the gasoline at one of many buildings at Astoria Homes was turned off, and remained off for 3 months. As a result of I’ve been doing this work for years, I had a community of Astoria Homes colleagues. Collectively we constructed a weekly lunch program in entrance of the affected constructing – with meals cooked by group members from throughout Astoria offered to Astoria Homes residents. We even offered takeaway containers so folks may heat up the meals within the microwave all through the week.
My efforts to mobilize grassroots response to group wants has been longstanding and existed years earlier than a proper mutual support existed inside Astoria. Instantly after Hurricane Sandy, throughout certainly one of my many journeys to deliver provides and sandwiches to residents there, I used to be instructed by a Rockaways resident that they have been sick of chilly meals and simply needed a sizzling meal. I listened and rapidly based Astoria Cooks for the Rockaways. Over two months, I mobilized neighbors and strangers in Astoria to cook dinner sizzling meals which we then took through caravan to out of doors websites within the Rockaways and arrange guerilla catering. We served over 4000 meals in entrance of libraries, close to public housing, and on sidewalks utilizing my entrance stoop as our launching pad.
I’ve labored with dad and mom on myriad schooling points, most notably the difficulty of elevated prepare noise at PS85Q, a Title 1 faculty which my very own kids attended. The prepare is roughly 30 ft from the college, and the noise was deafening. In the course of the heat climate when the college’s home windows have been open, PS85 academics needed to cease their classes each 2.5 to five minutes for roughly 2 minutes to attend for the subway to go by. The decibel readings have been at harmful ranges, and for many years, dad and mom had a “there’s nothing we will do about it” angle. We could not transfer the elevated tracks or the college, however I helped set up dad and mom anyway. We advocated for adjustments that might occur, and persuaded the MTA to exchange the tracks and switches to mitigate noise ranges,, obtained a $1 million electrical wiring improve for the college, and procured (by our native electeds) energy-efficient air conditioners. Now when heat climate got here, PS85 academics don’t have to open the classroom home windows and their instruction is just not disrupted by noise.
Lastly, as PTA president at two District 22 faculties, I helped fundraise and spearhead the event of a local plant and pollinator backyard at one faculty, a kids’s backyard and science botanical program at one other, and partnerships with such teams as The Hort, Greening Western Queens, and the Belief for Public Land. I’ve testified within the Metropolis Council on smaller class dimension, lobbied in Albany for absolutely funded faculties, and rallied with academics when finances cuts have been threatened.
Along with my organizing as a mum or dad, it has been crucial to my tenure as an Govt Director to make sure my values carry by to younger folks outdoors my speedy household. International Children is an anti-racist instructional group that empowers youth from underserved communities. As such we use crucial pedagogy, a human rights framework, restorative justice practices, and youth growth rules in our work. We work because the lead CBO in six group faculties, and 14 different excessive want faculties in all 5 boroughs.
One of the best recommendation ever shared with me was:
Endorsements do not matter. The individuals who stay within the district do.
What else would you want voters to find out about your self and your positions?
I’ve intensive positions on my web site, however would like to reply any particular questions folks have. Please attain out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-389-9493 to schedule a while to speak.