City Council Member On Hand To Promote Safety

Hundreds Get Free Face Coverings In Ben Kallos Organized Giveaway

Updated 2 weeks ago David Stone
City Council Member Ben Kallos organized the face covering distribution.
City Council Member Ben Kallos organized the face covering distribution.
© David Stone/Roosevelt Island Daily

Hundreds showed up for a face covering giveaway arranged by City Council Member Ben Kallos, Friday, on Roosevelt Island. Kallos was on hand, managing traffic and distributing.

PSD Deputy Chief Anthony Amorosa and RIOC Board Member Michael Shinozaki worked through the distribution event.
PSD Deputy Chief Anthony Amorosa and RIOC Board Member Michael Shinozaki worked through the distribution event.
© David Stone/Roosevelt Island Daily

A main component of New York City's battle against the coronavirus arrived outside Foodtown on Main Street, yesterday afternoon. Kallos and his team arrived well supplied and over a hundred lined up before the giveaway began.

As you can see in this video, the socially distanced line extended the entire block and beyond, as Roosevelt Islanders lined up for face coverings.

"When you wear a mask, you say, I respect you. That’s what the mask says to everyone you walk past. I respect you. I respect you. I respect your health, I respect your privacy, I respect your space, I respect you. I can do anything I want with myself. This is America. But I respect you. And out of respect for you, I wear this mask.” Governor Andrew Cuomo.

After a quick reorganization of groups between those who reserved in advance and those who didn't, the even went along swiftly.

Kallos pitched in for RSVPs. "I didn't want people to have to wait," he said.
Kallos pitched in for RSVPs. "I didn't want people to have to wait," he said.
© David Stone/Roosevelt Island Daily

A half-dozen Public Safety Officers stood by, supervised by Deputy Chief Anthony Amorosa. Board Member Michael Shinozaki was also on hand.

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