FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2021
BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC ADAMS HONORS DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN COVID-19 EMERGENCY TASK FORCE
The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing that this past Friday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams led a ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall recognizing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s Emergency Task Force, which was formed during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist first responders and frontline workers.
Over the course of the pandemic, the task force was able to coordinate the procurement and delivery of 500,000 masks, 100,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, and 40,000 gloves to police and fire personnel, hospitals, nursing homes, and other entities in need throughout the state. The Emergency Task Force also helped deliver 50,000 pizzas to more than 40 hospitals and medical centers as an expression of gratitude to the health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic. They coordinated with the Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN) and the Schools Office for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn to deliver almost 1,000 iPads to 21 Catholic academies across Brooklyn and Queens.
“When COVID-19 sprung on our city without warning, everyday heroes sprang into action to help those in need. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s Emergency Task Force showed everyone what our borough is all about, helping to facilitate the delivery of hundreds of thousands of PPE, food, iPads for students, and more. I was proud to recognize members of the task force at Borough Hall, and pay tribute to their heroic sacrifices, which should not be forgotten as our city moves toward re-opening,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“Borough President Adams and his staff took the pandemic seriously early on and we collaborated with us on many of the donations that took place in and around Brooklyn. It’s been an honor to work with him. The Emergency Task Force team and I are grateful for the recognition and his sincere gesture of appreciation,” said Vincent LeVien, Director of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s COVID-19 Emergency Task Force.
At the ceremony, Borough President Adams presented the members of the task force with citations on behalf of the borough of Brooklyn, and thanked them for their tireless efforts to keep New Yorkers safe. City Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene also attended and offered kind words about the efforts of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Emergency Task Force.
Photo #1- Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams presents official proclamations honoring the members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s Emergency Task Force. Left to right: Dr. Victor Masi, Kim Sisto, David Morales, Dennis Fisin, Borough President Adams, Joseph Vega, Matthew McKeon-Slattery, Wilfredo Vega, Jr., Michael Tatsis, Vincent LeVien, Rob Rich. (Photo courtesy of: Erica Krodman/Brooklyn BP’s office).
Photo #2 – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recognizing the Director of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s Emergency Task Force Vincent LeVien. (photo credit: Diocese of Brooklyn)
Photo #3- Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn Emergency Task Force Director Vincent LeVien at Friday’s ceremony outside Brooklyn Borough Hall. (photo credit: Diocese of Brooklyn)