2009-04-10 / Community

Smith's Mobile Outreach Van Debuts In Rockaway

By Miriam Rosenberg

Patricia Rubin, representing Senator Malcolm Smith, cuts the ribbon on the mobile van for Operation Community Outreach. Joining Rubin are Katharine Pichardo- Erskine, executive director of district office operations for Senator Smith; CEO of Peninsula Hospital Robert Levine; Martha Taylor Butler, chief of staff for Assemblywoman Michele Titus; and Valerie West, democratic district leader. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Patricia Rubin, representing Senator Malcolm Smith, cuts the ribbon on the mobile van for Operation Community Outreach. Joining Rubin are Katharine Pichardo- Erskine, executive director of district office operations for Senator Smith; CEO of Peninsula Hospital Robert Levine; Martha Taylor Butler, chief of staff for Assemblywoman Michele Titus; and Valerie West, democratic district leader. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith kicked off a new program for his constituents when Operation Outreach, a new Mobile Outreach Program to allow people in the 14th Senatorial District to receive assistance with community issues, get free health screenings, education literature and information on jobs and volunteer work, was unveiled last Friday morning at the Far Rockaway Library.

Representing Smith, who was in Albany for budget negotiations, was Deputy Secretary to the Majority Leader Patricia Rubin.

"This was part of his [Senator Smith's] platform when he first ran for office," said Rubin, "to make government more accessible to the people."

The Far Rockaway Library on the corner of Central and Mott Avenues was the inaugural stop for the Mobile Outreach Van on April 3. The Far Rockaway Library on the corner of Central and Mott Avenues was the inaugural stop for the Mobile Outreach Van on April 3. The Outreach van also stopped at the Peninsula Library in Rockaway Beach in the afternoon.

Every Friday the van will visit different locations throughout Smith's district,

Inside the van, Smith's constituents can get free health screenings, education literature and information on jobs and volunteer work. Inside the van, Smith's constituents can get free health screenings, education literature and information on jobs and volunteer work. Cosmore Wenner, left, is one of the first Queens residents to take advantage of the services provided by the van as Dr. Michael Salamad -  the chief resident for family practice at PHC -  takes his blood pressure. Cosmore Wenner, left, is one of the first Queens residents to take advantage of the services provided by the van as Dr. Michael Salamad - the chief resident for family practice at PHC - takes his blood pressure.

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