NYS’s New Assemblymember Helping In Our Community – Asm. Pirozzolo Facilitates Donation Of Clothing To Project Hospitality From Korean Dry Cleaners Of SI



On Friday, January 27th, Assemblyman Sam Pirozzolo (R/C-Staten Island) facilitated the donation of hundreds of items of clothing from the Korean Dry Cleaners Association of Staten Island to Project Hospitality. The handoff was located at The Elks Lodge #841 on Richmond Avenue.


Assemblyman Pirozzolo honored Scott Gyuseok Lee and Moses Youngpyo Hong for their dedication and generosity to the Staten Island community.


“The generosity and tenacity of Staten Islanders never cease to amaze me and today’s donation, which will directly impact Staten Islanders in need, is no exception. said Assemblyman Pirozzolo. “I was proud to recognize Scott, Moses, and the Korean Dry Cleaners Association for their service and contribution to the greater good of Staten Island, and of course want to thank Reverend Terry Troia and Project Hospitality for their tireless dedication to over 36,000 of our neighbors. I furthermore want to acknowledge Tom Griffiths, Catherine Degaetano, and the folks at Elks Lodge #841 for their support in hosting this event.”

Scott Gyuseok Lee and Moses Youngpyo Hong honored by Asm. Pirozzolo. Image Credit -Asm. Pirozzolo

“I want to thank Assemblyman Pirozzolo, the Korean Dry Cleaners Association, and the Elks for coming together to help our Staten Island neighbors.” said Reverend Terry Troia “I have known Assemblyman Pirozzolo for many years and I am overjoyed to see him hit the ground running and I know it will be a pleasure working with him on things yet to come.”

“I was able to own and run a dry-cleaning business since I moved here in 1998 and wanted to give back to the community that supported and believed in me. I am honored and humbled to assist Assemblyman Pirozzolo in organizing a clothing drive for Staten Islanders in need.” Said Scott Gyuseok Lee


“I am honored to help my fellow Staten Islanders and look forward to doing such, again in the future. Thank you to Assemblyman Pirozzolo, Project Hospitality, the individual businesses who contributed to this effort, and the Elks for putting these clothes to good use.” Said Moses Youngpyo Hong


Group photo of Rerv. Troia, Asm. Pirozzolo, and Korean Dry Cleaners Association members. Image Credit – Asm. Pirozzolo

Scott Gyuseok Lee is the owner/operator of Victory Dry Cleaners located at 1726 Victory Blvd.

Moses Youngpyo Hong is the former President of the Korean Dry Cleaners Association of Staten Island.

Elks Lodge 841, located in Greenridge, is a chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a fraternal order with hundreds of thousands of members and a 150+ year history. They operate a network of nearly 2,000 lodges. Additionally, Elks serve as a generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships and as a friend to local veterans. (elks.org)

Reverend Terry Troia has been at the helm of Project Hospitality since 1985, first serving as their Executive Director and currently as President and CEO. A Reformed Church in America minister, she is also the pastor of the Reformed Church of Huguenot Park in Staten Island. Reverend Troia has served on several city and state wide boards including the NYC Commission on Economic Opportunity, the NYC Commission on AIDS, the NYC Temporary Commission on Day Laborer Job Sites, the NYC Committee to End Homelessness, the NYC Task Force for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth, NYC Inter-Agency Task Force on Youth Violence, and NYC HIV Housing Workgroup. Currently, she serves on the Mayors Clergy Advisory Council. (ProjectHospitality.org)

It is the mission of Project Hospitality to reach out to community members who are hungry, homeless or otherwise in need in order to work with them to achieve their self-sufficiency — thereby enhancing the quality of life for our community. Project Hospitality seeks to realize its mission both by advocating for those in need and by establishing a comprehensive continuum of care that begins with the provision of food, clothing and shelter and extends to other services which include health care, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, HIV care, education, vocational training, legal assistance, and transitional and permanent housing. (ProjectHospitality.org)

Banner Image: Group shot of Asm. Pirozzolo, Korean Dry Cleaners Association members, Rev. Terry Troia. Image Credit – Asm. Pirozzolo


Assemlymember Sam Pirozzolo

Sam Pirozzolo is a native Staten Islander. He is a frequent contributor to the Staten Islander, and is well-known and loved by people on both the Right and Left, in his North Shore community. Sam brings people together, instead of dividing, by speaking common sense and analyzing our island's, and city's, issues, with intelligence and concern for all. Sam Pirozzolo was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2022. The 63rd Assembly District represents parts of Richmond County. Sam has successfully operated his family’s optical practice for 33 years. He is the past president of Community Education Council 31 where he served for seven years. Some of his most notable accomplishments include the creation of a Gifted and Talented program for middle school students, the recommendation for the NYC Department of Education to hire retired police officers as school resource officers, and the successful fight for the immediate cleanup of toxic PCBs leaking from the light fixtures in school classrooms. As an education advocate, Sam has participated in historic litigation that led to the return of more than $4 billion to New York public schools. He also fought to ensure that co-located charter schools receive the same capital funding as their host public schools. While serving in the Legislature, Sam will work to support law enforcement officers with proper funding, fix broken bail and parole policies, and help small businesses grow and thrive in a stronger, more resilient economy.

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