Krokondelas, 52, known as a loving father

Peter George Krokondelas passed away on Saturday, May 29, from a sudden heart attack at the age of 52. Born on March 23, 1969 in Queens, he will be remembered as a man who was devoted to his family and dedicated to his clients.

Tom Grech, President of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, became close with Krokondelas in Malvern where they both lived. He described him as a Queens man “through-and-through.”

Their sons played baseball and the two bonded together over Little League games.

“I’ll always remember Peter for how dedicated he was to his wife and kids,” said Grech.

Krokondelas worked for the lobbying firm Kasirer at the time of his passing. Company president Suri Kasirer described him as a warm and engaging individual who always had a smile on his face. 

“Whether it was an elected official or someone in a community complaining about the sound of construction, he treated everyone the same with a sense of respect a decency,” Kasirer said.

Costa Constantinides former member of Council District 22 and CEO of the Varisty Boys & Girls Club worked for Krokondelas’s father at Chase. He said that the young Krokondelas was a gentleman in every sense of the word.

“He was really one of the good guys in this business, and we all have a story about how his kindness made a positive impact on our lives,” he said. 

Krokondelas made close connections over the course of his career in all aisles of the political world. Bill Driscoll is the principal of The Driscoll Group and met Krokondelas on the campaign trail when Krokondelas worked as a political consultant for The Advance Group.

“I’ve known him for over 20 years and even if we were on the other side of a campaign, he was always warm and professional,” Driscoll said. 

Councilmemeber Jim Gennaro described Krokondelas as a close friend and a confidant. The two met when Krokondelas was assigned to Gennaro’s first City Council race by The Advance Group. According to Gennaro, he was an “in-the-trenches” kind of guy, who did everything from help with fundraising, provide input on literature pieces, and listen passionately during late-night discussions.

“When you saw his name pop up on caller ID it was always a call that you always wanted to pick up,” Genmaro said. “We talked business, but there was camaraderie and a real sense of brotherhood. He was one of the best in this business and a lot of people are going to miss him.”

CB 17 to host Virtual Health Fair this Saturday

Brooklyn’s Community Board 17 is hosting a virtual health fair via Webex on Saturday, June 5th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

Victor Jordan, 1st Vice Chairperson of Community Board 17 put together the event to highlight wellness in the community. “It’s designed to improve people’s wellness and focus on COVID because of the the deaths that amounted this year,” said Jordan.

Panelists from NAACP, Beacon Eldercare, Plant Powered, Weill Cornell Medicine,  Metro New York, and University of Albany the healthcare field will be discussing a plan to eliminate health disparities.

The fair will have three panels focusing on COVID-19, Wellness, and Telemedicine, respectively.  

The Brooklyn Star caught up with one panelist, the esteemed Yvonne Murphy, CEO of Beacon Eldercare.

With more than 20 years of experience with long term care, health care, housing options, consulting and supporting families who are caring for elderly loved ones, Yvonne Murphy is known to be the “champion of innovative and diverse care plans for those with special needs.”

“Focusing on these three items will help the community better understand how to secure and access services in our current climate with the stress of COVID 19 that has affected everyone in some capacity,” said Yvonne Murphy, CEO of Beacon Eldercare.

“There are still questions about how to access services to assist our seniors and disabled in the community that will continue to need care in the future. Having public forums about Telemedicine, wellness and COVID will keep our community informed and armed with the resources necessary to remain safe in their homes,” Murphy added.

The event is for anyone and everyone interested. “One of the major benefits to the public that attend this fair is access to a platform of professionals,” said Murphy. “These professionals will be from the medical industry, the hospital healthcare system, the homecare industry, major Universities, and national organizations that have championed the fight for fair and equal access to services in the community.”

Dwight Williams of the University of Albany will be on the COVID-19 panel, and will be referencing the Tuskegee Experiment and how it relates to vaccine hesitancy. “I will be talking about the recent data of the COVID-19 virus and how it not only relates to the nation or New York City but to Kings County and parts of the borough,” said Williams.

Click here to attend the virtual health fair.

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