Respecting the past, Building the future


Richard Khuzami

Richard Khuzami


Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA).

Because of the tremendous growth in Old Astoria, especially around Hallets Point (which could potentially have over 5,000 new housing units), Mr. Khuzami has established, along with concerned neighbors, the “Old Astoria Neighborhood Association,” a 501c3 non-profit. OANA’s boundaries are East River to the North, 21st St to the East, Queensborough Plaza to the South, and the East River to the West. Members include any residents, business and property owners within these borders.

Our mission is to both educate and protect the interests and quality of life for all residents of this previously often neglected part of Astoria/Long Island City.

Mr. Khuzami has also worked as a professional musician and composer for over 50 years and worked in the International Trade, Logistics, and supply chain field.


Kevin Hernandez

First Vice President

Kevin Hernandez, president of GIL homes is an award-winning local developer and is an active participant in various community organizations throughout Astoria.

Diane Kantzoglou

Diane Kantzoglou


Diane is a Greek Canadian living in New York in Old Astoria since 1994.

Diane has been an entrepreneur since she was 21, owning multiple businesses in Canada, Europe and New York. She has now settled into a permanent career in Real Estate of which she loves and devotes most of her time.

Diane has been an advocate for the evolution of Old Astoria, to bring it to a premier residential and a tourist destination of New York City. She is a mother of 3, married happily for 40 years.




Claudia Cogar, Astoria Houses Resident Association, Retired

Frank Arcabascio

Frank Arcabascio

Frank Arcabascio, Director of 30th ave Business Association

Owner of Redken Saloon Salon on 30th ave .. we’ve served and supported the Astoria community, since 1981.


Johannes Schmidt

Johannes Schmidt, President and Founder of Alphaporting

Johannes Schmidt is the President of Alphaporting, a consulting agency specializing in Marketing, Risk, and Business Advisory to SMEs as well as PropTech and Fintech startup companies.

He’s a former Deutsche Bank VP with over 15 years of experience in real estate, financial operations, riskmanagement, portfolio operations, project management, and regulatory relations.

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