Robert Salant, director of community relations at Flushing House, announced his retirement from the organization this week after 17 years.
As director of community relations at Flushing House, Salant has been responsible for the development and execution of communications media and public relations initiatives, which promote and support Flushing House’s mission to contact with editors and reporters to pitch stories, write and place press releases, to produce and distribute printed media such as brochures, flyers and newsletters, and to organize the placement of display ads in media.
He also contributed as the website writer and editor.
Salant maintained ongoing relations with government officials and advocated for the needs of Flushing House. He secured a new bus from the New York State Department of Transportation, secured Local Discretionary Fund grants from Legislators for a Computer Learning Center, and obtained a CCTV magnifier for small print publications. He coordinated the Flushing House annual Galas and established the annual Rose Kryzak Senior Leadership Awards, named after the famous resident of Flushing House who spearheaded passage of the EPIC bill in 1987.
He created the Flushing House tagline, “celebrate living every day” and also the parent organization’s tagline, “Expanding Horizons For Older Adults.”
He served as a long-time member of the board of Queens Interagency Council on Aging, and is a former board member of the Queens Historical Society.
Salant served as Public Relations Director of Jamaica Water Supply Company before the firm was purchased by New York City. He also served as the Senior Writer for the Public Affairs and Marketing Department at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Queens.
Robert and his wife Deborah reside in Franklin Square in Nassau County.