With more than 5,000 families living in the 4,605-apartment complex in Corona, her role is to lead the organization to inform, educate and empower the residents.
The tenants association also serves as a bridge among tenants, management and the broader community.
Among their top concerns is keeping tenants safe, as well as adequate heat and hot water.
“Safety is always a priority because we have a lot of children here,”she said.
That’s why the LeFrak City community was shocked after a ten-year-old boy, Shree Panthee, was fatally struck by a city sanitation truck last week in front of the building complex.
Dunston said representatives from the Department of Transportation had been at “every one of my meetings” before the incident to explore different ways to make the area safer.
“It’s just a busy area,” she said. “We’ve got more malls, so we got more people. It’s really become a city in a city. It’s a lot of people moving around all day.”
Dunston, who also works as a crossing guard supervisor for the 110th Precinct, said the tenants association will continue to work with management, the community and city agencies to make sure LeFrak City stays safe.
The association, which has been around for more than four decades, hosts meetings every other month. Their board meets every month.
“I want to work very hard to make sure that this doesn’t happen over here again,” Dunston said.