The East River Development Alliance, known as ERDA, is offering free tax preparation services in February and the first week in March, helping tax payers with the Earned Income Tax Credit and other benefits that may be overlooked.The three-year-old nonprofit mainly serves public housing residents in Long Island City and has helped open a bank in the underserved area as well as provide hundreds of free tax services. The group's executive director is a former Gioia staffer.To get the word out on the tax preparation services, the group sent out mailings to residents and tenants organizations that sport a photograph of Gioia and the nonprofit's chairman the Rev. Mitchell Taylor with a tax preparation client. Posters with the same photograph were also distributed in the neighborhood and adorn the building at 12-11 40th Ave. in Long Island City where the organization is located.Re
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