This past Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s annual Spring Dinner Dance. While there were numerous elected officials in attendance, including the Honorable Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, I was lucky enough to spend some time with State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (an honoree that evening) and New York City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Senator Addabbo has been a friend to Woodhaven for many years, and his tireless work on behalf of our community has only been redoubled since he was elected to the New York State Senate. One instance to mention is when his office, while in transition to represent State Senate District 15, reached out to our Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) organization to volunteer assistance to the victims of the fire that destroyed 12 homes on 96th Street in Woodhaven on February 12, 2009.
Senator Addabbo knew that the vacancy left by his election to the State Senate had left a hole that would take time to fill with a special election. But his affection for our community, and his commitment to our residents, was more important than any geopolitical boundary. Thank you, Senator Addabbo.
What was just as impressive was the gracious extension of assistance from, at the time newly elected, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. While Councilwoman Crowley had spent quite a bit of time on the ground in November of 2008 meeting with the residents of Woodhaven prior to the election, her 30th Council District only covers half of Woodhaven - much more of her district is outside of our borders.
Within a day of the 96th Street fire, Councilwoman Crowley’s office and I were discussing how to best assist the fire victims. What Woodhaven appreciates most about her actions during that critical time was that the fire wasn’t even in her district. As with Senator Addabbo, Councilwoman Crowley reached across into the open district and extended a hand. Woodhaven thanks her for that and all of the times she has assisted us in the short four-plus months she has represented the 30th Council District.
My wife and I had a great time at the dance. But while we missed desert because we had to leave early, I’m happy to have been able to personally thank two people who care so much about what they do. The residents of Woodhaven are lucky to have such dedicated people representing us.
Vance B. Barbour
President, Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association