While serving as the executive director of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Gary Giordano joined the board in 1989 at a time he says was very different than how the community is today.
“When I started in 1989, that year there were more than 1,200 robberies in District 5 and there were more than 4,000 burglaries,” Giordano recalled. “The numbers today are essentially one-third of what they were. So crime has gone down and safety has improved.”
Aside from playing a role in creating a safer community through his work with the board, the Our Lady of Hope graduate - and later a graduate of St. Francis Prep and Pace University – said he is most proud of their work at cutting back the pollution and dumping hubs once found throughout the district.
“Illegal dumping was a huge problem back in the mid-90s,” he said. “There were mountains of trash and construction debris at 10 different locations, and we worked hard to get that cleaned up.”
Dozens of elected officials and community members paid their respects for his hard work at last week's CB5 meeting at Christ the King High School in Middle Village.
"I commend Gary for his 25 years of dedication and service to CB5,” said Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi. “His commitment to the communities served by Board 5 has been marked with tireless devotion and demonstrate his dedication to public service. I congratulate him for this achievement."
Along with a proclamation presented by State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblywoman Marge Markey joined her colleagues Hevesi and Cathy Nolan to present Giordano with a similar recognition.
“It is a great pleasure for our Assembly delegation to present this honor,” Markey said. “Gary’s dedication to our community and CB5 has helped make this board one of the most effective in the entire city, and every resident of our neighborhoods is grateful for his continuing service.”