Here we are in the second week of the new year of 2013, and at this time we again review our past year and Woodhaven’s elected officials who are so important to our Woodhaven.
This year our community was subjected to the redistricting of the election lines for our representatives for the State Senate and Assembly. These lines were also changed on the U.S. Congressional level. Parts of Woodhaven remained represented by Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo as our N.Y.S. Senator, and parts of Woodhaven remained represented by Honorable Michael Miller as our N.Y.S. Assemblyman.
Then on the U.S. Congressional evel, where previously Woodhaven was represented by Honorable Gregory Meeks, Honorable Robert L. Turner and Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez, all of Woodhaven is now covered by one representative, Honorable Nydia M. Valasquez. Our Woodhaven was very fortunate, for we had retained the same representatives even after this redistricting process.
This also meant that later in the year, our representatives would be candidates in the November 2012 Election. So now in this new year, we hopefully will experience a safe future in 2013.
In 2012, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsored a very successful “Everlasting Spring” Dinner Dance. The honorees were Our Woman of the Year 2012, Debra A. Hoffer, director of Field Operations Catholic Charities-Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center; Our Man of the Year 2012, Dr. Robert J. Castelli, longtime Woodhaven Podiatrist; Our Business Owner of the Year 2012, Michael “Mike” Brennan, owner of Mike’s Pub; Our Businessman of the Year 2012, Jaime “Jimmy” J. Illescas, owner of the new Tropical Restauran; and our Special Recognition Award 2012, St. Luke’s Nursery School. This dinner dance with these well-deserving honorees was very enjoyable.
Also during 2012 the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation again for the 34th year sponsored the “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2012” which has been chosen the “Best Street Fair in Queens.” It was a tremendous success. This day was as advertised “wonderful” and it was once again a happy, safe, enjoyable family day.
We had beautiful weather and in attendance were Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo, our N.Y.S. Senator, Honorable “Mike” Miller, our N.Y.S. Assemblyman, Honorable Eric Ulrich, our New York City Councilman, Honorable Elizabeth Crowley, our N.Y.C. Councilwoman, our excellent great elected officials.
Honored on this day was Mathew Xenakis, owner of Park Place Florist and president of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District. Also, Curtis Sliwa and Guardian Angels were spotted in the crowds. This well-attended festival also showcased our wonderful entertainers and Jamaica Avenue stores and businesses. It also displayed our beautiful homes and our stable strong community.
This past year, the Woodhaven Business Improvement Distric, which the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation founded and has administered since its inception, welcomed many new stores and businesses with large dollar investments on Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street. These monies are being spent on these new, as well as on our older, locations.
Our award-winning Woodhaven Business Improvement District continued into our 18th year with the cleaning of our avenue, graffiti vandalism removal and many promotions, most of all our holiday season “Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend.”
Before the holiday events, the saddest day in October occurred: Hurricane Sandy. This hurricane caused the loss of life, homes, and livelihoods. Our storeowners and business owners displayed their generosity and deep concern in the contribution of food and goods. All of Woodhaven came out to support the victims of this storm, our neighbors and friends.
During 2012, our 102nd Precinct has worked very hard to keep our communities safe. Our 102nd Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, who recently retired (our new captain is Captain Henry Sautner), and our professional 102nd Precinct police officers under his leadership, with the support of their lieutenants and sergeants, worked with us in our little town of Woodhaven.
As we enter 2013, we have a feeling of security, because of our NYPD, truly N.Y.’s Finest, has been evident throughout our great City of New York. This in spite of the eminent threat of terrorism. This is also a tribute to the leadership of our mayor, Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg and his excellent NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.
So now we look ahead with these fine leaders, our 102nd Precinct, our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and our Woodhaven Business Improvement District into another year of progress for our strong vital safe Little Town of Woodhaven.
Next week we will review the November 2012 Election, and our “wishes fulfilled” and our wish list for 2013. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, and may God bless America.