Plan anniversary vigil

After the gas explosion last April that claimed his wife’s life and devastated his family, Dindial Boodram said he and his three sons could not have asked for more heartfelt support from the people of Floral Park.

So it is only fitting, then, that one year later, on April 24, the Boodrams will mark the anniversary of the tragedy surrounded by friends, family and the local community.

“The community helped me so much and I want to meet everybody,” Boodram told The Courier, emphasizing that all are welcome at the 4:30 p.m. candle light vigil, to be held at 80-50 260th Street, where his home once stood. “I want people to come and pray and show their support once more.”

Boodram expects that close to 100 people will join him to celebrate the life of Ghanwatti, who was 40 when she perished in the explosion, leaving behind three sons, now between the ages of eight and 11.

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) faulted Con Edison with failing to stave off the tragedy and may fine the utility company $1 million in civil penalties. Con Ed, which said in a recent statement that it “deeply regret[s] the loss of life or an injury at any time,” instituted a new emergency response protocol in the wake of the explosion.


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