Saluting Mccaffrey on Woodside Street

Elected officials and Woodside residents paid tribute to the late former City Council Member Walter McCaffrey last Saturday, May 17, by renaming the corner of Woodside Avenue and 61st Street in his honor. McCaffrey (portrait in left photo) represented the 26th City Council District between 1986 and 2001 and was recognized as a staunch advocate for his native Woodside and the communities of Sunnyside, Maspeth, Long Island City and Astoria. Among those who spoke at the event was City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (left photo, at podium), who now occupies the Council seat McCaffrey once held. Among the other participants in the renaming ceremony, as shown in the right photo, include Rep. Joe Crowley, chair of the Queens County Democratic Party; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; State Sen. Michael Gianaris; Assemblywomen Catherine Nolan and Margaret Markey; Assemblyman Michael DenDekker; Community Board 2 Chairperson Joseph Conley; former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.; and long-time Democratic District Leader Gertrude McDonald.

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