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Phil Ragusa, chair of the Queens Republican Party, died Tuesday after a short battle with leukemia.


Phil Ragusa, chair of the Queens Republican Party, died Tuesday after a short battle with leukemia, party officials confirmed in a statement. He was 74.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our very distinguished Chairman, Phil Ragusa,” the statement said. “Chairman Ragusa will be remembered for his integrity and commitment to the democratic process and was viewed by many as not just a friend but a mentor.”

Ragusa died surrounded by family members, according to the statement.

His leadership survived a challenge to lead the county committee last year from former Congressman Bob Turner. Ragusa has been Queens GOP chairman since 2007.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Phil Ragusa’s passing and I feel terribly for his family,” said Northeast Queens Republican Club President Kevin J. Ryan. “But if there’s a bright side, we have an opportunity to rebuild the Queens GOP and move forward together, following the procedures and giving every committee member a voice. I hope we all work together in his memory.”

Viewing hours will be held Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Quinn-Fogarty Funeral Home, 162-14 Sanford Ave., Flushing.

 

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