I have read with much sadness the news of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa.

I have met him on many occasions during a number of political campaigns I was involved with. This was at former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign kickoff in Queens, former state Sen. Frank Padavan’s campaigns and finally at events for Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich, who ran for City Council and state Assembly.

I found Ragusa personable and honest and a man of integrity. I also found him to be concerned for the community and its residents and someone who wanted to make things better with his ideas and goals for the betterment of all concerned.

Now for that I say Ragusa will be truly missed, for he was the voice of all we hold most dear.

God bless you, Phil, for all you stood for, and let me also offer my heartfelt prayers for your family, who will be missing and grieving at this sad time of mourning.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

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