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Photo courtesy of state Sen. Jose Peralta's office
Cristina Furlong, a founding member of Make Queens Safer, was recognized with a Women of Distinction 2015 award at the Capitol in Albany.

A Jackson Heights advocate was honored this week for her dedication in fighting for safer New York City streets.

State Sen. Jose Peralta honored Cristina Furlong, one of the founding members of the organization Make Queens Safer, on Tuesday with a Women of Distinction 2015 award given by the state Senate.

“Ms. Furlong has worked tirelessly to advocate for pedestrian safety and to fight against reckless driving,” Peralta said. “Ms. Furlong and her group, Make Queens Safer, have been and continue to be relentless in their efforts to make our streets safer for New Yorkers.”

Furlong received the award, which honors outstanding women from the district whose contributions enrich the quality of life in the community, during the Senate’s 18th annual award celebration at the Capitol in Albany.

“On behalf of my group, Make Queens Safer, it is an honor not just for us, but for advocates for social change in my arena,” Furlong said.

Make Queens Safer was formed in late 2013 after three children were killed by reckless drivers in Jackson Heights in less than 10 months. Since then the group has focused on an education program working with schools and community groups, reaching out to everyone from the borough’s youth to local elected officials.

“Like the women honored in previous years, my commitment to the community will remain strong and rooted by the fact that our community deserves safe streets for all,” Furlong said.

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