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Maria A. Thomson, longtime advocate and leader for Woodhaven, has died.

One of Woodhaven’s strongest advocates and community leaders, Maria A. Thomson, has died according to a statement released by Councilman Eric Ulrich on Facebook.

“She was a legend and someone who truly cared,” Ulrich said in the statement. “Maria had a heart of gold and dedicated decades of her life to the betterment of her neighborhood and borough.”

Thomson is well-known in Queens for giving her time to a number of civic organizations. She served as president of the 102nd Precinct Community Council, executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, founder of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and was a member of Community Board 9 and the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

Thomson is also the founder of the Woodhaven Residents’ Security Patrol, was named the first and only 102nd Precinct Honorary Police Officer of the Month and actively worked to keep Fire Engine Company #293 open and protect the Forest Park Carousel.

This is a developing story and no further details are available at this time. Check back with QNS.com for updates.

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Danny Ruscillo January 11, 2018 / 11:32AM
R.I.P Maria your heart was always for the people and Community, you surely will be missed.
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