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Jackson Heights street co-named after late civic leader


Nov. 18, 2016 Staff Report

A block on 74th Street was named after a longtime Jackson Heights leader today.

Several local politicians, family members, and community members gathered to celebrate Emma Brandt, a neighborhood leader who died a year ago, by co-naming the block on 74th Street between 30th and 31st Avenues “Emma Brandt Way.”

Brandt was deeply involved in the community. She was a member of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association for more than 50 years, joining in 1961 and serving as president from 1987 to 1989, and served on Community Board 3 for nearly three decades.

She was also a member of the Jackson Heights Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Elmhurst Hospital Advisory Board, the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, and the Queens American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, holding leadership positions in many of the groups. Brandt was also named “Woman of the Year” by former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.

“Devoted service to one’s community deserves to be lauded and recognized, and I can think of no better tribute to such an accomplished woman than by having the street she called home forever bear her name,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides.

“Emma was a real trooper and always made herself available to all.  Today this community comes out to say thank you to Emma for her community service.  If she were here today and walked past her name on this corner, she would smile and say ‘job well done,’” added President of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association Donna Raymond.

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