Monday, April 26 at 11:00 AM

(April 23, 2021 at 10am)

QUEENS, NY – In a tribute to a Queens legend and trailblazer who was one of his most distinguished predecessors, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. will preside over a ceremony unveiling “One Claire Shulman Way” as the vanity address of Queens Borough Hall, the building where the late Claire Shulman served the people of Queens for 16 years as the borough’s first female borough president.

The outdoor ceremony will be held on Monday, April 26 at 11:00 AM in front of the main entrance to Queens Borough Hall, which has an official address of 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens.

A sign displaying “One Claire Shulman Way” as a vanity address for Queens Borough Hall will be unveiled during the ceremony, which will feature remarks from Borough President Richards, former Borough President and current Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, and Council Members Karen Koslowitz and Barry Grodenchik, who served in the Shulman administration. Mrs. Shulman’s children will be among those in attendance.

“Claire Shulman was a larger-than-life figure who consistently defied expectations with her uncanny ability to get things done for the people of Queens,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Her death last year was a huge loss to all of us who relied on her friendship and counsel, but we keep her legacy and memory alive by permanently and prominently affixing her name to Queens Borough Hall. From now on, everyone who visits the people’s house will see the name of Claire Shulman and reflect on the great work she did to build a better Queens. I can’t think of a tribute more fitting than to have Claire’s name attached to the building where she worked so tirelessly on behalf of the borough she loved so much.”

Claire Shulman served as Queens Borough President from 1986 until 2002. As the highest ranking elected official in a borough of over two million people, Mrs. Shulman had a role in a wide range of issues including those related to land use, development of the City’s expense and capital budgets, economic development, and health care.

As Borough President, Mrs. Shulman’s accomplishments included: the rezoning of dozens of neighborhoods to create appropriate zoning restrictions, generating reasonable and responsible development while preserving the character of the existing neighborhoods; the economic revitalization of many communities, particularly downtown Jamaica and western Queens; expansion of the Borough’s infrastructure; and increased funding for senior citizen centers, cultural programs and libraries.

Mrs. Shulman passed away on August 16, 2020 at the age of 94.

Members of the media planning on attending the April 26 ceremony are asked to RSVP via email at [email protected] or via phone at 718-286-2640.

WHAT:         QBP Richards Announces “One Claire Shulman Way” as Queens Borough Hall Vanity Address

WHERE:       In front of the main entrance to Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens

WHEN:         Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM

WHO:            DONOVAN RICHARDS, JR., Queens Borough President

MELINDA KATZ, Queens District Attorney

KAREN KOSLOWITZ, Member of the New York City Council and a former Deputy Borough President for Claire Shulman

BARRY GRODENCHIK, Member of the City Council and former chief administrative officer for Claire Shulman

ELLEN BAKER, Daughter of Claire Shulman

LARRY SHULMAN, Son of Claire Shulman

Members of the Shulman Administration

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