(August 16, 2020 at 10:39pm)

QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee stated the following about the passing of former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, who served as president from 1986 to 2002, and was the first woman ever to have served in the position in Queens history:

“Claire Shulman was larger-than-life,” said Borough President LEE. “She did not waste time, and lived every single minute fully and with purpose. In a borough known for its trailblazers, few have led a life of dedicated public service as robust and as effective as Claire Shulman. You just couldn’t say no to Claire Shulman. She transformed the landscape of the City’s largest borough, and so much of what we see and enjoy today are the results of her extraordinary vision and decisions made over 18 years ago. No one loved Queens more than Claire Shulman, and in turn, she was widely respected and deeply loved.

“Unexpectedly thrust into the role of Borough President at a time of crisis and great uncertainty, Claire Shulman — an activist at heart and by nature — shepherded Queens for more than 16 years with grace, humility and an unrivaled determination to build a better borough for the families who call it home. I will personally miss her counsel and steady voice of reason, especially this year. The Borough of Queens salutes Claire Shulman, and our thoughts are with her children and extended family tonight.”

The Office of the Queens Borough President will host a special tribute in the coming days to honor the life and legacy of The Honorable Claire Shulman. Details to come.

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