2011-07-06 / Features

Wager Honored in Street Co-Naming


Julie Wager Way is now the co-name of Broadway and Steinway Street in Astoria. Seen here is Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. with Julie Wager’s family holding the new street sign. 
Photos Amra Radoncic Julie Wager Way is now the co-name of Broadway and Steinway Street in Astoria. Seen here is Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. with Julie Wager’s family holding the new street sign. Photos Amra Radoncic Members of Julie Wager’s family along with Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr., state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Central Astoria Local Development Coalition President George Stamatiades, gathered together amid a friendly crowd on June 30 for the co-naming of the corner of Steinway Street and Broadway, Julie Wager Way.

Family, friends and local officials exchanged stories of their lost friend.

“Julie Wager was one-of-a-kind. He was a true champion for our neighborhood,” state Senator Gianaris said. “It makes perfect sense to name a portion of Steinway Street in his honor.”

Julie Wager, a native of Astoria, was the advertising director of the Queens Gazette; founder and president of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition for more than 30 years; president of the Steinway Astoria Partnership, formerly the Steinway Business Improvement District, president of the Steinway Street Merchants Association; a member for more than 30 years of Community Board 1 and chairman of its Industrial, Commercial, Cable TV and Communications (Economic Development) Committee; and member of the board of directors of the Variety Boys and Girls Club.


Laurie Wager, Julie Wager’s oldest daughter, speaking in front of a crowd on June 30 about her father. Behind her (l. to r.); Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) Vice President Tony Barsamian, CALDC President George Stamatiades, state Senator Michael Gianaris, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Peter Vallone Jr., Steinway Business Improvement District President Kevin Foley, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Executive Director Marie Torniali. Laurie Wager, Julie Wager’s oldest daughter, speaking in front of a crowd on June 30 about her father. Behind her (l. to r.); Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) Vice President Tony Barsamian, CALDC President George Stamatiades, state Senator Michael Gianaris, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Peter Vallone Jr., Steinway Business Improvement District President Kevin Foley, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Executive Director Marie Torniali. Wager suffered a spinal cord injury in 2000, but remained active in organizations for people with disabilities despite his paralysis.

He was born May 15, 1929 and died January 6, 2010 at the age of 80.

The street co-naming ended with the announcement of the annual fireworks show in Astoria Park along the waterfront.

—Amra Radoncic

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