Parks & DOT Commissioners Honored At CALDC Dinner
Area civic leaders and elected officials came to Long Island City on the evening of November 30 to honor city Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and city Department of Transportation Commissioner Maura McCarthy. The ceremony, which was held in the top floor dining room of the Sheraton Four Points in Long Island City, was part of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s (CALDC) first annual Community Celebration Dinner.
Sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings bank, the event featured many prominent business owners and elected officials including City Comptroller John Liu, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymembers Aravella Simotas, Cathy Nolan and Marge Markey, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., as well as CALDC President George L. Stamatiades, Executive Vice President and Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian, Executive Director Marie Torniali, Directors Linda Perno and Walter Sanchez and Treasurer Lucille T. Hartmann. Also present was Ed Babor representing Congressmember Carolyn Maloney.
The commissioners were honored with citations and proclamations. CALDC also presented both honorees with a special gift of recognition. Lewandowski received a flower pendant and McCarthy received a car pendant.– Jason D. Antos