2017-09-20 / Front Page

UCCA Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Bash In Astoria

BY DAN MILLER AND ALEX GARRETT


(L. to r.); NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYC Councilman Costa Constantides, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, NYS Sen. Michael Gianaris, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, and NYS Assemblymembers 
Photos Dan Miller/DMD IMAGES (L. to r.); NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYC Councilman Costa Constantides, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, NYS Sen. Michael Gianaris, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, and NYS Assemblymembers Photos Dan Miller/DMD IMAGES On Thursday evening, September 14, the United Community Civic Association turned 25 years young. To celebrate their landmark anniversary, Rose Marie Poveromo held court, thanking all of the local community leaders, representatives from the police, fire communities and most of the local elected officials who represent Astoria.

While the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) president thanked those who provided needed services to her community, she and her organization received accolades for the work they have been doing for more than a quarter of a century.

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer told everybody about Rose Marie Poveromo’s unusual way of meeting with elected officials: Poveromo would invite them to her garden, basement, garage or just to join her for dinner, a traditional home-cooked Italian dinner with all of the fixings. State Senator Michael Gianaris shared tidbits about his relationship with Poveromo and the United Community Civic Association.


(L. to r.); NYS Assemblyman Michael G. DenDekker, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, and Assemblymember s Aravella Simotas and Brian Barnwell. (L. to r.); NYS Assemblyman Michael G. DenDekker, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo, and Assemblymember s Aravella Simotas and Brian Barnwell. While not a founder of UCCA, Rose Marie Poveromo has been the president all 25 years of the organization’s existence, since it started in 1997. She has seen elected officials come and go and refused to rate New York City’s mayors, but she made it clear how she felt about every elected official who attended the anniversary party and spoke about the organization and particularly her history with UCCA.

Other speakers and participants included City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Costa Constantides and City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymembers Michael G. DenDekker and Aravella Simotas, Department of Correction Deputy Commissioner Dr. Nichole Adams-Flores, NYPD Assistant Chief, Borough Commander Juanita Holmes, Commanding Officers from the 114th Precinct: Deputy Inspector Peter M. Fortune and 115th Precinct: Inspector Michele Irizarry, SHAREing & CAREing President and Founder, Anna Krill, Con Edison Director of Queens Public Affairs Carol Conslato, and senior representatives from Mt. Sinai Queens Medical Center and the Port Authority of NY & NJ.


(L. to r.); NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, NYS Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides. 
Photo DanMiller/DMDIMAGES (L. to r.); NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, NYS Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo and NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides. Photo DanMiller/DMDIMAGES United Community Civic Association joins together the communities of Astoria and its surrounding areas through multiple annual events that help the communities it represents become more aware of what city and local services are available to them. UCCA invites community members to attend their monthly meetings at which elected officials speak about improvements that are in the works in these neighborhoods. UCCA also acts as a sounding board for the concerns and problems that residents experience. Rose Marie Poveromo has been connecting local residents with elected officials or service organizations in the community to help make life easier in the borough.

Most of the elected officials who attended the 25th anniversary party of UCCA celebrated Poveromo’s contributions to the improvement of the quality of life in these communities.

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