2018-04-25 / Front Page

Street Co-Naming In Memory Of Jack M. Friedman

Elected officials and community leaders gathered to announce that the southwest corner of 254th Street and Union Turnpike has been co-named in memory of a great leader in the community, Jack M. Friedman. Mr. Friedman was a tireless advocate for multiple Eastern Queens institutions, including SNAP Senior Center, Queens Chamber of Commerce, and the Bellerose Jewish Center. United States Congress Member Thomas R. Suozzi, New York State Assembly Member David I. Weprin, and New York City Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik, along with local community leaders, joined the family of the late Jack M. Friedman for the occasion.

“Jack Friedman was an exceptional person who devoted his life to the needs of the people of Queens and especially his home communities in Eastern Queens. I am happy to have sponsored the street co-naming for him and will think fondly of him every time I drive past what will now be Jack’s corner at Union Turnpike and 254 Street,” said Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik.
“Having a street named after you is no small feat. It is testimony to what an exceptional person Jack Friedman was. His lifelong and selfless dedication to the borough of Queens will continue to be felt by generations of Queens residents. This intersection and its street sign will serve as a perpetual tribute to ‘Mr. Queens,’” said Congress Member Thomas R. Suozzi.
“It is hard to believe that three years have gone by since Jack M. Friedman passed away,” said US Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens). “Jack was a great advocate and resource for the business community in Queens, and he worked tirelessly to assist local business owners and strengthen our borough’s economy. I miss working with him and tapping into his expertise. I also miss the excitement and enthusiasm he constantly showed for helping entrepreneurs succeed. Co-naming this street is a wonderful way to honor his memory and pay tribute to the outstanding work he did for Queens. I am proud to support ‘Jack M. Friedman Way,’ and I thank Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik for all his work in making it happen.”
“The co-naming of 254th street as ‘Jack M. Friedman Way’ could not be a more appropriate way to honor a man so dedicated to his community and the borough of Queens. Jack not only served as the Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and as my Chief of Staff during my time in the New York City Council, representing the best interests of Queens at the Chamber and helping guide me through the council as Chair of the Finance Committee, but also spent his free time volunteering for a number of organizations across our borough,” said Assembly Member David I. Weprin. “Jack’s impact on our community was tremendous, and I am proud to join my colleague in government Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik to honor and celebrate Jack M. Friedman with this co-naming.”
“Jack and I knew each other and worked together for some three decades,” stated Corey Bearak, Chair of the Boards of Services Now For Adult Persons (SNAP) and the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council (NEQJCC). “His most distinguishing feature was putting family, friends, colleagues, and the public before himself. We served on Community School Board 26 (which I left after one term as planned) where Jack’s colleagues later elected him President. After Jack left Council Member David I. Weprin’s staff to run the Queens Chamber of Commerce, I recruited him to join NEQJCC’s board, on which he eventually served as President. In return, Jack got me involved with the Chamber, and then I got him involved with the Gotham Networking Group. We also served together, until his passing, on the SNAP board, which we collaborated to strengthen, and on Community Board 13. As one might imagine, Jack proved an invaluable connector for so many.”
“The Queens Chamber of Commerce and I were deeply honored and proud to participate in the street co-naming ceremony for Jack M. Friedman, my friend and predecessor,” said Thomas J. Grech, President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “I became a member of the Queens Chamber after meeting Jack and enjoyed working with him immensely. It is no small feat having his beloved New York Mets own the best record in the National League, and I am sure Jack had something to do with that.”
“My family and I are so thrilled and honored to have Jack M. Friedman Way forever in Queens. My father, ‘Mr. Queens,’ dedicated his life to this borough and the people in it. Every time we drive by, we will be reminded of the incredible impact he made on all of our lives,” said Cara Friedman, daughter of Jack M. Friedman.

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