2003-08-01 / Community

Drive Honors Assemblywoman Rhodd-Cummings

By Brian Magoolaghan
Drive Honors Assemblywoman Rhodd-Cummings By Brian Magoolaghan


Michael Cummings thanks everyone for attending.Michael Cummings thanks everyone for attending.

The life and work of the late Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings was celebrated last Saturday afternoon as residents, elected officials and representatives from the many civic groups to which she belonged gathered to rename an Edgemere street in her name.

Hon. Pauline Rhodd-Cummings Drive is north of Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 25 Street and Camp Road. It runs north/south through a neighborhood known to many as Deerfield, where people still sit on their front steps on a nice afternoon.

As master of ceremonies, City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. introduced New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and speakers from the Deerfield Area Civic Association, Community Board 14, the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation and the New York City Police Department. Members of the assemblywoman’s family, religious leaders and others also shared their memories and expressed happiness over the tribute.

In 1998, Rhodd-Cummings became the first-ever woman of Caribbean descent to be elected to the assembly. She was a Far Rockaway resident for 25 years and was recognized by her peers in the assembly and many local residents as someone who cared very much about that area.


Unveiled! With the tug of the string, family members reveal the sign marking the new Hon. Pauline Rhodd-Cummings Drive.Unveiled! With the tug of the string, family members reveal the sign marking the new Hon. Pauline Rhodd-Cummings Drive.

Rhodd-Cummings passed away last year at the age of 56, after a yearlong fight with cancer.


The Rockaway Development and Revital­iz­at­ion Corporation’s Executive Director Cur­tis Archer with son Julian on his shoulders.The Rockaway Development and Revital­iz­at­ion Corporation’s Executive Director Cur­tis Archer with son Julian on his shoulders.Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska, l, and State Senator Mal­colm Smith break from conversation to share a smile with Wave readers.Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska, l, and State Senator Mal­colm Smith break from conversation to share a smile with Wave readers.

City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. wel­com­es the crowd. Sanders said he was proud to name a street after a local hero.City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. wel­com­es the crowd. Sanders said he was proud to name a street after a local hero.Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lindahl speaks on behalf of the 101 Precinct. Lindahl described Rhodd-Cummings as a genuinely nice person who cared about Far Rockaway.Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lindahl speaks on behalf of the 101 Precinct. Lindahl described Rhodd-Cummings as a genuinely nice person who cared about Far Rockaway.

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