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