The Board of Directors of the new Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation pose for The Wave’s camera at the organization’s launching party at the Beach Club on January 27.
The Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation celebrated its official coming-out at a party at the Beach Club on January 27. Among those attending the cocktail party were various community representatives; members of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office; Tino Hernandez (the chairman for the New York City Housing Authority) and Congressman Gregory Meeks.
Officer George Torres (101 Precinct), Jesse Sligh (Executive Assistant District Attorney for Queens County), Detective Willie Olmeda (101 Precinct), Felix Martinez, Jr. (Assistant District Attorney for Queens County) and Barbara Kavanagh (Assistant Director for Investigation and Security at the Queens Library) get together for a photo of some of Queens’ heavy hitters in keeping the public safe.
Meeks called the new community development corporation a dream that has become a reality, and he credited those who worked for so long to make it happen – especially Connie Taylor and the late Sylvia Jackson.
Mike Daly, the chairman of the board for Ocean Bay, talked about a goal of the new community development corporation (CDC).
Mike Daly (the chairman of the board for Ocean Bay) and Patricia Simon (the organization’s executive director) act as hosts for the evening’s program.
“[Our] real target is revitalization of the Ocean Bay community,” said Daly. “With all the help…we can’t help but be successful.”
Patricia Simon, the executive director for Ocean Bay, told The Wave how the new community development corporation got started.
“The residents of the formerly named, Edgemere Houses and Arverne Houses have been working to put the CDC together since 1997,” said Simon. “They incorporated in 1999.”
Michelle Villagomez and Barbara Kavanagh (from the Queens Library) and Ken Schubert (manager of the Far Rockaway Library) enjoy a light-hearted moment during the cocktail party.
The CDC’s first year of existence will be spent building staff and used “to inform residents [on the peninsula] about what’s going on in the community and about services that are available to them.”
Simon went on to say that in the future they “hope to address workforce development, youth development, public safety as well as economic development projects.”
Eric Lemon and Ed Stoute provide the entertainment for the evening.
Ocean Bay, she continued “intends to be a player in the economic development and the resurgence of the Rockaways.”
Although the new nonprofit organization’s target area is from Beach 40 Street up to Beach 74 Street, Simon promised that no one from the peninsula would be turned away.
The Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation has already established a partnership with the New York City Housing Authority. Simon added that, over time, more partnerships would be developed in the Rockaways.
Detective Willie Olmeda and Officer George Torres (101 Precinct’s community affairs officers) greet Connie Taylor (a CDC board member) on their way into the celebration.
|Patricia Simon (far right), the Executive Director of the Ocean Bay CDC, displays the first check for the Sylvia Jackson Scholarship Fund with Jackson’s daughters. Ocean Bay’s Chairman of the Board, Mike Daly, made the presentation to Jackson’s daughters. The fund is named for the first chair and one of the initial founders of the CDC.One of the first things U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks (left) does when he arrives at the Beach Club is join Ocean Bay board members for a photo-op.|