Peninsula Hospital Center To Honor Mundy At Annual Ball
Mundy is a native of the Rockaways, born in the old Rockaway Beach Hospital, and a lifelong resident of Broad Channel. Mundy attended St. Virgilius Elementary School, Far Rockaway High School, CUNY and NYIT Colleges. He served in the U.S. Navy as a 3rd Class Petty Officer before joining the New York City Fire Department. After thirty years of service, Mundy retired as a Captain.
Always involved in his community, Mundy has served as both the President and Vice President of the Board Channel Civic Association, the United Community Association of Broad Channel Inc., St. Virgilius Parish Council and Trustee of St. Virgilius Church. Mundy originally became involved in civic and community affairs when he reorganized the Sea Scout Troop in Broad Channel during the early 1960's and proudly watched as the reorganized troop became part of the President's Honor Guard during the opening ceremony for the 1965 World's Fair. Mundy has also served on the negotiating team for the Broad Channel Land Sales program as well as the chair of several committees formed to obtain the new public school, library, parks, sewer system and most recently, the new Cross Bay Boulevard Bike Path.
In 1995 and 1996, Mundy was one of the first to discover that the salt marshes were disappearing in Jamaica Bay. In order to proactively address this critical issue, Mundy formed the Jamaica Bay Eco Watchers, an environmental group advocating for the restoration and funding to protect this great Rockaway resource. Last year, he was appointed by the New York City Council to the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Advisory Committee and additionally, serves on several citizens' advisory committees. In these and other capacities, Mundy has worked diligently with our elected officials, various local, City and State agencies and is known throughout the community as an expert on Jamaica Bay and our natural resources.
He is presently a member of Community Board 14 and chairs the Environmental, Parks and Public Safety Committees. As a member of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, he served as the project coordinator for the construction and completion of Tribute Park.
In 1997, Mundy became a founding member of the newly-created Peninsula Hospital Center Community Advisory Board representing Broad Channel. As an active member of the CAC, Mundy arranged speaking engagements in the community for members of the Hospital Center's administrative staff in an effort to "bring the Hospital Center into the community" and acquaint residents with the existing and new programs and services available at the hospital. He was elected to the position of Vice Chairman and in 2004, Mundy was elected to serve as Chairman. Mundy has consistently made it his priority to advocate for the hospital with our elected officials, educate the community and also bring the concerns and needs of the community back to the hospital. Recently, he has also brought his experience and expertise to the Hospital Center as it, along with all hospitals, finalized and updated its emergency preparedness plans.
Although Mundy has been extremely busy since his retirement in 1990, Mundy and his wife of 47 years, Mary, still find time to go skiing and traveling during the winter months and enjoy boating and sailing during the summer. His days would not be complete without interaction with his five children and fourteen grandchildren most of whom live close by and share Mundy's love for the community. Mundy will be presented with the Hospital Center's Community Service Award at this year's 99th Anniversary Ball.