The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center at 6200 Beach Channel Drive in Arverne officially opened its doors on Sunday with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at the facility. The federally funded center serves many of the underserved families on the peninsula. Pictured, Dr. Peter Nelson, the center's Chief Operating Officer, in front of the sign naming the building in honor of Mary McNeal Meeks, the mother of Congressman Gregory Meeks, who was instrumental in getting much of the funding for the new center.
|Some of the politicians who helped to fund the new health center watch the ceremony. From left, they are former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman; City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., for whose father the building is named; the present Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall; and City Councilman Leroy Comrie, the council's Deputy Majority Leader. The father of Congressman Gregory Meeks and the rest of the Congressman's family attended the ribbon cutting. Zandra Meyers, the community relations director for the health center, with CEO Dr. Peter Nelson. Robert Levine, the Chief Operating Officer of the Peninsula Hospital Center, an affiliate of Addabbo FHC, walks to the flag raising ceremony with his Director of External Affairs, Liz Sulik. Assemblywoman Michelle Titus speaks at the ceremony. The County Tyrone Pipes, led by Dr. Peter Galvin played for the ceremony and the flag raising. After the ceremony, community residents were invited to a barbeque on the center's grounds. City Councilman Leroy Comrie, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Members of the County Tyrone Pipes raise the American Flag at a ceremony at the medical center. Cutting the ribbon on the new health care facility are, from left, Dr. Peter Nelson, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Claire Shulman, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., and Miguel Jimenez, the new Chair of the center's board of directors. |