2007-11-23 / Community

'The Grand Madame of Rockaway'

Pictured here is the Grand Madame herself, Connie Taylor. Pictured here is the Grand Madame herself, Connie Taylor. Connie Taylor celebrated her 87th birthday on Saturday, October 20, with a newly formed Rockaway association, Friends Honoring Friends. Taylor is a long time resident of Ocean Bay Houses (formerly Arverne Houses).

For nearly 50 years, she has served the Rockaway community as a tenant advocate, tenant association president and President of the Resident Council of Presidents - Queens County, for the NYC Housing Authority.

The event was co-sponsored by the Addabbo Health Clinic, Ocean Bay CDC, St. John's Hospital, Andrew Langer (Century 21, Dunkin Donuts) and Jeremiah Gaffney. The celebration was held at the Imperial Room in Inwood. Also in attendance were New York State Assemblymembers Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus; New York City Council Member James Sanders; NYS committee member, Valerie West; NYC Housing representative, Willie Tryanham; Captain Brian McMahon and Community Relations Officer Juan Nunez of the 101 Precinct; former NAACP President, Lovette Glasgow; and family, friends, and community residents.

Assemblywomen Titus and Pheffer present Taylor with a joint proclamation. Pictured from left to right are Taylor's daughter Cynthia, Assemblymember Titus, Taylor, and Assemblymember Pheffer. Assemblywomen Titus and Pheffer present Taylor with a joint proclamation. Pictured from left to right are Taylor's daughter Cynthia, Assemblymember Titus, Taylor, and Assemblymember Pheffer. Shown here are the members of the Friends Honoring Friends committee. From left to right are Peggy Thomas, Bernadette Lunia, Jackie Bascom, Lizzie Brown, Fred Lewis, Renae Brown, Zandra Myers, Marcia Loyd and Bobbi Blair. Shown here are the members of the Friends Honoring Friends committee. From left to right are Peggy Thomas, Bernadette Lunia, Jackie Bascom, Lizzie Brown, Fred Lewis, Renae Brown, Zandra Myers, Marcia Loyd and Bobbi Blair. Pictured are Taylor with master of ceremonies, Fred Lewis, surrounded by friends, the committee and guests. Pictured are Taylor with master of ceremonies, Fred Lewis, surrounded by friends, the committee and guests.

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