2008-10-24 / Community

PHC To Honor Borough President Helen Marshall

Borough President Helen Marshall. Borough President Helen Marshall. Peninsula Hospital Center will honor Queens Borough President Helen Marshall as one of the esteemed 2008 honorees who will be celebrated at the 101st Anniversary Ball on Saturday, October 25 at El Caribe Country Club Caterers in Brooklyn. Marshall will be awarded the Public Official of the Year Award and will join Gertrude Oltchick, who will receive the Philan-thropic Community Spirit Award and Dr.s Peter A. Guiney, Sadhana Gupta and Aaron Nesoff, who are receiving the Outstanding Physician Commitment Awards for their work in the Hospital Center's Family Health Center. Marshall was elected as Queens Borough President in November 2001. She is the 18th Queens Borough President, the first African-American and the second woman to assume the post of the highest elected official in a borough with a population of more than 2.2 million people.

Marshall, a native New Yorker, has been in public service for 20 years. Before her election to the City Council, she was elected in 1982 to the first of five terms in the New York State Assembly. For eight years, prior to her election to the Assembly, Marshall was an early childhood teacher. In 1969 she left teaching to become the first Director of the Langston Hughes Library - a post she held for five years. She also was Director of the Elmcor Testing Assessment and Placement Program for eight years. In 1975, she became a Democratic National Committee Committeewoman and was elected in 1974 as a Democratic District Leader. Throughout her career, Marshall has been an advocate for public libraries, job training programs and economic development projects. She was a parent activist in the City's public schools for 15 years, a member of Community Board 3 for 13 years and a founder of the Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation. Borough President Marshall is a graduate of the City's public school system and has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Queens College. As the first minority and woman elected from the district, she worked to enrich and unify an extraordinarily diverse community. Before leaving the City Council, she served as Chair of the Higher Education Committee and was a member of the Housing and Buildings, Environmental Protection and Women's Issues Committees.

As Chair of the City Council's Higher Education Committee, Marshall successfully fought against the privatization of the City University of New York. As one of the founders of the Langston Hughes Library she provided funding for the expansion and upgrade of every library in her district. She has also been an advocate for quality health care, senior citizens and the environment. She secured funds to restore the City's free dental clinics, led the fight to prevent the sale of Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Center and has fought for many years to protect Flushing Bay from the impact of LaGuardia Airport. She also provided funding for two new senior centers in her district and for vans to transport seniors. Marshall was also the primary sponsor of legislation to relieve senior citizens' contributions to Medicare Part B.

She is married to Donald Marshall and is the proud mother of two children, Donald Jr., an electrical engineer, and Agnes Marie, who is employed in the fashion industry. Marshall also has two grandchildren, Chandler and Chasen.

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