Pheffer, St. Mary, St. Gertrude's Honor Barden
Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer (D-Queens) was pleased to join St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude's Church on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at their 2009 Dinner Dance, 'Faith, Family and Unity' to honor Joseph G. Barden as their Man of the Year.
An alumnus of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Far Rockaway and Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Elmhurst, Queens, Barden is also a life-long parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea R.C. Church. He has been very active with the St. Mary's Alumni Association and serves as editor for its well received and highly anticipated newsletter, Action News. Barden has also spearheaded the drive to finance much-needed improvements to the school building through the Alumni Association's very successful "Big Raffle."
In his professional career, Barden has been with Margert Community Corporation since 1987, and his invaluable service with Margert has helped earn them the reputation of one of New York State's premier local program administrators for many of its affordable housing programs and services.
Barden is recognized as a leader within many of New York State's affordable housing networks, and many of the models of partnership and leveraging he has long advocated have been realized throughout the city and state. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State and the Association for Energy Affordability.