The sudden and tragic death of Queens Civic Congress President Patricia Dolan has left the civic community shocked and grief stricken.
She was struck and killed by a vehicle on her way to a community board committee meeting on the evening of November 15.
Dolan was a person who dedicated herself to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. She was not only concerned with local issues in her community but with county and city-wide issues, such as education, transportation, the environment, libraries and zoning.
As part of her job as president of the Queens Civic Congress, an organization made up of over 100 civic and community groups, Dolan frequently testified at city agency hearings, wrote letters to city officials and the newspapers regarding concerns of her organization and hosted many important Civic Congress events. She lobbied elected leaders for changes that would be positive for the stability of our neighborhoods.
Dolan was intelligent, knowledgeable, tenacious and fearless, and she was a role model for many of us in terms of community activism. She was also a friend and I will miss her. My condolences go to her family and all of her many friends.