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Star of Queens: Kim Cody, president, Greater Whitestone Taxpayer Civic Association


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Kim Cody

KATELYN DI SALVO

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Kim Cody is the president of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association, a group that is made up of volunteers devoted to the betterment of the community.

BACKGROUND:  Cody has been married to his wife Marlene for 38 years. Both grew up in Whitestone and are very devoted to giving back to their community.  Cody has been a resident of Whitestone since 1955, and he still lives in the same house he grew up in.  Marlene, now the vice president of the association, is also the reason Cody became involved in the group.

Cody, a retired detective, praised his wife for getting him involved in such an active and important group.

“For some reason she thought I would be a good addition to the board, so I went on as the police liaison, and over the years I moved up and became president two years ago,” Cody said.

GOALS:  The association was charted in 1985 and has been located at the State of New York Armory on 6th Avenue in Whitestone for about 30 years. This location serves as both a senior center, and a community center where kids can play sports for free.

“We do all this to try and keep the kids off the street as much as possible,” said Cody.

In the coming year, Cody would like to continue the work the association has been doing, as well as see more people get involved.

“We are seeing a lot of new families coming into the community and we would love to see them get involved, so we try to make ourselves known so people feel welcome to join,” Cody said.

FAVORITE MEMORY: For two years, Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association has held a community event called the Whitestone Park Family Appreciation Day. The group managed to plan a free festival where there was food and entertainment for kids to raise money for both the senior and community center and the veterans’ memorial parade committee.

INSPIRATION: Cody’s biggest inspiration is his wife Marlene.

“She is totally dedicated to this community,” Cody said. “She and a couple of other women go in and they take care of so much.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: With working a full-time job and also being a member of Community Board 7 and attending meetings for other groups, Cody has a full plate. Therefore, his biggest challenge as president of the association is simply not having enough time to serve the community.

 

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Courier’s Valentine’s Day contest winners: 38 years of wedded bliss


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Photo courtesy of Kim Cody

Thirty-eight years of marriage, and Kim and Marlene Cody still hold hands.

Their long marriage follows a short courtship. The Whitestone couple tied the knot after only six months.

“And they said it wouldn’t last,” Marlene, 56, said.

Though she was born and raised in Whitestone and her husband moved there when he was three, they didn’t meet until they were young adults.

The first time Kim, 62, saw Marlene was when he was working as a rookie cop at a carnival in the parking lot of Shea Stadium.

But the two did not officially meet until a year-and-a-half later, in the summer of 1975, at the Whitestone Pool where Kim was a lifeguard.

By December they were married.

Almost two decades later they have two sons, William, 36 and Jason, 31, and six grandchildren, ranging from eight weeks to 10 years old.

Marlene stayed home to raise her children, while Kim worked his way through the NYPD, retiring as a detective in 1995.

The two now volunteer together for the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association. Kim is the president and his wife is the vice president.

Though the two at times “agree to disagree,” they enjoy working together.

They also put a lot of work into their relationship.

“Every marriage is a series of ups and downs, and when you are with the ups, enjoy, and when you are with the down part of it, work through it,” Kim said.

On weekends they like to go on “adventures,” such as motorcycle rides, trips to the beach and fishing on their boat.

“We enjoy each other’s company after all these years. As a matter of fact we finish each other’s sentences,” Kim said.

As the winners of The Queens Courier Valentine’s Day Couples Contest, they will receive a gift certificate to Christie & Co. Salon • Spa.

 

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