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Woodside street renamed after former Councilman Walter McCaffrey

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Woodside came together Saturday to honor a man who officials call the “great son” of the western Queens neighborhood.

Local politicians, community leaders and residents celebrated the life of former Councilman Walter McCaffrey during a ceremony in which 61st Street on Woodside Avenue was renamed “Walter McCaffrey Place.”

“The late Walter McCaffrey will never be forgotten,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who introduced legislation into the City Council to rename the Woodside street, where McCaffrey once had his district office. “A Woodsider till the end, Walter never stopped advocating for his neighborhood and this district, setting a high bar for all elected officials who followed him in office.”

McCaffrey, who passed away last July at 64 years old, was born and raised in Woodside, and served as councilman of the 26th District from 1985 to 2001. Before being elected to the Council, McCaffrey served as chair of Community Board (CB) 2.

“Here we are to honor the life and legacy of [Walter], the person who did so much for our city, so much for our community,” said Joseph Conley, chair of CB 2, during the renaming dedication. “And as Walter taught me and many people here today, there was no greater exercise in life than to reach out your hand and help somebody.

While in the City Council McCaffrey also served as chair of the Zoning and Franchises subcommittee, and was on the Land Use, Finance, Public Safety and Transportation committee.

Friends, colleagues and others who were at the street renaming ceremony remembered the late councilman for his sense of humor and devotion to serving the residents of western Queens.

“The dedication of Walter McCaffrey Place is a fitting tribute to a selfless public servant who was synonymous with the Woodside community,” Congressman Joseph Crowley said. “Walter fought for the people of Queens with great passion, leaving behind a legacy of advocacy and accomplishment that improved the lives of middle class families across the city.”



Former City Councilmember Walter McCaffrey laid to rest

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Walter Karling

Former City Councilmember Walter McCaffrey was laid to rest last week with a wake at the Edward Lynch Funeral Home and a horse-drawn procession along Queens Boulevard.

Known for his generosity and effectiveness in office, McCaffrey was 64.

He represented Council District 26, including Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria and Maspeth, for nearly two decades until he was term-limited out of office in 2001.

At the services were many political figures, including City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, and borough president candidate Melinda Katz.



Former Councilmember Walter McCaffrey dies

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Former City Councilmember Walter McCaffrey, known for his generosity and effectiveness in office, has died. He was 64.

McCaffrey represented Council District 26, including Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria and Maspeth, for nearly two decades until he was term-limited out of office in 2001.

One of his successors, Jimmy Van Bramer, said the veteran McCaffrey was “one of the smartest and most clever elected officials in the history of western Queens.”

“He was a political giant,” Van Bramer added. “Walter knew politics and the district better than just about anyone.”

State Senator Michael Gianaris said McCaffrey served the community with “distinction” for decades.

“His intelligence and pleasant demeanor made him both effective and a pleasure to work with. He will be sorely missed,” he said.

Borough President Helen Marshall recalled McCaffrey’s eloquent and effective nature of speaking.

“When he stood in the council chamber to speak, everyone listened,” she said. “He was a good lawmaker who left his mark on New York City government and the communities in Queens that he loved and represented so well.”

McCaffrey was known to have passed landmark legislation while in office, including renaming a portion of Queens Boulevard as the “Boulevard of Bravery” in honor of the firefighters who died in 9/11 – one of his last legislative acts.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered that flags in all five boroughs be lowered to half-staff in memory of the late politician.

“He left us too soon. He will be missed by many,” Marshall said.

Funeral arrangements were yet to be arranged as of press time.