Chris Collett Queens Activist
by Matthew Bultman
Apr 20, 2010 | 16796 views | 0 0 comments | 278 278 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ronald Reagan once said that no matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers. Chris Collett understands that.

After nearly four decades of public service and volunteering on various boards or organizations throughout Forest Hills, Collett has dedicated nearly his entire adult life in an effort to make his neighborhood a better place. For Collett, his reasons for involvement are simple.

“This is my neighborhood,” Collett said. “I don’t know how else to put it. I am committed to this neighborhood.”

Collett, who owns a telecommunications business, is a member of Community Board 6, where he serves as chairperson of the Beautification Committee. He is also a member of the Forest Hills Civic Association and Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Collett said that for him, seeing improvements made in neighborhood streets and parks brings the most satisfaction.

“When I’m walking down the street I see something and say ‘yea, I had something to do with that.’ I take pride in it,” Collett said. “That’s what it’s about for me.”

Collett first became involved in local government in the early 1970’s, around the same time he opened up his first business, Hoppy’s and Socks. Collett said that times were different back then as people were more interested in local politics.

“Citizens were supposed be involved,” Collett said. “I remember my grandmother telling me to get involved and this was a way that I could do that.”

Collett has since closed Hoppy’s, but has not lost his desire to serve his community. As the third generation in his family to live in Forest Hills, Collett has established his roots in the area and he says he has no plans to leave.

“I won’t be going anywhere,” Collett said.
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