More on the GWDC's annual meeting
by Maria Thomson
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The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held its 9/11 Memorial and Candidates Night Meeting earlier this month. Pictured from left to right are Marvin Jeffcoat, Michael Conigliaro, GWDC director Paul Rudolph Jr., Sam Mantilla, Joseph Maldonado, Public Advocate Letitia James, Sergeant Joseph DeMarco, GWDC executive director Maria Thomson, Assemblyman Michael Miller and Officer Scott Adelman. (Photo: Megan Arfmann)
The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held its 9/11 Memorial and Candidates Night Meeting earlier this month. Pictured from left to right are Marvin Jeffcoat, Michael Conigliaro, GWDC director Paul Rudolph Jr., Sam Mantilla, Joseph Maldonado, Public Advocate Letitia James, Sergeant Joseph DeMarco, GWDC executive director Maria Thomson, Assemblyman Michael Miller and Officer Scott Adelman. (Photo: Megan Arfmann)
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The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation's Annual Meeting for the last 13 years is also our September 11 "Evening of Remembrance."

The ceremony began with the presentation of the Colors by the Franklin K. Lane H.S. ROTC Cadets, and then people are asked to share their memories of that fateful day.

With red, white and blue glow sticks held high, we observed a moment of silence for all lost that day, especially Woodhaven residents Khamladai Singh and Roshand Singh, beloved sister and brother, and FDNY Lieutenant Robert F. Wallace.

Since this is an election year, the second item on the agenda was a Candidates' Night for local races. Each candidate made a statement and then answered two questions from our attendees.

In attendance were State Senator Joseph Addabbo, his challenger Michael Conigliaro, the challenger in the 12th Senate District Marvin Jeffcoat, Assemblyman Michael Miller, and his challenger Joseph Maldonado.

It was a very enlightening and lively exchange. I would like to thank our elected officials and their opponents for attending this evening.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is not allowed to endorse any candidate, so we wish them all good luck. We encourage you to vote on Tuesday, November 8.

Also in attendance were Sergeant Joseph DeMarco and Officer Scott Adelman, who were roundly applauded, andPublic Advocate Letitia James, who made a surprise arrival.

She discussed her lawsuit against the city on behalf of disabled children. Her office can be reached at (212) 669-7250. The GWDC thanks her for honoring us by attending our meeting.

Mark your calendars for the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2016 on Sunday, October 16, from noon to 6 p.m. from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard on Jamaica Avenue.

This Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. there will be a community recycling day sponsored by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley at Maspeth Federal Savings at 69th Street and Grand Avenue.

There is an Amnesty Program running from September 12 to December 12 for department of Buildings and Sanitation violations. Please call 311 for more information.

The WBID is still offering free benches to store owners like the one in in front of 76-07 Jamaica Avenue. These are separated benches so you can not lie down, they are only for sitting. Call our office for more information.

Please leave your porch lights on, it just cost pennies to add safety to your street, especially now that is getting darker earlier.

I will update you on the homeless drop-in center on Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park and the vote on Select Bus Service for Woodhaven Boulevard in my next article.

May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD and all police officers everywhere, and may God bless our America.

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