Velázquez on Remembering Maria Thomson
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement in remembrance of Maria Thomson, a longtime community leader in Woodhaven, Queens.
“It is with great sadness that I received the heartbreaking news of the passing of a beloved leader and community anchor. Described by neighbors as the ‘unofficial mayor’ of Woodhaven, Maria touched countless lives.
“Over the last four decades, Maria has given her heart and soul to our community. Whether by serving as a member of Community Board 9 or later, through her leadership of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp., Maria worked to preserve our parks, keep mom-and-pop shops open and beautify our streets.
“Neighbors from all walks of life can attest to Maria’s commitment to Woodhaven’s residents. I extend my deepest condolences to Maria’s family, including her beloved husband Robert and all those whose lives she worked to improve.”