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Date: July 14, 1997

Release #426-97

Contact: Colleen Roche (212) 788-2958, Dwight Williams (212) 788-2972



Remarks by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani at Public Hearing on Local Laws

The next bill before me, Introductory Number 947, sponsored by Council Members Sabini, Marshall, and six of their colleagues, would name a series of traffic islands in Queens, commonly known as the 34th Avenue Mall, "Patrick C. Deignan Mall."

Patrick C. Deignan was born on Staten Island on March 17, 1946. He was raised in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, where he attended Blessed Sacrament School and later Manhattan College.

Patrick was very active in his community and co-founded several civic associations, including the Jackson Heights Civic Association, which grew to help unite the Jackson Heights community. He also founded and was the Chairman of the Board of the Catherine M. Sheridan Center for Senior Citizens. In 1971, Patrick Deignan became a member of Queens Community Board No. 3, serving as its Chair from 1973 to 1975. From 1974 to 1982, he served as a Democratic District Leader in Jackson Heights and on the executive committee of the Queens Democratic Party.

Mr. Deignan died in 1983 at the age of 37 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Joy, and a son, Patrick Jr.

Due to his untiring efforts on behalf of the Jackson Heights community, it is fitting that a series of traffic islands in Queens, commonly known as the 34th Avenue Mall, be named "Patrick C. Deignan Mall."

I will first turn to the bill's sponsors and then to any other elected official wishing to be heard.

There being no one else to be heard, and for the reasons stated previously, I will now sign this bill.

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