The Council of the City of New York
Office of Council Member Costa Constantinides
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For Immediate Release
November 18, 2016
Contact: Shachar Sharon

Jackson Heights Civic Leader Honored With Street Co-Naming

Jackson Heights, N.Y. – New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides today celebrated the co-naming of 74th Street between 30th Avenue and 31st Avenue in honor of the late civic leader Emma Brandt. The celebration took place at the intersection of 74th Street and 30th Avenue along with the Brandt family and friends, State Assemblymember Michael DenDekker, members of North Queens Homeowners Association, and others.

Earlier this year, the City Council unanimously passed INT. 1227, which co-named this street as well as other streets throughout the city, and it was signed into law by Mayor de Blasio.

Brandt was a civic leader and advocate for her Jackson Heights community. She was a member of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association since 1961 and served as its president from 1987 to 1989. She was also a member of the Jackson Heights Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Elmhurst Hospital Advisory Board, the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, and the Queens American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as a chaplain. She was named Woman of the Year by former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.

Constantinides said, “We are proud to honor Emma Brandt today. Devoted service to one’s community deserves to be lauded and recognized, and I can think of no better tribute to such an accomplished woman than by having the street she called home forever bear her name. We commemorate her service to the Jackson Heights community, through this street co-naming. Thank you to everyone for joining us in celebrating her memory.”

The Brandt family said, “Our mom’s involvement in the community showed us that in giving of yourself you reap many lifelong rewards.”

President of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association Donna Raymond said, “I thank Council Member Constantinides and Community Board 3 for making this day come true for Emma and her family. Emma was a real trooper and always made herself available to all. Today this community comes out to say thank you to Emma for her community service. If she were here today and walked past her name on this corner, she would smile and say ‘job well done.’”

Council Member Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He serves as the chair the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on six additional committees: Civil Service & Labor, Contracts, Cultural Affairs, Oversight & Investigations, Sanitation, and Transportation. For more information, visit