Community Board 5 took a break from debating the proposed Glendale homeless shelter to honor one of its own during its monthly meeting last Wednesday, June 9.
A humble Gary Giordano, CB 5’s longtime district manager, was recognized by the board members and elected officials for his 25th year in the position.
He was presented with a proclamation by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), signed by himself and fellow Assembly members Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside), and citations from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth).
“I’m going to do everybody and Gary a favor by not reading it and embarrassing him, but 25 years serving the community is something that should really be commended,” Hevesi said. “Gary is a class act and we should all be very grateful for his service.”
“Gary really has been a wonderful part of our community and has done a tremendous amount of work for all of us,” Markey added.
While Giordano didn’t speak after being presented with the documents, Addabbo said he undoubtedly deserves to be honored for his tireless work over the years, especially with controversial issues such as the homeless shelter and the Knockdown Center.
“His professionalism is always so constant and so even keel in dealing with tough city agencies,” Addabbo said. “I think the residents who are represented by Community Board 5 are truly blessed to have a district manager like Gary.”