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Community mourns loss of civic leader

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:04 am, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

Ann Maggio, the president of Citizens for a Better Ridgewood and a member of Community Board 5, died last Friday, just one month before her 91st birthday.

The Ridgewood resident was an active civic leader since the 1950s and was one of the founding members of Citizens for a Better Ridgewood in the 1970s. A teacher, she sat on CB 5’s youth and health committees.

“As a civic leader and an active member of Community Board 5, Ann Maggio dedicated countless hours fighting for a better Ridgewood,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said in a statement. “In our hearts her relentless civic activism will always be remembered, and I offer my deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens) also shared her thoughts on Maggio’s death.

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ann Maggio,” she said. “She played many important roles throughout her life. Some will fondly remember Ann as an educator at St. Aloysius while others will reflect on her tireless work in local civic affairs. Many of us have lost a dear friend and all of Ridgewood has lost a kind and caring neighbor.”

Maggio was known for inviting police officers to eat eggplant parmigiana in her home, where she also hosted meetings of the Grover Cleveland Park Advisory Council.

“I knew Ann to be one of the most caring and courageous civic leaders in my years with Community Board 5,” District Manager Gary Giordano said. “She was tremendously dedicated to her neighborhood for a long time and will be missed.”

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