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Street renamed for community leader

Maspeth resident receives honor for community work

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

The late George Gibbons, a community leader and lifelong Maspeth resident, recently had 60th Drive, his home street, named after him.

Mayor Bloomberg signed the legislation last week that officially recognizes the street as George Gibbons Jr. Way.

Gibbons was killed on Oct. 15, 2011 after Peter Rodriguez, a driver traveling the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway, smashed into the town car driving Gibbons home. He was 37.

Rodriguez was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Known as a leader in both Maspeth and the greater Irish community, Gibbons organized teams to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and was involved in the Wounded Warrior Project which, provides support programs for wounded veterans. Gibbons also supported schools and churches in the neighborhood.

The Maspeth resident also ran his own business, a bar called Gibbons’ House, which has since been reopened and is being run by his five siblings.

Since his death, the Gibbons family has worked with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who sponsored the street name legislation, and other leaders to increase state penalties for hit and runs.

“George Gibbons’ life will be honored by the city he loved that loved him back,” Crowley said in a statement. “The tragic end to a young and generous life brought the Maspeth community together and helped usher in a legislative movement to strengthen the penalties for leaving the scene of a crime.”

Gibbons’ family also attended the legislation signing.

“Our family is both honored and excited to have our home street named George Gibbons Jr. Way,” said his sister Siobahn McEntee in a statement on behalf of the family. “We can only hope that his name on 60th Drive will be a constant reminder to everyone of a true community leader. It brings joy to our hearts to know the impact his life has had will be acknowledged forever with his name.”

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