South and Central Queens are about to see the end of an era, when Mary Ann Carey retires as district manager of Community Board 9 on Oct. 1.
Carey is the longest-serving district manager in all of Queens. Hired 35 years ago during the Koch administration, she served under five mayors and four borough presidents. She began her tenure when Jimmy Carter was president, M*A*S*H was a hit show and the only Star Wars movie anyone had seen was “Star Wars.”
South Queens’ city councilman, Eric Ulrich, hadn’t even been been born yet, and the paper that would become the Queens Chronicle was in its second year.
Such longevity deserves accolades, and we’re glad to give them to dedicated public servant Mary Ann Carey. We wish her the best in retirement.