Resolution J167-2013

Mourning the death of Juanita E. Watkins, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community



  • Jan 29, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Juanita E. Watkins, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York  whose  lifework  and  civic  endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Juanita  E. Watkins of Queens, New York, died on January 20,
2013, at the age of 78; and
  WHEREAS, A former councilwoman, Juanita E. Watkins took  her  seat  in
the  New  York  City  Council in 1982; the 31st Council District has the
largest land mass of all the council districts in New York City,  cover-
ing  the  community  of  Arverne, Bayswater, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, JFK
Airport, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, and parts of  Cambria
Heights and South Ozone Park; and
  WHEREAS, Councilwoman Juanita E. Watkins was a strong advocate for her
community  on a number of fronts; she fought for constituents' rights in
the battles over  mega  stores,  homeless  shelters,  and  commuter  van
services; and
  WHEREAS,  The  new  JFK  Sheraton Hotel is the result of her five-year
fight to close the former Kennedy Inn, a hotel converted into a homeless
shelter, located in the middle of  a  residential  community  of  single
family homes; and
  WHEREAS,  As  a  Councilwoman,  Juanita  E.  Watkins made advocacy for
senior citizens one of her top priorities, sponsoring Senior Empowerment
Conferences for seniors within her district; and
  WHEREAS, Juanita E. Watkins played a major role  in  having  New  York
City  declared  a  disaster  area eligible for Federal funding after the
severe flooding that took place in 1999; and
  WHEREAS, Juanita E. Watkins distinguished herself  in  her  profession
and  by  her  sincere  dedication  and  substantial  contribution to the
welfare of her community; and
  WHEREAS, Juanita E. Watkins' commitment to excellence, and her  spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Juanita E. Watkins leaves behind a legacy  which  will  long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
she served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Juanita E. Watkins, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of her community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Juanita E. Watkins.


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