Last week, the City Council approved legislation to co-name streets across New York City in honor of community leaders and beloved individuals.
In Councilman Paul Vallone’s northeast Queens district, three intersections will be co-named. Here’s a breakdown of each one:
The intersection of 130th Street and 23rd Avenue in College Point will soon be called “Joe Femenia Way” in honor of the late civic leader in College Point.
In Whitestone, Utopia Parkway and 16th Avenue will become “Madeline Sershen Way” in tribute to the 17-year-old whose life was cut short after being hit by a car.
Her death was the catalyst for mandatory vision retesting for drivers. It led the State senate to require a written exam upon renewal of a driver’s license.
Finally, in Bayside, Northern Boulevard between 207th Street and Clearview Expressway northbound will be co-named “CW5 Howard C. Haider Way.”
It will honor the late Chief Haider, who served in the New York Army National Guard from 1963 until 2003.
The official ceremonies for the street co-namings will take place later this year. Vallone’s office will coordinator with the Department of Transportation and each of the families.