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CB 7 honors Eugene Kelty at holiday celebration
(From l. to r.) Councilman Paul Vallone, CB 7 Chair Eugene Kelty, Councilman Peter Koo, and CB 7 members Chuck Apelian and Barbara McHugh.
Special guests at the Community Board 7 holiday celebration included friends from local organizations
and elected offi cials.
Photos by Carlotta Mohamed/QNS
(From l. to r.) Councilmen Paul Vallone, Peter Koo, Senator John Liu and CB 7 Board Chair, Eugene
Kelty cut the cake at the holiday celebration.
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Community Board 7 honored retired
FDNY fi refi ghter and Board Chair Eugene
Kelty for his contributions to the community
at a holiday celebration Tuesday
Special guests included friends from
community organizations and local elected
offi cials such as state Sen. John Liu and
Councilmen Paul Vallone and Peter Koo,
who praised CB 7 for their hard work and
dedication at Verdi’s, located at 149-58
Cross Island Pkwy. in Whitestone.
“To everyone, you guys are the guardian
of the district and are the true stewards
making sure that what is done is right in
the community,” Vallone said. “Th is board
works longer and harder handling more
diffi cult issues, fairly, justly and expeditiously
and with a lot of heart.”
It was also a fi tting tribute for Kelty,
who had the honor and privilege to witness
the signing of the 9/11 Victims
Compensation Fund signed into law by
President Donald Trump in Washington,
D.C., earlier this year in July. Kelty was an
advocate for the bill that will ensure compensation
for individuals injured during
the September 2001 terrorist attacks
and their aft ermath rescuing people and
removing debris under hazardous conditions.
CB 7 gift ed Kelty with three displays
of his visit to the White House, created
by Kevin Shields Sr., founder and CEO
of eMerging iMage.
“I don’t know where I’m going to put
it!” Kelty said. “Th is is really nice and I
have to think about where I’m going to
place it because it was a very nice honor
being invited to the White House and
meeting the president.”
A former Chief of the FDNY Battalion
10 in Manhattan, Kelty is one of many
9/11 fi rst responders who helped saved
lives on that fateful day when two airplanes
crashed into the twin towers. In
2014, he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic
cancer caused by the fallout and
dust at Ground Zero.
Today, Kelty is now in remission and
in April 2020, he will be celebrating fi ve
years of being cancer-free, he said.
“I told him that’s when we’re going to
have another celebration,” said Barbara
McHugh of CB 7. “He is someone who
is well deserving, and it means a lot to
us because he’s a very caring person. He’s
very passionate and has so much compassion
for his community and he’s full
As for the holiday celebration, it’s a
time for everyone to come together and
rejoice in the festivities.
“We talk about what happens during
the course of the year and ending on a
happy note where everyone can enjoy
themselves and a camaraderie with each
other, which is why we have this event
aft er a meeting,” McHugh said. “It’s
important for us so we can bring our
spouses to this and invite other people
to come in and join us.”
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