▶CLAIRE SHULMAN ▶4 THE COURIER SUN • CLAIRE SHULMAN • MARCH 17, 2016 for breaking news visit www.qns.com Shulman spoke about the opening of the new, $147 million QHC. Other improvements to health care included open clinics, senior health care centers and hospital additions. Education was another issue important to Shulman. In her 2001 State of the Borough address, she noted that 7,000 classroom seats had been added up to that point, but she wanted to see more progress made. At the time, she said three new schools had already opened in Queens, while 11 more were being built. Shulman was eventually part of securing funding that added 35,000 school seats in the borough. Rezoning was another focus of Shulman’s tenure. The goal was “to create appropriate zoning restrictions that generate reasonable and responsible development while preserving the character of existing neighborhoods.” Other accomplishments during her time as borough president included expanding infrastructure in Queens, economic revitalization and increasing funding for senior citizen centers and activities, cultural programs and libraries. She also helped oversee the creation of many institutions in Queens, including the $990 million Northeast Regional Laboratory and Headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the York College Campus; an $82 million new Family Court; a parking garage on Archer Avenue; a $38 million Police Department forensics lab; and the AirTrain to JFK, with a station in Jamaica. “I put a lot of shovels in the ground and many of those institutions are important to the future of Queens,” Shulman once said. Just one of the institutions that Shulman has helped bring to fruition was the Museum of the Moving Image. Additionally, Shulman was involved in revitalizing the film industry in Queens. She helped save coops and condos when they lost underlying financial stability and funded the first adult day care program in the city that had respite services for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Away from Queens Borough Hall, Shulman became active with boards of a variety of institutions including New York Community Bank, Flushing Cemetery, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Primary Care Development Corporation, York College Foundation, Flushing Town Hall and the Museum of the Moving Image. Shulman even had a stint on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” as a member of its “Wise Guys” political roundtable. Now, as she works to improve Flushing and Willets Point, Claire Shulman seeks to add to a legacy that will stand the test of time. (continued from cover) Borough President Shulman takes a swing during a stickball game at Queens Borough Hall. Claire Shulman presents new Mayor (and avid Yankee fan) Rudy Giuliani with a Mets cap in 1993. Claire Shulman attended the opening of the renovated Queens Hospital Center in 2001. Claire’s still hard at work improving Queens as CEO of the Flushing Corona Willets Point Local Development Corporation.
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