Affordable Housing Advocate Pat McCullough To Be Honored This Weekend

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In recognition of Patricia McCullough’s four decades of dedicated and effective community service, Council member Robert Jackson invites you to join the Department of Parks & Recreation for the naming of Pat’s Lawn on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10:30am at the entrance to Inwood Hill Park on West 218th Street and Indian Road.

For more than 40 years, Pat McCullough has been at the forefront of our community’s quest for affordable, safe and well-maintained housing. She has helped thousands of Northern Manhattan residents starting in the late 1960s while working for Catholic Charities. Pat’s commitment to excellence followed with her work in the 1970s for former New York State Assembly member, now retired State Supreme Court Judge, Edward Lehner, who represented parts of Washington Heights and Inwood. Pat continued her community advocacy with Judge Lehner’s successor, New York State Assembly member John Brian Murtaugh in the 1980s and ‘90s.

In 1997, Pat brought her passionate commitment and tireless effort to the office of New York City Councilmember Stanley Michels (7th Council District). Robert Jackson succeeded Councilmember Michels in 2002 where Pat’s community advocacy went on and included a fierce battle for justice for the tenants at 452 Ft. Washington Avenue. Pat went to court more than 90 times over a two-year period and as a result of the tenants’ success in court, major capital improvements were made to the building’s infrastructure, which returned the apartments to habitability.

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