Chairman Crowley Statement on the Passing of Gert McDonald, First Woman to Run as Democratic Candidate for Public Office in Queens

May 22, 2017
Press Release

(Queens, NY) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement on the passing of Sunnyside community leader Gert McDonald:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gert McDonald, a dear friend and a true giant within our borough. For nearly eight decades, Gert harbored an unrivaled passion for civic engagement and for making a difference in her community. She even made history in the process, becoming the first woman to run as a Democratic candidate for public office in Queens. Gert shattered barriers for women in local politics and became a true inspiration for generations to come. Whether it was through her commitment to education, public safety, or serving our veterans, Gert will be remembered for doing everything she could to improve the lives of the people of Sunnyside and beyond. I extend my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends and I join the entire Queens community in mourning her loss.”