Richmond Hill Block Association
The first meeting, creating the R.H.B.A.,
was held at the Democratic Club, 114-07 Jamaica Ave. on October 14, 1973.
At this time the Big Issue of the day was Block-Busting. As a Home Owner
& Business Owner, in the community, I could see the need of a Block
At that meeting, I was elected or appointed, which ever term you wish to use, to lead as President and Donald De Luca, was to be Vice President. Soon after that meeting, I contacted other community minded people who were involved with community affairs. There was Mr. Ben Parks, Mrs. Pat Mc Hugh, and Mr. & Mrs. Borgalis. The above persons were the original Board of Directors of the R.H.B.A. Also, most of the above persons signed the original R.H.B.A. Charter filed with the State of New York.
These were the people that made the R.H.B.A., possible and helped make
the R.H.B.A., for what it is today. My only aim was to get the R.H.B.A.,
off and running, which I did, and successfully, and in which before leaving,
appointed Tom Pugilese to succeed me.
After I left the R.H.B.A., I spent the next 18 years representing Richmond Hill, as a member of Planing Board #9.
Sincerely, Richard J. Galvani
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