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Chancellor Walcott and State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan Dedicate a New School Campus to Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro


The New Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus will house the former P.S. 290, now called the A.C.E. Academy for Scholars

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan today dedicated the campus of a new school building after Geraldine A. Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate and three-term Congresswoman of the Ninth District. The Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus will house the former P.S. 290, which is now called the A.C.E. Academy for Scholars. Currently, A.C.E. Academy for Scholars is at 70-02 54 Avenue. The new building will open in September 2014 and be located at 55-20 Metropolitan Avenue, just a few blocks from the late Congresswoman’s district office.

Chancellor Walcott and Assemblywoman Nolan were joined by Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm, School Construction Authority CEO Lorraine Grillo, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Joe Crowley, State Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey,  Assembly Member Francisco Moya,  A.C.E. Academy for Scholars Principal Mieasia Harris, State Sen. Michael Gianaris,  City Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley,  City Council Member Karen Koslowitz,  District 75 Superintendent Gary Hecht and  Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

The five-story school, currently under construction, will have 616 seats serving pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. The new building will include two playgrounds, a gymnasium that also will serve as an auditorium, a second gymnasium, library, kitchen and cafeteria, 23 classrooms and 7 special education District 75 classrooms with a separate therapy room. The building also will include a science room, and a science lab with prep rooms. The $46 million contract award for the new building went to Andron Construction Corp. and was designed by GRAVES-MMA JV Architects, PLLC.

“It is an honor to name this new campus after a congresswoman who dedicated her life to public service, including teaching in a City public school,” said Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “She was a trailblazer and an inspiration to children and adults around the country. I want to thank Cathy Nolan for her support of this new campus. The school that will open in September at this location will offer students a strong education to help prepare them for college and a career.”

“I am honored that the New York City Department of Education has named a brand new school in Ridgewood, Queens after Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. “I have championed for this school and could think of no other person more fitting to have a school named in their honor.  Geraldine Ferraro was a great role model to the many women leaders including myself that followed in her footsteps.  She was a champion for our community, city and state.  I would like to thank Chancellor Walcott, SCA president Lorraine Grillo and my colleagues in government who supported this great endeavor.”

“We are fortunate to name a campus after such an accomplished woman who will be introduced to a new generation of students,” Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm said.

“We are thrilled with this dedication and look forward to opening a state-of-the-art school in 2014 where students can learn about the first female vice presidential candidate whom their campus is named after,” School Construction Authority CEO Lorraine Grillo said.

“Geraldine Ferraro was a trailblazer and an inspiration to so many of us, as the first female vice presidential candidate, an accomplished congresswoman, an educator and a lawyer. I am thrilled by the New York City Department of Education’s decision to honor Geraldine’s legacy by fittingly naming a school after her, as she was very passionate about education. I would also like to commend Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan for advocating for a school in Geraldine's congressional district to bear her name to remind us of her remarkable legacy. I am confident that the Geraldine A.  Ferraro campus will produce many of tomorrow’s brightest minds, which would be the most appropriate tribute to Geraldine,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

“As one of the most influential and inspiring public figures of her generation, I can think of no better individual to honor with the renaming of PS 290 than Geraldine Ferraro,” said Rep. Joe Crowley, who represents part of her former district. “As a public school teacher and member of Congress, Geraldine was a true champion for education. Her collective impact on our country, and specifically in New York City, is one that will last for generations to come.”

“It is my great pleasure to be a part of today’s dedication of the Geraldine Ferraro campus,” said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. “I had the honor of knowing Congresswoman Ferraro personally. She was a trailblazer in politics as well as a good friend and role model. She would be very proud to know that this wonderful new school in her neighborhood is being named after her.  And with today’s dedication, we can be certain that name Geraldine Ferraro will continue to inspire girls and boys to set their sights high and to achieve great things. I commend Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo, and everyone else involved in his project for creating a special school that’s being named after an extraordinary woman.”

“Geraldine Ferraro was a trailblazer and an inspirational figure,” State Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick said. ”First in New York State and then across the nation. She is a terrific role model for young men and women as she demonstrated intelligence, passion, and savvy; qualities that would make any New Yorker proud. I am glad her contributions are being recognized and am pleased to be able to celebrate this great honor.”

“I am happy to be here today dedicating a campus that is named after Geraldine A. Ferraro, a trailblazer in New York politics and the first woman to run for the U.S. Vice Presidency for a major political party.  The bar is set very high for the students of P.S. 290 and I look forward to seeing many of them succeed and become future leaders in our community,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller.

“Geraldine Ferraro’s spirit lives on in the careers of the many women, including me, who have succeeded in government and other non-traditional jobs for women,” said Assemblywoman Margaret Markey. “My own political career was inspired by her when she spoke at a women’s workshop at Maspeth Town Hall. Gerry really cared about issues, particularly those affecting women, and advocated passionately on their behalf. Her courageous campaign as the first woman on a national ticket for Vice President demonstrated her strength and intellect and paved the way for future generations of women.”

“Geraldine Ferraro was a trailblazer, an exemplary public servant and a role model for students in Queens and beyond,” said Assembly Member Francisco Moya. “I cannot think of a better way to honor her memory than by dedicating this campus in her old district to her legacy.”

Principal Harris said, “It is an honor to be located next year at the Geraldine Ferraro Campus for our students, staff and school community. She continues to be an inspiration to us all.”

“Geraldine Ferraro is a monumental figure in Queens history who was a trailblazer and pioneer for women in public service,” State Sen. Michael Gianaris said. “The students of P.S. 290 will be well served by having an outstanding role model as their school namesake. I applaud Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan for her leadership in the renaming effort and I thank the DOE for honoring Geraldine Ferraro's memory.”

“Geraldine Ferraro was a fighter, a strong leader, and an inspiration for generations of women,” said City Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley. “I am thrilled this new school in Maspeth will honor her legacy.”

“Geraldine Ferraro will always be known as the trailblazing pioneer who broke through gender gaps and energized a generation of women through her historic nomination as Vice President. We continue to remain inspired by her legacy,” City Council Member Karen Koslowitz said.

“Gerry Ferraro was a longtime friend and neighbor of ours who dedicated her life to public service and was a pioneer in so many ways both here in Queens and on the national stage,” said   Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “While she is perhaps known best for her service as a member of Congress and her groundbreaking candidacy for the Vice-Presidency of the United States, Gerry began her career here in Queens as a public school teacher and then as an Assistant District Attorney in our office where she headed our Special Victims Bureau which, among other things, handled child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assaults and crimes against the elderly.  Smart, strong, determined and compassionate, Gerry led a remarkable life that can teach young children that their futures hold great promise.  What a fitting tribute it is to name a Queens public school after Gerry!”