Thomson was executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, as well as president of the 102nd Precinct Community Council. She sat on Community Board 9 for over 25 years, and she was also a board member of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association for nearly 30.
She was also a longtime columnist for this newspaper, bringing you the latest news and developments in Woodhaven. Have I left anything out?
It’s very likely I have, and that goes to show you just how much Maria Thomson was involved in - and how much of herself she put into - this community. And though her loss is felt on a neighborhood-wide level, it is even a greater loss for her husband Robert and daughter Alena.
And so, in appreciation of her many years of work on behalf of Woodhaven, the corner of Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue will be co-named “Maria Thomson Way.” The sign will be unveiled in a public ceremony at the intersection at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10.
Assemblyman Mike Miller had the pleasure of working with Thomson over the past decade. He told me that “Maria was always a strong voice for Woodhaven. Maria spent most of her life fighting for the Woodhaven community to preserve and protect our quality of life, and Maria made everyone aware of issues and actions that would affect Woodhaven.
“I’m happy that Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue is being renamed Maria Thomson Way because in Woodhaven, it was Maria Thomson’s way!” he added.
State Senator Joseph Addabbo also worked with Maria for many years.
“Maria has left such an everlasting mark on Woodhaven, that I’ll always believe she’ll be with us forever,” he told me. “Whenever we need to do some work in Woodhaven, we should call upon the Maria Thomson inside of us to provide the inspiration and motivation to get the job done.”
Councilman Eric Ulrich has worked with Thomson ever since taking office in 2009.
"Maria Thomson embodied the very best of Woodhaven,” he said. “She was dedicated, caring and always willing to serve her community. That is why it is appropriate that we rename a street in her honor."
Although Bob Holden is new to the City Council, as a civic leader he was well aware of Thomson and is happy to be part of the ceremony dedicating a street in her name.
“Maria Thomson was one of a kind,” he said. “Her dedication to the community and pure selflessness is unmatched today. She is sorely missed, and her work will continue to impact all for years to come.”
“When a problem arose, she always knew who to call to get it solved,” said Stephen Forte, president of the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association. “She was a champion for Woodhaven.”
With that in mind, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be honoring Thomson at their 47th annual gala on Friday, October 26. At thegala, which takes place at Roma View Fine Catering (160-05 Cross Bay Boulevard), Maria Thomson will be inducted into the WRBA’s Hall of Fame.
Adult tickets (12 and older) are $70, and tickets for children over five are $35. Tickets include a full buffet dinner with soda, beer, and wine. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the WRBA at (718) 296-3735.