Mar 01 2012

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The Teacher Who Won the Hearts of All

City Councilman Dan Halloran swears-in Andrew Rocco as the new President of the College Point Civic & Tax Payers Association.

The civic leaders of tomorrow were handed the reigns of leadership as Councilman Halloran swore in an energized civic president and a new slate of talented club officers.

His name is Andrew Rocco and if you live in Queens, chances are you’ve seen him around. From advocating for school bus service to organizing the neighborhood, Andrew Rocco – affectionately known as Andy – has earned the title of President of the College Point Civic Tax Payers Association.

The CPCTA is not a political club, or a philanthropy organization. Instead, the organization is the go-to spot to have anything accomplished in College Point. Do you have a dangerous street yearning for a stop sign? Do you need extra police patrols on your block? This association is one of the most active and organized in Queens to get the job done.

Under the tutelage of outgoing President Joe Femenia, the group has swelled in number. Police officers, business owners, even scientists are known to attend the meetings and play an active role in the group’s success as an organization.  For example, at the officer’s swearing-in ceremony, more than 70 members attended, and they come back for every meeting.

In the crowd, many young faces that heard about the organization from Rocco looked cheerful and comfortable while sitting side by side with veteran members – as if a sense of community transcended age and divisive politics.

Rocco, a UFT teacher and organizer by trade, is a lifelong resident of College Point. He’s well aquainted with the daily grind, everyone knows him by name.

With only two roads in and surrounded by water, College Point has a distinct neighborhood identity.  People are proud to be a part of the fabric of life in this community and its thanks impart to civic-minded citizens like Rocco that nurture strong roots and responsibility for home ownership.  In  College Point, it is not uncommon for families to pass on their homes generation after generation.

It was a cold and rainy night on the wind-swept shores of College Point but that didn’t stop City Councilman Dan Halloran from swearing-in the new board for 2012. Halloran also issued certificates of recognition to the new board for their selfless commitment to community service.

Beaming with a sense of pride for his beloved neighborhood, Rocco, who studied history and political science at The College of St. Rose, stood apart from the crowd while addressing the members from the center of the old Poppenhusen classroom. While looking at his friends and neighbors, he was already thinking about the group’s agenda for the year, and like a natural-born leader Rocco hopes to expand the membership by engaging the community through social media.

At the end of the ceremony, Rocco thanked everyone for attending and reminded them about the next meeting date.


We are very proud of Andy Rocco he’s the right choice and we wish him the best of luck in all endeavors.

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