CB6 votes to rename street after community activist
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Mar 20, 2019 | 1968 views | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Community Board 6 voted to co-name a Forest Hills street after community activist Adelaide Connaughton.

Connaughton, a Brooklyn native who lived in Forest Hills, served as a 20-year veteran lieutenant for the Emergency Medical Service Division of the Fire Department.

At the time of her death, she was a senior entitlement coordinator at Fortune Society, an organization that supports incarcerated people returning to society.

Connaughton passed away at the age of 59 on May 12 of last year.

Community Board 6 is planning to rename the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 71st Road after Connaughton.

“Adelaide came from the community,” said district manager Frank Gulluscio. “The Transportation Committee unanimously voted to rename that street in her honor after reading her bio.”

Connaughton worked on several campaigns for politicians, including former mayor John Lindsay and former president Jimmy Carter.

Connaughton also worked in the offices of several elected officials, from interning with then-Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro to reviewing land use applications and monitoring zoning of developments and housing in the Lower East Side with Councilwoman Margarita Lopez.

“She was an active member of the community for a great many years,” said board member Gail Gordon. “She volunteered for a number of organizations and lost her life at a very young age unfortunately. This is a way of the community saying thank you.”

Connaughton helped the homeless population and senior citizens, and also assisted LGBTQ youth as a youth outreach coordinator for the nonprofit Safe Space.

For five years before her death, Connaughton and her dog Elvis participated in a therapy dog program, visiting patients once a week at Jacobi Medical Center and psychiatric patients at North Central Bronx Hospital once a month.

Adelaide and Elvis were the first dog/human team to receive an Auxiliary Award from NYC Health and Hospitals.

However, in 2001 Connaughton was found to be altering her time sheets, claiming over 500 hours of overtime. She was eventually charged with stealing over $13,000 in city salary, and pleaded guilty to grand larceny and served three years of probation.

Some residents attended the monthly meeting in an effort to raise the issue, but declined to do so after the board voted in favor of the renaming.
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