Woodhaven residents and businesses honored at gala


At the annual Woodhaven Residents Block Association Dinner Dance to honor residents and businesses from Woodhaven, Assemblyman Miller presented citations to the honorees.

Margaret “Peggy” Finnegan was recognized for Woman of the Year. She always looks out for her fellow neighbors and even convinced the Department of Transportation to not convert 89th Avenue into a one way street.

Jose Vazquez was recognized for Man of the Year. Jose is committed to his Woodhaven community and helped in the fight to derail Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Blvd.

Dexter Wines and Spirits were recognized for Business of the Year. They have been in operation since the 1940s and has been owned and managed by the Hui family since 1983. Dexter Wines and Spirits, also gives back to the community by donating goods and services to charitable organizations.

The late Maria Thomson was inducted into the WRBA Hall of Fame. Maria’s husband, Robert Thomson, accepted the honor.

“There’s so much to say about Maria, fondly known as the ‘Mayor of Woodhaven,’” said Assemblyman Miller. “Her tenacity and her commitment to Woodhaven were incomparable.

“Her dedication and service to the community was extremely remarkable,” Miller added. “I am happy the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is paying tribute to Maria Thomson, for being a former WRBA President and for her Woodhaven legacy. There was no one like her. She’s one of a kind.”

Photos courtesy of Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office

Jose Vazquez

Peggy Finnegan

Robert Thomson

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