Claire Shulman made enormous strides when she was appointed Queens Borough President in 1986, becoming the first female ever to wear the title.
Prior to life in the political spectrum, Shulman worked as a registered nurse at Queens Hospital Center. She was later appointed to a community board in 1966 and before long worked her way up to the position of deputy Queens Borough President in 1980.
After the abrupt resignation of her predecessor Donald Manes, Shulman took the reins as Borough President, which was memorialized by the unanimous vote of the City Council on March 12. She would go on to win election in 1989 and maintained the position until she was succeeded by Helen Marshall in 2001.
Now, at age 89, Shulman said she plans to continue being an active part of the Borough for as long as her health permits.
Despite her departure from politics, Shulman continues to be an active member of the community. She currently serves as president and CEO of the Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation and is a member of the New York Hospital Queens and York College Board of Directors.
For helping get a grant to build a new multimedia facility at CUNY Queensborough Community College in 2001, the institution dedicated its Educational Technologies Center in her honor. Shulman was also instrumental in the Queens Zoo’s acquisition of its first bald eagle, which they appropriately named “Claire” in honor of the former Borough President.
Through her work on the York College Board of Directors, Shulman tried to help the college get more recognition so more funding and programs were allocated for the institution. Shulman previously told the Queens Tribune that York would often be forgotten about by the City because of its location and they have worked to change that.