BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
Dolores Rizzotto, former Community Board 2 District Manager, passed away last week at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer.
Rizzotto served as District Manager for 15 years, retiring about eight years ago, her son Michael Rizzotto said. Before taking that job, she worked as a clerk for CB4 in her hometown Corona, as well as at the community assistance unit under former Mayor Ed Koch.
Michael said he has received an “amazing outpouring” of messages from his mother’s friends and acquaintances.
“Everybody says the same thing: my mother was just a fair person. Some called her a classy lady. She always did the right thing, did what was right for the community and her people,” Michael added.
Michael will remember his mother as a “no-nonsense person,” he said. “She wasn’t impressed by people that had big titles or lots of money, things like that.”
CB2 chairman Joe Conley echoed these sentiments.
“Dolores had a very big heart and a great manner, but she was no pushover,” he said. “She was a true champion for the community and a great listener, and was able to navigate through the red tape of city government to help make Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City a better place to live.”
Conley recalled a number of Rizzotto’s major accomplishments as district manager, including creating a syringe exchange program to combat loose needles in the streets and bringing a veteran’s shelter to Borden Avenue.
According to Conley, Rizzotto’s involvement with the community did not end with her retirement as district manager. “She was still in touch with many people from the community and she would come back often for trips and would stop by to make sure she said ‘hello,’” he said.
Even after moving to Florida for retirement, Michael said, his mother continued her community engagement, volunteering at a local politician’s office.
“We felt that we’ve lost a good friend,” Conley added.
A wake is scheduled for tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Edward Guida Funeral Home, 47-20 104th St. in Corona. A funeral mass will take place on Saturday at St. Leo’s Church in Corona, starting at 10:45 a.m.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, email@example.com or @JNStrawbridge.