Friends, family members and elected officials will gather on Wednesday, Sept. 7th at the corner of Ely Street & Strang Avenue in the Bronx, to rename the intersection “Honorable Samuel Bea Jr Way” in memory of the state lawmaker who is best known for his 30 years of service as district manager of Community Board 12.
The celebration and sign unveiling, officiated by Council Member Andy King (12th C.D.), will take place at
Samuel Bea Jr. became Community Board 12’s district manager in 1977 and retired in 1996. He was re-elected three times to the New York State Assembly. He protested against sex shops on Connor Street and protested against the MTA’s attempt to reduce service on the #5 Dyre Avenue line.
Mr. Bea voted against the repeal of the commuter tax and voted for an increase in the minimum wage bill that was passed in the Assembly.
He was the recipient of numerous awards from the Edenwald-Gunhill Tenants Association, the Northeast Bronx Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, the Bronx Borough President’s Citation Award, the National Council of Negro Women and the Williamsburg Branch NAACP.