On Saturday, May 2nd, Council Member Andrew Cohen was joined by Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and many others to re-name West Mosholu Parkway South by Jerome Avenue to Margaret J. Mack Triangle. Ms. Mack was a lifelong resident of The Bronx, having lived most of her life in Tracey Towers. She passed away in February 2014.
Throughout her life, Ms. Mack was a leading advocate on issues concerning the living conditions at Tracy Towers. She was outspoken and won on issues related to: no heat or hot water, dirty hallways, roof leakage, as well as other health and safety issues. Most memorably, Ms. Mack revived the “Committee for Survival,” a group dating back to the 1990’s, as part of a fight against a 77% rent hike in 2011. Ms. Mack’s determination and persistence resulted in the case being brought to court, in which the judge trimmed the hike for the elderly and fixed income tenants of Tracy Towers.
On February 5th, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law, sponsored by Councilman Cohen, that would recognize Margaret Mack by re-naming the street in front of Tracy Towers. As an exemplary citizen of the Bronx, this street re-naming honors Ms. Mack’s passion for civic engagement and improving her community.
Above - Councilman Andrew Cohen, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and others gathered for the renaming ceremony.Below CB 7 member Bill Francis tells a story of himself and Ms. Mack whom he said was for the community first.
Above - Ms Mack's daughter speaks about her mother.
Below - The family is given a second sign by Councilman Cohen.
Above - The covering starts to be taken off.
Below It is almost all off.