On the Record
by Jeffrey Harmatz
Feb 17, 2009 | 19384 views | 0 0 comments | 784 784 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As a councilman, Ed Sadowsky was a problem solver. Representing Northeast Queens for more than two decades, he played a crucial role in New York City's recovery from the dark economic times of the 1970's. Today, he continues to solve problems as president of City Lights co-op in Queens West, and his influence as a leader in the private building is bringing positive change to the rest of Long Island City.

Sadowsky came to Queens in 1956, when he began living in Jackson Heights. After moving to Beechhurst, he represented his neighborhood in the City Council and served as the chairman of the Council's Finance Committee. Trained as a lawyer, he retired from the Council in 1985 and continued his private practice until 2008, where he has been enjoying his busy retirement along the water’s edge at Queens West.

"When I first heard about Queens West 10 years ago, I thought that it was one of the great spots in New York City," said Sadowsky as to why he left Eastern Queens for Western Queens. "I was one of the first purchasers of a co-op out here.”

Though he retired from practicing law last June, Sadowsky is finding himself busier than ever.

"City Lights has 521 units, so it's a large operation,” he said. “It takes constant attention and management, so I give a lot of time.There are a lot of problems that come up in a co-op, but I enjoy solving problems."

Sadowsky is a dedicated individual, and says that the hours he spends managing the co-op are comparable to his previous full-time jobs.

His dedication to the Queens West community has expanded beyond co-op president, however. As a member of the Board of Trustees for the Queens Library, he has been one of the loudest voices in calling for the completion of the long-promised Queens West Library.

"If that site was located in Manhattan, people would be jumping over each other to build that library," Sadowsky said.

Since we had one of the architects of New York City's current economic foundations on the line, we figured we'd ask him about the current economic crisis facing the city.

"It's not as bad as it was in the 70's," he says reassuringly. "The economy is cyclical, and I'm sure it will recover, but it does result in some pain."

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