The corner of Furmanville and 83rd Street is now co-named “Thomas V Ognibene Way.”
“I couldn’t think of a better way to honor Tom,” said his wife of 48 years, Margaret Ognibene.
Ognibene was an attorney who served the neighborhoods of Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven on the City Council from 1992 to 2001. He served as Council Minority leader from 1994 until his term ended.
In 2005, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor against then-incumbent Michael Bloomberg. He died in 2015 after a battle with cancer.
Despite being a lifelong Republican and Conservative, Congresswoman Grace Meng, a Democrat, said Ognibene was always available to talk.
“He never hesitated to give me guidance,” she said.
Staten Island Borough President James Oddo served for a brief time on the City Council with Ognibene. He succeeded Ognibene as Council Minority Leader.
“I can count on my left hand the amount of people who impacted me as much as Tom did,” said Oddo.