NYSP Paint Project at the Queens State of the Borough Address- January 21, 2016

We were pleased and honored to be included onstage with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz for her State of the Borough Address! Melinda used such kind words to make mention of the Paint Project and called on Johnny and Mitch to stand for applause; we thank her very much! Moments like these make all of our hard work very worth it. See below for photos! (courtesy of Stephanie Bohn and queensbp.org)


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From the section of transcript where we were mentioned: "Another major ongoing public works project has been the restoration efforts of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This iconic, architectural marvel had fallen into disrepair due to decades of neglect. Some even dismissively referred to it as 'The Ruins.' For years, even when no one else wanted anything to do with it, volunteers of the New York State Pavilion Painting Project did their best to upkeep at least the base of the Pavilion. Letís extend a round of applause to John Piro and Mitchell Silverstein for their perseverance and keeping the dream alive."

The podium is ready

The stage is set for the State of the Borough Address


Seated Stage Left among people with amazing accomplishments

Listening intently to the dynamic Melinda Katz


Melinda Katz


The New York State Pavilion section of the address

We stand as our names are applauded by the audience!


A full house at Queens College

Video from the State of the Borough Address! We would like to again thank Melinda Katz for inviting us
and for her kind words! (video courtesy of Rich Post)
The NYSP Paint Project attended the reception after the State of the Borough Address! Great fun and a pleasure!
Photos courtesy of Stephanie Bohn and Rich Post  

The Reception

With New York's Finest and The Mets


Johnny and Mitch with Melinda

Photos: Mitch Silverstein  

Backstage: Melinda saying hello and thank you before the address begins

Our view before taking our seats on the stage


Our view of the full house!


Our view of the stage

The finale! Mr. and Mrs. Met and some real Mets too!


Panoramic view from our seats...We are very proud of our group and honored to be there.


and the Cookie


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