Senator Frank Padavan’s Legislative Archives Have a New Home at Queensborough

Queensborough Community College dedicated the Senator Frank Padavan Legislative Archives on June 18 in the College’s Kurt R. Schmeller Library.

Frank Padavan (R) served Queens as New York State Senator for nearly four decades and donated legislative papers, proclamations, photographs, and other documents to Queensborough. The archives highlight landmark decisions and other major achievements over the course of Senator Padavan’s career in public service. The occasion also recognized his generosity to Queensborough throughout the years.

“Senator Padavan is a special partner to Queensborough,”said Dr. Diane B. Call, Interim President. “His support of our initiatives, namely the establishment of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, is a reflection of his leadership and ideals. We are extremely pleased to honor his generosity and friendship today.”

“I thank you sincerely for this recognition,” said Senator Padavan, who served Queens District 11. “One day I looked around my office in Albany and realized that I had amassed a collection of original documents which are not available anywhere else—and I wanted Queensborough to have them. He added, “Over a period of years, papers, photographs and other items were catalogued and shipped to the College’s library.”

Among the guests celebrating Senator Padavan’s career were his daughter, Alison, and New York City Council members Daniel J. Halloran and Mark Weprin.

The photo gallery includes images of Senator Padavan seated in the New York State Senate Chamber in Albany where “Padavan’s Law” was established along with photographs of him with President Ronald Reagan, Senator Alfonse D’Amato and former NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins. Senator Padavan is also shown celebrating Veterans and Fallen Heroes during a Memorial Day Observance in Queens Village.

Senator Padavan wrote the New York Criminal Asset Forfeiture Law, the first in the nation that allowed the legal system to take over assets of drug dealers. He instituted measures to help prevent profit from auto theft by cracking down on owners of auto theft shops and was one of the leaders in New York City’s “Safe City, Safe Streets” program.

As New York State Senator from 1972 – 2010, he was instrumental in the fight to meet the educational needs of the City. He was a proponent of school governance reform, giving the Mayor more control over New York City public education.

Senator Padavan served as Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Cities Committee Chairman and the Chairman of the Mental Hygiene and Addiction Control Committee (1977-87). He has pursued legislation for the mentally ill during his tenure. Some of the organizations that have honored him are the New York City Chapter of the Association of Help for Retarded Children, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of New York State and the Queen’s Children Psychiatric Hospital Board of Visitors.

The former Senator continues to provide support for his community in promoting environmental programs such as the Alley Pond project, the Colonial Farmhouse Restoration, and a restoration of the Fort Totten Officer’s Club by the Bayside Historical Society.

Senator Padavan earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1955, and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University in 1963. He attained the rank of Colonel during his 30-year career in the Army Corps of Engineers.

Senator Padavan’s documents are available to members of the College community and the public.

Queensborough Community College, established in 1960, is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, New York. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., nearly 15,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. The College boasts Dual/Joint Degree programs in Nursing, Biotechnology, Criminal Justice and Education with its sister CUNY institutions— Hunter College, York College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College, respectively. More than half of the faculty holds doctorates, compared with 21 percent of faculty in community colleges nationwide.