Alumnus Joseph Crowley Donates His Congressional Papers to Queens College in Deed-Signing Event at the College Thursday, February 7

Collection documenting 30 years of Crowley’s public service
will be made available for research purposes

QUEENS, NY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019—Former United States Congressman and Queens College alumnus Joseph Crowley ’85 donated his congressional papers to the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library at Queens College in a deed signing event at the school on Thursday, February 7.

The collection, comprising items donated or loaned to the college, includes background on legislative issues, official correspondence, strategy and planning documents, speeches, and memorabilia. The papers and material will be arranged and described by Queens College archivists and made available to researchers as one of the school’s growing number of Special Collections. Among the collections currently housed in the library are the papers of Congressmembers Benjamin S. Rosenthal and Gary Ackerman, New York State Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin, and Queens Borough President and Queens College alumna Helen Marshall.

“We are so proud and thankful to our friend Congressman Joseph Crowley for formally donating his congressional papers to his alma mater Queens College,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “No matter where life took him, he found ways to remain connected to the college and to higher education to make sure that the needs of the college were met. What better embodiment of the Queens College motto, We Learn So That We May Serve, than Joe Crowley, who has dedicated his life to service, and what a great gift to our students for whom these materials will hopefully serve as inspiration for careers of great distinction.”

Among the items in the collection are framed copies of the Affordable Care Act with the original signatures of President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, featuring a handwritten note from Pelosi and a commemorative pen used in the signing; the Senate Good Friday Agreement signed by Hillary Clinton, with a handwritten note from her; the U.S. and India Nuclear Cooperation Bill, with commemorative pen; framed photographs of Crowley with President Bill Clinton, Governors Hugh Carey, Mario Cuomo, and George Pataki, and Secretary Clinton; over 25 photographs, dating to Crowley’s days in the New York Assembly, in which he appears with prominent New York politicians, including several New York City mayors; a framed India Abroad article on Crowley’s activism combatting discrimination against Sikhs; the proclamation of Assemblyman Joseph Crowley Day in Queens signed by then-Borough President Claire Shulman; a championship boxing belt from the Belfast Beltway 2014 Boxing Classic, a cultural and athletic exchange program; and a Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade 40th Anniversary sash naming Crowley “Gael of the Year.”

Speakers in addition to President Matos Rodriguez were Chief Librarian Kristin Hart, and Political Science Chairperson Patricia Rachal, who taught Crowley when he was a student at QC.

“Queens College was a bedrock of my education and young life,” said Crowley. “I’m honored that my alma mater will house documents and materials from my three-decade career in politics. It is my hope that students, faculty, and the public will benefit from an inside view of how Washington, D.C. works on behalf of all Americans. I want to sincerely thank Queens College for its assistance in making these documents public for all to interact with.”

About Joseph Crowley
Joseph Crowley served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years, representing his hometown community—the 14th District of New York. Spanning Queens and the Bronx, NY-14 is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country.

During his time in Congress, Crowley held elected leadership titles for six years, the last two of them as chairman of the Democratic Caucus, the fourth-highest position among the House’s Democrats. His rise to his party’s top rankings stemmed from his tireless efforts to elect Democrats at every level of government. He mentored colleagues and candidates alike, earning the respect of all those he served alongside. 

As a member of the prestigious Committee on Ways and Means, Crowley worked to protect Social Security and Medicare, make health care more affordable, and reduce taxes for middle-class Americans and small businesses. He helped shepherd through the committee legislation to reform tax laws that unfairly taxed foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate (FIRPTA), depriving the country of liquidity that could be reinvested into the United States.

Crowley was on the frontlines in the effort to pass the Affordable Care Act, enact marriage equality in New York State, and protect women’s rights and human rights. He was also a three-time co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs and an active member of the Friends of Ireland Caucus, the chair of the New Democrat Coalition from 2011-14, and co-founder of both the Bangladesh Caucus and Rare Diseases Caucus. 

The congressman grew up in Woodside, Queens, in a hard-working, middle-class family. He graduated from Queens College, the pride of New York City’s public university system. His father, a New York City detective who put himself through law school at night, and his mother, an immigrant from Ireland, instilled in him a strong sense of family and community and a firm belief that America is a place of opportunity. He is married to Kasey Crowley, a registered nurse, and they have three children.

About Queens College
Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors and principals in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more computer science majors than any college in New York City. Queens College also has the third-highest number of accounting and business students in all of New York State. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its nearly 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.

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