Queens senator honors 9/11 first responder and longtime Mets usher in pair of street co-naming ceremonies


State Senator Michael Gianaris co-named two Astoria streets after local icons on Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18.

Lieutenant Edith Elida Torres, an FDNY member and a first responder during 9/11, was memorialized at the intersection of 34th Avenue and 21st Street, while Luke Gasparre, a U.S. Army veteran and longtime beloved usher for the New York Mets, was honored at the intersection of 25th Avenue and 43rd Street. 

“One of the things that makes western Queens so special is the people who dedicate their lives to service and enrich our neighborhoods with their lives,” Gianaris said in a statement. “I’m honored to recognize two such individuals, Lt. Edith Torres and Luke Gasparre, whose lives of service and love of our community have made them role models for generations to come.” 

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