Friday, August 01, 2008

Stan Michels, 1933-2008

Today our community lost one of its giants. Stanley Michels, who served as our City Councilman from 1975 to 2001, left an indelible imprint on Upper Manhattan. Nowhere was his impact felt more than in the many parks here uptown, which thanks to Stan's leadership became some of the most beautiful in the city. 

I had the pleasure of working with Stan on many local issues over the past 12 years.  He was one of the earliest and most important supporters of the community development credit union I founded (this photo was taken at the credit union's opening ceremony on March 20th, 1997).

Our condolences go out to his wife Molly and their children and grandchildren.  Click here for a moving tribute to Stan, written by his lifelong friend and former Council colleague Henry Stern.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stanley Michaels will truly be missed.
Thank You Mark for Posting this.
I knew him from the Audubon Democratic Reform Club, just seeing him in the neighborhood, and working on his daughter’s campaign.
He couldn’t know how he helped me and my family, I never got to mention to him how with my little boys’ blood having slightly elevated levels of lead, our landlord (Pinnacle no less!) really jumped to and fixed our apt as fast as they could.
Ironically letting us stay in a warehoused apt in the same building.

3:03 PM  

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