NHP chamber unveils plaque honoring late president

NHP chamber unveils plaque honoring late president
Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce members unveiled a plaque on Tuesday dedicated to Angela Powers, a former chamber president who died. (Photo by Ed Stone)

Angela Powers was as tough as nails, Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce President Jeanette Frisina said.

Now, Power’s memory will forever be engrained in stone.

The chamber unveiled a plaque dedicated to Powers, a former chamber member who died three years ago at 76, on Monday. The plaque is located by the chamber’s sign, at the south side of Hillside Avenue.

Power’s son, Edward, was among chamber members at the unveiling.

Powers was the first female president to serve the club.

Frisina said she didn’t know Powers for a long time, but “knew her enough to know she was a true leader.”

“She didn’t put up with crap from anyone, and I loved that about her,” Frisina said.

Frisina recalled one time when she had first joined the chamber and the group was taking pictures.

Frisina said she was somewhere in the back.

Powers was the chamber’s first female president.
(Photo by Ed Stone)

“She pushed me forward and said if you want to be in the picture you move to the front,” Frisina said.

The plaque project was a couple of years in the making, Frisina said. She thanked the groups and individuals that donated time to help put the project together.

In addition to her membership in the chamber, Powers was an active member of her community and political party.

Powers was active in New Hyde Park’s Holy Spirit Church, the Order Sons of Italy’s Cellini Lodge and the Stewart Manor-New Hyde Park Republican Committee. She led the Republican group for 18 years.

Chamber members said Powers’ spirit still lives on within the group.

Frisina said Powers is still in the back of her ear, whispering “go to the front.”

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