FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND COMMISSIONER BENEPE ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF PARKS DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE GREGORY JACKSON
Statement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
"It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic passing of Gregory Jackson, a 26-year veteran of the Parks Department and the manager of the Brownsville Recreation Center. Earlier this afternoon, Greg suffered an apparent heart attack while at the Parks Department's Brooklyn headquarters in Prospect Park and was transported to New York Methodist Hospital where he passed away. A former NBA basketball player drafted by the New York Knicks, Greg never forgot his Brooklyn roots - he grew up playing in the Brownsville Recreation Center and vowed to one day lead it. And he did just that.
"Under Greg's leadership, the Brownsville Recreation Center played host to world-renowned events and served as inspiration for the young men and women who passed through its doors. Greg will be sorely missed amongst the Parks Department family and the entire Brownsville community, but his work will live on in the lives of those he deeply touched. On behalf of all New Yorkers, our thoughts and prayers are with his family - including his wife Carmen and his nine children - during this difficult time."
Statement of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe
"The entire Parks Department family is devastated by the sudden passing of Gregory Jackson. He was a native of Brownsville, Brooklyn who chose to devote his career to the betterment of his community where he was truly a pillar. As manager of the Brownsville Recreation Center, and a 26-year Parks veteran, he worked tirelessly as a positive influence on the neighborhood's youth. He helped to tie generations together through the Brownsville Oldtimers Week which continues to foster a wonderful sense of civic pride. Through sports and education, Greg transformed the Brownsville Recreation Center into a true community resource and an oasis of peace. He leaves a lasting legacy and will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Carmen, his children and his entire family on this tragic loss."
Stu Loeser / Julie Wood (212) 788-2958
Vickie Karp / Phil Abramson (Parks) (Parks Department)
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