2002-05-30 / Other News

New Center At St. Francis College To Be Named After Genovesi

New Center At St. Francis College To Be Named After Genovesi

Architect’s  drawing of the new Anthony Genovesi Center to be constructed at the Remsen Street downtown campus of St. Francis College. It is named for the late district leader of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club and State Assemblyman from Canarsie’s 39th A.D. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place to mark the beginning of construction at the site on June 14th. College Prtesident Frank Macchiarola said it is the first phase of revamping plan.Architect’s drawing of the new Anthony Genovesi Center to be constructed at the Remsen Street downtown campus of St. Francis College. It is named for the late district leader of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club and State Assemblyman from Canarsie’s 39th A.D. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place to mark the beginning of construction at the site on June 14th. College Prtesident Frank Macchiarola said it is the first phase of revamping plan.

The Board of Trustees of St. Francis College last week gave the green light to a plan that will bring a major new facility to the school’s Remsen Street campus. The new Anthony J. Genovesi Center will serve a number of purposes for the College and for community organizations across the City, including local high schools. The Center will provide state-of-the-art space for St. Francis’ Division-I athletic programs and will function as a meeting and events facility for public and private groups of all kinds.

Named in honor of the late Canarsie Assemblyman, the Genovesi Center will be erected on top of the College’s present gymnasium. Construction is set to commence on June 10th and the Center is scheduled to open by mid-April 2003. St. Francis will host an official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction June 14th. Helpern Architects, PC of Manhattan designed the Genovesi Center.

Construction of the Genovesi Center is the first phase of the College’s plan to significantly revamp its campus’ infrastructure.

The Genovesi Center will be built with funds from St. Francis’ many alumni and friends as well as with generous support from the State Assembly, the City Council, the Board of Education and the State Dormitory Authority.

College President Frank J. Macchiarola said, "I am confident that both the school’s students and neighbors will benefit from this project, and I wish to express my gratitude to all of our alumni and friends, especially our partners in government, who are making this work possible."

Anthony Genovesi served the people of Canarsie in the State Assembly from 1986 until his tragic death in a 1998 car accident. During his long career as an attorney and public servant, Assemblyman Genovesi was a loyal friend of the St. Francis College community. His family endowed a scholarship in his name at the school in 1999.

Genovesi was district leader of Canarsie’s Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club for a number of years.

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