June 7, 2022 By Christian Murray
A Woodside street corner has been co-named after a former newsman and press secretary.
The intersection of 54th Street and 32nd Avenue has been co-named Daniel Andrews Way in honor of a longtime Woodside resident who passed away in 2020 after spending his career as a political reporter and press secretary.
A co-naming ceremony was held at the street corner on Saturday that was attended by Council Member Julie Won and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards—along with Andrews’ family and past work colleagues.
Andrews, who died at the age of 72, was born in Manhattan and moved to Woodside in 1973 after graduating from St. John’s University in 1970.
He began his career in the news business as a photo caption writer at United Press International. He later became UPI’s Bureau Chief in New York’s City Hall, covering Mayor Ed Koch and the rest of city government.
After leaving UPI, Andrews went on to serve for 23 years as a press secretary to Queens Borough President’s Claire Shulman and Helen Marshall.
When he retired in 2013, the New York Daily News said that Andrews “may well be the longest serving government spokesperson in the city.”
Andrews and his wife Deirdre raised their two children in their home near the corner of 32nd Avenue and 54th Street, before they eventually moved to Bronxville, NY.
Today we cohosted a street naming in honor of Queens resident and public servant, Dan Andrews. We co-named 32nd Ave in honor of the work he has done as press secretary to former Borough Presidents Schulman and Marshall. Many thanks to @QnsBPRichards and the family of Dan Andrews! pic.twitter.com/WU8lWdWXp1
— Council Member Julie Won (@CMJulieWon) June 4, 2022