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Our people page will contain information on notable people who lived in the neighborhood.

Civic Leaders

Elected Officials

City Council Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights

  • John Sabini
  • Helen Sears
  • Danny Dromm -

NYS Assembly Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights

NYS Senate Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights

U.S. Congress Members Who Have Represented Jackson Heights

  • Joe Crowley

Notable residents (initially copied from Wikipedia)

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   Nadia Ali (born 1980), singer-songwriter.Template:Citation needed
   Alfred Mosher Butts (1899–1993), Butts was a resident of Jackson Heights, New York, and it was there that the game of Scrabble was invented.[2] To memorialize Butts's importance to the invention 
      of the game, there is a street sign at 35th Avenue and 81st Street in Jackson Heights that is stylized using letters, with their values in Scrabble as a subscript.[3][4] He invented Scrabble
      in 1938, and perfected it at Community Methodist Church.[48]
   Chester Carlson (1906–1968), invented Xerox copy machine in his Jackson Heights kitchen.[49]He began some rudimentary experiments, beginning first -- to his wife's aggravation -- in the kitchen
      of his apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens. It was here that Carlson unearthed the fundamental principles of what he called electrophotography --later to be named xerography -- and defined
      them in a patent application filed in September, 1938.
   Robert P. Casey (1932–2000), Governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995.[50]
   Lady Catiria (1959–1999), drag performer.Template:Citation needed
   Thom Christopher (born 1940), longtime actor on One Life to Live.[51]
   Eleanor Clift (born 1940), Newsweek contributing editor and regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group.[52]
   Montgomery Clift (1920–1966), actor, moved to Jackson Heights with his family in 1933 and lived in The Chateau apartment building.[53]
   Ray Dalio (born 1949), founder of Bridgewater Associates.[54]
   Alan M. Davis (born 1949), professor and author.Template:Citation needed
   Edward Djerejian (born 1939), diplomat, former United States Ambassador to Syria and Israel and Assistant Secretary of State.Template:Citation needed
   Albert K. Dawson (1885-1967), journalist and cinematographer during the First World War.Template:Citation needed
   Kevin Dobson (born 1943), actor, known for his roles on Kojak and Knots Landing.[55]
   Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898–1995), photographer, lived in Jackson Heights for many years.[56]
   Calvin Fixx (1906—1950), editor at Time magazine.[57]
   Dave Fleming (born 1969), MLB pitcher who spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners.[58]
   Paul D. Ginsberg (born 1962), mergers and acquisitions attorney.Template:Citation needed
   Arthur Googy (born 1961 as Joseph McGuckin), original drummer for the band The Misfits.Template:Citation needed
   Bobby Hackett (1915–1976), trumpet player who played with Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong
   Ed Hayes (born 1947), influential lawyer, journalist, and memoirist.[59]
   Helen Kane (1904–1966), singer, known for her baby talk version of I Wanna Be Loved by You and model for Betty Boop.[60]
   Richard Kline (born 1944), went to IS 145 and played Jack's friend Larry on Three's Company.[61]
   John Leguizamo (born 1964), went to IS 145, comedian, actor.[62]
   Willy Ley (1906–1969), space writer and theorist.[63]
   Lucy Liu (born 1968), born on December 2, 1968 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, New York. Liu attended Joseph Pulitzer Middle School (I.S.145), actress.[64]
   Clive Lythgoe (1927–2006), classical pianist.[65]
   Victor Moore (1876–1962), actor.
   Billy Murcia (1954–1972), original drummer for the New York Dolls.[66]
   Colby O'Donis (born March 14, 1989), pop and R&B singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and actor.
   Les Paul (1915–2009), jazz guitarist and guitar innovator.[67]
   Duncan Penwarden (1880–1930), actor.[68]
   Joe Quesada (born 1962), Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics.[69]
   Tommy Rettig (1941–1996), actor who appeared on the 1950s Lassie television series.[70]
   Don Rickles (born 1926), comedian.[71]
   Robert Tripp Ross (1903–1981), Congressman and former Assistant Secretary of Defense from 1954-1957.[72]
   Mercedes Ruehl (born 1948), actress.[73]
   Susan Sarandon (born 1946), actress.[74]
   Eddie August Schneider (1911–1940), record-setting early aviator.[75]
   Walter Sear (1930–2010), audio engineer.[76]
   Gene Simmons (born 1949), of the rock group Kiss.[77]
   Howard Stern (born 1954), host of The Howard Stern Show.[78]
   Maria Terrone poet and writer.[79][80]
   Sada Thompson (1927–2011), award-winning actress.[81]
   Johnny Thunders (1952–1991), of the New York Dolls.Template:Citation needed
   Waddy Wachtel (born 1947), session guitarist.[82]
   Raees Warsi (born 1963), Urdu poet, writer and TV anchor.Template:Citation needed
   Helene White (born 1954), federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.[83]