Jackson Heights Neighborhood Association
During its heyday in the mid-1980s, the Jackson Heights Neighborhood Association (JHNA) was the place for residents to turn with their concerns and ideas. JHNA focused on everything from clogged sewer drains to overcrowded schools for a 100 block area: south of Astoria Boulevard, west of Junction Boulevard, east of 68th Street and north of Northern Boulevard. In 1985, the bylaws were amended to extend the area south to Roosevelt Avenue. The organization was founded by by Phil Saccone and led by he and Karl Christensen.
The group served as a watchdog for LaGuardia Airport and fought to get everything from express bus service to cable television into Jackson Heights. “Those guys were real soldiers, they always fought real hard,” said Rudy Greco, a longtime resident and civic leader. Others recalled the group as “very influential” and “a model for civic associations.”
Mr. Saccone first formed the group as the 90th Street Block Association in 1979.