A borough remembers its intrepid reporter

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Barry Kleinert, Dee Richard, Jim Darmos, Joann Di Martino (back); Debbie Markell, Roz Edelstein, Nettie Mayersohn, Myra Baird-Herce and Chuck Wade.
Bob Sperenza (l. to r.), Dee Richard, Frank Skala, Halloran and John Casey.
Two old friends reminiscing on Nettie Mayersohn’s long public service to the community.
Janet Malone, Myra Baird Herce, Dee Richard (back); Debbie Markell and Joann DeMartino (front).
Dee Richard and Frank Padavan.
Debbie Markell, Scott Stringer, Dee Richard and Matt Silverstein.

Jimmy Darmos


Dee had a boxer named Caesar. He would sit up at the dinner table wearing a bib and actually eat with her. And I swear, that dog never dropped one kibble on the table. He was a person.

Mary Conaty


Dee was able to paint a picture of the many events and people she covered with her words. She captured them and us with her camera, passion, personality and heart. She will be sorely missed.

Joseph Crowley

Queens Democratic

Party Chairman

Dee was a fixture in Queens politics and the community, and her column was a must-read for all of Queens. She was a consummate professional and was always a pleasure to work with.

Dan Peterson


My thoughts are with Jim and his family at this time. Dee was a wonderful soul and we always said hello to one another when we attended the same events. Her kindness and writings will be missed.

Helen Marshal

Borough President

Dee’s wry wit, sense of humor, creativity and knowledge of Queens, its government and politics, combined to make her a welcome presence everywhere she went.

John Watch


Dolores “Dee” Richard has left us, but we will never forget her smile, her wit, her charm and most importantly her love for our community. There will never be another “Dishing with Dee.”

Barbara Leonardi

Floral Park

Dee Richards is and will always be an icon of Queens. Her tireless efforts in giving us the inside scoops on politics will be greatly missed.

Frank Padavan

Former State Senator

Throughout my years serving the local community and the many changes that came to pass, one element stayed true and that was the steadfast and magnanimous presence of Dee Richard. Wherever there was a story to be told, an event to be covered, she was always at the forefront.

Daniel Dromm

City Councilman

She helped get gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the news at a time when very few people would cover our community. LGBT people owe much to Dee. She truly enjoyed being with us and we loved her dearly.

Debra Markell


Dee was a great person. She loved life. Her passion was people. She was a good person with a big heart. She is a treasured friend and will be greatly missed!

John Liu

City Comptroller

Feisty and funny, she deftly chronicled — and at times skewered — the borough’s political life. Most important of all, she was a wonderful friend.

Janet Malone

Former President, Northeast Queens Republican Club

Dee was a spitfire in the truest sense of the term. She was everywhere. She was always in the middle of the action up until her very last day. She will be greatly missed.

Nayibe NĂșñez-Berger


Dee wanted her coverage of events to reflect the diversity of Queens and she went out of her way to be inclusive. Our deepest condolences to her husband and family.

Russell Targove

Fresh Meadows

Dee will be sorely missed, but I guess that there was a call for the best photographer to cover the giant concert going on up in heaven, starring Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and many other special guests, hosted by Dick Clark.

Gregg P. Sullivan

Former President, Bayside Village Business Improvement District

I can’t believe I just lost my new friend. I will listen for you every time I write and every time I’m about to address a public meeting, Dee.

Dan Halloran

City Councilman

She inspired and enlivened all who knew her .... Her light will never truly go out. Godspeed, Dee.

Updated 10:24 am, May 31, 2012
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Joe Papillo from Trinity, Fl. says:
I always looked forward to reading Dee's column on the internet. Dee not only wrote about Queens politics,but also about people in general. You will never see a column like her's again. May she rest in peace
May 31, 2012, 11:23 am

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