Helen M. Marshall

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Helen M. Marshall
Helen Marshall.jpg
Marshall in 2010
18th Borough President of Queens
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013
Preceded by Claire Shulman
Succeeded by Melinda Katz
Member of the New York City Council from the 21st District
In office
Preceded by Walter McCaffrey
Succeeded by Hiram Monserrate
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 35th district
In office
Preceded by John G. Lopresto
Succeeded by Jeffrion L. Aubry
Personal details
Born (1929-09-30) 30 September 1929 (age 87)
The Bronx, New York City
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Donald Marshall
Children Donald Jr. and Agnes Marie
Alma mater Queens College
Website Official website

Helen M. Marshall (born September 30, 1929) is an American politician from New York. She was Borough President of Queens from 2002 to 2013.


She was born on September 30, 1929,[1] in the Bronx, New York City.[2] She graduated with a B.A. in education from CUNY Queens College. She was a teacher for eight years. In 1969, she left teaching to become the first Director of the Langston Hughes Library. Helen Marshall is married to Donald Marshall and they have two children, Donald Jr. and Agnes Marie.[3] She also entered politics as a Democrat.

She was a member of the New York State Assembly (35th D.) from 1983 to 1991, sitting in the 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th and 189th New York State Legislatures. She was a member of the New York City Council from 1992 to 2001.

She was elected as Borough President of Queens in November 2001, to succeed the term-limited Claire Shulman. As Borough President, Marshall has made marketing Queens as a tourist destination one of her priorities.

In 2005, Marshall won a second term, defeating her Republican/Conservative challenger Philip T. Sica with 75% of the vote to his 25%. She was inaugurated to her second term as President of the Borough of Queens on January 3, 2006 in a ceremony held at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Marshall outlined her plans for the next four years including health care, education, housing and new park projects.

In November 2009, Marshall was re-elected to a third term.


  1. ^ Kershaw, Sarah (September 4, 2001). "In Queens, a Spirited Race For Its Borough Presidency". The New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2011. Ms. Marshall, 71, a former teacher, ... 
  2. ^ Bilefsky, Dan. "In Queens, a Lament That the Borough Is Shortchanged". The New York Times. January 26, 2011
  3. ^ "Biography of Helen M. Marshall". Office of the Queens Borough President. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
John G. Lopresto
New York State Assembly
35th District

Succeeded by
Jeffrion L. Aubry
New York City Council
Preceded by
Walter McCaffrey
New York City Council
21st District

Succeeded by
Hiram Monserrate
Political offices
Preceded by
Claire Shulman
Borough President of Queens
Succeeded by
Melinda Katz