Dr. Thomas Tam
Street Renaming Ceremony

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009

Time: 12PM to 1:30PM

Place: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
268 Canal Street, Manhattan


A special ceremony was held to commemorate the co-naming of Cortlandt Alley on Canal Street to "Hon. Thomas Tam Way", after the late Dr. Thomas Tam, the first  Executive Director of the Asian American / Asian Research Institute, the first Asian member of the CUNY Board of Trustees, and a co-founder of the Chinatown Health Clinic now known as the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.


Lion Dance

Unveiling of Street Sign

Pyser Edelsack
Board Chair, CBW Community Health Center

Jane T. Eng, Esq.
CEO, CBW Community Health Center

Marie Lam
Board Member, CBW Community Health Center

Guest Speakers
Dr. Anika Tam

Matthew Goldstein
Chancellor, CUNY

Wellington Chen
Executive Director, Chinatown Partnership

John Liu
NYC Council, District 20

Sheldon Silver
Speaker, NYS Assembly, District 63

Justin Yu
President, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

Jay Hershenson
Senior Vice Chancellor, CUNY

Angelica O. Tang
Executive Director, Committee of 100

Michael Levine
Director of Land Use & Planning, Community Board 1

Daniel Squadron
NYS Senate, District 25

Alan Gerson
NYC Council, District 1


  • Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

  • Dr. Thomas MS Tam Foundation




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