Former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has died.
She was born and raised in the Bronx and was a teacher before entering politics.
Marshall served in the State Assembly for five terms, and later served in the City Council from 1992 to 2001.
She was the first African-American Queens Borough President and served from 2002 to 2013.
Local leaders say she was a great public servant.
"Helen represented Queens," said City Councilman Donovan Richards. "She was Queens. She is Queens. I'm just so saddened to hear of her demise but she leaves a legacy like none other."
The Helen Marshall Cultural Center was opened in her honor at Queens Borough Hall back in September.
It hosts exhibits, entertainment and civic events.
Helen Marshall was 87 years old.