Councilman Gennaro and I represent the area of Queens where Sri Chinmoy made his home here in New York. And I think it was really appropriate that he had made such a tremendous presence in Queens County. Queens County, of course, was one of the first locations of the United Nations, in Flushing Meadow Park, before they moved to this location. It is also probably one of the most diverse counties in the world. We have over two million people and we have over 200 countries of origin and over 200 different languages and dialects spoken in Queens County.
In a quiet way, he had a tremendous following, obviously throughout the world. I was at the funeral services and the wake after his passing, and people came to Queens County from all over the world to pay their respects. I just think it was appropriate that his home was a small little place in Briarwood, Queens, but he made such a tremendous impact on the world.