RIP Former City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski

Legendary former City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski passed away at 79 early this morning. She had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and was using an oxygen tank to mitigate the disease effects after an esophagus surgery she endured several years ago.

Having retired in late 2011, Krajewski served the 6th District since 1980, with her feisty, fiery nature garnering her the designation of a “legendary and approachable” political leader in the works of her successor, Councilman Bobby Henon.

Krajewski was known for the strong representation she gave her constituency, addressing everything from prison overpopulation to absentee landlords in her 30-plus year career. She is also the Councilperson behind the Community Life Improvement Program, an effort Krajewski was massively proud of toward the end of her career. []