By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A bank executive with strong ties to Brooklyn’s civic life and its religious organizations has been named winner of the Bay Ridge Community Council’s Civic Award for 2013.
James McHugh, senior vice president of Signature Bank, will be awarded the council’s Civic Award at the organization’s annual dinner-dance in June, council leaders announced on March 27.
Over the years, McHugh has been involved with community as a member of the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn and treasurer of the St. Patrick Society of Brooklyn, executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America, advisory board member for the Bay Ridge Center, member of the board of governors for Daytop Village, Inc., and member of the Bay Ridge Bayforts, the Colonial Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians (Division 3). He is also active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising event.
The civic award is given to an individual who has performed outstanding community service, according to council leaders.
“The Bay Ridge Community Council affords the opportunity to spotlight those community minded individuals who have a passion for improving life for those around them, while at the same time capturing the unique spirit of Bay Ridge,“ Council Vice President Alexander Conti said.
McHugh is one of seven children of Barbara and Joseph McHugh. The McHugh family moved to Bay Ridge in 1964 and became parishioners of Saint Anselm Catholic Church.
McHugh lives on Staten Island with his wife Kristin and their three children. He is a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and his children the church’s school.
McHugh won the International Brotherhood Award for P.S. 104 in 2008 and was named the Ragamuffin Parade’s “Man of the Year" award in 2009.
The Bay Ridge Community Council is an umbrella organization composed of nearly 100 civic groups. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for residents of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Fort Hamilton, its leaders said.