News Phil Ragusa, Queens GOP chair, passes away By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 June 24, 2014 6:40 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Queens County GOP Chair Phil Ragusa died Tuesday at age 74 following a bout with leukemia, according to the state GOP. Ragusa, who leaves behind a wife and daughter, chaired the boroughs Republican office since 2007. Elected officials from both sides of the aisle offered his family condolences. "Phil was a good man, was dedicated to Queens County and the Republican Party and was an indomitable County Chair," New York GOP Chair Ed Cox said in a statement. "He was a decent and honorable man who for many years worked tirelessly to help improve his community and his party. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and I ask Queens residents to join me in sending them our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said in a statement. By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.