Moves Boards Toward “Healthier Balance” of Experience, New Voices and Proportional Representation
QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz announced 318 appointments issued this month to serve two-year terms on their respective Community Boards. 56 of the appointments are first-time members who have never before served on a Community Board but have demonstrated both an understanding of the community’s needs and a commitment to serving the public.
Borough President Katz has made a concerted effort to strike a better balance of experiences, new voices and proportional representation among and within the Boards. To-date, 27 percent of Queens Community Board members were first-time appointees under Borough President Katz since 2014. All Community Board Districts in Queens include more than one City Council District, and Borough President Katz has steadily moved the Boards closer to proportional representation.
“To serve on a Community Board is a significant commitment, which I expect all appointees to fulfill to their utmost,” said Borough President KATZ. “I am pleased to move the Queens Community Boards toward a healthier balance between the expertise and experience of long-standing members, the fresh ideas and perspectives of brand new members, and a more proportional representation. To all Community Board members – both past and present – the Borough and the City thank you for your service.”
There are 14 Community Boards in Queens and a total of 59 citywide. All Queens Community Board members are appointed by the Borough President, pursuant to the City Charter, with half of her appointees nominated by the City Councilmembers who represent the respective districts within each Community Board. All Community Board appointees interested in continuing to serve are required to re-apply at the conclusion of each two-year term.
Community Boards play an important advisory role in considering land use and zoning matters, and also contribute to the dialogue about the City budget, municipal service delivery and many other matters that impact their communities. Despite the important role Community Boards play in city government, Community Board members are not compensated for their service.
Borough President Katz’s appointments to the Queens Community Boards in 2016 are as follows:
Community Board 1 (Astoria, Old Astoria, Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ditmars, Ravenswood, Steinway, Garden Bay, Woodside): Rose Anne Alafogiannis, Daniel Aliberti, Joan Asselin, José Batista, Edwin G. Cadiz, Gerald Caliendo, John Carusone, Elizabeth Erion, Mackenzi Farquer, Evie Hantzopoulos, Amy Hau, Richard Khuzami, Nancy Konipol, Jaroslaw Kril, Vincent Marsanico, Antonio Meloni, Mary O’Hara, Rose Marie Poveromo, Yawne Robinson, Thea Romano, Thomas Ryan, Nancy Silverman, Marie Torniali, Rod Townsend, Judy Trilivas.
Community Board 2 (Maspeth, Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City): Ryan Balas, Sandra Bigitschke, Stephen Cooper, Lisa Ann Deller, Dana Frankel, Ira Greenberg, Kenneth Greenberg, Anne Hart, Ellen Kang, Denise Keehan-Smith, Marie Konecko, Jordan Levine, Sheila Lewandowski, Dominick Lippolis, Charles Markey, Taina McShane, Thomas J. Mituzas, Steven Raga, Norberto Saldana, Mark Salinas, Regina Shanley, Michael Son, Lauren Springer, Karolina Tosi, Rebecca Trent, Santiago Vargas, Maria Magdalena Vielma.
Community Board 3 (Jackson Heights, North Corona, East Elmhurst): Ann Brown, Sonya Davis, Vivian Dock, Margaret Dozier, Vasantrai Gandhi, Kevin Hughes, Stephen Kulhanek, Marta LeBreton, Lynda McDougald, William Meehan, Richard Mink, Rafael Moreno, Ladisla Perez, Dorothy Phelan, Jairo Rodriguez, Leoncio Romero, Tammy E. Rose, Edmund Rosenbaum, David Rosero, Jimmy Smith, Shanel Thomas.
Community Board 4 (Elmhurst, Corona, Corona Heights): Priscilla Carrow, Chaio-Chung Chen, Safat Chowdhury, Erica Cruz, Maria Damico, Ingrid P. Gomez, Jennifer Gutierrez, Peter Manganaro, Patricia Martin, Gurdip Narula, Shwe -Zin Oo, Albert Perna, Alexa Ponce, Oscar Rios, Lucy Schilero, Alton Smith, Marcello Testa, Damian Vargas, Louis Walker, Rosa Wong, Lester Youngblood.
Community Board 5 (Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale, Middle Village, South Elmhurst): Robert Cermeli, Henry Cross, Patricia Crowley, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Angela Giovanniello, Patricia Grayson, Fred Haller III, Fred Hoefferle, John Maier, Lydia Martinez, Eileen Moloney, Michael O’Kane, Margaret O’Kane, Michael Porcelli, Kelvin Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez.
Community Board 6 (Forest Hills, Rego Park): Gregory Carlson, John Dereszawsky, Ethan Felder, Gail Gordon, Brendan Griffith, Bruce Grossberg, Joseph Hennessy, Bernice Katz, Prameet Kumar, Mark Laster, Joan Lebowitz, Yaniv Meirov, Fadia E. Mohama, Shari Rolnick, Lynn Schulman, Jean Silva, Robert Silver, Marsha Silverstein.
Community Board 7 (Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Malba, Beechhurst, Bayside, Queensboro Hill, Willets Point): Charles Apelian, Michael Cheng, Nicholas Corrado, Fred Fu, John Henry Byas, Pablo Hernandez, Jeff Huang, Lawrence Hughes, Eugene Kelty, Jr., Esther Lee, Barbara McHugh, Devon O’Conner, Millicent O’Meally, Warren Schreiber, Kevin Shield, Sr., Matthew Silverstein, Peter Sutich, Carlos Talisaysay, John Tsavalos, Arnold Wagner, Clarissa Wong, Jie Zhu.
Community Board 8 (Kew Gardens Hills, Utopia, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Briarwood, Jamaica Hills Jamaica Estates, Holliswood, Flushing South): Dilafroz Ahmed, Jagir Singh Bains, Allan Bennett, Carolyn Brown, Susan Cleary, Kenneth Cohen II, Maria DeInnocentiis, Fakrul Islam Delwar, Allen Eisenstein, Carolann Foley, Kevin Forrestal, Howard Fried, Bhitihara-Martha Fulton, James Gallagher, Jr., Joshua Glikman, Marc Haken, Michael Hannibal, Robert Hoyt Block, Steven Konigsberg, Bright Dae-Jung Limm, Elke Maerz, Jennifer Martin, Shlomo Nisanov, Tamara Osherov, Simon Pelman, Frances Peterson, Charlton Rhee, Jesse Rosenbaum, Seymour Schwartz, Harbachan Singh, Esq., Mohammed Tohin, Rachele Van Arsdale.
Community Board 9 (Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park): Inderpaul Ahluwalia, Julio Batista, Dulal Bhattacharjee, Kamal Bhuiyana, Alexander Blenkinsopp, Latchman Budhai, Sandra Datnarain, Richard David, Stephen Esposito, Laraine Fletcher, Joseph Iaboni, Priscilla Levine, Ivan Mrakovcic, Regina Santoro, Jarnail Singh, Mohinder Singh.
Community Board 10 (Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, South Richmond Hill): Luis Amorium, James Caruso, John Cavanagh, Anthony Cosentino, Frank Dardani, Irene Dimoh, Geoffrey Duldulao, John Fazio, Edna Fraylom, Leonora Gerardi, Ryan Graham, Peter Granickas, Mohamed Hakim, Romeo Hitlall, Howard Kamph, Pierre Kishun, Phillip Lynch, Jr., Dorothy Mitchell, Fazlurrahman Mohamed, Donna Montague, Jose Quijano, David Quintana, Jeysha Ruiz, Nellie Santiago, Marilyn Vecchio, Linda Walker.
Community Board 11 (Bayside, Auburndale, Oakland Gardens, Little Neck, Douglaston, East Flushing, Hollis Hills): Sila Asa, Lana Bind, Irene Cheung, Albert Galatan, Joan Garrippa, Roy Giusetti, Lawrence Gresser, Zion Halilli, Laura James, Mohan Jethwani, Stanley Jin, Anthony Koutsouradis, Janet McEneaney, Douglas Montgomery, Allan Palzer, Stephen Pivawer, Jyothi Sriram, Alex Yagudaev.
Community Board 12 (Jamaica, South Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, South Ozone Park, Addesleigh Park, Springfield Gardens): Jacqueline Boyce, Maxine Brannon, David Bucknor, Kenny Carter, Manuel Caughman, Mary Childs, Barbara Duncan, Patrick Evans, Mabel Everett, Joan Flowers, Thomas Greenaway, Glenn Greenidge, James Heyliger, Richard Hogan, Carol Hunt, Khondokar Tarikul Islam, Audrey Lee Jacobs, Aiysha Jaggassar, Michele Keller, Margaret Kirkland, Greg Mays, Edward McKay, Rodney Pride, Kamal Saleem, Florence Simmons, Yvette Sledge, Geraldine Taylor-Brown, Toni Totten, Bryan White, Benjamin Wright, Jr.
Community Board 13 (Queens Village, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Floral Park, Springfield Gardens, Bellaire): Angela Augugliaro, Isa Avery, Terence Banks, Corey Bearak, Alain Berrouet, Jacqueline Campbell, Terryl Ebony DeMendonca, Samuel Elliot, Charles Farruggia, Seymour Finkelstein, Lorraine Gittens-Bridges, Robert Glover, Felice Hannah, Edward Harap, Vernal Holder, Kangela Moore, Michael O’Keeffe, Nagassar Ramgarib, Anup Kumar Ramnauth, Peter Richards, Ashok Satkalmi, Mathew Thomas, Derrick Warmington.
Community Board 14 (The Rockaways, Rockaway Point, Breezy Point, Roxbury, Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Seaside, Broad Channel, Hammels, Sommerville, Edgemere, Arverne, Bayswater, Wavecrest, Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach): Khaleel Anderson, Edward Benson, Louis Caucig, Silaka Cox, Mordechai Dicker, Ahmad Edwards, Noreen Ellis, Dave Heffernan, Henry Iori, Felicia Johnson, Peter Larkin, Betty Leon, Annette Lord Cohen, Desiree Maple, Sonia Moise, Ellen O’Reilly, Dolores Orr, Eddy Pastore, Daniel Ruscillo, Jr., Milan Taylor, Christopher Tedesco, Carole Trachtenberg, Jose Velez.
All appointees for 2016 (regardless of prior service on a Board) are required to participate in a mandatory Orientation and Training on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.