Lauds Those Who Have Made Commitment to Serve
QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced the appointments of 345 individuals to serve on their respective Community Boards. Of the 345 appointees, 77 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. The 345 appointees began their two-year terms yesterday.
“Service on a Community Board requires a substantial commitment of time and energy, and the borough lauds and is grateful to these civic-minded individuals,” said Borough President KATZ. “These appointments were issued in direct consultation with Queens Councilmembers. Today’s appointees have demonstrated the ability and dedication necessary to be effective Community Board members.”
Borough President Katz has made a concerted effort to balance both experience and new voices within the borough’s Community Boards. The Borough President has also sought to ensure that each City Council District included within a Community Board District is fairly represented on that Community Board. All Community Board Districts in Queens include more than one City Council District, and Borough President Katz has steadily moved toward making Community Boards more representative of all the City Council Districts within their boundaries.
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 districts within each Community Board. All Community Board appointees interested in continuing to serve are required to re-apply at the conclusion of each of their two-year terms.
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 for the 2019-2021 term to the Queens Community Boards are as follows:
Community Board 1 (Astoria, Old Astoria, Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ditmars, Ravenswood, Steinway, Garden Bay, Woodside): George Alexiou, Loren Amor, Avninder Aujla, Edward Babor , Ann Bruno, Jean Marie D’Alleva, Antonella DiSaverio Katie Ellman, Elizabeth Erion, Dean Feratovic, Helen Ho, Pauline Jannelli, George Kalergios, Melanie LaRocca, Joel Lock, Jeffrey Martin, Prabir Mitra, Stella Nicolaou, Norma Nieves, Dino Panagoulias, Robert Piazza, Rodolfo Sarchese, Dominic Stiller Andre Stith. Mitchell Waxman.
Community Board 2 (Maspeth, Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City): Czarinna Andres, Anatole Ashraf, Diane Ballek, Bessie Cassaro, Jewel Chowdhury, Warren Davis, Jacob DeGroot, Sally Frank, William Garrett, Dr. Rosamond Gianutsos, Richard Gundlach, Benjamin Guttmann, Christine Hunter, Badrun Khan, Kristen McGowan, Dorothy Morehead, Patrick Murray, Tara Niraula, Patrick O’Brien, Elliot Park, Jeremy Rosenberg, Carol Terrano, Mary Torres, Anthony Tudela, Adrienne Verrilli.
Community Board 3 (Jackson Heights, North Corona, East Elmhurst): Elba Buendia, Muquith Choudhury, Haiko Cornelissen, Shiv Dass, Renetta English, Ulrick Gedeon, Peter Herron, Larinda Hooks, Abdur Rahim Howladar, Joyce Hucless Julian, Edward Kiernan, Carlos Andres Lopez, Lisa Mesulam, Veronica Ng, Laverne Nimmons, Nuala O’Doherty Philip Papas, Esteban Peralta, Megan Rockwell, Fausto Rodriguez, Tammy Rose, Lobsang Salaka, Marlene Tapper, Frank Taylor, Arthur Teiler, Alice Pat Thorpe, Hamlett Wallace, Edwin Westley.
Community Board 4 (Elmhurst, Corona, Corona Heights): Lucy Cerezo-Scully, David Chong, Lynda Coral Judith D’Andrea, Michelle Dunston, Aridia Espinal, Marialena Giampino, Vincent Laucella, James Lisa, Salvatore Lombardo, Sylvia Martin, Rovenia McGowan, Edgar Moya, Ruby Muhammad, Sandra Munoz, Georgina Oliver, Rupinder Raj, Ashley Reed, Neil Roman, Cristian Romero, Fernando Ruiz, Clara Salas, A. Redd Sevilla, Gregory Spock, Izaida Valcarcel, Minwen Yang.
Community Board 5 (Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale, Middle Village, South Elmhurst): Vincent Arcuri Jr., Walter Clayton, Brian Dooley, Jerome Drake, Sarah Feldman, Steven Fiedler, Mohan Gyawali-Chhetri, Paul Kerzner, Maryann Lattanzio, Edward Lettau, Mike Liendo, Patricia Maltezos, Katherine Masi, Donald Robert Passantino, Kenneth Rehberger, Theodore Renz, Lee Rottenberg, Walter Sanchez, Carmen Santana, Connie Santos, Catherine Sumsky, Meghan Tadio, Gyanal Thapa, Barbara Toscano, Patrick Trinchese, Michaeline Von Drathen, Crystal Wolfe, Maryanna Zero, Nan Zhang.
Community Board 6 (Forest Hills, Rego Park): Naomi Altma, Peter Beadle, Miriam Berfas, Heidi Chain, Sheridan Chu, Alexander Cohen, Christopher Collett, Alejandra Diaz, Heather Dimitriadis, Gloria Ferreras, Jeremy Golant Steven Goldberg, Myrna Jacobson, Joyce Kevelson, Soumaly King, Norman Leibowitz, James Makin, Jack Medina, Renee Mehrra, Steven Metz, Patricia Morgan, Edward Murray, Rafael Nektalov, Dr. Karl Neumann, Elizabeth Newton, David Schneier, Susan Mae Wanderman, Alexa Weitzman, Joan Weston, Edwin Wong.
Community Board 7 (Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Malba, Beechhurst, Bayside, Queensboro Hill, Willets Point): Dr. James Cervino, Kaily Cheng, Chin-Hsiang Chiang, John Choe, Kim Cody, Arlene Fleishman, Richard Forman, Vincent Gianelli, Phil Konigsberg, Dr. Wensong Li, Wendy Louie, Frank Macchio, Richard McEachern, Selma Moses, Sergio Nicolich, Kim O’hanian, Terrence Park, Kris Ram, Belal Salim, Marc Schiffman, Harpreet Singh, Joshua Sussman, Joseph Sweeney, Peter Tu, Maggie Wong, LinnaYu, Lei Zhao.
Community Board 8 (Kew Gardens Hills, Utopia, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Briarwood, Jamaica Hills Jamaica Estates, Holliswood, Flushing South): Edward Chung, Mary Fischer, Florence Fisher, John Gebhard, Robert Harris, Tamara Hirsch, Paul Lazauskas, Meshulam Lisker, Frank Magri, Wendy Phaff, Mohammad Rahman, Douglas Sherman, Penny Maureen Stern, Martha Taylor, Jacob Weinberg, Stanley Weinblatt, Albert Willingham.
Community Board 9 (Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park): Faiuze Ali, Zoila Bofill, John Carter, Nick Comaianni, Andrea Crawford, Joan DeCamp, Jan Fenster, Linda Fogal, Daniel Grieve, Sylvia Hack, Sherman Kane, Lisa Komninos, Marian Molina, Kevin O’Leary, Rabbi Daniel Pollack, Cristal Rivera, Mohamed Safie, Maharani Singh, Matthew Singh, Mohinder Singh, Raghbir Singh, J. Richard Smith, Marie Turley, Seth Welins, Kenichi Wilson.
Community Board 10 (Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, South Richmond Hill): Angela Antonino, Joann Ariola, Pamela Baumann, Dr. Natalie Bissoon, Elizabeth Braton, John Calcagnile, Marie Cherenfant, Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, Anthony Gellineau, Roger Gendron, Elaine Holland, Ashford Mahraj, Carmela Malizia, Ruben Martinez Natasha Nigro, Silvestro Pace, Bhola Ramsundar, Katherine Randall, George Russo, Mohammad Salim, Japneet Singh, Dip Sookram-Singh, Isabel Van Putten.
Community Board 11 (Bayside, Auburndale, Oakland Gardens, Little Neck, Douglaston, East Flushing, Hollis Hills): Michael Budabin McQuown, Susan Cerezo, Justin Chew, Ocelia Claro, Carmen Collado, Paul DiBenedetto, Mary Donahue, Henry Euler Mario Ferazzoli, Elias Fillas, Jack Fried, Michael J. Golia, Bernard Haber, Christine Haider, John Kelly IV, Linda Lee, Yosef Lee, Robert Liatto, Fleur Martino, George Mihaltses, Eileen Miller, Akshar Patel, Stephan Popa, Christina Schere, Benjamin Turner.
Community Board 12 (Jamaica, South Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, South Ozone Park, Addesleigh Park, Springfield Gardens): Mohammed Ali, Bishop Melvin Artis, Brittany Chambers, Rene Cheatham-Hill, Nadi Ghaness, Dora Griszell, Vishal Hardowar, Ian Harris, James Heyliger, Celeste James, Clementine James, Al-Hassan Kanu, Bilal Karriem, Michelle Kirkland, Reverend Dr. Bernadette Logan, Wanda Manley, Mohammad Shah Nawaz, Carlene Thorbes.
Community Board 13 (Queens Village, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Floral Park, Springfield Gardens, Bellaire): Bryan Block, Kyle Bragg, Barbara Clements, Sylvia Cothia, Tanya Cruz, Delroy Dawkins, Bess Debetham, Derrick DeFlorimonte, James Delaney, Richard Hellenbrecht, Fay Hill, Violet Huie, Mohamood Ishmael, Frank Joseph II, Rhonda Kontner, Antony Kuncheria, Jonathan Logan, Curlene Nelson, Marcia O’Brien, Deepa Patel, Tameka Pierre-Louis, Celeste Powers, Steven Taylor, Perminder Thiara, Pritpal Walia, Clive Williams, Jackie Wilson, Gerald Wind.
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): Stephen Cooper, John Cori, Gerald David, Eugenia Gibson Yitzchok Goldstein , Paul King, Denise Lopresti Neibel, Nancy Martinez, Alicia Mazyck, John McCambridge, Aldean Moore, Daniel Mundy, Isaac Parsee, Eugene Pasternak, Dr. Eli Shapiro, Karen Sloane Payne, Michael Tubridy, Wanda Warden, Edwin Williams.
All appointees for the 2019-2021 term (regardless of whether they have prior service on a Board) are required to participate in a mandatory Orientation and Training on April 30, 2019 at Queens Borough Hall.
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