There are 59 community boards citywide, including 14 in Queens.
By Forum Staff
Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee on Monday announced her appointments of individuals to serve on their respective Queens community board for the 2020-2022 term. Of the 339 appointees across Queens’ 14 community boards, 76 are first time members who had not previously served on the board but have demonstrated both an understanding of the community’s needs and a commitment to serving the respective districts.
The 339 appointees began their two-year terms on May 31, 2020; they expire March 31, 2022.
The Queens Borough President’s Office noted that it received 595 applications, including 252 from those who had never previously served on a community board and 343 from those with prior experience and/or who were re-applying at the conclusion of their 2020 term.
Citing “extraordinary circumstances” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee announced on March 30, that community board members whose terms had been set to expire on March 31 would continue serving for an additional 60 days, pursuant to Chapter 70, Section 2800(a) of the City Charter, “Members shall serve until their successors are appointed but no member may serve more than 60 days after the expiration of his or her original term unless reappointed by the borough president…”
Lee’s appointments for the 2020-2022 term to Community Boards 9 and 10 are as follows:
CB 9 (Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park): Inderpaul Ahluwalia, Sherry Algredo, Dilraj Batchu, Julio Batista, Dulal Bhattacharjee, Kamal Bhuiyan, Latchman Budhau, Daniel Chu, Marylin Costodo, Sandra Datnarain, Stephen Esposito, Charterine Feeney, Laraine Fletcher, Joseph Iaboni, Kemanad Kishore, Raquel Olivares, Regina Santoro, Jarnail Singh, Mohinder Singh, Sursattie Singh, Alexandria Sumpter-Delves.
CB 10 (Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, South Richmond Hill): Mohamed Amin, Luis Amorium, James Caruso, Anthony Cosentino, Frank Dardani, Anoop Dhanpat, Irene Dimoh, Geoffrey Duldulao, John Fazio, Edna Fraylom, Peter Granickas, Romeo Hitall, Pierre Kishun, Phillip Lynch, Jr., Dorothy Mitchell, Cynthia Marie Mocombe, Fazlurrahman Mohamed, Jose Quijano, Raja G.S. Rathour, Nellie Santiago, Asheley Siewnarine, Jody Stahl, Marilyn Vecchio, Linda Walker.
“Service on a Queens Community Board requires substantial time and energy, and the borough is grateful to the 339 appointees and the hundreds of other civic-minded applicants for their dedication to public service,” Lee said. “I have every confidence and trust in these 339 appointees’ commitment and abilities to serve and strengthen the future of the Borough of Families.”
There are 59 community boards citywide, including 14 in Queens, and each hold monthly full membership meetings. The Boards also hold hearings and issue recommendations about the City budget, municipal service delivery and numerous other matters that impact their communities.
All Queens community board members are appointed by the Queens Borough President, pursuant to the City Charter, with half of the appointments recommended by the City Councilmembers representing their respective Community Districts. Each board has up to 50 unsalaried members, with each member serving a two-year term. All community board members who wish to continue serving on a board are required to re-apply at the conclusion of their two-year term and are subject to review and reconsideration.