The Manhattan Borough President’s office announced the appointment of 76 new community board members today. There are eight new members on Community Board 3, which covers the East Village, the Lower East Side and most of Chinatown.
Among the appointees: Teresa Pedroza (pictured above), the grandmother of Dashane Santana, the 12-year old girl who was killed on Delancey Street last year. New safety measures were implemented on the dangerous thoroughfare after her death. Pedroza is a resident of the Baruch Houses and a member of Good Old Lower East Side. City Council member Rosie Mendez recommended her appointment.
Other CB3 appointees include:
- Justin Carroll (appointed by Borough President)
- Shoshannah Frydman (appointed by Borough President); employed by Met Council on Jewish Poverty
- Ayo Harrington (appointed by Borough President); longtime East Village community activist
- Julie Ulmet (appointed by Borough President)
- Alysha Lewis-Coleman (recommended by Council member Margaret Chin)
- Penina Mezei (recommended by Margaret Chin)
- Josephine Valez (recommended by Council member Mendez)
The Borough President makes community board appointments in consultation with local Council members. Several CB3 members chose not to seek reappointment, including Harvey Epstein, a former board chair; Charlotte Miles; Natasha Dillon, Jack Waters and Gary Tai. Rabbi Y.S. Ginzberg is taking a leave of absence due to a death in his family.
You can see a full list of all of the appointees here.