Dew re-nominated to helm Community Board 2

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Consistanccy appears to be the byword in Community Board 2.

For the second year in a row, each member of the executive committee was renominated for their post unanimously and without opposition.

This includes John Dew as chair, Irene Janner as first vice chair, Lenue “Lenny” Singletary as second vice chair and Lincoln Restler as secretary.

Dew, who will be going on his third one-year term, said the one thing he’s learned in his tenure is to open up the community board to a lot more people.

“It’s not necessarily important to hear me speak. It’s important to hear the community speak. We have a lot more presentations happen throughout the course of our meetings. That’s what I do. I hear from the community,” said Dew.

While chair, and all community board member positions are unpaid, Dew said he takes great joy from helping the community and from the accomplishemnts the community board makes.

This includes the input the community board is able to make and release back out to the general community to all the government agencies that partner with them to better the community, he said.

While Dew sees many accomplishments, financial constraints, in his opinion, limits the community board.

“Clearly if we had more funding we could do a lot more, but everything else that I want to see I believe we’re on track to accomplish,” he said.

Community Board 2 District Manager Rob Perris said the nomination process is now closed and the executive officers will be officially elected at their Dec. 9 meeting.

As for the makeup of the rest of the board, Perris said there are a couple of seats that outgoing City Councilmember David Yassky has left unfilled.

There are several alternatives to filling the seats.

“The current council member (Yassky) will fill them before he leaves office or potentially the council member-elect (Steve Levin) will fill those upon taking office. In general, the appointment process citywide takes place in the spring,” he said.

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