Danielle Brecker is the Vice-Chairperson of the Community Board in Flushing, NY. She is the President of CB2 and is joined by Dr. Rosamond Gianutsos as the First Vice-President and Morry Galonoy as the Second Vice-President. The board of directors consists of 26 committees in which board members participate.
Richard has been recognized for his extensive experience and interests in business economic development, community relations and neighborhood improvement. He has more than 10 years of combined experience in government advice, community outreach, and non-profit organization management. His efforts have been credited for driving program success, cultivating relationships with local organizations and stakeholders to analyze facts and data, and translating them into meaningful ideas and recommendations. To further improve his skills in program management, strategic planning and policy analysis, Richard participated in Coro Leadership NYC.
This enabled him to better solve local problems and equip public leaders with practical tools and multisectoral approaches to address challenges, increase equity and improve social mobility and the economy in underserved communities. Outside of public service, Richard is a fitness enthusiast, an avid traveler, and a connoisseur of the district's diverse ethnic cuisines. Jairo Rodriguez is another long-time resident of Jackson Heights who has been a member of Queens Community Board 3 for more than 10 years. He has also served the community for many years in various positions such as vice president of the Jackson Heights Rotary Club, the Merchants Association, the District Council, and many other philanthropic civic groups. Jairo owns a local restaurant and bar and is the CEO of his real estate company. Andre Ulrick Gedeon has been a resident of East Elmhurst since 1970, served on Queens Community Board 3 as a resident member and eventually became a regular board member.
He graduated from the Citizen Police Academy and served at Police Station 115 of the Community Council as a sergeant at arms. He was a block guard in the East Elmhurst neighborhood, and is currently volunteering as a community partner with the NYPD. Andre is also an active member of the Corona East Elmhurst branch of the NAACP and of the Corona -East Elmhurst branch of Kiwanis. The special committee was comprised of members Lei Zhao, Warren Schreiber, Barbara McHugh, Betsy Mak and Frank Macchio who chaired it. The president of Community Board 7, Eugene Kelty appointed these members to oversee the hearing as an unbiased observer.
Community boards also contribute to dialogue about the city's budget, provision of municipal services, and many other issues affecting their communities. The district manager acts as an intermediary between the components of Community Board 3 and agencies that provide services to the community. A spokesperson for the office of the county president said that their policy is to “consider and address specific complaints related to the conduct of the community board in a confidential manner”. The Executive Committee is responsible for coordinating work of committees; all matters not assigned to other committees; statutes and procedures; staff; budget; selection of site for meetings and hearings; other functions assigned by Bylaws or Board; evaluating community needs; interacting with agencies that provide essential services to board area; etc. The Education Committee is responsible for education-related oversight in Area 5 of Queens Community Board. A special committee will recommend removal of John Choe from his position on volunteer board when full board meets on date yet to be determined.
There are 14 community boards in Queens with up to 50 unpaid members each. In addition, seven members will be honored for 30 years service; 19 will be honored for 25 years service; seven will be honored for 20 years service; 25 will be honored for 15 years service; 27 will be honored for 10 years service; 89 people will be honored in recognition of their many years excellent service on respective boards. QUEENS, NY — County President Melinda Katz will swear in 63 newly appointed & 276 re-elected community board members during ceremony on Monday June 8 at 6 p.m.