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CB 5 honors three board members

Long-serving ladies were given plaques to commemorate service

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Wed Nov 27, 2013.

Community Board 5 recognized the lengthy service of three of its own members during its Nov. 13 meeting.

Longtime CB 5 members Cathy O’Leary, Laura Mulvihill and Patricia Merto were honored during the monthly meeting for their combined 50 years of service on the board, with each woman receiving an engraved plaque from District Manager Gary Giordano.

“There’s three good reasons to celebrate 2013,” Giordano said before presenting the plaques. “These ladies are a big reason why Board 5 has done such a good job, in my opinion, for the community.”

The small brown and black plaques read, after the number of years served, “years of loving dedication for the people of Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale. With heartfelt thanks from Community Board 5, Queens.”

O’Leary has the longest tenure of service among the three women with 25 years on the board, followed by Merto with 15 years and Mulvihill with a decade.

“Well it’s always been a privilege to serve,” O’Leary said. “I hope to continue to with the new mayor.”

“Oh, I’m going to get you guys tomorrow for this one,” Merto added. “Thank you and I hope to keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

CB 5 also provided an update on the Knockdown Center’s efforts to gain a 5,000-person place of assembly permit, with Giordano reporting that the arts center’s application had been turned down by the city and withdrawn.

The board had previously voted against the center, located at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, receiving a 600-person liquor license in October after both residents and board members expressed concerns over the site hosting late-night dance parties directly across from residences on the other side of Flushing Avenue without a valid certificate of occupancy.

CB 5 also voted unanimously against a planned warehouse at 10 Woodward Ave. that would be partially built into the mapped street bed of Metropolitan Avenue.

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Wyckoff Heights Medical Center CEO Ramon Rodriguez and Chairman Gary Goffner spoke on the improving state of the hospital, which was embroiled in financial woes until Rodriguez’ administration took over in late 2011.

“It’s a different Wyckoff today. We’re profitable this year and last year.” Goffner said. “We have some talent, we are profitable and we are doing great.”

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