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CB 5 loses longtime members

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:01 am, Thu Apr 24, 2014.

It might not be any more hip than it was before, but Community Board 5 did get younger last week.

At the board’s April 9 meeting, Chairman Vincent Arcuri announced the departures of Vernon McDermott, Manuel Caruana, Rosemarie Johnson and Roseann Rosado.

“As the head coach of this team, I have to apologize to our teammates, our fans and the people of Community Board 5. We lost four of our better players in the recent draft,” Arcuri said, using a sports metaphor. “I want to publicly thank them for their service to our communities.”

According to published reports, the removal of McDermott and Caruana may have been politically motivated.

The two were supporters of Craig Caruana, Manuel’s nephew, who ran against Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) in last fall’s election.

Replacing them so far is Henry Cross, a five-year resident of Ridgewood.

In his first vote as a member of CB 5, Cross opposed the plan to rezone a portion of Ridgewood for residential use.

--— Christopher Barca

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