Community Board 9 gave out its first Community Recognition Award Tuesday night at its June meeting at the Majestic Marquis in Ozone Park.
The inaugural award, created to honor people who have contributed to bettering the community, was given to 102nd Precinct Community Affairs Officer Jose Severino, who has been in his position at the 102nd Precinct since 2011.
Borough President Melinda Katz, center right, gave Severino the award, which in the future will be given out quarterly.
“Being a community affairs officer can be a thankless job,” Katz said. “Jose has been here for the community and I’m happy to be giving him this award.”
Joining Severino and Katz are CB 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez, left; Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, 102nd Precinct Commanding Officer; CB 9 member Sandra Datnarain; and CB 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey.