Community Board 10 elected a new 2nd vice chairman at last Thursday’s meeting.
John Calcagnile was voted into the position by a vote of 19-11 over Donna Gilmartin. The position was left open by the death of Robert Ruffin in December.
Calcagnile, who chairs the Land Use Committee and co-chairs the Howard Beach chapter of New York Rising — Gov. Cuomo’s post-Hurricane Sandy reconstruction program — was surprised by the vote.
“This is unexpected and I am honored,” he said upon winning the election.
Calcagnile was also the board’s point person on the rezoning of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill.
One member who backed him said she was going to back Gilmartin, but changed her vote when Calcagnile accepted his nomination because of his work on New York Rising.
“Post-Sandy, I think we need a strong voice for Howard Beach and he’s been it,” she said.
CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton, who supported Gilmartin, also comes from Howard Beach.